Release Date: Jun 14, 2011
Record label: Rise Records
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Post-Hardcore, Alternative Metal, Heavy Metal, Screamo
A truly memorable, hip-shaking face-breaker of epic proportions? Yes, please. Announcing their presence in no uncertain terms, aptly-titled opener ‘O.G. Loco’ sees Of Mice & Men bursting out of the gate in flurry of raging guitars, tinnitus-inducing double kicks and unrestrained abandon, only to segue into triumphantly soaring melodic glory at the drop of a hat.
Of Mice & Men's sophomore outing treads common waters (a whole lot of screaming, punishing breakdowns, and staccato guitar riffs), but the California-based metalcore quintet’s level of intensity, led in part by the expert crooning of clean man (Shayley Bourget) and scream man (former Attack Attack! frontman Austin Carlile), helps keeps The Flood from disappearing into the vast post-hardcore/emo/screamo abyss. Bolstered by a quartet of blistering anthems (“O.C. Loko,” “Still Ydg'n,” the surprisingly accessible “Purified,” and the straightforward nu-metal assault of “Ohioisonfire”), The Flood, despite all of its familiar trappings, manages to breathe (as in forcibly inflate) some new life into the genre.