On Friday, September 27, Of Mice & Men released their sixth studio album Earthandsky via Rise Records. The band released several singles, including “Mushroom Cloud” and “How to Survive”, without having definite plans for an album announced. However, fans of the band should be thrilled with this newest release! The band displays all of the elements which has made it a force on the rock scene for nearly a decade now!
As it should, the title track “Earth & Sky” promotes the message of the album. Singer/bassist Aaron Pauley says the title track,”…is as song about resilience. It’s about understanding that you can rise above whatever it is that keeps trying to drag you down, no matter what.” Please check out the official video for “Earth & Sky” below:
Overall, this is a very good production from Of Mice & Men and one of my favorite albums from them. While all the tracks are, at the very least, solid the other standouts are the aforementioned “Mushroom Cloud” and “How to Survive” as well as “Deceiver/Deceived.” These songs in particular possess the heavy sound and mighty guitar riffs that fans of Of Mice & Men have enjoyed for nearly ten years now. Lyrically, “Deceiver/Deceived” is the strongest song on the album. It details the struggle with how a distorted ‘truth” is becoming a reality in our society and people’s habit of blaming others for being deceived instead of evaluating why they don’t seek answers themselves. The videos for “Mushroom Cloud” and “How to Survive” are available as well:
Overall, this is a very good album and one of my favorites of 2019. I rank this album as a 9/10 and hope Of Mice & Men continues to challenge societal norms in their heavy, aggressive manner for years to come!!
- As We Suffocate
- Taste Of Regret
- Mushroom Cloud
- Earth & Sky
- The Mountain
- How To Survive
The Earth Tour dates with For the Fallen Dreams, Thousand Below, and Bloodbather:
10/9 — Philadelphia, PA — Voltage Lounge
10/11 — Virginia Beach, VA — Elevation 27
10/12 — Greensboro, NC — The Blind Tiger
10/13 — Manchester, TN — Exit 111 Festival
10/15 — Houston, TX — Warehouse Live
10/16 — Austin, TX — Come And Take It Live
10/17 — Dallas, TX — Cub Dada
10/19 — Mesa, AZ — The Underground
And lastly, please explore more about the band at the following social media platforms!