Of Mice & Men - Defy
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Based on 3 reviews
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
Upset
Brisk brutality, raucous riffs, and arena-ready choruses.
80
AllMusic

Undoubtedly, Defy may split fans down the Carlile-loyalty line. However, the album warrants attention for its melody, power, and pure catchiness. Here, the band are not diminished, they've actually received a new and satisfying lease on life.

70
Metal Hammer
Diehard fans may pine for a bygone era, but the outcome of this evolutionary step ensures that Of Mice & Men are a long way from finished.
jordymusic
60
The production here is ok, most of the instrumentals are very well layered and performed but a lot of tracks are lacking in instrumental dynamics

Some of the bridges and pre-chorus parts were interesting but the actual choruses really come short on creativity

The new vocals from Aaron Pauley are very good

The record as a whole is mainly channelling a relentless vibe of forceful angst driven energy which along with the bland choruses can feel repetitive

That energy does make for 3 or 4 ... read more
JD
NR
In my opinion this is there best work.

Fav tracks:

On The Inside

If we were ghosts
Dano
83
very good follow up from the disappointing cold world
KaijuCuellar
70
Pretty thoroughly enjoyable metal album. Was interested to hear this was the band’s first record after losing their front man, because the music seemed so seamless.

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Year End Lists

#15/Upset

Track List

  1. Defy
  2. Instincts
  3. Back to Me
  4. Sunflower
  5. Unbreakable
  6. Vertigo
  7. Money
  8. How Will You Live
  9. On the Inside
  10. Warzone
  11. Forever YDG'n
  12. If We Were Ghosts
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Added on: November 27, 2017