Following on from the release of two EP’s, February’s Timeless and May’s Bloom, Of Mice & Men wrap the trilogy that conceives Echo with finesse and artistry, set amidst a field of relentless, unerringly heavy chugs, and cataclysmic breakdowns.
Opening duo “Timeless” and “Obsolete” serve in injecting a simmering tension from the offset, the latter depicting the California quartet at their thunderous best, nostalgic expressions of 00s metalcore set amidst a field of Valentino Arteaga’s ferocious drums.
Something that wasn’t as discernibly present in the band’s earlier work was the depth and variety to their storytelling. To be able to convey as many emotions and feeling over the course of just a few tracks as they have managed on all three respective parts of Echo, deftly jumping from melancholy to triumphant, from contemplative to imperious is something that comes over even more with the delivery of part three.
Tracks such as “Anchor” and “Mosaic” are genuine theatre, hauntingly direct, set amidst a field of blistering breakdowns and ambitious instrumentation. The latter leads into heady and electro-infused modern rock anthem “Fighting Gravity,” setting itself apart with an atmospheric ambience, punctuating, albeit briefly, OM&M’s slide into new realms of heaviness.
The final (original) track on the release, “Echo” acts as an apt conclusion, a culmination of emotions from the extraordinarily testing past two years and a multi-faceted showcase of the band’s accomplished and increasingly dexterous metalcore.
Fans will no doubt feel a little short changed that the composition of a new full-length is comprised of primarily pre-released tracks. On the other hand, Of Mice & Men have created an album which, as a collection sits together strongly. Echo is a timely reminder—should you need one—that Of Mice & Men are a band nearing the top of their game.
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