Metalcore giants Of Mice & Men have ruled the scene ever since their inception in 2009. Led by Austin Carlile and his harsh, unique screams, Of Mice & Men carved their way to the top with their relentlessly energetic brand of metalcore that always translated into crazy shows. With four albums under their belt, a change in style was evident in their third release, Restoring Force. Blending nu-metal with their traditional metalcore, Of Mice & Men further set themselves apart from the rest, as seen by their album reaching number 4 on the Billboard 200. Tours with Slipknot and Linkin Park showed that this band was destined for even greater things. You could even claim that they are pioneers in the revival of nu-metal. However, the current that Of Mice & Men has been riding is finally subsiding, as Austin Carlile had announced his departure from the band due to health concerns. The band will continue with members Aaron Pauley, Phil Manansala, Alan Ashby, and Valentino Arteaga.
Instead of mourning his departure, I think it’s fitting to remember the best tracks Austin’s helped Of Mice & Men create. Here’s the top 10 Of Mice & Men songs.
10. THOSE IN GLASS HOUSES
Frenetic from start to finish, this track was a perfect example of how brutal Of Mice & Men was on their first album. It’s quite often that their self-titled seems to be forgotten, but this was the album that put them on the map. This track simply shows why.
You might notice that the first two songs on this list are heavy-hitters. That’s because fans across the board adored Of Mice & Men’s ability to infuse catchy clean vocals into aggressive tracks without sacrificing the originality or integrity of the song. Ohioisonfire is a prime example of that. Thrashing drums with feral guitar riffs and nasty breakdowns will get anyone flailing, but the infectious vocals of ex-bassist/clean vocalist Shayley Bourget will get anyone singing. Also, let’s not forget how wild it is to hear Carlile to chop up his scream when he says he’s taking you with him “out of line”.
8. THE BALLAD OF TOMMY CLAYTON & THE RAWDAWG MILLIONAIRE
I know, it’s a mouth full. But the song is relentless and contains some of the best if not catchiest guitar work from Phil Manansala. The chugging breakdowns seem to perfectly set up Bourget’s soaring chorus. Moreover, the lyrics on this track are straight fire with tons of memorable lines (i.e. “bloody hands stop beating hearts”, “shut those legs, girl, it’s closing time”).
Probably the band’s most underrated track, this track was the second single that preceded the release of their second album, The Flood. This track is the most melodic ever created without coming off as cliche or lackluster. The riff that backs the verses is so sensational and addicting that you will find yourself replicating the riff with your own mouth. Bourget kills it on this track, along with Carlile who destroys the bridge in the best way possible.
6. Would You Still Be There
One of the best songs on their third album, Restoring Force, Would You Still Be There is the most radio-friendly track the band had ever created. Anthemic and catchy by nature, this is the first track in which Austin Carlile takes an extremely noticeable back seat to new vocalist/bassist Aaron Pauley. This track also shows tremendous guitar work from Manansala and Ashby, further showing how talented this band really is. This isn’t a sellout track; this is a versatile track.