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  OF MICE & MEN DEFY CHALLENGES AND HEADLINE BLISTERING METALCORE SHOW
Of Mice & Men/Blessthefall/Fire From The Gods/MSCW: Music Hall, Minneapolis, Minnesota USA

19th February 2018

jeff kunze
Words and Pictures: Jeff Kunze



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Of Mice & Men began in California back in 2009, quickly becoming one of the premiere bands in the Metalcore genre. It's been a bumpy road throughout the years but things seem to have finally settled down as they hit the road in support of fifth studio album 'Defy' released earlier this year.

MSCW opened the night and surprisingly was a surge of modern and classic rock fusion as opposed to a Metalcore sound. Led by Moscow, a female singer from Russia, the band are entertaining and sounded great, even throwing in a cover of Motley's 'Live Wire'.

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Fire From The Gods, from Austin, Texas, hit next, blending various elements of music to create their own version of Metalcore. The crowd took to them quickly and the band responded with a highly energetic set.

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Blessthefall, who soon release album number six, 'Hard Feeling', would provide the main support. Hailing from Phoenix, the band hit the stage with energy and keep the fire burning throughout the performance, the fans with them every step of the way.

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Of Mice & Men took the stage with a fury, unleashing 'Defy', 'Warzone', and 'Unbreakable'. The unit consists of Aaron Pauley (vocals, bass), Alan Ashby (guitar), Phil Manansala (guitar), and Valentino Arteaga (drums) and they were firing on all cylinders.

The set was geared heavily to the newest release and the band ripped through 'Instincts', 'On The Inside', 'Back to Me', and 'Forever YDG'. The awesome cover of Pink Floyd's 'Money' was amazing as well.

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Touching on 'Restoring The Force', they played 'Would You Still Be There', which created the biggest sing-along of the night, and the crowd appreciated the blistering 'Bones Exposed'. The show ended with the destructive 'The Depths'.

There was no question that Aaron Pauley handled being the centre point of the band, commanding the band's catalogue beautifully. The band themselves were flawless and tight the entire show, fulfilling each song's potential whether it was a crusher, atmospheric, or melodic.

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The sound was crystal clear with the various guitar parts playing off each other, the bass right in the pocket as it synced in with the drums. I hate to say perfect, but the sound was, in fact, perfect.

Of Mice & Men has a very interesting history with founding member Austin Carlile leaving the fold, returning, and then leaving again. This could have been detrimental to the band and their fans, yet somehow these guys and not only managed the adversity but also turned that into a challenge to make the Of Mice & Men machine bigger and stronger than before.

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