Breaking News: Of Mice and Men Release New Single and Perform Live For the First Time Since Austin Carlile’s Departure

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In case you missed it, in the last few days of 2016 iconic frontman, Austin Carlile, of the successful metalcore act, Of Mice & Men, departed the group due to ongoing medical concerns that prevented him from being a full time member of the band.  The shocking news that the beloved singer would be leaving behind the group he started quickly spread across the metalcore community.  We covered the story here at Erik’s Album Reviews, and if you haven’t had a chance to read our post about it, you can do so now!

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Shortly after this departure of Carlile, the band was bombarded with questions about how they would continue, and if they would at all.  For those who don’t remember, there was a short period in time, between 2010 and 2011, when Austin Carlile was also not apart of the group and Jerry Roush (Sky Eats Airplane and Glass Cloud) was the main vocalist of the band.  This Roush fronted OM&M only released one cover track of “Blame It”, originally recorded by Jamie Foxx, however it still stood as proof that the group can continue their successes without Carlile as a member of the band.

So, because of this, Of Mice & Men announced early this year that they would continue on as a band and still proceed to write new music.  What is most interesting, however, is that the group decided not to hire a new vocalist and instead promote Aaron Pauley, who previously played bass and sung “clean” vocals for the band, to the frontman, who would perform all vocals while playing bass.  This conversion to a four piece was very interesting to say the least, and despite not following the band as attentively as I used to years ago, I was extremely intrigued to see how the band would do with this new structure.

After a long wait, on April 23rd, with the help of Rise Records, Of Mice & Men released their latest single, “Unbreakable”, featuring the new setup to their lineup.  To be completely honest, this is the first Of Mice & Men track I’ve thoroughly enjoyed in years.  It sounds a lot like the material heard on “Restoring Force”, yet there is a slightly more aggressive and heavier influence heard in this track that was absent, for the most part, on the more recent material.  I’m also shocked at how well Pauley has been handling the harsh vocals for Of Mice & Men on this track.  Not only is his delivery similar to that of Austin Carlile, but I wasn’t even aware that he was capable of this performance, as his harsh vocals for his previous band, Jamie’s Elsewhere, aren’t exactly proficient to say the least.  The lyricism definitely is not stunning, but I can’t remember a time in Of Mice & Men’s history where their lyricism was stellar, so this aspect really does not hurt the band at all.

After hearing the new track I was pleasantly surprised, however, the question of would their live performance live up to such high standards was something I was dying to find an answer to.  Of Mice & Men have been known to put on intense shows that not only are entertaining, but feature a lot of movement and fan interaction, especially since Carlile, who was just a vocalist, was able to move freely across the stage/venue and was absolutely worshipped by fans, allowing his performance to be flawless through the eyes of Of Mice & Men fans.  Because of this, I was uncertain as to how the band would be able to maintain this level of adrenaline and excitement at their shows.  Luckily, one of Of Mice & Men’s first performances without Austin Carlile took place, on April 22nd, the day before the “Unbreakable” music video was released and live footage from fans almost instantly emerged on Youtube.  One of the first Carlile-less appearances from the band occurred at the outdoor festival, Las Rageous, which as you can imagine, takes place in Las Vegas, Nevada.  The two tracks I saw performed live, through these live videos, were “Bones Exposed” and “The Depths”, which are two high energy, fan favorite songs that would serve as good examples as to whether or not the band can still be entertaining live.  After watching both videos, even though there was clearly a lack of movement and fan interaction, I can conclude that the performance, especially when evaluating Aaron Pauley and Alan Ashby’s vocal deliveries, was nearly perfect and the intensity and high energy aspects of Of Mice and Men’s live performance were still very prominent, despite not having a vocalist who is free to move around.  Unfortunately, the Las Rageous crowd was pretty dull, but the band themselves were very entertaining.

The new single, “Unbreakable”, and both live videos I watched are attached below.  Check them out and let us know what you think of them and this new era of Of Mice & Men.  We’ll keep you up to date on any updates about OM&M, so stay tuned for more metalcore content and other extreme music content due out very soon!

 

“Unbreakable”:

“Bones Exposed (live)”:

“The Depths (live)”:

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Breaking News: Aphex Twin Plays First US Show in 8 Years and Releases a Surprise 12″ Record

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Over the weekend, one of the greatest electronic artists of all time, Aphex Twin, performed in the United States for the first time in 8 years.  Playing at Houston’s Day for Night Festival, Aphex Twin performed a two hour long headlining set to close out Saturday night.  The impressive live set is absolutely mesmerizing and easily makes up for the long gap between US performances.

What is even more notable to mention is that Aphex Twin released a surprise 12″ record at the festival.  Apparently, according to festival goers who bought a copy, the artwork and record sleeve is completely white and the only designs seen are on the vinyl disc’s inner label, which features the logos for Aphex Twin, Warp Records, and Day for Night Festival along with the date and location of the festival.  It is speculated that two songs are featured on the vinyl, but further information about the new vinyl has yet to be released.

If you picked up a copy, leave a comment and tell us more about this surprise 12″ record release and let us know how the festival went!  For those who weren’t in Houston, like myself, you can watch the first 30 minutes of Aphex Twin’s set below!  And lastly, If you love electronic music as much as we do at Erik’s Album Reviews, then make sure to check back in for more electronic music news and reviews to be released soon!

Breaking News: Kanye West Extends Saint Pablo Tour By Adding More North American Dates

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Since August, Kanye West has been performing on the Saint Pablo Tour, which is intended to promote his latest album, “The Life of Pablo”.  The tour has recently seen an expansion, which will now be running until his New Year’s Eve show in Brooklyn and features stops in both cities he recently played in for the first wave of the Saint Pablo Tour, and cities he has yet to perform in.

The tour made headlines this year not for the material he was playing, but for how Kanye himself would put on these shows.  On the Saint Pablo Tour, Kanye stands on a “hovering” platform literally above his fans with a grid of stage lights beaming down on him.  This essentially creates a very intimate concert environment with the floor/mosh pit of fans being separated from Kanye by only a few feet.  This idea of a stage setup is absolutely genius and in return causes the Saint Pablo Tour to be a show I cannot miss, and you shouldn’t miss it either for that matter!

The picture above is one of the awe inspiring images that have surfaced online from one of the concerts on the tour.  A list of dates for this second wave of shows is attached below.  Also if the video below filmed by a fan in the crowd at the Dallas date of the Saint Pablo Tour doesn’t give you goosebumps and makes you want to go to this show, then I honestly don’t know what will.  This tour will probably be the greatest tour of 2016, and one of the best shows you will go to ever, and if you don’t believe me, then ask the thousands of people who have attended the tour so far and have said nothing but positive things about this electric performance by Kanye.  All tickets for the second wave of the show go on sale Friday so make sure you pick up your ticket then and get excited for the next stage in the Saint Pablo Tour featuring Kanye West.

10-19 Seattle, WA – KeyArena
10-22 & 23 Oakland, CA – Oracle Arena
10-25, 26, & 27 Los Angeles, CA – The Forum
10-29 Las Vegas, NV – T-Mobile Arena
11-01-02 Los Angeles, CA – The Forum
11-17 San Jose, CA – SAP Center at San Jose
11-19 Sacramento, CA – Golden 1 Center
11-22 Fresno, CA – SaveMart Center
11-23 Anaheim, CA – Honda Center
11-26 Dallas, TX – American Airlines Center
11-28 Denver, CO – Pepsi Center
12-01 San Antonio, TX – AT&T Center
12-02 Houston, TX – Toyota Center
12-04 Ft. Lauderdale, FL – BB&T Center
12-06 Orlando, FL – Amway Center
12-08 Atlanta, GA – Philips Arena
12-09 Columbia, SC – Colonial Life Arena
12-11 Albany, NY – The Times Union Center
12-13 Philadelphia, PA – Wells Fargo Center
12-15 Philadelphia, PA – Wells Fargo Center
12-16 Newark, NJ – Prudential Center
12-18 Toronto, Ontario – Air Canada Centre
12-20 Louisville, KY – KFC Yum! Center
12-22 Auburn Hills, MI – The Palace of Auburn Hills
12-27 Washington, DC – Verizon Center
12-28 Boston, MA – TD Garden
12-30 & 31 Brooklyn, NY – Barclays Center

Breaking News: Apparently Brendon Urie Performed “It Remembers” With Every Time I Die

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As mentioned earlier, Every Time I Die’s latest album, “Low Teens”, features an extremely catchy and addictive track called “It Remembers” that includes guest vocals from Panic! At The Disco’s Brendon Urie.  I personally didn’t know that the two groups were fans of each other, so I was surprised to see they recorded a song together.

ETID has been playing “It Remembers” often on tour this month  and last night they played a show in Los Angeles.  Apparently, Brendon Urie was at the concert and got on stage to perform with Every Time I Die.  The short video of his singing with the band is posted below and I highly suggest you watch it!  It’s obvious after watching the video that Brendon Urie is a huge fan of ETID and his massive fandom for the band can be seen through his brief, yet electric performance.  Of course Brendon and Every Time I Die also sound amazing while performing “It Remembers”.  Urie even took to Twitter after the show to express his gratitude towards ETID for allowing him to accomplish his dream of playing a show with them.

Like previously stated, the video of the show in LA last night is posted below and the blog I wrote about Brendon Urie being announced as a guest vocalist on “Low Teens” is also attached, along with the music video for “It Remembers”.  The album review for “Low Teens” is almost finished and should be posted on the site in the next few days!

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