After months of anticipation from fans worldwide, 21st century hard rock leaders Of Mice & Men —vocalist/bassist Aaron Pauley, guitarist Alan Ashby, drummer Valentino Arteaga,
and guitarist Phil Manansala—announce their new album Defy, arriving in stores and online January 19, 2018. Pre-order it HERE
Kicking off this next chapter with a bang, the band is sharing its new single "Warzone" today
"We're excited to be debuting the music video for 'Warzone' today, a song from our new album, Defy," said Pauley. "For us, this new album encapsulates and showcases our desire to return to an aggressive, live-oriented sound, and 'Warzone' is one of the heaviest tracks on the album. Because we love releasing new music as often as we can, it only seemed fitting to release it right before our massive EU/UK tour with In Flames and Five Finger Death Punch this Fall/Winter. So turn it up, and bang your head."
Most importantly, "Warzone" lays the foundation for one of 2018's most anxiously awaited rock records.
Defy was produced by Howard Benson (My Chemical Romance, Three Days Grace, Skillet, The All-American Rejects) and mixed by Chris Lord Alge (Green Day, Breaking Benjamin, Shinedown, Rise
Earlier this year, Of Mice & Men teased the forthcoming album with the one-two punch of the singles "Unbreakable" and "Back to Me." Those songs have clocked over 7 million Spotify streams and 5 million YouTube/VEVO views in six months. Loudwire described the new material as "soaring," while Billboard, Alternative Press, and more featured the tracks.
Over the course of nearly a decade, Of Mice & Men have steadily risen to the top of the genre's ranks, hitting No. 1 on Billboard's Rock and Independent Charts and No. 4 on the genre-spanning Top 200.
The band has also racked up close to 5 million social media followers, along with a following so dedicated that it's practically disciple-like in its fandom. Through the years, they've shared stages with artists such as Metallica, Linkin Park, Slipknot, and Queens of the Stone Age, holding their own all the while winning over new fans with each performance.
Of Mice & Men's 2018 tour plans will be announced shortly.
OF MICE & MEN have released “Unbreakable,” a short film that brings fans onstage and behind the scenes for a unique look at life on the road with a touring rock band.
Directed by Johann Ramos, the documentary follows OM&M (bassist/vocalist Aaron Pauley, drummer Valentino Arteaga and guitarists Phil Manansala and Alan Ashby) across multiple continents for a series of electrifying performances captured earlier this year.
The band, who are currently on the road with In This Moment (click HERE for dates), are also putting the finishing touches on their new album, which was recorded with Grammy-nominated producer Howard Benson (Sepultura, My Chemical Romance) in Los Angeles. They recently invited Alternative Press into the studio for a sneak peek at the record, playing them new songs “Warzone” and “How Will You Live.”
“The whole energy of the record is very centered around our live shows,” Pauley told AP. “Our past records were made after extended breaks, so it’s hard to remember that live connection. But we’ve played so many shows over the summer that it bled into the music we made. We’re all very well connected on this record.”
The album follows two new songs, “Unbreakable” and “Back To Me,” which were released earlier this year and have racked up close to 20 millioncombined streams to date. The band maintained momentum by delivering a string of electrifying, show-stealing performances at some of the world’s biggest rock festivals, including Las Rageous, Fort Rock Festival, Welcome To Rockville, Carolina Rebellion, Northern Invasion, Rock on the Range, Download Festival, In.Fest and Nova Rock Festival, to name but a few.
Anticipation is running high for the yet-to-be-revealed new album, which follows Cold World.
OF MICE & MEN have hit No. 1 on Billboard’s Rock and Independent Charts and No. 4 on the genre-spanning Top 200. They’ve racked up over 153 million Spotify streams, 20 million YouTube views and close to 5 million social media followers. They’ve shared stages with artists such as Metallica, Linkin Park and Queens of the Stone Age and not only held their own, but won over new fans in the process. They’ve played hundreds of shows for packed-house-crowds around the world, released three studio albums to critical acclaim, and recorded tracks that have blanketed rock radio airwaves. Their sound has broken through obstacles of language, distance and culture. For most bands, such achievements usually mark the summation of a long career– if they’re lucky. But OF MICE & MEN have accomplished all that and more over the course of a mere five years. And while those feats make for one helluva resume, what makes this band really matter is that they’ve never stopped pushing themselves to go further.
Of Mice & Men will be touring the UK this December supporting Five Finger Death Punch and In Flames