Of Mice and Men – O2 Academy Bristol, 27/03/15


Music is subjective to an individual’s taste – nobody is going to like every single genre or artist that’s ever existed. What’s most frustrating, however, is those who associate a band or artist with a particular style, image or fan demographic and immediately discredit them as substandard and not ‘worthy’ of playing the music they do.Music is subjective to an individual’s taste – nobody is going to like every single genre or artist that’s ever existed. What’s most frustrating, however, is those who associate a band or artist with a particular style, image or fan demographic and immediately discredit them as substandard and not ‘worthy’ of playing the music they do. Certainly, Of Mice and Men (8) are an outfit who have been lumped in with others like Bring Me the Horizon, Black Veil Brides and Asking Alexandria as ‘not metal’ and ‘emo’. It couldn’t be further from the truth from a creative aspect; latest album Restoring Force is incredibly heavy across its eleven track, forty minute output and they’ve risen to become one of the leading ‘gateway bands’ of metal, introducing the genre to a new generation of young fans who will then go on to discover older, more established acts like Sabbath, Maiden and Metallica. Tonight, Bristol’s O2 Academy is sold out, with people queuing for a good two and a half hours before doors open. It’s an early gig due to the Academy’s club night afterwards and it appears the staff haven’t quite adjusted to that, opening doors late and meaning that people are still streaming […]

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