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Over the last decade or so, metalcore has become the defining popular movement in heavy metal.
Most of the fastest rising acts in that time – from Bullet For My Valentine to Avenged Sevenfold and Bring Me The Horizon – have their roots in its rich soil. Orange County five-piece Of Mice & Men were born in the heart of it in 2009, but took many by surprise when their rampaging last album, The Flood, broke the Billboard Top 30.
Now, follow-up effort, Restoring Force shows a band rapidly outgrowing the scene that raised them. The breakdowns have been scaled down, and thanks to the encouragement of producer David Bendeth (Paramore, Asking Alexandria), long-held but lesser- heard rock and nu-metal influences have been brought to the fore.
MusicRadar spoke to guitarists Phil Manansala and Alan Ashby about the gear wars behind their Restoring Force tones, working with “mad scientist” Bendeth, and becoming a “f**king rock ’n’ roll band”...