Deciding to release a collection of extended plays over the year instead of a full-length, ‘Timeless’ marks not only the first instalment of the project but also the debut release for Of Mice & Men via their new home at SharpTone Records.
Not wasting time with the title-track opener, swelling pads give way to winding leads and crunching guitars. Taking elements of thrash and hardcore to keep the energy moving, guitarists Alan Ashby and Phil Manansala play against the dynamic vocal performance of Aaron Pauley. Shifting between full throttle guitars, sweeping choruses, and a seamless integration of electronics, ‘Timeless’ sees the quartet deliver an explosive opener.
Following up with the pummelling ‘Obsolete’, Pauley moves between growling verses and bouncing choruses before delivering a crushing coda. Taking all the elements expected from the group, from chugging guitars, spinning leads, and overlapping vocal hooks, ‘Obsolete’ serves as condensed introduction to the group.
Concluding with ‘Anchor’, restrained verses give way to a wide and driving chorus as Of Mice & Men move closer towards contemporary metalcore. Ending on an abrupt breakdown and ambient combo, ‘Anchor’ hints at a wider sound to come from later releases.
A tightly written and deliciously heavy collection of tracks, ‘Timeless’ is a welcome addition to their catalogue and one that will ultimately satisfy fans. With the brief runtime helping the release, Of Mice & Men have set the bar high for the EPs that are set to follow throughout 2021.