The Flood (Of Mice & Men album)

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The Flood
Of Mice & Men The Flood cover.jpg
Studio album by Of Mice & Men
Released June 14, 2011
July 24, 2012 (reissue)
Recorded The Foundation Recording Studios, Connersville, Indiana
Re: 2012, @ NRG Recording Studios, Hollywood, California
Genre Metalcore
Length 39:24 (original release)
52:15 (2012 reissue)
Label Rise
Producer Joey Sturgis, Cameron Webb (reissue)
Of Mice & Men chronology
Of Mice & Men
(2010)
The Flood
(2011)
Restoring Force
(2014)
Singles from The Flood
  1. "The Depths"
    Released: June 14, 2012
Deluxe Reissue
Deluxe Reissue album cover

The Flood is the second studio album by American metalcore band Of Mice & Men. It was released on June 14, 2011, through Rise Records.[1] On May 13, 2011 they released the song "Still YDG'N".[2] The album was leaked onto the internet on June 10, 2011, with Rise Records countering the leak by uploading the album on to their YouTube page 4 days before the release. The album debuted at No. 28 on the Billboard 200, selling over 13,000 copies in its first week, making it one of Rise Records' best-selling releases at the time. It is also the last release to feature bassist and clean vocalist Shayley Bourget. It marks a considerably heavier, technical musical approach from the band, and a stronger use of clean vocals from Bourget, having him lead two songs on the album (My Understandings, Purified).

The album was re-released on July 24, 2012. The re-release has four new songs, all written and performed without Bourget, new artwork, and the acoustic bonus track "When You Can't Sleep at Night".[3]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 70/100[4]
Review scores
Source Rating
AbsolutePunk 68%[5]
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[6]
Alternative Press 3.5/5 stars[7]
Kerrang! 3/5 stars[8]
Rock Sound 8/10[9]

"The Flood" has been well received by critics. On Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100, the album currently holds a 70, based on five reviews, indicating generally positive reviews.[10] The album received 8/10 on Rock Sound, which described the album "A truly memorable, hip-shaking face-breaker of epic proportions." At Alternative Press, Phil Freeman rated the album three-and-a-half stars, and called the album "a genuine statement of artistic purpose."[7]

James Shotwell of underthegunreview.net awarded the album an 8.5/10,[11] saying, "While it has its moments of doubt, there is no denying the amount of hard work, passion, and emotion poured into every second of this record." The album also earned a score of 4/5 stars on Propertyofzack.com.[12]

Commercial performance[edit]

During its first week of sale, the album sold 15,000 copies in the United States. As of January 2014, the album had sold 139,000 copies in the United States.[13]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "O.G. Loko" 3:18
2. "Ben Threw" 3:11
3. "Let Live" 4:16
4. "Still YDG'N" 3:11
5. "My Understandings" 2:33
6. "Ohioisonfire" 3:08
7. "Purified" 3:35
8. "Product of a Murderer" 3:51
9. "Repeating Apologies" 3:43
10. "The Great Hendowski" 3:06
11. "I'm a Monster" 1:59
12. "When You Can't Sleep at Night" (Acoustic by Shayley Bourget, CD only bonus track) 3:32
Total length: 39:24
Bonus CD on 2012 Deluxe Reissue
No. Title Length
1. "The Calm" 1:50
2. "The Storm" 4:05
3. "The Flood" 3:10
4. "The Depths" 3:46

Personnel[edit]

Of Mice & Men
Production
Deluxe Reissue
  • Produced by Cameron Webb
  • Mixed and mastered by Joey Sturgis

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Of Mice And Men - The Flood CD @ Interpunk.com - The Ultimate Punk Music Store!". Interpunk.com. 2011-06-14. Retrieved 2011-11-29. 
  2. ^ http://mindequalsblown.net/single-reviews/thoughts-on-new-of-mice-men-song-still-ydgn
  3. ^ "Of Mice & Men Announce Album Re-release". Heavy Petal. 2012-05-14. Retrieved 2012-06-14. 
  4. ^ "The Flood - Of Mice & Men". Metacritic. Retrieved 29 June 2014. 
  5. ^ Beringer, Drew (June 19, 2011). "Absolute Punk review". Absolute Punk. Retrieved November 29, 2011. 
  6. ^ Rovi. "Allmusic review". Allmusic. Retrieved July 10, 2013. 
  7. ^ a b Freeman, Phil (2011). "Of Mice & Men – The Flood". Alternative Press. Alternative Press Magazine, Inc. July 2011 (276): 110. ISSN 1065-1667. Retrieved December 25, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Kerrang! review". Kerrang!. Kerrang!: 52. 2011. Retrieved 10 July 2013. 
  9. ^ Withers, Pete (June 24, 2011). "Of Mice & Men - The Flood Reviews - Rocksound". Rock Sound. Retrieved July 10, 2013. 
  10. ^ "The Flood Reviews- Metacritic". Metacritic. 2011-06-14. Retrieved 2013-07-02. 
  11. ^ Shotwell, James (June 3, 2011). "Under The Gun review". Under The Gun Review. Retrieved November 29, 2011. 
  12. ^ Sharp, Tyler. "Of Mice & Men - The Flood (Reissue) review". Property of Zack. Retrieved July 10, 2013. 
  13. ^ http://archive.is/uiT7M
  14. ^ "The Flood - Of Mice & Men". AllMusic. 2011-06-14. Retrieved 2011-11-29.