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Of Mice & Men and the struggle to join metal's big league

Against all odds, Californian crushers Of Mice & Men have become one of modern metal’s biggest names – here frontman Austin Carlile tells us how...

WHAT WAS IT LIKE TO WIN A GOLDEN GOD FOR BEST LIVE BAND IN 2015?

Austin Carlile (vocals): “It felt awesome. We’ve been up for a lot of awards for random magazines and stuff, and it’s cool, but to be up for Best Live Band for Metal Hammer, that trumps them all. And the fact we actually won was really cool, and it meant a lot. We give a lot for our show, and I want people to hear our music and to hear our story, and to know who we are. A big part of that is giving your all when you’re playing, so the fact we won Best Live band was like, ‘Finally, finally, someone recognises how hard we work!’”

WHAT’S BEEN YOUR CAREER HIGHLIGHT SO FAR?

“I think, hands down, it has to be our new album, Cold World. Recording it, the process, how it came out… I just couldn’t wait for everyone to hear it. Restoring Force was exciting, but then with this record it’s a whole new step. It’s a whole new ballgame now, and we’re ready to do it.”


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