Of Mice & Men, Live in London
Venue: Brixton Academy, London
Orange County metalcore crew prove their star power
A quick, cursory glance at the queue outside the Brixton Academy tonight will tell you two very telling things: firstly, that this is a band that appeal almost exclusively to a very youthful demographic; and secondly that, from the sheer length of the line that almost stretches back onto itself at the venue’s entrance and the crackle of excitement that is palpable in the air, whoever is playing here tonight doesn’t attract casual fans.
That band, of course, is Of Mice & Men. Ever since the release early last year of third album Restoring Force, their climb up the ladder of metal’s foodchain has really shifted through the gears. Ten minutes after the doors have opened and this, their biggest-ever UK headlining show, feels less like a gig and more like a coronation.