Earthandsky (stylized in all caps; read as Earth and Sky) is the sixth studio album by American metalcore band Of Mice & Men. It was released on September 27, 2019 through Rise Records. The album was produced by Josh Wilbur and is the follow-up to the group's fifth album, Defy (2018).
Background and promotion
On October 10, 2018, Aaron Pauley announced that the band is working on a new album with producer Josh Wilbur. Pauley has also stated that the new record will be 'heavier' compared to Defy.
On February 14, 2019, the band released the first single of the album titled "How to Survive" which, as they stated, sounded much heavier than tracks from their previous album Defy.
On May 3, the band released the second single titled "Mushroom Cloud" and its corresponding music video.
On July 26, the band released the third single and title track "Earth & Sky" along with a music video.
On September 5, the band released the fourth single of the album titled "Taste of Regret" along with an accompanying music video.
Distorted Sound 9/10
Kerrang! 3/5 stars
Wall of Sound 8.5/10
The album received mostly positive reviews from critics. Distorted Sound scored the album 9 out of 10 and said: "Earthandsky is a hefty gift from Of Mice & Men. One could argue it's merely the "step-up" from Defy with an expected push into an even heavier direction, but pockets of surprises with songs that don't hold back in the experimental changes give them a unique, refreshing sound. If this is anything to claim for what the future of Of Mice & Men promises, then it's looking like a bright future." Kerrang! gave the album 3 out of 5 and stated: "Whichever facet of Of Mice & Men first appealed to fans, they're catered for even more ably on Earthandsky than on its predecessor. It is an album as epic as its title, and proves that, although this is a band who have had to traverse more trouble than some, they will not be defeated by them." Wall of Sound gave the album a score 8.5/10 and saying: "Earthandsky is a representation of past and present day Of Mice & Men. The band aims to find the perfect balance in melodic metalcore right throughout this record, layering screams, vocals and breakdowns in a way that makes for an enjoyable listen. This album was an absolute experience to listen to, for old and new OM&M fans alike, and is a great addition to their legendary catalogue and contribution they've brought to metalcore during their entire career as a band."
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