Of Mice & Men and vocalist Austin Carlile parted ways in 2016 due to some combination of his Marfan Syndrome and disagreements within the band. Bassist Aaron Pauley stepped up to the mic in place of Carlile with the rest of the band acting as backup vocalists and together they cranked out their new album Defy. Defy was released this January and the band has already announced they're back in the studio with producer and engineer Josh Wilbur (Lamb Of God, Gojira) for a new album due out spring 2019.
"We're super pumped to be in the studio with Josh, as we're all big fans of his production and mix discography. When we decided to go heavier with this album, Josh's was one of the first names to pop up — and I can tell you, we're a little over halfway done and it's sounding huge and heavy, heavenly and absolutely demonic — all rolled into one."
Personally, I'm interested to see where they go with the new one. I thought Defy was pretty damn good, if not a step in a heavier direction for the band.