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Mnemic
The Audio Injected Soul
October 2004
Released: 2004, Nuclear Blast
Rating: 4.8/5
Reviewer: Lord of the Wasteland

Mnemic burst on the scene last summer with the debut album, MECHANICAL SPIN PHENOMENA, which earned them endless comparisons to Fear Factory and Strapping Young Lad. Since those are two of my favorite bands, I’m not sure how that CD never made it to my ears bit I was fortunate enough to latch on to Mnemic’s latest, THE AUDIO INJECTED SOUL. Indeed, the comparisons to Fear Factory and Strapping Young Lad are perfectly warranted as the harsh/melodic vocal style of Burton C. Bell is present as is the technical, yet furious drumming style of Raymond Herrera. The presence of a lot of keyboards reflects the industrial sounds of Strapping Young Lad and there are some songs that almost reach the frenzied palette that Devin & Co. paint. Still, Mnemic is not simply a knock-off of these two bands. THE AUDIO INJECTED SOUL oozes with all the catchiness of fellow Danes, Raunchy, but is able to keep the intensity levels up creating a unique brand of metal they call “Fusion Future Metal.” The keyboards definitely add a space-like aura to some of the songs and some interesting riffing brings to mind math metal giants, Meshuggah. To mix things up even further, Mnemic close the CD with a Duran Duran cover!



THE AUDIO INJECTED SOUL was recorded by Tue Madsen (Heaven Shall Burn, The Haunted, Hatesphere) using a Three Dimensional Sound Formatting technology that really brings he music to life. The drums literally explode out of your speakers with such clarity that it couldn’t be any better if the band were playing live right in front of you! Try putting on some good headphones for an especially invigorating experience!



“Dreamstate Emergency” features some incredible drumming by Brian “Brylle” Rasmussen and the double bass just rumbles through your head. Michael Bogballe’s vocals waver between a harsh roaring scream through the verses to a soothing clean vocal during the choruses. These guys certainly know how to write hook-filled melodies and still keep things heavy enough not to drift out of the metal medium. Raunchy have also done this exceptionally well. The sound bounces around the room during this song and really is a unique experience. My favorite track on the CD is the cryptically titled, “Door 2.12.” The Strapping Young Lad influence is prevalent here as Bogballe’s vocals sound extremely close to those of Heavy Devy himself as he bellows “Behind door two point twelve!” The clean/harsh vocal switch-off works well here as the two balance each other out perfectly and make the harsh vocals harsher and the clean vocals cleaner. Tomas “Obeast” Koefoed is a bass monster on “Illuminate,” one of the heavier tracks on the CD. The synth intro of “Deathbox” creates a trippy atmosphere that leads to the searing riff and impenetrable wall of sound that complete the track. HEAVY, HEAVY, HEAVY!! Rune Stigart’s rhythms coupled with Mircea Gabriel Eftemie’s leads are absolutely stunning on this track. Like Bogballe’s vocals, they are the perfect balance of heavy and melodic. The spoken vocals of “Sane Vs. Normal” are only part of the oddness of this song. It is short and thrashy and whoever this “Mr. Ridgeway” person is sounds like one sinister piece of work! “Jack Vegas” lets the SYL-influence sink in deeper, while “Mindsaver” could have easily come off of Fear Factory’s DEMANUFACTURE CD. The track sure to draw the most attention and criticism is Mnemic’s take on the Duran Duran classic, “Wild Boys.” Most metalheads will never admit to liking Duran Duran but as a child of the 80s, they were inescapable and the Mad Max-styled video left an indelible impression on me. Mnemic have done a damn fine job of keeping the original feel there but obviously have stepped up the guitar parts and Bogballe’s vocals surpass those of Simon LeBon to make it their own.



More organic than Strapping Young Lad and less industrial than Fear Factory, Mnemic have unleashed a true masterpiece of modern metal with THE AUDIO INJECTED SOUL. Wearing one’s influences on one’s sleeve is a courageous thing to do given metalheads fickle attitudes, but Mnemic embrace them and build on them to deliver what they call “Fusion Future Metal.” To me, that is defined as a bit of thrash, a bit of prog and a whole lot of effects that were painstakingly mixed in the studio to draw the listener in to a headbanging trip unlike no other.



KILLER KUTS: “Dreamstate Emergency,” “Door 2.12,” “Illuminate,” “Deathbox,” “Mindsaver”
Track Listing

1. Dreamstate Emergency
2. Door 2.12
3. Illuminate
4. Deathbox
5. Sane Vs. Normal
6. Jack Vegas
7. Mindsaver
8. Overdose In The Hall of Fame
9. The Silver Drop
10. Wild Boys

Lineup

Michael Bogballe—Vocals
Mircea Gabriel Eftemie—Lead Guitar
Rune Stigart—Rhythm Guitar
Tomas “Obeast” Koefoed—Bass
Brian “Brylle” Rasmussen—Drums


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Mnemic
The Audio Injected Soul
October 2004
Released: 2004, Nuclear Blast/Sound Pollution
Rating: 3.8/5
Reviewer: Anders Sandvall

Mnemic is yet another upcoming band from Denmark and THE AUDIO INJECTED SOUL is their second album, their debut album MECHANICAL SPIN PHENOMENA having been released last year. Mnemic describes their music as heavy on thrash riffs with progressive elements, modern synthesizers and electronic samples that create both a hard and spacey atmosphere. The band had decided to describe their sound as “fusion future metal.” These Danish guys have been compared with bands like Meshuggah, Fear Factory and Strapping Young Lad but Mnemic doesn’t copy these bands. Instead they have independent ideas and a self-contained style, at least according to the accompanying bio I received.



2004 began pretty good for Mnemic. They opened the Roskilde Festival in their home-country Denmark (as the first metal band ever) and they also did shows at Rock am Ring and Rock im Park in Germany. They were support to Fear Factory through Germany and Austria. Their song “Ghost” was featured in the movie “Alone In The Dark.” In other words, Mnemic has been kind of busy.



Once again Mnemic have gone to Antfarm Studio in Aarhus, Denmark to record their album and once again used Tue Madsen as producer. Madsen has created a tight and fresh soundscape updated to the 21stt century. The production sounds aggressive yet melodic in certain parts. You may have to listen to the album a few times before you can fully appreciate it but it’s worth the time it takes.



To me Mnemic’s music sounds sometimes incredibly aggressive and brutal and sometimes slower and melodic. To describe their music I can best compare them to the Swedish band In Flames. The music is very technical and sometimes it borders on melodic thrash metal. I wouldn’t call it “fusion future metal” at all. I think we have enough different metal genres as it is, so I won’t take part in inventing any new ones.



Well after that comes the question whether I like the album or not. All I can say is that this is completely brilliant with very little to complain about. As I wrote earlier it takes a few times before you can appreciate it, but please take the time because I guarantee that you won’t regret it.



I’m not a fan of the band Duran Duran but I have to admit that Mnemic has made a really good cover of the song “Wild Boys” on this album. They have managed to make it their own song. It’s not often the cover is better than the original but in this case it’s actually so. I strongly suggest that fans of technical/melodic thrash metal buy this album. The best tracks are “Dreamstate Emergency”, “Deathboc”, “Sand Vs. Normal”, “Jack Vegas” and “Wild Boys.”



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Track Listing

1. Dreamstate Emergency
2. Dour
3. Illuminate
4. Deathbox
5. Sane Vs. Normal
6. Jack Vegas
7. Mindsaver
8. Overdose In The Hall Of Fame
9. The Silver Drop
10. Wild Boys

Lineup

Michael Bogballe – lead vocals
Mircea Gabriel Eftemie – guitar
Rune Stigart – guitar
Tomas “Obeast” Koefoed – bass
Brian “Brylle” Rasmussen – drums


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