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Not a new MSP...
on 30 November 2004
Let me start by saying it's a new Mnemic album. It's fantastic for that reason alone.
Unfortunately you get the impression this one was written quickly, unlike MSP, which was written and perfected over years.
Michael's vocals have progressed as he seems to of settled into his style and have confidence to try new ideas (Sane Vs. Normal etc.), but alot of the chorus' sound alike.
Anyway, I digress, the songwriting is the flaw on this record. Alot of the originality and fantastic riffs have dissappeared, with most of the tracks coming in at 3-4 minutes long (unlike Tattoos & Zero Gravity from MSP). As for 'Wild Boys'... the least said the better!
Saying that, Deathbox is a new classic, Jack Vegas has a fantastic guitar hook in the chorus. Mindsaver is great too, sounding very like something from MSP. Dreamstate Emergency is good, though sounds very latter day Fear Factory influenced.
All in all, this is a really good album. It just could of been better. I just hope they spend more time on the next one.