This is a mind-blowing album right from the opening of the crushing "Liquid" through to the spacey end of "Zero gravity".The Album is packs with jagged death metal riffs,spooky melodies, and soaring choruses.There is influence from all over the place on this album ,Fear Factory,Messuggah, but with they keep a unique sound.
The guitar work can be unimaginative at times, and there are unfortunatly no solos; but the tight weird timings more than make up for it.There are some very moshable riffs , like on "ghost" and "the naked and the dead" .The drumming is amazingly precise, and the vocalist sounds like he's angry enough to punch though a wall.It's really easy to get these songs stuck in your head.
If you like Fear Factory , Strapping Young Lad or Messuggah is recommend you buy this.Even if you don't like them... Buy this!!!
Combine the crushing riffs and polyrhythms of Meshuggah and melodicness of Fear Factory, and you get Mnemic. I've known of this band for quite a while now, and was eagerly awaiting the release of this album. The only criticism I could have of this album is that it could be longer, but then, Chaosphere is only 8 tracks, and thats an incredible album too! Best track on the album? Probably Db'xx'd.
Having seen the video for the single "Ghost", I was instantly drawn to this band and their sound. So I bought the CD on a whim hoping the rest of it lived up to the standards set by the single. And I certainly wasn't dissapointed. The best way to describe them is like a cross between Fear Factory, Meshuggah and In Flames. On first hearing them I found their use of odd measures and time signiatures offputting, but it soon becomes fluid and natural. The musicianship is generally pretty spot on all round. The guitar work is a little simplistic at times, and don't expect to find any solos lurking in there. However, this is made up for in that their synth section usually compliments the grinding guttural riffs with some spacey, haunting melody. The vocals are executed nicely, with the screaming parts leaning more towards that high shriek often found in Swedish Metal. The drumming is simply amazing - every bit as technical as Tool's Danny Carey, and every bit as fast (but infinitely more solid) than Slipknot's Joey Jordison. Standout tracks for me would be Ghost, The Naked And The Dead, and my absolute favourite - Mechanical Spin Phenomena, which combines pulsing rolling rythmns with a melodic and euphoric chorus. Overall, awesome stuff. Everything Fear Factory could have been had they stuck together a little longer and evolved. Some of the tracks can start to sound a little samey, and there are brief portions in a few songs where things get a little muddy, but it's nothing worth docking a star for. This is a hugely enjoyable album which will appeal to metal and non metal fans alike. Extras include a bonus remix track of Blood Stained, as well as the music video for Ghost.
Members of Mnemic are born and bred in Aalborg, a city in the northern part of Jutland, Denmark ... not bloody Sweden. And whats more: There's absolutely nothing remotely Swedish on their sound ... faint traces of Abba on the melodies maybe, but thats about it. Mnemic is probably the best Danish metal-act at this time although quite a lot of new bands are brewing. But - and this is to make one more remark to the guy who claims that they're Swedish ... I bet they would admit to some musical inspiration from the DANISH band Mercyful Fate ... (yesterday we did Scandinavia ... love their reindeers). Anyway, should you wish to get to know some fine Danish music, Mnemic is a really inspiring place to dig in. They compose some fairly complicated musical patterns but manage to make it flow just the same and they combine really agressive playing and singing with some strong melodies. One of the stars (or rather half of it) may be due to patriotism, but this is really interesting music just the same.