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Album Review

Fear Factory is inevitably the band that comes to mind about 30 seconds into Mnemic's second album, 2004's The Audio Injected Soul. Pummeling death metal riffs, start-stop arrangements, double kick-drums, and both hardcore barks and clean vocal harmonies are all spun together through a dizzying maelstrom of technology, and, really, all the listener can do is hang on for dear life. Of course, that's not to say their experiments are successful from the start. In fact, initial offerings like "Dreamstate Emergency," "Illuminate," and obviously forced first single "Door 2.12" (its infectiously melodic chorus tries a little too hard to please) are overwrought and overlong (curiously, a problem that afflicts Fear Factory, too), and one can't help but wish a minute or two had been lopped off for better results. Sure enough, The Audio Injected Soul hits its stride with a trio of more contained, outstanding tracks shortly thereafter: "Deathbox" wins the struggle between accessibility and inventiveness where "Door 2.12" had failed; the robotic narration and other assorted voices tormenting "Sane vs. Normal" make for a truly schizophrenic experience; and the opposing forces tearing at "Jack Vegas" (bruising guitar riffs here, deeply woven harmonies evocative of Rush there) make it one of the record's best, most cleverly realized compositions. Mixed results follow, with yet another undisputable highlight called "Overdose in the Hall of Fame" preceding a final shock remake of Duran Duran's "Wild Boys," which is, if nothing else, curiously entertaining. Overall, this is a very solid offering with definite flaws, yes, but also much promise for this risk-taking band's future.

Customer Reviews

A definite step up for Mnemic...

While Mechanical Spin Phenomena was a great album, this one just blows it away. Mnemic take things to a whole new level, with a more diverse collection of songs that can all hold their own. My personal favorites are Deathbox (Possibly the best intro to any song, EVER), The Silver Drop, and Jack Vegas. If you liked their first effort, you'll love this one without question.

Better get used to "Repeat"

I have been listening to bands like Soilwork, In Flames, and Fear Factory for years now and when I first heard of this band and the best track on the Cd, "Deathbox" >> I just knew that this band is the king of Industrial Metal. Never have I heard such a mix of tight technical drumming, melodic guitar riffs, atmospheric synthesizer effects (make you feel like you are in space), and vocals that get in your face and stay in your face. This cd is a must have and you will find yourself like me pressing "Repeat" at almost every song. It's that good and definately check out "Overdose In The Hall Of Fame" -> perfect example of a song that is so well written that it makes you feel like you are heading down from space and crashing into Earth. Definately a must buy.

This band is REALLY good, seriously

I saw Mnemic live last weekend with Darkest Hour. They were awsome live. Not only are they a diverse band but their sound is distinct. You can hear a huge Fear Factory influence but they bring their own flare to the concoction. Imagine Meshuggah, Fear Factory, and a more melodic band like Soilwork, all mashed into this powerful industiral sound. This album is (sic) but their first album was better


Formed: Aalborg, Denmark

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s

Denmark's Mnemic offer a futuristic metal style evocative of post-industrial outfits such as Fear Factory and Strapping Young Lad. Formed in the town of Aalborg, circa 2000 (although the concept had been kicking around since 1997) by singer Michael Bøgballe, guitarist/keyboardist Mircea G. Eftemie, guitarist Rune Stigart, bassist Mikkel Larsen, and drummer/keyboardist Brian Rasmussen (also of Invocator), the group unleashed its debut album, Mechanical Spin Phenomena, in 2002, through Nuclear Blast....
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music, Metal
  • Released: Oct 05, 2004

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