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Album Review

In metal, one man's idea of a sellout is another man's idea of growth, maturity, and expansion. That was seen back in 1990, when Slayer's excellent Seasons in the Abyss was described as everything from their most mature and distinguished work to a pathetic attempt at commercial mainstream acceptance. Slayer, even at their most melodic, were never in danger of being mistaken for Poison or Bon Jovi, but there are always musical ideologues in the metal underground who think that a sellout is lurking behind every corner. And such ideologues will no doubt question the purity of Sons of the System, which is relatively melodic by Mnemic's standards. This early-2010 release often has a strong sense of groove and isn't without its share of melodic hooks, but make no mistake: Sons of the System is still a scorching slab of futuristic alternative metal. Those melodic hooks might soften the blows somewhat, but even so, a great deal of kicking, battering, and pummeling occurs on Sons of the System. And the influences that worked well for Mnemic in the past — including Meshuggah, Fear Factory, Sepultura, and Slayer — work well for them on this 52-minute CD, although Mnemic are talented alt-metallers in their own right. But again, what is growth to one person is a compromise to someone else. So inevitably, there really will be some purer-than-thou ideologues claiming that even though Sons of the System leaves plenty of bruises, it doesn't leave enough of them (which is sort of like saying that Margaret Thatcher isn't right-wing enough or that Hugo Chavez is too much of a conservative). But let the ideologues of the metal underground say what they want — Sons of the System is another exciting alt-metal disc from these Danish agitators.

Customer Reviews

loved it!

As a fan of the first two albums i was let down with the direction of passenger. this one on the other hand has renewed my love for the band and has my head banging. everthing sounds tight and the vocals sound 10 times better.

the album, like passenger is slightly off in a differnt direction than the others, however this time it's a good thing. Shows that they can be creative but not change there sound too much.

If you like Mnemic then buy this CD!!!

It's a change... but still very good!

Ok so mnemic has deffantly changed on this album. still that doesn't mean it's bad at all. infact this album is probably one of their most strong albums. yea i liked there old singer too but there new one still knows how to turn an album into a mnemic album.
Now lets talk about what's different, unlike all the other albums this one is deffantly much more experimental taking a "meshuggah-like sound" but they still are albe to keep their industrial influences and grooves.
Honestly i think mnemic will keep changing there sound and if there albums like sons of the system then hey, i wont complain!


Mnemic is an all time favorite of mine. Everytime you listen to a song you hear something different that just totally blows your mind!!!


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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Sons of the System, Mnemic
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music, Metal
  • Released: Jan 26, 2010

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