Mnemic has always been a favorite band of mine. The band plays what they call “future fusion metal” which can often be described as something you would hear in Fear Factory’s Demanufacture album. Mix that with their Meshuggah-influenced sound, and it’s a thing of beauty for your listening pleasure.
Mnemic’s first two albums, Mechanical Spin Phenomena and The Audio Injected Soul are, in my opinion, Danish metal masterpieces. Nothing bad with either album. After the second album and the departure of lead vocalist Michael Bogballe, the remaining albums have been good, but have lacked that certain something, that power you had come to expect. On Mnemesis however, front man Guillaume Bideau does his best work. He belts out amazing choruses that you want to sing along to every step of the way.
Mnemic plays the whole groove metal genre better than most, and for that reason you really just want to do that for the most part when you listen – groove. You’ll find yourself bobbing your head to the simple sounding yet very intricate guitar work of Mircea Gabriel Eftemie and Victor Ray Salomonsen. Drummer Brian Larson and bassist Simone Bertozzi round out the band, and play tight as well, making this the best lineup and album since The Audio Injected Soul.
As good as Mnemesis is, it’s far from the best album put out by Mnemic. I think that with Mechanical Spin and Audio Injected Soul, the band might’ve put out two albums that were the best the band can do. Maybe it really was Michael Bogballe that held the band together with his amazing voice? Not really sure. One thing is for sure though: even if Mnemesis isn’t their best album ever, it’s still really really good. Good enough to put Mnemic back in the hunt as one of the better Danish metal bands in recent memory.