Initial thought – as
first track, Humanaut sets in: 'Oh no. What a mess. They’ve gone for
just being noise'.
Second thought: 'Man,
that French guy sounds a lot like (former Mnemic singer) Michael
Third thought – when
second track, In the Nothingness Black, kicks in: 'Phew, more
structure. This is groovy, this is cool'!
On this their third
release, Mnemic sound a lot like Mnemic. Which is good.
They also manage to
embrace the controlled madness that Strapping Young Lad has. And
perhaps there’s a bit of Meshuggah technicality in the melting pot
The usual penchant for a catchy chorus is always present and
executed perfectly by space cadet Guillaume Bideau.
team behind ‘Passenger’ is perfect for Mnemic, with Christian Olde
Wolbers, Warren Riker and Tue Madsen turning the knobs.
Wolbers is, one could ponder, very suitably taking Mnemic to the
next step as he and Fear Factory were probably the main inspiration
for the band when they started out. The trio has delivered a nuanced
yet heavy sound for the Danish/French quartet, a sound that I could
easily see Mnemic holding on to for a long while.
The third release is
said to be the make it or break it effort. Mnemic make it, no doubt.
They’ve matured without becoming boring. They dare throw in the
crazy shit, they stay heavy and true to what initially made them
47 and a half
minute fly in the company of Mnemic. Try it.