Mnemic
Passenger


2.5
average

Review

by Greg Majewski USER (30 Reviews)
February 1st, 2007 | 12 replies


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Danish Meshuggah worshipers deliver their third polyrhythmic assault.

Mnemic may just be the grooviest metal band I have ever heard. I honestly can’t see how any metalhead could get more than a minute into its latest full-length, Passenger, without compulsively bobbing their head to the infectious rhythms this Danish band sends flowing out of the listener’s speakers.

I have heard many descriptions of Mnemic’s sound, most of them containing the names of two bands: Fear Factory and Meshuggah. The thumping, percussive heavy sound of this quintet can be equally attributed to the industrial death metal of the former band and the oddly timed beats and ultra-downtuned riffing of the latter. There were sections in this album where I could swear that pieces of Meshuggah’s 1995 classic Destroy Erase Improve were spliced in with the studio material, especially at the beginning of “Meaningless.” Imitation is, as they say, the ultimate form of flattery, and I can’t think of a better band to draw inspiration from when looking for that perfect pulsating effect for their sound.

A major notable difference between Mnemic and its many other groove metal influences is its unique vocal work, performed by sole vocalist Guillaume. Guillaume’s employment of standard hardcore screaming, the occasional tortured rasp, and well-executed clean singing helps break up the monotonous sound that vocalists for similar bands (Meshuggah’s Jens Kidman) often suffer from.

While most of Mnemic’s sound can be described as an amalgamation of so many other extreme metal bands, there were some absolutely visceral moments in this album. The album’s intro track “Humanaut” completely blew me away when it came blasting through my speakers. Its vicious riffing and multi-tracked screams had me banging my head the entire length of the song, while most other tracks had similarly catchy guitar patterns and utterly destructive drum work. It should also be noted that, unlike other math metal bands, Mnemic makes odd polyrhythms sound somewhat natural.

After witnessing Mnemic’s intense live performance at the Hardcore for Hunger show here in Eugene, I can say with all confidence that it is a band to be reckoned with. Although they don’t possess an entirely original sound, this band of talented Danes embodies every sense of the word “metal.” Passenger is a ride worth taking for any extreme music fan looking for complicated percussion, intense vocals, and sheer, unrelenting heaviness.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
sonicst0rm
February 6th 2007


8 Comments


the minute I put this on it's awesome! Easier to digest that meshuggah but still heavy as hell and I love the polyrhythmic stuff going on.

BallsToTheWall
August 9th 2007


44805 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I like this band,not as much as Raunchy but still good.

masscows
August 9th 2007


2236 Comments


Saw these guys live with God Forbid and Arsis last year, they were...alright...

BallsToTheWall
August 9th 2007


44805 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I saw Mnmeic with Threat Signal,Soilwork and Darkest Hour. They were good but not better than Soilwork or Darkest Hour.

Cravinov13
August 9th 2007


3854 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Older Mnemic was better.

Zoo
November 26th 2007


3759 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

[quote=Cravinov13]Older Mnemic was better.[/quote]
Indeed.

TheXRatedDodo
August 20th 2008


35 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This album's pretty sweet.

Pigfuck and In Control are especially sick.

Bleak123
August 21st 2008


1902 Comments


ok band tbh, nothing mindblowing here though

devouredbymetal
March 9th 2010


516 Comments


I dont see how this is a 2.5, especially judging from your review

word

GnarlyShillelagh
Staff Reviewer
March 9th 2010


6201 Comments


Maybe he meant 5.2

FrozenVain
February 14th 2012


2483 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Really cool album with super catchy chorus.
Guillaume really made this band more personal with his awesome vocals.

AnEpicDeath
June 22nd 2012


194 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Still around, Greg? I'd like to know why this is a 2.5 for you. You did a good job of describing what you liked about it, but I'd like to hear what you found underwhelming about it.



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