Memento
Beginnings


5.0
classic

Review

by The JoZ USER (19 Reviews)
January 14th, 2005 | 23 replies


Release Date: 2003 | Tracklist


If anyone went to Ozzfest this year, you may have heard this foursome on one of the stages. From the minute they released their single, and were announced on the bill of a major concert here, I knew I had to hear more of them. I loved their set, and continue to listen to their CD on a regular basis. I call them hard rock, but they are so much more than that...


Nothing Sacred (4:24)
Hard track for the opener. Main riff is just heavy bass with drums, interspersed with guitar flourishes. Mini breakdown shortly after 2 minute mark..guitar solo that goes from 3:37 to the end of the song, very cool to hear.

Saviour (3:27)
More upbeat than Nothing Sacred, bass has main line, with some nice slide work being done, with acoustic guitar supporting it in the background. Justin's vocals are exceptionally powerful here, because he projects without having to blow his lungs out. Guitar solo here isn't as long as before, but it's catchy.

Beginnings (5:09)
One of the ballad-like songs on here, is centered around some acoustic guitar and strings...distorted guitar kicks in for chorus, but it's not really heavy...'nother verse, chorus, some sort of bridge thing...distorted guitar solo about 3:04 or so, with strings in the background, few faster snare fills in there as well...solo ends after about 30-40 seconds...main part of song finishes it out

Shell (4:29)
Intro riffs are heavy, but not dark. Main riff is bass, with guitar swells and whatnot in background, coupled with some distorted vocals make it very haunting sounding. Chorus vocals are once again powerful from Justin, with a decent amount of crunch behind it in the guitars. Guitar solo from 2:40 - 3:31 is actually two separate solos, both of which are quite passionate.

Abyss (4:42)
Interesting intro to this...kind of a spacey feel to it? Verse riff is quite heavy, and the drumming picks up considerably here. Chorus riff is much brighter, reminds me of Saviour a bit. Solo at 2:41 sounds like what I think is a shred solo with alot of wah behind it...it's a little less than 20 seconds long, followed by a slowdown with some piano. Picks up, then slows down at the end.

Below (4:35)
Arguably one of their hardest tracks, but you wouldn't know from the interesting bend intro, which plays into the main riff. Bass and drums are slow, Justin's vocals are slow and melodic, giving a dark feel to it. Chorus comes in...very hard riff here, combined with pseudo violent vocals make it headbangable...guitar solo at 3:08, another shred solo? If it's not shred, it's **** fast at times. Chorus a few times ends it.

Reflections (1:51)
Shortest track on here is a beautiful piano solo by Justin. Not much to say about it, except I liked it alot..and it plays into the next song very nicely. This puts Evanescence to shame, methinks

Blister (6:07)
Second longest track is an interesting one. Starts out with some (synth?) strings in the back, a bass riff, and piano. Justin sings very softly on this one, it's a relaxed feel, at least at first. Drums and some guitar enter at 1:28...but the piano keeps the melody. Bout 1:57, distorted guitar comes in for a few seconds, but goes right back to the intro/main slow section. There is a "C" section, with a guitar solo at 3:35 or so..it's not terribly fast or hard, but is full of emotion. Justin gets a female duet on vocals at about 4 mins. or so..I dunno who she is...strings get alot more prominant here, keeping up a nice melody till about 5:36 where we return to the main riff for the end.

Coming (2:58)
Justin sounds a bit deranged in the intro here, guitar is a heavy crunchy riff, this one reminds me of Nothing Sacred and Below a bit...this one may actually be slightly harder now that I think about it. Chorus style is similar to Below a bit, but much faster. Weird vocal doublings behind Justin...guitar solo at 1:45...a "C" section for this piece as well actually...with a breakdown-like riff at 2:04...chorus section or three ends this one...

Stare (4:14)
Has some mildly heavy guitar parts mixed in with melodic vocals. This isn't as heavy as Below, or Coming, but it's not slow. There seems to be a constant, or maybe even walking bassline underneath it...guitar solo at 2:09...seems like there might be some wah, but not as much, thrown under it. Drumming gets faster as solo ends...we get a slower interlude-like section, before another chorus or two and an outro

Figure 8 (12:48)
No, you read that right. Their last track is an epic nearly-13-minutes-long. And what a track. I'm torn between wanting to tell everyone all about it, and wanting to be bear bones about it so you go listen to it in awe. This piece really is an epic..acoustic work, piano work, some darn good strings work..even a cello solo at about 5:30...guitar solo at about 7:07 to roughly 7:55...break...then right back into it...we get a different, slightly harder section around 8:53 or so...even the strings get harder, with a pickup in the drumming..then back to the epic sound, but with heavier guitar work...not a shred solo, but some slight shredding about 9:58 or so...till roughly 10:31..and we end from about 11:45 or so till the end with some piano...

Update: 11-29

I have been listening to this album alot lately, and honestly, this album does deserve a 5/5, not a 4.5/5 like I originally gave it.

The fact is, these guys have combined the best of many worlds here, and turned it into a hell of a record. Hard riffs, great basswork, guitar solos, acoustic guitar, piano, string arrangments, powerful singing...honestly, I think there is something here for everyone, at least in one or two songs.

To anyone who likes long, epic songs, I highly recommend getting Figure 8, either off the net or from me, because it is truely a masterpiece.



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The JoZ
November 29th 2004


345 Comments


I could have swore I bumped this a long time ago, I know I remember asking Bartender about it, and he said I could do it, so without further ado...

UP YOU GO!

*wants to expose more people to Memento*

ZEROthirtythree
November 30th 2004


234 Comments


Poor JoZ

Good review

The JoZ
November 30th 2004


345 Comments


Thanks.

I don't understand why this review has gotten ignored like it has.

All these views and no comments or nothing, save yours :upset:

The JoZ
November 30th 2004


345 Comments


Hit me up within the next 20-30 minutes and I can send you something.

I agree, though, everyone should hear this album, at least once.

fretflame
November 30th 2004


6 Comments


Nice review, they sound preety awesome. Figure 8 sounds gr8!

The JoZ
November 30th 2004


345 Comments


Well, I'm back now, if you want some Memento, I'm giving some out :p

BoboTheRagingHobo
November 30th 2004


48 Comments


I saw these guys like 2 years ago live, never heard of them before till the night I saw them live. They were very cool, alot of energy came from the singer...but still have yet to get their album. Great band, and is probably a great album...

The JoZ
November 30th 2004


345 Comments


I am willing to send you a few tracks if you'd like. Antihero thought the songs were amazing, maybe you would too? :cool:

BoboTheRagingHobo
November 30th 2004


48 Comments


[QUOTE=The JoZ]I am willing to send you a few tracks if you'd like. Antihero thought the songs were amazing, maybe you would too? :cool:[/QUOTE]


Sure, I am all for it especially reading the passage about Figure 8.

The JoZ
November 30th 2004


345 Comments


So, anyone else want to dive into some Memento?

I will whore them out to everyone, they are just that good.

BoboTheRagingHobo
December 1st 2004


48 Comments


[QUOTE=The JoZ]So, anyone else want to dive into some Memento?

I will whore them out to everyone, they are just that good.[/QUOTE]


You are awesome, thanks for the songs. I liked them alot, going to add this to my christmas list...

The JoZ
December 1st 2004


345 Comments


:thumb:

You'd think I was on their street team or something, but I"m not :lol:

The JoZ
December 1st 2004


345 Comments


[quote=Mementoband.com]In “Stare,” Justin recalls the trauma of a childhood friend, who took her own life after years of sexual abuse. “I was 11 years old,” he says. “My granddad and I found her hanging from a tree. Her eyes were open. She used her dog’s leash and the dog was running around in circles beneath her feet. It was something that haunted me for a long time.” In galvanic lead single “Nothing Sacred,” in which he also plays piano, Justin confronts and takes ownership of his fears; in the anthemic “Saviour,” about abandonment, he sings to both the deliverer looking in and the victim reaching out, then grapples to stave off inner demons in “Coming.” “The songs are like chapters of a life,” says Justin. “You ride this emotional rollercoaster hoping it will lead to an eventual catharsis. But then you reach the last song, ‘Figure 8,’ and find that you’re caught in a loop.” A jaw-dropping labyrinthine 12-minute-plus epic, “Figure 8” revolves around moody atmospherics and speaker-altering noise, interspersed with atom-smashing guitars, dynamic rhythms and angst-tinged vocal outbursts. Says Justin, “That song is about the healing process of making your demons your friends and forgiving. But to forgive, you must re-live it all, so you can never really let go.”

“It’s a diverse, emotional album,” says Steve. “I’ve never liked linear records with one lyric all the way through or played in the same key or same tempo from start to finish. So I really felt a sense of pride when I listened back to this album for the first time. It’s like life—it takes you on a journey." [/quote]

AMG's review talks about religious imagery, but doesn't seem to provide any clue as to what he's getting at.

Personally, I think he's a believer, but possibly a bit disillusioned...a follower with lots of questions, perhaps?

DaTwig
December 8th 2006


217 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Good review of a great band. I absolutely adore this CD. Too bad the group is no longer in existance. They've been through a lot of name-changes and they dropped their drummer. I think they're now called Nine Times Bodyweight. I definitely agree though, more people need to hear this band.

ScelusNefas
January 12th 2007


274 Comments


I would like to know more about them, it seems interesting.

good review

DaTwig
January 13th 2007


217 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

I'm seriously considering giving this a higher rate for myself. This CD really just gets better every time I listen to it. All the songs are just so beautiful and emotional.

wikuk
January 15th 2007


1110 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Sad to hear that ^^, but these guys are indeed incredible. It's sad that they wasted 8 minutes of Figure 8 repeating themselves, else I would give it a 4.5.

DaTwig
January 15th 2007


217 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

That repeating is intentional I think, seeing how the song is about life seeming like an endless cycle. I didn't think it was too bad either, for the first few listens I had no idea that the song was actually over twelve minutes long. It seemed to flow just right for me.

ShatteredSoul
March 17th 2007


110 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Purely Amazing album. I love "beginnings" & "blister", they both are musically & lyrically so damn beautiful tracks. It's just too bad that there are also those two not so incredible songs; Coming & Figure 8. Otherwise it would've been worth of 4.5 or even 5.
I'm really Looking forward to hear the Nine Times Bodyweight's production as they are bringing their new album out this year.

Benwx
April 22nd 2010


127 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Only found this band through here.. and after listening to their album once gave it a 4. Listened to it again since and it just got even better!!! There is not one song on this album I do not like... and Figure 8 has to my be favourite. Sucks they are not still together



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