Mnemic
Mechanical Spin Phenomena


4.0
excellent

Review

by Seth T. White (Cravinov13) USER (61 Reviews)
January 21st, 2006 | 11 replies | 7,030 views


Release Date: 2003 | Tracklist


2 of 2 thought this review was well written

Mechanical Spin Phenomena, the debut album from the highly underrated Danish industrial melodic death metal act Mnemic, proves that even industrial metal can deliver hard hitting bass lines, crushing riffs, and punishing drum lines suitable for any death metal fan while still delivering awesome melodies, space age atmospheres, and that ‘mechanical spin’ that makes Mnemic’s music so original. As a whole, Mechanical Spin Phenomena is a much better constructed and flowing album then Mnemic’s 2004 sophomore album The Audio Injected Soul, even though it doesn’t contain as many standout tracks that ruled The Audio Injected Soul. Mnemic is also one of the most experimental bands as far as the headphone sound goes, using a type of atmospheric rhythm called AM3D, Mnemic is able to make a industrial sound literally take a spin around the listener even as the death metal riffs take over the music.

The vocalist, Michael, with his Backstreet Boys looks, has a very unique style of harsh but not heavy growl/ scream that fits with industrial atmosphere of Mnemic’s music, and his clean singing mixes well with the melodic death tone that also fuels Mnemic’s music. Guitarists Rune and Mircea are also exceptional talent in the band, although sometimes the guitar distortion makes it difficult to tell. The duo guitar players work together well, Rune playing a 6-string electric and Mircea playing a 7-string, delivering crushing riffs with only Rune taking the music to melodic breakdown. Mikkel, the bassist, is also exceptional talent, considering sometimes his heavy bass lines distort and/ or override the guitar work of both of Mnemic’s guitarists. This however occurs rarely du to the excellent mixing and production of the album. Finally, the drummer, Brylle, uses a similar drumming style to that is found in fellow Nuclear Blast Records label buddies Hypocrisy (specifically their 2005 release Virus), which contains a lot of acoustic drumming, only very rarely does Mnemic deliver any heavy blast beats. Overall, Mnemic’s music is extremely original and well organized, and Mechanical Spin Phenomena flows well as an album.

The album starts off with Liquid, which begins with that familiar AM3D sound before it is overridden by crushing guitar riffs followed by Michael’s hollowing before bursting into a sing along chorus, and then going back to it’s punishing riffs. The song as a whole is very typical for a melodic death metal song, yet contains the industrial elements that Mnemic incorporates into their music. The song also defines the tone for the rest of the album, and delivers hard to those who listen to it. Blood Stained is next, with mechanical noises in the back ground, it then takes on a smooth bass line before going into more heavy riffs as Michael defines the songs chorus before going into his scream/ growl. Being a lot like Liquid, the song has a good flow and atmosphere, and is one of the better stand outs on the album.

Blood Stained is followed closely by easily the best song on the album, Ghost. Ghost begins with punishing riffs as Michael screams into the mike like a banshee before taking on a very catchy bridge to the song. Although the chorus isn’t your typical melodic death sing along, it helps Ghost stand out as very hard hitting song which in the end leaves you singing it in your head for days on end. Db‘xx’D is the first truly long song (if you consider long to be over 7 minutes) and contains a very thrashy element to it similar to that of Meshuggah. Although the song is no where near as good as the first three tracks, it does stand out to be a very good song, but gets rather boring near the 5 minute mark. Tattoos is another song similar to Db‘xx’D, except it has more industrial breakdown and slightly better vocal work. Not another stand out track when compared to the first three tracks on the album.

The Naked And The Dead, another thrashy song, redeems the album a bit from the previous two tracks. The song has a very apocalyptic feel to it as Mircea and Rune shred their guitars and Michael delivering his awesome mix of hi scream/ growls with his clean singing. Closed Eyes is another apocalyptic song, but is much slower then The Naked And The Dead. As a whole though, the track doesn’t really have a very even flow and falls apart around the middle of the song. Next, the album titled track, Mechanical Spin Phenomenon, contains a lot of the industrial elements seen at the beginning of the album. Michael’s voice, however, sounds really electronic on this song, making that the only real flaw to this awesome track that is comparable to Liquid and Db‘xx’D.

Zero Gravity, the last (original) track on the album, is a 7 minute 51 second long instrumental track contains a lot of crushing distortion and industrial sounds that creates a very overpowering atmosphere. Finally, the remix to the song Blood Stained ends the album. The song lacks almost all death metal elements that the original song had and is almost pure industrial mayhem. Even though it’s a good closer song to the album, the original version of Blood Stained is ten times better then this industrial remake.

Pros
-- Great vocal work
-- The music is great and very original
-- The crushing atmospheres
-- Flows better as an album then The Audio Injected Soul
Cons
-- Can be a bit repetitive
-- The first half is a lot better then the second half
-- The remix is a let down

Track Listing
1. Liquid (5/5)
2. Blood Stained (4.5/5)
3. Ghost (5/5)
4. DB'XX'D (3.5/5)
5. Tattoos (3/5)
6. Naked And The Dead (4.5/5)
7. Closed Eyes (3.5/5)
8. Mechanical Spin Phenomenon (4.5/5)
9. Zero Gravity (3.5/5)
10. Blood Stained [Rhys Fluber's Euphoric Recall Mix] (3/5)



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Blizzink
January 21st 2006



42 Comments


Thanks for a good review, I saw these guys live with Meshuggah, God Forbid, and the Haunted. All bands were great, including Mnemic (which surprised me, since they were the first band to play and I hadn't heard of them up to that point). My friend has this CD, and I'm still waiting for a copy. My favorite song from their concert was 'Ghost.'

Heh, I remember when my friend and I shook hands with the lead singer. He was probably pissed because he was picking up some really attractive females at the time. The other members of the bands talked to me more, and I thought they were pretty cool guys.This Message Edited On 01.21.06

Cravinov13
January 21st 2006



3854 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Wow, that's pretty intresting. I really wanted to see them on that tour too This Message Edited On 01.21.06

Toaster
January 21st 2006



343 Comments


I saw them on the that tour as well. They were pretty good, but I guess live they didn't really strike me as being too original. I'll probably pick up one of their cd's sometime soon.

Cravinov13
January 21st 2006



3854 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah, originality is all about opinoion, but IMO, these gusy are pretty original. Tey're deffinitly diffrent form their fellow Nuclear Blast label mates.

Shattered_Future
January 21st 2006



1539 Comments


Industrial melodic death? I'm interested.
Good review as well.

Cravinov13
January 21st 2006



3854 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It's mainly Industrial metal, but the melodic Death metal influence is very easily
noticable on this album, but no so much their other one.This Message Edited On 01.21.06

Daeth
January 12th 2008



93 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

solid cd

tapitforever
October 5th 2010



1243 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

room mate showed me this
liquid is heavy as tits i love it

CK
July 2nd 2013



4520 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Holy shit this album's actually pretty good

CycleMotion
September 22nd 2013



61 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I like this album very much, I bought it spontaneously when it was released and I'm not even sorry. Usually I'm not into this style of metal but this is brutal record. Powerfull and tecnical. ;) ;) ;)



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