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    There's an unwritten rule that I rarely follow here in Cleveland. That rule is that if a band is from Cleveland, I'm supposed to write all glowing things or else be called a hater by the local community. It's sad that it's like that, but the truth is what it is. For years I've lived with that stigma, to the point

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  • Machine Head - BLOODSTONE & DIAMONDS

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    What happened to Machine Head really is a crime. Unfortunately for them, it's a crime they perpetrated upon themselves. With a mistake so many made in their youth, this band singlehandedly torpedoed themselves from ascending to the heights in metal held by only the select few like Metallica and Megadeth before them. After THE MORE THINGS CHANGE came

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  • Nashville Outlaws - TRIBUTE TO MOTLEY CRUE

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    With the music industry pretty much dead anymore, nothing really comes off as shocking. After all, you have very desperate companies trying to hang on and make money from an industry that has about as much relevance today as the typewriter ribbon makers of the world still do. The current trend for the last half decade

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  • Texas Hippie Coalition - RIDE ON

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    I tell this story often, but it's one of my favorites of the past year. I had the chance to interview the Texas Hippie Coalition earlier this year at Rock On The Range in Columbus, Ohio. I was in a small tent with a bunch of photographers. The tent was fairly quiet really, as the much bigger adjacent

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  • Sammy Hagar - LITE ROAST

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  • Cavalera Conspiracy - PANDEMONIUM

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    There's always good news and bad news whenever Max Cavalera gets busy with new music. The good is that you get a whole lot of new music, seemingly all in a very short time. The bad news is it's generally spotty at best, because he simply writes and releases too much music at the same time. His band Soulfly released

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  • Slipknot - .5 THE GRAY MATTER

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    With a ton of speculation and even more wonderment on this band's ability to continue on without founding members Paul Gray and Joey Jordison, Slipknot has returned after far too long of a layoff with .5 THE GRAY MATTER. I've listened to this release multiple times a day for the last week or so that I've had it,

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Mnemic - MNEMESIS

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MNEMESIS

This pattern has been played out far too many times.  Band comes along and kicks ass from the start.  As time goes by though, original members start flaking away, and  the core sound slowly begins to go in different directions.  Finally, you get down to one original member and a sound that seemingly forces itself to touch on the original direction, but falls away to some completely new signatures that render said band to being little more than a shell of their former selves.  After 14 years, Mnemic has eroded away to guitarist Mircea Gabriel Eftemie and four other jags (JAG = Just Another Guy) that have come in to sing the old songs while changing the entire chemistry and vibe of the band.  For most, a listen to MNEMESIS followed by a listen to MECHANICAL SPIN PHENOMENA, and you'll think you listened to two entirely different bands.  Some will call that musical growth.  I'll call it failing direction as a band.

For a band that was compared to Fear Factory and Meshuggah when they first started, MNEMESIS reminds me a lot more of a heavy Ill Nino than ever before.  This can be directly attributable to the vocals provided by Guillaume Bideau.  His conversion from a screamer to one of these tired modern edged vocalists that does some screaming but provides more and more clean vocals is seemingly complete.  Every single song has some screams for effect, but are dominated by clean vocals.  Additionally, he's taken on the annoying trait of doing a very low end mumble/spoken word thing similar to Phil Anselmo on Pantera's "Good Friends And A Bottle Of Pills".  This is cool occasionally, but it happens over and over throughout MNEMESIS.  "Junkies On the Storm" is plagued by this feature.  When he's not annoying in that way, his vocals just sound like every other post hardcore douche out there today.  Listening to a song like "I've Been You" exemplify this fact.  Bideau's performance on this album is so moderned up and annoying that it basically brings this release way down.

He's not alone though.  While Eftemie's guitar tone is still firmly tuned to the key of Meshuggah, what he's playing is fairly average.  A song like "Pattern Platform" paints the picture well, as the riffs are little more than standard movements that just follow the beats provided by the average new rhythm section of bassist Simone Bertozzi and drummer Brian Larsen.  Over top of this averageness is Bideau's dull, melodic modern metal droning.  This song, in particular, is just tough to get through.

PITRIFF RATING - 42/100 - Not only is this the worst release Mnemic has done, but it's the first where not a single track jumped out as a keeper...or even very interesting.  There's only so much cutting into the integrity of a band you can do before it loses it's musical flavor and vision.  Mnemic have crossed that threshold.  This isn't very good at all.

Chris Akin



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