MNEMIC Guitarist to Develop New Interactive Performance System

MNEMIC guitarist Mircea Gabriel Eftemie is planning to build a new Interactive Performance System in relation to his studies at the University of Aalborg, Denmark. The project is meant to incorporate visual arts with music. Eftemie provides some background on the project:

“The project seeks to implement the artists’ visions by constructing a live performance application in order to enrich and expand the entertainment platform, but also to seek how to further establish an effective communication between performer and audience. As part of my Medialogy studies, I am simply trying to cross media platforms and create something new and innovative. I have a great opportunity to combine my academic skills and knowledge of the entertainment industry by implementing a platform and testing it with my own metal band, MNEMIC. Put in more simple terms, the band will perform with a dynamic canvas, displaying visuals manipulated by the band’s own audio signals. The style of the band will be re?ected in the choice of effects and images that will be displayed. The very first beta-test will give usability results that have to be further analyzed. MNEMIC’s future performances will become much more dynamic, and the goal is to enrich the experience beyond the regular platforms of modern stage performances.”

Testing will be conducted with help from visual artist and friend Lasse Hoile, who has been creating visuals and videos for such class acts as OPETH, PORCUPINE TREE, and many other touring bands. MNEMIC will enable imagery provided specifically by Lasse Holie for the performance.

The first beta-test of Eftemie‘s Interactive Performance System will take place during MNEMIC’s live performance at the 9th of May at the Studenterhuset, in the city of Aalborg, as part of Denmark’s Way Up North Festival.

Visit MNEMIC‘s recently relaunched website: http://mnemic.com

SCARVE – The Undercurrent

France’s SCARVE forge ahead with their futuristic style of progressive death metal in The Undercurrent. While it’s obvious that the band are influenced by the likes of MESHUGGAH and STRAPPING YOUNG LAD, comparisons at this point are basically irrelevant as SCARVE have carved out their unique sound. The band has met the task of creating a worthy follow-up to the highly impressive Irradiant with an album that is more challenging, accomplished, and arguably more creative. The Undercurrent is the perfect mix of raging fury, technical prowess, and tasteful progressive influences. There is a great level of energy and consistency in quality flowing throughout The Undercurrent, which helps to create such a solid feel. Ex-DARKANE vocalist Lawrence Mackrory does a fine job in replacing the departed Guillaume Bideau. Songwise, there is plenty of diversity and character among the memorable songs. Perhaps where The Undercurrent shines brightest is not in the obvious fast, straight forward song sections but in the clever and highly refreshing riff writing, the flawless tempo shifts throughout, the variety of different drum/guitar/bass rhythms, and the shifts between raging to desolate atmospheres. SCARVE is the ideal metal package – a fresh, distinct sound; strong songwriting skills; a high level of technical wizardry; and the talent to execute their artistic vision. The future of metal is now. (Listenable Records)

MNEMIC – Passenger

On each new album, Denmark’s MNEMIC have made considerable improvements in terms of both songwriting and production and with their third album, Passenger, the band has delivered their most consistent and focused work to date. Throughout the album’s eleven tracks, the band balances busy stop-start rhythms against melodic vocal sections. Although this is hardly a new trick, the band executes these contrasts with considerable finesse. “In the Nothingness Black,” “In Control,” and “The Eye on Your Back” all offer prime examples of this, with each syncopated rhythm answered with memorable hooks and choruses that draw the listener in. Sonically, the album’s production is as tight as a bolt, which is a feat in itself considering the fact that the album was recorded with three producers in three different countries. Somehow it manages to maintain a level of cohesiveness throughout its entirety. New singer Guillaume Bideau (formerly of SCARVE) also makes an impression with his debut with the band as he handles Passenger‘s open-ended concepts about existence and life’s journey with confidence. His ability to shift from harsh to clean vocal sections and then back again, make him a perfect addition to the band. MNEMIC‘s ambition and drive have paid off. Passenger is easily their finest hour and another step in the right direction for this continuously evolving band. (Nuclear Blast Records)

GOD FORBID Announce Tour with GOATWHORE, MNEMIC, ARSIS; Launch New Episode of GFTV

New Jersey’s GOD FORBID will be heading out on the Revolver-sponsored headlining trek, dubbed “The Chains of Humanity” tour with GOATWHORE and MNEMIC. The line-up is rounded out with ARSIS, THE HUMAN ABSTRACT (who will be on the tour from Jan 4th-31st) and BYZANTINE (from Feb 1st-18th).

To prepare fans for the tour, the band has teamed up with broadband video-on-demand site MetalInjection.tv for a weekly series called “GFTV.” In the latest clip, the band addresses the recent comments made by Cosmo Kramer. See how the band reacts to random droppings of the N word, as they are interviewed by Original Black from AATV.

Watch the clip, as well as all the previous episodes of GOD FORBID TV on the GFTV channel exclusively at www.metalinjection.tv/gftv.

GOD FORBID w/GOATWHORE, MNEMIC, THE HUMAN ABSTRACT and ARSIS
01/04 First Unitarian Church – Philadelphia, PA
01/05 Webster Theatre – Hartford, CT
01/06 Mark’s Place – Bedford, NH
01/07 B.B. King’s – New York, NY
01/09 The Opera House – Toronto, ON
01/10 I-Rock – Detroit, MI
01/11 Peabody’s – Cleveland, OH
01/12 Headliner’s Music Hall – Louisville, KY
01/13 The Pearl Room – Mokena, IL
01/14 Station 4 – St. Paul, MN
01/15 Reverb – Cedar Falls, IA
01/16 Static Bar – Topeka, KS
01/17 Bluebird Theater – Denver, CO
01/19 Gravity Room – Portland, OR
01/20 The Showbox – Seattle, WA (Seattle Metal Festival)
01/21 WOW Hall – Eugene, OR
01/22 The Boardwalk – Orangevale, CA
01/23 Bourbon Street – Concord, CA
01/24 The Whisky – Hollywood, CA
01/25 Showcase Theatre – Corona, CA
01/26 The Sets – Tempe, AZ
01/27 The Launch Pad – Albuquerque, NM
01/28 Chic’s Bar – El Paso, TX
01/29 The Sanctuary – San Antonio, TX
01/30 Palladium Ballroom – Dallas, TX
01/31 Walter’s on Washington – Houston, TX

GOD FORBID w/GOATWHORE, MNEMIC, BYZANTINE and ARSIS
02/02 The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
02/03 The Handlebar – Greenville, SC
02/04 Thee Imperial – Jacksonville, FL
02/05 Culture Room – Ft. Lauderdale, FL
02/06 Backbooth – Orlando, FL
02/07 The Garage – St. Petersburg, FL
02/09 The Mad Hatter – Covington, KY
02/10 The Muse – Nashville, TN
02/11 Jaxx – Springfield, VA
02/12 Tremont Music Hall – Charlotte, NC
02/13 Jesters Pub – Fayetteville, NC
02/14 Huntington Music Hall – Huntington, WV
02/15 Ottobar – Baltimore, MD
02/16 The Chance – Poughkeepsie, NY
02/17 Penny Arcade – Rochester, NY
02/18 Starland Ballroom – Sayreville, NJ
02/20 Middle East Restaurant/Night Club – Cambridge, MA
02/21 Fou Founes Electriques – Montreal, QC

MNEMIC: New Album Passenger Out on Feb. 6th; US Tour with SOILWORK

Self-professed “fusion future metal” band MNEMIC have named their upcoming third studio album Passenger, which is scheduled for release in Europe on February 2nd and in North America on February 6th.

In regards to the potent lyrical content, MNEMIC guitarist Mircea states:

“It’s thematically built around the meaning of existence, or in other words, the philosophy of Existentialism. There are several philosophical positions – one of them being the value and meaning of the world around the individual, and the other is that Existentialism is often associated with anxiety, dread, awareness of death, and freedom. We chose this subject and theme mainly because it’s so vast, and second, because we have always been big fans of Stanly Kubrick‘s 2001: A Space Odyssey movie. We wanted to do something like that, just with music and lyrics.”

Produced by MNEMIC, FEAR FACTORY‘s Christian Olde Wolbers, and Warren Riker (DOWN, CROWBAR, THE FUGEES) at Track Record Studios (KISS, MEGADETH, AEROSMITH) in Los Angeles and mixed by fellow countryman Tue Madsen (HALFORD, THE HAUNTED) at Antfarm Studios in Denmark, 2007’s Passenger will feature guest vocal appearances by Jeff Walker (CARCASS, BRUJERIA) and Shane Embury (NAPALM DEATH, BRUJERIA) and artwork by Asterik Studios (ANTHRAX, UNEARTH). Photos from Passenger‘s recording session can be viewed here.
The tracklisting for Passenger is as follows:
01. “Humanaut
02. “In The Nothingness Black
03. “Meaningless
04. “Psykorgasm
05. “Pigfuck
06. “In Control
07. “Electric I’d Hypocrisy
08. “Stuck Here
09. “What’s Left
10. “Shape Of The Formless
11. “The Eye On Your Back
Japanese Bonus Track: “Zero Synchronized

MNEMIC are currently preparing to shoot a video for “Meaningless” at Revolver Studios in Gothenberg, Sweden with Revolver film director Patric Ullaeus (DIMMU BORGIR, IN FLAMES).

The band’s new lead vocalist, Guillaume, will also make his live North American debut on the upcoming tour with labelmates SOILWORK and THREAT SIGNAL plus DARKEST HOUR. Tour dates for “The Last Stab” tour are as follows:

10/05 Jaxx – West Springfield, VA
10/06 The Chance – Poughkeepsie, NY
10/07 Webster Theatre – Hartford, CT
10/09 The Opera House – Toronto, ON – CANADA
10/10 L’Imperial – Quebec City, QC – CANADA
10/11 Fou Founes Electriques – Montreal, QC – CANADA
10/12 Northern Lights – Clifton park, NY
10/13 The Palladium – Worcester, MA
10/14 Peabody’s Down Under – Cleveland, OH
10/15 The Pearl Room – Mokena, IL
10/16 Sokol Underground – Omaha, NE
10/17 Gothic Theatre – Englewood, CO
10/19 The Pound – San Francisco, CA
10/20 House of Blues – Hollywood, CA
10/21 House of Blues – Anaheim, CA
10/22 The Clubhouse – Tempe, AZ
10/23 Launch Pad – Albuquerque, NM
10/24 White Rabbit – San Antonio, TX
10/25 Warehouse Live – Houston, TX
10/27 Culture Room – Ft. Lauderdale, FL
10/28 The State Theatre – St. Petersburg, FL
10/29 House of Blues – Lake Buena Vista, FL
11/01 The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
11/02 Planet Rock – Jacksonville, NC
11/03 The Norva – Norfolk, VA
11/04 Sonar – Baltimore, MD
11/05 B.B. Kings Blues Club – New York City, NY