"Mechanical Spin Phenomena" (Nuclear Blast; 2003)

Reviewed by Mike SOS

Mnemic sounds like Static X would sound if that weirdly coiffed outfit hailed from Sweden instead of the USA, so it's no surprise that this Danish quintet's punishing nine track endeavor spans the metal spectrum and kicks solid ass.

Bridging the gaping hole between Fear Factory and In Flames, Mnemic's rapid-fire metal delivery - especially in such pummeling tracks as "DB'XX'D" and "The Naked and the Dead" - elicits headbanging, fist pumping, and horned hands aplenty. Keyboards, drum triggers, tuned-down guitars that rattle your skull, and a metal throat that rivals heavy music's upper echelon all melt together into this molten concoction and makes for a gripping metal journey. 

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Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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