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Billy Idol guitarist s new solo album With help from King s X bass wizard / vocalist dUg Pinnick (performing Robin Trower s Day Of The Eagle )Featuring drummer Brian Tichy (Billy Idol, Derek Sherinian)Special Digipak Edition** I think the time is right for me to make a record that is totally me my world, Stevens says of Memory Crash. Boasting such tracks as Water on Ares , Hellcats Take the Highway , Small Arms Fire , an interpretation of Robin Trower s Day of the Eagle (featuring Dug Pinnick of King s X), and the rousing/psychedelic Cherry Vanilla , Memory Crash is a journey through another dimension, a dimension not only of sight and sound but of mind , to steal a line from Rod Serling. It s virtually musical cinema. I have a lot of weird little segues going on with this record, Stevens says. I ve always loved that about the prog records, like Dark Side of the Moon. You enter this little theater of the mind. It s a true headphone experience. Nothing encapsulates this more than the sizzling wah-wah- and flanger-inflected instrumental Cherry Vanilla. I just happened to have a recorder with me when I was on my way to an appointment, says Stevens. There were these women walking by, talking amongst themselves, so I caught them on tape. I just wanted to capture this moment of people s everyday lives and problems. On the track you also hear this other voice that says, Hey, man, can you dig what is going on in the world today , or something to that effect. He goes on to say, Man, you just gotta play a stone groove. Other words, when all else fails, just play a good guitar groove. Indeed. A freaked-out, Hendrix-meets-Stevens vibe is prevalent in the interpretation of Robin Trower s Day of the Eagle , a tune Stevens says Dug Pinnick takes to church with a Sly Stone spin. Jimi wasn t the only influence that crept up on Stevens. He revisited a cast of legendary characters, from Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, King Crimson, and Yes, to Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Bo Diddley, and Jeff Beck. Yet, despite the presence and interplay of diverse and distinct musical elements, Stevens never surrenders his own creative identity. I spent a long time before making this record watching old archival footage and retrospectives on bands like Pink Floyd and Yes, just soaking up what made them tick, Stevens says. But this record is not a retro gimmick at all. It s still very much a Steve Stevens record. Steve Stevens, the wizard of guitar effects and longtime musical partner of fist-pumpin , punk-pop bad boy Billy Idol, is one of the most refreshingly creative guitarists in all of rockdom.Prepare to have your mind blown, again, when the atomic playboy drops his first solo record in nearly eight years, Memory Crash — an electro-centric sonic tour de force that makes a serious musical impact. No gimmicks. No over-the-top production. No compromising. It s just Steve Stevens, his guitar, and his beloved effects all the ingredients that have made him a global star. Stevens says. At the end of the day, this instrument, the guitar, has been with me since I was a kid, and it still fascinates me. I still have a love affair with the guitar.

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  • Fusion Future Metal is what this band has dubbed their sound. Mnemic mixes the complex rythyms of Math Metal, combined with the aggressiveness of ThraSH, AND THE FUTUREISTIC MACHINE LIKE SOUNDS OF Industrial metal. This is a truly unique band and this album is sure to please anyone who enjoys the more progressive side of metal. Fans of this should also check out Meshuggah and Strapping Young Lad.

    Posted on January 4, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • Well they took a stab at Fear Factory style futuristic metal and do a pretty decent job of it. They hammer chugging guitars along with double bass kick in a machine like fashion, shave off most of the solos and have a brutal bark mixed with somewhat strained “clean” vocals. Sadly they come 9 years after Demanufacture and are overall much worse in basically every way.(Unless you like metalcore, they’re closer to that than FF are)

    Posted on January 4, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • Man, Nuclear Blast meeds to promote these guys- I accidentlyheard one of their tunes and was really impressed enough to buy the CD-Like the other reviewer said, there’s some SYL in here, someMeshuggah, Fear Factory and Raunchy too. I like these guys alotbetter than Raunchy, though- better melodies and more GROOVE!!If you like hooks mixed in with groove with the added bonus ofMeshuggah/Lamb of God stacatto style riffing, you’ll like this-I’ve read elsewhere where they’re nu-metal- bulls**t!! Buy it!!!

    Posted on January 4, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • This album is freakin brutal. Not brutal in the grindcore sense, but brutal as in it punishes the listener all the way through. As most reviewers have said, this band fuses the technical ” math metal ” of Meshuggah with clean vocals/Devin Townsend sounding harsh screaming vocals. The result is a kind of industrial style album that shreds. The dual-assalt riffing on this cd is amazing, it will have you headbanging in no time. The off timed guitars create some of the most addicting grooves I’ve ever heard. While there are no blazing guitar solos or any impressive melodies here ( or at least very few ), the guitar players don’t fail to show that they have plenty of talent. The drums are pretty sick too. Theres no short of double bass kicks and the drummer creates some nice polyrhythms as well. The bass can’t be heard too well so its hard to tell if theres anything interesting going on, but it gives the music a good low end. The electronics and keyboards going on in the background make a somewhat industrial feel I mentioned before, although they aren’t prominent enough to make them all out industrial. However they do create a wonderful atmosphere. The singer has decent range, going from mid to high pitched screams to a low end growl to clean vocals, although the latter are just used in a few choruses. The album is pretty long, clocking out at 54:20. There are only 9 songs, but most range from 4 1/2 to over 7 minutes and keep you entertained all the way through. This is a refreshing cd from a young band that will hopefully be around for a while. Since this cd isn’t exactly directed into one subgenre, I would suggest it to all fans of metal.

    Posted on January 4, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • (4 and 1/2 stars) WOW. Did Mnemic come out of nowhere or what? If Fear Factory and Chaosphere-era Meshuggah formed a supergroup and hired Rob Zombie to add an element of ‘catchyness’ to the mix, the result would be MNEMIC.The comparisons to FF and Meshuggah will pretty much be unending, because quite frankly this band almost shamelessly pays musical tribute to those bands, yet at the same time very much adds their own style to make a legitimatley “Mnemic” record. A perfect fusion of insane mathmatical double bass beat patterns and lots of cutting riffery and time changes is the name of the game, and Mnemic deliver something very much worthy of the metal listener. No, its not 100% original, but at the same time they’ve done something very creative, interesting, and just frankly catchy as heck. If you’re a fan of Strapping Young Lad, Meshuggah, Fear Factory, or just about anything in metal, you owe it to yourself to give this record a listen. This is also a brilliantly produced record, sounding very crisp, heavy, and clear.I was floored from the first instant I heard the lead track, “Liquid”, and my love only grew from there. At first listen many of the tracks will have the inevitable ’sameness’ feel to each of the songs which is almost always the case when a band first unleashes its own ’sound’ to the world. After repeat listens, the songs will definitly differentiate themselves nicely.This isn’t a perfect record, but a BRILLIANT start, and I’m very happy that a band is finally faithfully exploring the territory that a band like Meshuggah pioneered, and is adding their own unique flavors to the mix. I eagerly await their future releases – these guys have a real chance to be huge here in the US. Favorites: Liquid, DB’Xx’D, Mechanical Spin Phenomenon.

    Posted on January 4, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now