(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.