Danish modern metallers MNEMIC have entered the studio to begin recording their fourth studio album, "Sons Of The System", for a January 2010 release via Nuclear Blast Records. The band is once again working at Antfarm Studio in Aarhus, Denmark with Danish producer Tue Madsen (HALFORD, BEHEMOTH, KATAKLYSM, THE HAUNTED), who previously helmed the group's "Mechanical Spin Phenomena" (2003) and "The Audio Injected Soul" (2004) CDs.
Commented guitarist/songwriter/founding member Mircea Gabriel Eftemie: "At the end of 2007, I started composing the first [new] MNEMIC song [for the forthcoming CD], which I later trashed 'cause it simply sucked. It was uninspiring, regular metal, nothing new under the sun. Since then, lots of songs have been trashed, ha ha… and the same goes for the other band members.
"We have had a hard time pinpointing where we wanted to go musically. We are five different individuals these days with five different views on music. I listen to everything from the WU TANG CLAN to CURTIS MAYFIELD, to all sorts of drum-'n'-bass artists, to mostly the old-school metal records. The same goes for the others. We are not listening to the same metal albums that inspired us 6-7 years ago; we have different inspiration sources. This aspect did contribute to a lot of debate between us and also helped shape the 15 songs we chose out of a big bulk of material. At the end of the day, we are still a metal band, but with different inspirational sources. With this said, we are ready to fuck everyone up.
"So, before we started recording the drums, we also tried to listen to some other production [job]s that we liked. In fact, we kind of came to an agreement of not having a superficial drum sound, where everything is cut, everything is edited, and in the end, done by 'Beat Detective.' (We have actually never done that. For all of you non-believers, [MNEMIC drummer] Brian [Rasmussen] knows how to play his stuff; it's really that simple.)
"Moving on to the sound, we want a simple sound and first and foremost, a natural drum sound without sounding too dry a la KYUSS or C.O.C., but more punchy and in-your-face. More like a Rick Rubin sound, where everything is more open and unprocessed. Think RED HOT CHILLI PEPPERS or SLIPKNOT.
"We have simple groovy songs and we have complex songs, so Brian started — of course — warming up with some of the more simple songs, to get into the groove. At the moment, we have tracked six songs out of 15, and the drumming sounds extremely solid!
"I can't wait ‘til we move on to the guitars… Well, actually, I can't wait 'til we are done and have the final product in my hands!"
Follow the studio blog at SonsOfTheSystem.com. There will be tons of updates, pictures, videos and information directly from the band.
A new promotional photo of MNEMIC can be viewed below.
The band's latest CD, "Passenger" (2007), was produced by FEAR FACTORY's Christian Olde Wolbers at Track Record Studios (KISS, MEGADETH, AEROSMITH) in Los Angeles. The album featured artwork by Asterik Studios (ANTHRAX, UNEARTH) plus guest vocal appearances by Jeff Walker (CARCASS, BRUJERIA) and Shane Embury (NAPALM DEATH, BRUJERIA). MNEMIC also completed a video for the song "Meaningless" with Revolver Film director Patric Ullaeus.