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MNEMIC Are Either Going on Hiatus or Breaking Up (But Probably Breaking Up)

Posted by on June 26, 2014 at 1:10 pm

Danish metal band Mnemic have been around for quite a wile, but you may not have heard from them for a while. They've been under the radar recently and if you were hoping they'd be coming back soon, uh oh – bad news, they probably aren't.

Founding guitarist Mircea Gabriel Eftemie posted a long statement on the band's Facebook page basically announcing that they are no more:

Dear Facebook friends, followers & foes,

Its been over 6 months since the last update, and therefore I must humbly apologize.

Being the last original and founding member of Mnemic, I feel that it’s my responsibility and finally time to break the silence and shed some light on the bands current situation and prospect. I am sure anyone who have been following our endeavors, listening to our music, or had some sort of a relation to Mnemic, have been wondering what’s in the melting pot?

The main reason for this update, is because wherever I have gone, I’ve met people who have been asking me: “When are you playing live again? When is a new album coming out? Whats happening with the band? Why so silent? No news?”.

Well, here is a bit of background… When we started the band, we where influenced by 3 great artists, Meshuggah, Fear Factory & Strapping Young Lad (plus everything else Devin touched). We had a common artistic vision for the sound and look and a common goal when composing. We where all able to communicate musically on the same level, as we all contributed with our personal signature to the greater vision. Luckily and fortunately we ended up releasing albums on a great and big label, touring 4-5 continents, and even ended up touring and making friends with the bands that influenced us and hey, even Metallica asked us out! Something most bands only dream of nowadays – call us extremely f**ing lucky.

Fact is, people and situations change, and going through multiple line-up changes, not being able to generate an income from music and struggling to survive, so did the vision change.

I will never be bankrupt on creativity but my personal taste in music has also changed over the years. I am not interested in sparkling clean productions and Djenty polyrhythmic one-stringed riffing, flavored with melodic choruses. I have written this type of music for over a decade, and to put it simply, I am sick and tired of it. To be completely honest I really dislike the Djent genre, because no matter how extremely talented these musicians and bands are, no one can write a good song, and they all sound the same – at least to me. I am also pretty sure we have regressed as a band (or musicians), if some do consider us part of the Djent genre?

In conclusive, to everyone I have met, that have been asking, and anyone else wondering, all I can say is that there are no shows planned, no new music or a new album in the making. Why? Because there is no artistic vision any longer, and my heart is no longer into this music. I hunger for raw power, simplicity, and good songs. That is also why I thrive in a new formation called BLOOD EAGLE – check it out, its death metal, it sounds nothing like Mnemic.

It’s a dynamic world and change is the only constant, if you do not continue to innovate or shift out, you will be out of the game. In other words, so is Mnemic, therefore this is either a hiatus or a break-up. Only time will tell if we will get back together with the old or new line-up to make music again.

In the meantime I would love to hear your opinions, what you think we should do, how much we suck, how much you love us, how much you would pay us to either shut the hell up or make some new music?

(Btw, if you like, please do share this post, cause Facebook will not display it to everyone connected to our page.)

Thanks for reading.
Mircea

PS. And if you would like to read my rants in general, follow me on Twitter @MirceaGEftemie

Blood Eagle is a great band and certainly worth your time.

I can't say I was the biggest Mnemic fan, but I always enjoyed seeing them live. It's a bummer to see another band break up, but such is life.

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