The band was formed when Mircea Eftemie (ex-Mercenary) joined Rune Stigart and Brian “Brylle” Rasmussen, both formerly of a local death metal outfit called Exhume in the town of Aalborg in Denmark in 1998.
The first line up was completed with the addition of Mark Bai also known as notus bai and dorthe dak, who was on vocals and Mikkel Larsen on bass. The name 'Mnemic' was suggested by Mark Bai and the band went on to record their first demo in 2000 with Jacob Hansen. These songs are blueprints of the later songs, 'Tattoos' and 'Closed Eyes'.
Mnemic flirted with a masked look in some promotional pictures during this period but apparently abandoned the masks after their first live performance wearing them.
Mark Bai, finding a strong religious calling, left shortly after to become a priest.
Mnemic were to find their second singer, Michael Bøgballe, on Danish national television (possibly on the reality show, Baren), who they tracked down and recruited as their first permanent vocalist.
Bassist Mikkel Larsen left the band after recording the bass parts for this album and was replaced by Tomas 'Obeast' Koefod, who had earlier played with Tue Madsen in a band called Grope.
After touring Europe in support of the album, the band returned to the studio to record and release their second album, titled The Audio Injected Soul in 2004, which has gone on to become a strong selling and popular effort, charting in the Top 100 in Denmark.
The album is similar in sound to Mechanical Spin Phenomena, but sees the introduction of more melodic elements and catchy choruses on certain songs as well as a seemingly out-of-the-blue and unique cover of Duran Duran’s famous song, Wild Boys.
The AM3D positional audio technology for headphones was also used on two of the album's tracks, on The Audio Injection and on Deathbox, but the band have not used the technology again since. The feature was only present on the retail version of the album.
Mnemic toured heavily in support of this album across Europe and North America until September 2005.
Swedish band M.A.N (and former Transport League) vocalist, Tony Jelencovich was recruited on a short stint, filling in on vocals on the band’s subsequent North American tour with Meshuggah, but Jelencovich and the band amicably parted ways in April 2006.
This album demonstrates a shift in Mnemic's sound, incorporating a significant modern metalcore dimension, with each song seeing a greater emphasis placed on entwined catchy melodic choruses than ever before, albeit with the surrounding layered technicality still intact. However, it should be noted that the album has an overall distinct sound that is not typical of bands that fall under this genre.
At the same time, association with the genre, by implication, attributes the negative aspects of the style to the music as well, and many fans and reviewers have not received what could be perceived as a conscious attempt at greater accessibility geared towards the American market with open arms. Conversely other critics have hailed the album as an exceptional and strong effort with the potential and polished appeal to find its way to a wider and more general melodic metal audience. A bonus track, titled “Zero Synchronized” is available on the Japanese version of the album. Currently Guillaume has a side-project with Dirk Verbeuren (drummer for Scarve and Soilwork) called One Way Mirror, which is an industrial rock/metal group.
On July 13th 2007, they were one of two opening acts playing with Metallica in Aarhus (The other act being Volbeat). As implied in the mnemic.com forum and said in an interview, the band might begin writing a new album in the end of 2008.
|Year of Release||Title||Label|
|2003||Mechanical Spin Phenomena||Nuclear Blast|
|2004||The Audio Injected Soul||Nuclear Blast|