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Memfis: The Wind-Up

Here's an album that's been pretty highly hyped up the last few months, the debut album The Wind-Up from Sweden's Memfis. Despite the questionable band name, The Wind-Up is serious stuff, taking influence from bands such as Mastodon, Opeth, Burst, The Dillinger Escape Plan, and Isis, then throwing in some original and polished sounds, making for a very enjoyable extreme metal album. Tempos sway from track to track, and there's lots of complex passages featuring intricate guitar and drum work, even some wonderful Opeth-like moments where the atmosphere creeps in with melodic acoustic guitars, like on "Forever Discounted". "Eternal Failure" has some weaving guitar lines that again recall Opeth, with a healthy mix of barbaric death metal vocals as well as clean melodic singing. The dark and menacing "The Judgement" packs a wallop, complete with shifting guitar riffs and intricate drum work, punctuated by harsh growls, while "Cover It Up" is a complex metal piece that combines Mastodon and Opeth styled arrangements and a myriad of vocal styles. If you like intense math-metal, look no further than "Dead Ends" and "Stop Those Waves", two speaker shredders with screaming vocals and wild instrumental interplay. The bands penchant for psychedelic and somewhat symphonic sounding metal, without keyboards I might add, can be heard on the excellent closer "Breed the Disorder", the CD's longest piece at just over 5 minutes.

The Wind-Up is one strong debut, and in all probability just the tip of the iceberg as far as what this band is capable of in the very near future. Memfis looks to be a great pick up for Candlelight Records here in the US, so scoop this up and hear what the European metal audience has been raving about for months.

Track Listing
1) Breathless
2) The Wind-up
3) Forever Discounted
4) Eternal Failure
5) The Judgement
6) Cover It Up
7) Dead Ends
8) The Game
9) Stop Those Waves
10) Save the Day
11) Breed the Disorder

Added: December 17th 2007
Reviewer: Pete Pardo
Related Link: Band Website
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Language: english

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Memfis: The Wind-Up
Posted by Butch Jones, SoT Staff Writer on 2007-12-17 08:10:48
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Another up and coming Swedish (what in the hell is in their water?!) Metal band worth listening to! This time, from the band Memfis with their debut CD called The Wind Up (Candlelight Records). This CD spews heaviness from note one with the "Contradictions Collapse" era Meshuggah-ish bashing to your cerebral cortex. Memfis are obvious slaves to their surroundings with elements of In Flames, Soilwork and The Haunted all thrown into their mix to make up a very cool new band with serious potential.

The Wind Up is an 11 track crusher of a CD. Fast and furious, it seems that is has just started when in the blink of an eye it has ended. A true crusher of a CD with everything that makes the Swedish Metal movement so amazing. Awesome technical musicianship with lots of time changes and even Jazz/Fusion interludes thrown in for good measure. Memfis is indeed a thinking man's Metal band for sure. Imagine Opeth meets early Meshuggah meets Mastodon!!

Slickly produced and not stripping away any of it's heaviness, the album is a super solid debut that only gets better with each listen. Prog Rock nuances' are abound within Memfis, and it makes it hard to try and classify them, but they are all Metal for sure. Almost a Math Metal, if you will.

Vocals are in the vain of today's Metalcore shouters but Memfis includes a cool vocal bed underneath a lot of tracks of "straight" singing that reminds me slightly of the one and only Burton C. Bell of Fear Factory, style of layering. The musicianship is Top Notch and as I said, from the 1st note of CD opener, "Breathless" their chops are evident on each and every song on The Wind Up.

Memfis', The Wind Up is not for the faint of heart. It chokes and wrestles you to the ground from the very start and doesn't let go until the end of this 11 song brain beating. Complex, brooding and entirely heavy, Memfis score big with this stellar debut record. Another Swedish export to beware of. Press play and hang on!

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