Guillaume Bideau (Ex-Mnemic, Etc.) Passes Away

Guillaume Bideau (ex-Mnemic, ex-Scarve, etc.) has sadly passed away. He was only 44 years old.

Bideau’s former Scarve bandmate Dirk Verbeuren (also of Megadeth) said the following:

“Guillaume, it’s with a devastated heart that I write these words. I remember our first meeting in 1999 like it was yesterday. You came to see me at my little apartment in Nancy reaching out with a fake hand, which fell to the ground when I shook it, leaving me perplexed… You were without a doubt expecting a burst of laughter. Your omnipresent humor was contagious. Even when you got angry, you were damn funny. During the recording of Scarve‘s second album, you insisted that we all listen to Type O Negative‘s October Rust when going to bed, night after night, until Sylvain and I got fed up and decided to hide your CD-R… Only for you to pull out a second identical one the same evening.

You were a brilliant, non-conformist, stubborn and tenacious artist. Beyond that, you were a true friend. You didn’t hesitate to join me when I was reluctant to go on a long drive through France (we listened to the first Fantômas album on repeat). At my wedding in 2006, your presence and exuberant personality remain among my fondest memories.

You didn’t care what other people said. You did what you wanted and you lived your own way. I’m gonna miss you terribly, my friend… Rest in peace.”

Bideau’s former Mnemic bandmate Mircea Gabriel Eftemie also commented:

“Words can not describe how I feel. I am devastated and extremely saddened by the passing of my friend and old band member, Guillaume Bideau.

Everything we’ve experienced and laughed at together throughout the years, the crazy shenanigans, the parties, the fights, the travels, the struggle for success – are all the memories I will cherish forever. You where a unique character, a visionary and true artist with a big heart. You made us all laugh and you touched our lives with your music. I can not believe you are now gone…

My thoughts go to his family, and the many friends all around the world.

I will forever miss you.

Rest in peace Guillaume.”

Mnemic: “This Is Either A Hiatus Or A Break-Up”

Mnemic is either going on a hiatus or breaking up. Guitarist, Mircea Gabriel Eftemie wrote a statement on Facebook, explaing how his heart just isn’t in it anymore and how he feels about Mnemic’s genre.

Here’s exactly what he said:

“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?

Thanks for reading.
Mircea”

(Image from Mnemic's Facebook)

(Image from Mnemic’s Facebook)