Neil Bolton, grabs onto something stable as he unleashes the new album by the UK Death Metal legends that make up Memoriam!
Well its a good job I am sat here at my lap top as I listen to Memoriam’s new album “To The End”; I now have to go on a famous internet shopping site to replace my speaker stands as they have just collapsed under the weight of this massive album.
Now signed to Reaper Entertainment, this heavy-weight tank of a band are about to release the first in a second trilogy of albums. This first one, once again has incredible art work from another legend of the scene, Dan Seagrave.
Musically the album begins with drums and guitars leading into Karl pronouncing in his own frightening and motivational “Onwards into battle one more time!” A line which sets the stage perfectly for the kind aggression and power that can be displayed with a slow to mid paced track. Heavy and remorseless this song pounds away, punishing any sound equipment you use to listen to music with. As the track completes, and there is a brief moment to reflect on what I have experienced, I assume the band have peaked at the beginning and can in no way repeat the weight they have created again.
Track two “This is War” begins and I realise I am incorrect; there is a little more speed thrown in the mix now and the clout continues. Excellent death metal soaks into the mind and body causing a mix of smile and grimace to appear. Further in the album “Failure to Comply” begins with an actual real life recording of the authorities threatening action if compliance is not met, the the pounding once again starts and I am happy to receive it. The enjoyable pummelling carries on through the album whether it is fast, mid-paced or doomy-slow as in “Each Step (closer to the ground)”.
Memoriam do not loose any power at any stage. A six minute monster completes this colossal album with a Niko McBrain drum fill leading us into a track called “As My Heart Goes Cold”. The atmosphere is a little different here. It would be wrong to say it is any lighter than previous tracks, it is not. There is just a more metal and less death feel to this.
Memoriam have produced an album which is heavy as hell; with lyrical content that has both contemporary points and a poignancy to it. I wonder if they make solid concrete speaker stands; as this will be played often.
Memoriam – To The End is released on the 26th March on Reaper Entertainment