Memoriam – To the End

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.

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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

Memoriam – Onwards into Battle

It’s a good day when you hear that one of your favourite bands announces that they’ve got a new album coming out, Memoriam (formed in 2017 as both a tribute and a form of catharsis, and also celebrating the life, of Bolt Thrower drummer Martin ‘Kiddie’ Kearns, who tragically passed away, far too early, back in 2015), the forthcoming ‘To the End’ will be the fourth album by the band in as many years, the fantastic debut ‘For the Fallen’ having been released March 2017, expect the new release to drop in late March, but as a sampler of what’s to come, here is the lead single ‘Onwards into Battle’. 

Starting with the sound of men on the frontline and a plane flying overhead, you’re suddenly hit by a devastating power-chord, and a majestic, yet sombre guitar line by Scott (Fairfax – Guitar), then the familiar roar of Karl (Willets – Vocals) cuts in, the song builds up from there, with rolling bass drums, provided by newbie Spike (T Smith – Drums) and the rumbling 4 strings of Frank (Healy – Bass), that underpin the huge chords. The war machine slowly picks up momentum and it’s once more unto the breach, at about the 2 minute mark the song is grinding along like an unstoppable tank, the guitars, bass and drums merging into one, crushing everything in their path, you can almost smell the cordite and feel the shells exploding around you as the battlefield unfolds around you, and the oppressive feel of battle almost overwhelms you.

This is a cracking return, it’s heavy, old school death metal, nothing more, nothing less, and it’s great to have them back, if you like the aforementioned Bolt Thrower, Benediction, et al, and you haven’t heard them before, it’s definitely well worth checking them out, and what better place to start.