MEMORIAM needs no introduction – they are living legends of Old School Death Metal. Not only because the former fields of activity of the Brits belonged and still belong to the pioneers of UK Death Metal, but because they managed to follow their master plan more than precisely. MEMORIAM has built up their own loyal fan base over the past seven years and developed its own musical identity. It would certainly have been easy for them to just follow the old paths, but the true art of the band is that they never deny their origins, but gradually incorporate something new – with every album a few new nuances and facets are added.
The sheer speed of their creative output shows how consistently MEMORIAM follow this path: Following the initial success of the HELLFIRE DEMOS trilogy, MEMORIAM signed with Nuclear Blast in 2016. The band went on to release FOR THE FALLEN (2017), THE SILENT VIGIL (2018) and REQUIEM FOR MANKIND (2019) ensuring within a very short time that MEMORIAM were firmly established among loyal Death Metal fans. This was supported by dozens of concerts, which have taken the band from selected club shows to major festival appearances (e.g. Hellfest, Wacken, Summer Breeze, Graspop). Following the success of this initial trilogy, MEMORIAM switched to the young label Reaper Entertainment. The album TO THE END, the first of a new trilogy, was released in 2021. The second album of the trilogy, RISE TO POWER, will be released in early 2023.
RISE TO POWER will not only once again offer an atmospherically dense Dan Seagrave cover, the war theme stylized on it also runs through Karl Willetts’ lyrics: With ‘Never Forget, Never Again (6 Million Dead)’ about the Holocaust and the, unfortunately, more than current ‘Total War’ about the war in Ukraine, Karl is more political than ever. “I am writing ‘our burden and shame’ instead of ‘their’ as I believe it is our collective responsibility to ensure that something like the Holocaust never happens again. I feel that it is my responsibility as a frontman and lyricist to write about the things that I feel are important,” explains Karl. MEMORIAM transforms aggression and grief into uncompromising Death Metal energy. Also musically the mentioned above development process continues. While the opener still serves the essential Death Metal groove, MEMORIAM becomes more variable with each additional song and keeps adding new dynamics into their Old School Death Metal sound – from brutal grooves (‘Annihilation’s Dawn’) via doomy-melodic parts like in ‘I Am The Enemy’ up to aggressive Nordic riffing like in ‘Total War’. RISE TO POWER is an extremely varied album, as Karl confirms: “That’s Scott’s style, he comes from a different generation than Frank, Spike and me. He brings in influences from bands I haven’t even heard of. It gives us the balance between old and new, and it works pretty well for us.” (Thomas Strater)
- Never Forget, Never Again (6 Million Dead)
- Total War
- I Am The Enemy
- The Conflict is Within
- Annihilations Dawn
- All is Lost
- Rise To Power
- This Pain