Since the early days of February this year, the smoke started to spread over Northampton, around 70 miles north-west of London. The machinery is well-oiled, the plan excellent – Memoriam are back in the studio! The speed that these Brits have been working at since their inception is incredible. In 2016, the band formed by front man Karl Willetts (ex-Bolt Thrower), Frank Healy (bass, ex-Benediction), guitarist Scott Fairfax (live Benediction guitarist) and drummer Andrew Whale (ex-Bolt Thrower) informed the public about their existence. And since 2016 the machines have never stopped ticking over. Memoriam write new songs, record them, hit the stage and then start the process all over again. They are tireless and ever advancing.
Shortly after the first rumours about their existence had started to spread, the British death metal troop showed the world where their journey would lead to. The Hellfire Demos hit the scene with its old-school death metal mastery, leaving jaws on the floor. The same followed for their debut full-length album ‘For The Fallen’, released in 2017 via Nuclear Blast Records, leaving listeners from all around the world impressed by the power of the songs – a historical moment in metal.
But as mentioned previously, there’s no standing still in the Memoriam camp. Meanwhile liberated from the other bands the musicians had been working on, they continued carving their unique path. While the first album was heavy, depressing and marked by grief, the second work ‘The Silent Vigil’ (2018) showed a relentlessly aggressive side. It was without question another great album, created by musicians who blindly understand their craft yet do not repeat themselves.
This also applies to the third and latest string to their bow ‘Requiem For Mankind’ which is unmistakably in the short, but impressive tradition of the previous Memoriam works. Once again, the groove is monstrous, the riffs are merciless, and the atmosphere is oppressive, paralyzing, even overwhelming. Willet’s aggressive vocals are rousing and relentless. The band states that they’ve been working towards this masterpiece from the very beginning; their previous outings testing the waters, so to speak. And they’re right.