Last week, the band have revealed the first video trailer. Today, they publish the follow-up! In this second trailer, the band discuss about the cover artwork and the lyrics of the new album. If you don't want to miss this new video, watch it here via YouTube:
The band hosted a listening session for »The Silent Vigil« at Nuclear Blast headquarters in Germany on January 13th. The event was filmed and can now be viewed over on YouTube. Watch as the band introduce the international press to their new album and what the press think, here:
MEMORIAM - to release "The Silent Vigil" on March 23rd/ new cover artwork revealed!
2018-01-17 - The war rages on! Old school death metallers, MEMORIAM, are set to unleash their second album, »The Silent Vigil«, on March 23rd, 2018 throughNuclear Blast Records. Just one year after the release of debut album »For The Fallen«, the band returns with an authentic, raw flood of old school Death Metal destruction!
The album's impressive artwork was created again by Dan Seagrave (BENEDICTION, DISMEMBER, HYPOCRISY, SUFFOCATION,...).
MEMORIAM stated on the cover artwork:
"Following the success of working with Dan Seagrave for our debut album »For The Fallen«, we decided that we had to get Dan involved for the next album cover.
Initially we used Dan as we were all very impressed with the art that he has created for bands over the decades and Scott in particular wanted to have an album cover designed by Dan Seagrave, as part of the things he wanted to achieve with MEMORIAM.
Dan really encapsulates the Old School Death Metal feel to the album covers that he creates; they are full of detail and very atmospheric. We gave him a brief for the »For The Fallen« debut cover and he did a great job.
We briefed Dan and asked him to create an image which followed on from the first album; the first album features a funeral procession, the coffin of the fallen leader paraded across an ethereal battle scarred landscape.
»The Silent Vigil« represents the next phase of the journey where the coffin is lying in state with the followers standing in silence almost like terracotta soldiers. The cover has an overall solemn feel to it, with the ravaged landscape in the background and burnt out wrecks of military hardware in the foreground.
The tree in the centre of the album cover is symbolic of life – that continues on.
We are really pleased with what Dan Seagrave has created for us once again and we are proud to have his artwork on our album cover.
We already have an idea for the next album cover and we hope that Dan will be able to do this for us too."
»The Silent Vigil« - Tracklisting:
1. Soulless Parasite
2. Nothing Remains
3. From the Flames
4. The Silent Vigil
5. Bleed The Same
6. As Bridges Burn
7. The New Dark Ages
8. No Known Grave
9. Weaponised Fear
Memoriam were formed in January 2016. The band has a substantial and proud Death Metal heritage comprising of:
Karl Willetts - Ex Bolt Thrower
Frank Healy - Ex Benediction, Sacrilege
Andy Whale - Ex Bolt Thrower
Scott Fairfax - Ex Life Denied, Benediction (live).
Memoriam are an Old School Death Metal band and maintain the standards set by previous bands that the members have played with, focusing on the themes of death, loss and war.
Initially Memoriam got together to play covers of songs that had influenced them throughout their careers within the Death Metal scene, however it soon became apparent that the new songs that they created were of a superior standard.
2016 proved to be a busy year for Memoriam, establishing themselves through the release of the Hellfire Demos
2017 saw Memoriam release the Hellfire Demos II in January followed by their hugely anticipated debut album 'For The Fallen' through Nuclear Blast Records in March. This was followed by 20 selected shows throughout Europe in that year.In December 2017 Memoriam headed to RB studios to record the second album ' The silent Vigil' which is to be released through Nuclear Blast Records in March 2018.
2018 will be another great year for Memoriam a true celebration of life through Death Metal.
Onward into battle…The war rages on…….
Karl Willetts | Vocals
Frank Healy | Bass
Scott Fairfax | Guitar
Andy Whale | Drums
The speed at which MEMORIAM operate and the pace they've kept up since their formation has kept jaws perpetually on the floor. Officially brought to life in March 2016, just a few weeks later their debut two track demo »The Hellfire Demos« was released. Even more astoundingly, with only these two songs under their belts the British death metal squad catapulted themselves into the spotlight of the international metal scene. The machine rolled ever forward and their first live show appearances were swiftly confirmed. In the meantime, MEMORIAM signed a deal with Nuclear Blast Records. Their first major milestone was the release of their debut album »For The Fallen« which has more than substantiated the deeper meaning of the band. The four musicians succeeded in doing something which most of their peers have not achieved in their entire careers - they've immortalised themselves within the history books of heavy metal.
It's not surprising that MEMORIAM consists of veterans of the scene who have achieved the status of legends, at least in death metal circles. With frontman Karl Willets (ex-BOLT THROWER), Frank Healy (Bass, BENEDICTION), guitarist Scott Fairfax (live guitarist, BENEDICTION) and drummer Andrew Whale (ex-BOLT THROWER), the highest quality is guaranteed. This fact has been recognised by fans all over the world as well as by the press, who reverentially praised the debut. When British institution BOLT THROWER disbanded in early 2016, no-one dared dream that a super group or successor might be just around the corner, let alone that their consciousness might live on and inhabit a new form. The signature sound of these musicians lives on, and »For The Fallen« in its relentless style rolled down each and every preconception about the band's sound.
For the musicians themselves, »For The Fallen« could be called an adjustment period in which they dealt with and aired their sadness and grievances due to their losses. As the year ticked on beyond the album’s release it became ever more apparent that the band was nowhere near taking a breather, and after several successful shows including Wacken Open Air, Graspop Open Air and Roadburn Festival they once again knuckled down to writing new material. This work has now been collected into eight merciless tracks in the form of a new work titled »The Silent Vigil«. MEMORIAM’s second album is less affected by sadness compared to its precursor, and their aggressiveness has increased manifold.
The band has also worked intensively on the complexities of their sound, creating a monstrous tone that further enhances the imposing warfare. »The Silent Vigil« still sounds like MEMORIAM, but without once copying the debut. Fans need not worry; »The Silent Vigil« exudes their inimitable old school flair once again and has not abandoned their merciless groove for even one split second!
Thanks to Timm Sonnenschein for black and white photography on album
24th June 2016 - Memoriam Sign To Nuclear Blast Records
16th September 2016 - Decibel Magazine release Live stream of Flexi Disc to be released with November issue
Memoriam - Surrounded (by Death ) Demo Version
17th September 2016 - Memoriam are to start recording the debut album at Hellfire studios set for Release through Nuclear Blast Records in February 2017.
22nd February 2017 - Memoriam Feature on cover of Terrorizer Magazine - Issue 279
12th May 2017 - Hellfire Demos III - Released through Nuclear Blast Records
Side A - The Captive (Sacrilege Cover Version - featuring Linda 'Tam' Simpson)
Side B - Etching
Memoriam Live @ Graspop Metal Meet - 18.06.17
Photos from Dark Days of Helsinki - September 2017 by Olli Teirila