News from MEMORIAM
12th April 2018 - The war rages on! Nuclear Blast is pleased to announce that the second album from old school death metal veterans MEMORIAM, »The Silent Vigil«, hit the official album charts in Germany, Switzerland and the UK as follows:
UK Rock: #21
UK Indie: #45
The band stated:
"We are incredibly pleased with the overall response that we have received for our second album »The Silent Vigil«. The fact that it has achieved some amazing chart positions throughout the world is truly amazing and we would like to thank everyone that has supported us by purchasing the album. We have achieved such a lot in such a relatively short space of time with MEMORIAM and none of this could have been achieved without the support we have received by our fans, friends and family. We look forward to the future as the war still rages on...!"
In comparison to its predecessor, the new record from MEMORIAM focusses more on the aggressive side of the band's music. The band have also put a lot of work into developing their sound, creating a monstrous tone that further enhances the imposing warfare.»The Silent Vigil« still sounds like MEMORIAM, without repeating their successful debut album.
Order »The Silent Vigil« now, here: http://nblast.de/MemoriamTSV
23rd March 2018
The war rages on! The second album from old school metal veterans MEMORIAM, »The Silent Vigil«, is out now. Just a year after the release of their debut album »For The Fallen«, the band returns with an authentic, raw offering packed with old school death metal destruction.|
In comparison to its predecessor, the new record from MEMORIAM focusses more on the aggressive side of the band‘s music. The band have also put a lot of work into developing their sound, creating a monstrous tone that further enhances the imposing warfare. »The Silent Vigil« still sounds like MEMORIAM, without copying the successful first album.
Order »The Silent Vigil« here: http://nblast.de/MemoriamTSV
To celebrate the release of the album, the band present a new lyric video for the track
"As Bridges Burn". Check it out on YouTube: https://youtu.be/R5TqCLvlX1M
The band states:
"As Bridges Burn is a song about change - a song about moving forward and not looking back.
It is a song about transition which reflects the place where the band are at right now.
It is a song that is all about having no regrets for the past and having hope for the future."
More about »The Silent Vigil«
'Nothing Remains' OFFICIAL VIDEO: https://youtu.be/ZcU2ToPwTSk
'Bleed The Same' LYRIC VIDEO: https://youtu.be/puOhySwpa-w
Trailer #1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CxWHxw3oSQ8&feature=youtu.be
Trailer #2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NNuJX1VsFQU
Trailer #3: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HZSwhmzDJHM
Track-by-Track #1: https://youtu.be/hnHwGjRGYng
Track-by-Track #2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bbxLOFuZS9A
The album's formidable artwork was created once again by Dan Seagrave (BENEDICTION, DISMEMBER, HYPOCRISY, SUFFOCATION,...).
»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 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."
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 still 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 and Olli Teirila 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