News from MEMORIAM

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!

The war rages on! Old school metal veterans MEMORIAM are set to unleash their second album, »The Silent Vigil«, on March 23rd, 2018 via Nuclear Blast Records. Just a year after the release of their debut album »For The Fallen«, the band returns with an authentic, raw offering of old school Death Metal destruction. Today sees the release of the first single off the new album, entitled 'Bleed The Same', just in time for the launch of the album pre-order!

Listen and watch, here:

MEMORIAM stated about the song:
"Bleed The Same is a response to the fear and hatred that exists in the world that we live in today. The lyrics are predominately about freedom, equality and justice. This is a theme that is explored throughout the new album The Silent Vigil. The lyrical content of the song is a comment on the rise of nationalistic xenophobic ideologies that proliferate on a global scale right now.
The song was ironically inspired by a speech given by Donald Trump in his inauguration ceremony in 2017."

Pre-order »The Silent Vigil« digitally and receive 'Bleed The Same' instantly or stream the song:

Pre-order »The Silent Vigil« physically here:

Karl Willetts - ex-BOLT THROWER | vocals
Andy Whale - ex-BOLT THROWER | drums
Scott Fairfax - ex-LIFE DENIED, BENEDICTION (live) | guitars

More info:

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…….

Line up:

MEMORIAM online:

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 

Recent News

 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

October 2017 - Memoriam set to commence recording the second album at RB studios in Birmingham throughout November/December 


»For The Fallen« out now/
third track-by-track trailer online

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The wait is finally over and today sees the long awaited release of »For The Fallen«, the debut album from old school death metallers MEMORIAM through Nuclear Blast Records.

Order your physical copy of »For The Fallen« here:
And digital here:

»For The Fallen« has received critical acclaim from the press and public alike:

“Groovy, majestic, crushing and epic. Old school death metal with a fresh touch by the legends of the scene.”
INFERNO (FIN), Tami Hintikka

“This is a real bomb of an album. It really kicks ass. Old school death metal doesn’t get better than this.”
SCREAM (N), Stig Odegaard

“MEMORIAM? Old school death metal the way it has to be done! No big surprises, but for sure, no bad surprises.”
ROCK HARD (F), Benjamin Baudelot

“Great comeback of the British death metal masters. An amazing old school record, BENEDICTION and BOLT THROWER fans will like it.”
ROCK HARD (I), Andrea Raffaldini

“BOLT THROWER with some new twists, it works as a whole as well as individually song by song. Well-balanced atmosphere/brutality.”
ROCK HARD (D), Andreas Schiffmann

Today, the band also revealed the final track-by-track trailer.
Watch the clip here:

More about »For The Fallen«
'Surrounded By Death' (lyric Video):
'Reduced To Zero' (track Video):
'Resistance' (lyric Video):
Track-by-Track #1:
Track-by-Track #2:
Trailer #1:
Trailer #2:
Trailer #3:
Trailer #4:
Trailer #5:

Also check out the first two singles, taken from the new album:
'Surrounded By Death' (lyric Video):
'Reduced To Zero' (track Video):

»For The Fallen« is also available for pre-order in various formats now:

The album's impressive artwork was created by Dan Seagrave (BENEDICTION, DISMEMBER, HYPOCRISY, SUFFOCATION,...).

»For The Fallen« - Tracklisting:

01. Memoriam
02. War Rages On
03. Reduced To Zero
04. Corrupted System
05. Flatline
06. Surrounded (By Death)
07. Resistance
08. Last Words

Side A

01. Memoriam
02. War Rages On
03. Reduced To Zero
04. Corrupted System

Side B
01. Flatline
02. Surrounded (By Death)
03. Resistance
04. Last Words

Album Reviews:  6/7 (4/5)  9/10 4/7 8,5/10  8/10 7/10  12/15 (6/7),30025,29950.html (8,5/10)  7,5/10  9/10




Andrew Whale exclusively uses Vic Firth drum sticks


 Scott Fairfax exclusively uses Dean Markley guitar strings


Scott Fairfax uses Ragnaraok guitars

Upcoming Confirmed Shows

HRH Metal Meltdown, Birmingham, UK, Sunday 18th February 2018


Skullcrusher, Dresden, Germany, Saturday 24th February 2018


Muziekcafe Elpee, Dienze, Belgium, Friday 9th March 2018


Juz Club, Andernach, Germany, Saturday 10th March 2018

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Little Devil, Tilburg, Netherlands - Sunday 11th March

Inferno Festival, Oslo, Norway  - Saturday 31st March 2018


Rockstadt Indoor Festival, Transylvania, Romania - Saturday 7th April 2018


Manorfest, Keighley, UK - Saturday 12th May 2018


Hellfest, Clisson, France, Saturday 23rd June 2018


Blodstock Open Air, Catton Park, Derbyshire, UK - Friday 10th August 2018


Vagos Metal Fest, Portugal - Sunday 12th August 2018


Recent Interviews

Tough Riffs Magazine - 14th June 2016

Thy Demons Be Scribblin - 14th June 2016

Legacy Magazine - 25th June 2016

Metal Recusants - 28th July 2016

Distorted sound Magazine - 3rd August 2016

Metal Roos - 09th February 2017


Memoriam - Surrounded (By Death)

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