- to release "To the End" on March 26th / cover artwork revealed
Onwards into battle, one more time...
Almost two years have passed since album the »Requiem For Mankind« was released, but we all know there’s no standing still in the MEMORIAM camp. Their fourth studio album »To the End« will be released on March 26th – Fans can be assured that this is going to be one of the strongest albums of 2021.
It is the beginning of a new era - and the beginning of a new trilogy of albums.
»To the End« is a tremendous demonstration of power that impressively unites all elements of its predecessors and paints a frightening picture of war, death and destruction at the end of which nothing remains but ashes and the realization of a masterpiece. The grandiose songwriting and first-class recordings are rounded off by the production of Russ Russell (NAPALM DEATH, DIMMU BORGIR, AT THE GATES, AMORPHIS etc.) at Parlour Studios, which comes across as charming "Down to Earth", but wonderfully differentiated, to give every detail on »To the End« its deserved space.
The album's impressive artwork was created again by Dan Seagrave (BENEDICTION, DISMEMBER, HYPOCRISY, SUFFOCATION,...)
MEMORIAM states about the album and the artwork:
"Back in 2015, when we first got together we all discussed what we wanted to achieve with Memoriam, top of Scott's ambitions was to have an album with Dan Seagraves artwork. He has now done 3.
We are really chuffed to be collaborating with Dan, his vision and interpretation of ideas are totally unique and its fantastic to be involved in the creative process with him seeing the ideas that we have transformed into stunning images that we are proud to have as artwork for our albums.
His style is second to none, so much so that using any other artist at this point would seem like a compromise, his attention to detail is incredible.
We approached Dan relatively late in the day, (in September) as it took us a while to decide where we were going visually with the new album. Once the concept was in place we approached him to engage his services and miraculously he rearranged his busy schedule in order to complete the artwork.
The design brief we provided gave him a solid basis to work from, this new album is the start of another trilogy of albums.
The first trilogy focused on what we consider to be "the death cycle" where the central theme is the end of life of the central "king" figure, For the Fallen follows the coffin across a battle ravaged landscape, following death in battle , The Silent Vigil illustrates the lying in state and the mourning of the followers and finally Requiem for Mankind depicts committal to earth of the body as the "King" is laid to rest.
We decided that the next trilogy should be a celebration of the "kings" life and will focus on events that occurred whilst he was alive.
To the End is the first album of this trilogy and features the events that led up to the scenes depicted on the first album we did "For the Fallen". The art shows the "king" leading his troops into the last battle in which he was killed.
It looks bloody killer."
Legendary artist Dan Seagrave adds:
"For this album, the band were looking to explore the germination of events that led up to the battle and demise of their king as depicted in the earlier records.
This serves as part of a retro trilogy prequel as we work backwards with the narrative unfolding to its origin.
In this moment we’re capturing the dawn of the onslaught of the city. Visible from the industrial outskirts, as the forces descend with a pincer movement into the valley, spreading destruction towards their goal.
The king character to me at this stage has become something of a creature. Beyond just human. There is an elemental shift in its DNA and a detachment of its ordinary senses. Held together by earthly materials, I feel its presence brings with it a surrealistic sickness that affects the immediate environment and those who tread within its boundaries.
My aesthetic look of this was to combine the retro military tech of the early 20th century with the memory of renaissance times art. Such as with tanks that have bas relief sculpture, and inventions such as the flying wingsuit. A metallic armored vehicle contraption. Worn by the foreground figure.
Less of a littoral darkness in the depiction. Here there seems to be a permeating flow of dust particles, like a concocting mist of specular ice and grey concrete. The dawn of a bright day reacting with it, both illuminating and deadly."
The first digital single "Onwards into Battle" will be released on January 22nd.
You can pre-save the song on Spotify now: https://smarturl.it/OnwardsIntoBattle
Stay tuned for more info.
Karl Willetts - ex-BOLT THROWER | vocals
Frank Healy - ex-BENEDICTION | bass
Spike T Smith | drums (Sacrilege, Conflict, Killing Joke, The Damned)
Scott Fairfax - AS THE WORLD DIES, ex-BENEDICTION live | guitars
03rd October 2020
Memoriam will enter The Parlour Recording Studios to commence work on the 4th album with Russ Russell.
27th March 2020
Memoriam sign to REAPER ENTERTAINMENT
Reaper Entertainment proudly announces the signing of the legendary death metal tank MEMORIAM.
With three brutal death metal albums in the last three years, the band, consisting of Karl Willetts (ex-BOLT THROWER), Frank Healy (ex-BENEDICTION), Scott Fairfax (AS THE WORLD DIES, ex-BENEDICTION live) and Andy Whale (ex-BOLT THROWER), catapulted themselves to the spearhead of the death metal scene.
Now, the band signed a world wide record deal with the up-and-coming label REAPER ENTERTAINMENT EUROPE.
The band states:
"We are very happy that we have now signed with Reaper Entertainment. We are convinced that we can take another step forward with these guys. Flori has already worked with us during Nuclear Blast times and we know each other very well. We are looking forward to the collaboration. You can look forward to a great new album!"
Flori Milz (Managing Director of REAPER ENTERTAINMENT) states:
"I got to know the band in 2017 at the listening session of the debut album "For The Fallen". I will never forget this event. Not only because I met my wife there, but also because I never saw a party escalate that fast. Lots of alcohol flowed and the whole house looked like a battlefield. Since this evening I have a great friendship with MEMORIAM. So I am even happier that we could win the band for REAPER ENTERTAINMENT."
MEMORIAM are going to enter the studio later this year to record the fourth album. More Info about the new album soon.
20th April 2019
The war rages on! Old school metal veterans MEMORIAM are set to unleash their third album, Requiem For Mankind, on June 21st, 2019 via Nuclear Blast Records. Today, the band have revealed the lyric video for new track 'Shell Shock'.
The band states:
"A new Memoriam song, a new approach, and as with all our albums a new sound for us to use.
"Shell shock " is the first track we recorded for the "Requiem For Mankind" album. It is a bit of a
Death Metal headbanger of a track! Subject wise it deals with the effects of being on the frontline
amongst all the noise and chaos of a horrific war situation from an individual standpoint, and also
that the soldier does not die from an enemy bullet!
Sound wise it needed to sound a bit epic, we think we have achieved this on 'Shellshock' and
have used this as the blueprint sound throughout the album."
Pre-order the album here: http://nblast.de/Memoriam-RFM
The digital single 'Shell Shock' will be available tomorrow, April 19th, on all streaming platforms.
The track list for Requiem For Mankind racks up as follows:
01. Shell Shock
03. Never The Victim
04. Austerity Kills
05. In The Midst Of Desolation
06. Refuse To Be Led
07. The Veteran
08. Requiem For Mankind
09. Fixed Bayonets
The album's impressive artwork was created again by Dan Seagrave (BENEDICTION, DISMEMBER, HYPOCRISY, SUFFOCATION,...).
The colossal song writing and the first-class recordings have been immortalised through the sublime production work of Russ Russell (NAPALM DEATH, DIMMU BORGIR, AT THE GATES, AMORPHIS, etc.) at Parlour Studios, giving the record raw production values, whilst providing the perfect scenario to showcase the musicianship so beautifully displayed on the album.
Memoriam were also pleased to announce their debut London show last week – which will also be the release show for their upcoming studio album. The gig will be taking place at The Underworld, Camden on June 22nd this summer. Supports to be announced in due course.
12th April 2019- Little more than one year has passed since Memoriam UK's album "The Silent Vigil" was released, but as we all know, there’s no standing still in the MEMORIAM camp. Their third studio album "Requiem For Mankind" will be released on June 21st, 2019.
The album's impressive artwork was created again by master Dan Seagrave.
While their debut album "For The Fallen" (2017) was heavy, depressing, and marked by grief, the second work "The Silent Vigil" (2018) showed a relentlessly aggressive side. This also applies to the third and latest string to their bow "Requiem For Mankind."
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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« - Track listing:
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
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
Scott Fairfax exclusively uses Dean Markley guitar strings
Scott Fairfax uses Ragnaraok guitars
Memoriam - Surrounded (By Death)
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