MEMORIAM United Kingdom

MEMORIAM - Shell Shock


Good old England and death metal. How many great bands come to mind? A hell of a lot more than one I’m sure!  And we’re going for quality, so we’ve got you the warriors from Birmingham, MEMORIAM, for OEF 2020!!! MEMORIAM may be relatively new, but they are damn prolific, and they’ve recently launched their third full-length album "Requiem For Mankind", which was released at the colossal Nuclear Blast!!!

MEMORIAM play old school death metal, where the beats of the drums explode like grenades, the bass thumps you like a ride in a tank, the guitar roars with the rhythm of a machine gun and the singing strips your flesh like barbed wire!!! MEMORIAM will be playing at Obscene Extreme for the second time. In 2016 they played their very first show here at the Battlefield. At that time, we all succumbed to their barrage!  Are you ready for another death metal massacre at the upcoming OEF?


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 rumors 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. There is no doubt that this is one of the strongest albums of 2019. Once again, the groove is monstrous, the riffs are merciless, and the atmosphere is oppressive, paralyzing, even overwhelming. Willett'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. »Requiem For Mankind« is a demonstration of power that impressively unites all the elements of its predecessors and draws a frightening picture of war, death and destruction. At the end, nothing remains but ashes and the recognition that something masterful has taken place. The terrific songwriting and the first-class recordings have been immortalised through the awesome production work of Russ Russell (NAPALM DEATH, DIMMU BORGIR, AT THE GATES, AMORPHIS, etc.) at Parlor Studios, giving the record raw production values, whilst providing the perfect scenario to showcase the musicianship so beautifully displayed on the album.


Release date Release name Media
2019 Requiem for Mankind Full-length
2018 The Silent Vigil Full-length
2017 The Hellfire Demos II DEMO
2017 For the Fallen Full-length
2017 The Hellfire Demos III
2016 The Hellfire Demos DEMO
2016 Surrounded by Death


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