Memoriam Premiere New Song “Failure To Comply”

Memoriam have premiered a new song titled “Failure To Comply.” This track is from the band’s new album “To The End,” which will be released on March 26.

Karl Willetts commented:

“This is one of the first songs that came together for the new album. It’s got a serious political theme to it, written in the same time span of the ‘Black Lives Matter’ demonstrations. So this song is inspired by these events and it is inspired by a friend of mine, who was involved in one of these demonstrations in the USA. She was there to video the event.

And in the process of this, she managed to get arrested and received 80 hours of community service for her work on the demonstration. But she managed to get very good video footage of the police, warning the crowd and threatening to use chemical weapons to get them off the streets.

It was frightening to see these scenes and it inspired me to write the lyrics of the song. So the lyrics fit very well with the music, which is very hard and hitting. This song is a tribute to all people who were part of the Black Lives Matter demonstrations and of course to my friend.”

Memoriam Premiere New Song “Onwards Into Battle”

Memoriam have premiered a new song titled “Onwards Into Battle.” This track is from the band’s new album “To The End,” which will be released on March 26. Karl Willetts commented:

“‘Onwards Into Battle’ is the opening track from the new album, ‘To The End’. A powerful introduction that sets the tone of the album and gives the listener a taste of what is to come. Lyrically, the track provides continuity from the previous album, ‘Requiem For Mankind,’ and is similar in many ways to the track ‘Fixed Bayonets’. The lyrics focus on the start of battle Zero Hour which is appropriate for the start of the album, within the theme of war the lyrics explore the brutally of trench warfare specifically. The war continues. Let battle commence.”

Memoriam To Release New Album “To The End” In March

Memoriam have announced that they will be releasing their new album “To The End” on March 26. The effort’s first single “Onwards Into Battle” will be released on January 22.

The following was said about the album:

“Marking the beginning of a second trilogy of albums, ‘To The End’ serves as something of a prologue to the first three Memoriam albums. Working backwards and narrating the life story of the leader whose demise was depicted in the first trilogy, the lyrics on the album may play out in a fictional realm, but they incorporate inspiration from real life. A central theme of war is coloured with political fulminations and everyday experiences that combine to create a cohesive and enthralling chronicle.”

The band also commented on the cover art:

“We are really chuffed to be collaborating with Dan [Seagrave], 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. ‘To The End’ is the first album of this trilogy and features the events that led up to the scenes depicted on our first album, ‘For the Fallen’. The art shows the king leading his troops into the last battle in which he was killed. It looks bloody killer.”

Seagrave added:

“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 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. For example, tanks that have bas relief sculpture, and inventions such as the flying wingsuit – a metallic armoured vehicle contraption worn by the foreground figure. There’s less of a literal 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.”

Memoriam Recording New Album, Announce New Drummer

Memoriam have entered Parlour Studios to record their new album with producer Russ Russell. The effort, which is titled “To The End,“ will be the band’s first to feature new drummer Spike T Smith. The group commented:

“Andy [Whale] has had to step down from the drum stool permanently due to a long term shoulder injury that is just not getting better whilst playing drums. He did not take the decision lightly and tried to carry on but it affected him so badly playing that he had no choice but to retire from playing for the foreseeable future. Bringing Spike into the fold reunites the rhythm section of Sacrilege. Frank and Spike have worked on and off together since the mid eighties so he fits in very well with Memoriam. The album will showcase his immense drumming skills and he brings in a whole new dynamic to the bands sound. We cannot wait for you to hear him on the finished album.”

Memoriam Premiere “The Veteran” Music Video

Memoriam (ex-Bolt Thrower, etc.) have premiered a new video for their song “The Veteran “ This track is from the band’s latest album “Requiem For Mankind.“

The clip was created by British army veteran Daniel Dodd, who had the following to say:

“I joined the British Army as an Infantryman in January 2005 and served a 7 month tour of Iraq in 2006, returning home in May 2007. I was medically discharged with PTSD in late 2011 just 6 months prior to another deployment, this time to Afghanistan.

Within twelve months of being back in the UK after my operational tour I was noticing considerable amounts of differences in my behaviour, from the amount of alcohol I would consume on a weekly basis to escape the replay of disturbing thoughts I would have, which would lead me to losing sleep and also resulting in an addiction to sleeping tablets, falling into severe depression. I became very aggressive and I was arrested multiple times for fighting both sober and under the influence, I had a thrist for confrontation at this point and I felt uncontrollable.

I suffered with survivors guilt after losing close friends to the enemy during my deployment, but as a result of my own physical injuries which I sustained whilst in a firefight, I believed I should have also been killed and felt that I was better off dead than I was alive, as I still could not escape the nightmares, the flashbacks, lack of sleep etc.

So after a few years of being in and out of therapy and being on medication, I found that my escape was no longer alcohol or violence but walking, going on adventures alone with my camera and capturing memories that were positive and working on those rather than the ones I was battling against.

In regards to making the self portraits that visually represent Psychosis and other mental health issues, I was a little reluctant to put myself back into that particular frame of mind for the sake of my work – especially as I had only encountered my first and hopefully my last episode of Psychosis last Christmas. It was still very raw with me but I took that opportunity to create the most honest photographs that I possibly could with how I was feeling at that time, and I felt that it was important for me to document those times and how I was seeing myself – as I document most things in my life now and use them to build a stronger and better relationship with not only myself, but everybody around me.

I think it is great that Memoriam are using the subject of veterans in their music and highlighting the issues that are very relevant in not only veterans who have served in wars post 2003, but prior to that. Also I couldn’t imagine anybody who has been in my position, similar or worse, not relating to even one of the matters that Memoriam have expressed in the song ‘The Veteran‘.

The music may not be to everybody’s taste but neither is War, and unfortunately there is truth to be told and found in both of those. I really enjoyed creating the video for ‘The Veteran‘ though and I found it to be a way of therapy for myself thankfully and I surprised myself, it’s the first time I have used my work in this way, so I am thankful for the opportunity given to me by a dear friend of mine Timm Sonnenschien. I would be interested in creating some more work of a similar nature in the future.”

Memoriam Premiere “Undefeated” Lyric Video

Memoriam (ex-Bolt Thrower, etc.) have premiered a lyric video for their new song “Undefeated “ This track is from the band’s new album “Requiem For Mankind,“ which will be released on June 21. Karl Willetts commented:

“‘Undefeated‘ – this track is a fist pumping anthem. It is a statement of strength and empowerment. We all go through life and experience hardship and pain, but it is how you come through it that counts. It’s a song that reflects how we feel about what we have achieved in our lives…I think that is something that everyone can relate to. The lyrics are about being true to yourself and through adversity retaining integrity and staying strong. Remaining undefeated.”

Memoriam Premiere New Song “Shell Shock”

Memoriam (ex-Bolt Thrower, etc.) have premiered a new song titled “Shell Shock.” This track is from the band’s new album “Requiem For Mankind,” which will be released on a June 21.

The group commented:

“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.”

“Requiem For Mankind” Track Listing:

01. “Shell Shock”
02. “Undefeated”
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”
10. “Interment”

Memoriam To Release New Album “Requiem For Mankind” In June

Memoriam (ex-Bolt Thrower, etc.) have announced that their new album “Requiem For Mankind” will be released on a June 21. The effort was recorded at Parlour Studios in Kettering, UK with producer Russ Russell and the cover art, which was created by Dan Seagrave, can be seen below. The band commented:

“Well here we are with our 3rd album ‘Requiem For Mankind‘. On our previous albums we have experimented with different musical and vocal styles which have finally got us to the here and now with what we think is the definitive Memoriam album. It’s death metal, it’s all we know, it feels like the previous albums were a build up to this one. We finally have all the right ingredients in one place. We hope you enjoy it as much as we enjoyed making it. Onwards!”

Memoriam Recording New Album

Memoriam have entered Parlour Studios in Kettering, UK to start the recording process for their new album. The effort is being produced by Russ Russell and a summer release is expected. The group commented:

“So here we are on our second week of recording our third album at Parlour Studios with the infamous Russ Russell at the desk. Personally we think this is the album people wanted to hear from us when we set out with Memoriam, a big gritty production, aggressive vocals and music and a few curveballs thrown in to keep the grey matter active! In hindsight it feels like the previous two albums were a preparation for this one. Our most satisfying work personally to date. We hope you feel the same once you get to hear it. Anyway, onwards with the recording.”

Drummer Andy Whale Exits Memoriam

Memoriam (ex-Bolt Thrower, Benediction, etc.) have announced the departure of drummer Andy Whale. He decided to exit the group so he can spend more time with his family.

The band commented:

“We have some news.

Our bandmate and wonderful friend Andy Whale is going to be moving on from Memoriam.

Those who know Andy will know he is a fiercely proud family man and father.

He wants to be with the first love of his life which is his partner and children more and we can not see a better and more admirable reason for a band departure.

We are sure that Andy will continue playing in the future but we think he may well follow his more punk routes than Death Metal.

This is not an acrimonious departure and we are sure that in the future he will jump behind the kit again with Memoriam on stage for a bit of a bash !

So, on the 28th and 29th of September in Germany (Erfurt and Oberhausen) Andy will be doing his last live shows with Memoriam.

So those that can, please come along and enjoy the events, join our party,have fun and give Andy a right good send off.

All other shows will still go ahead but for now let’s all wish Andy well in whatever endeavour he chooses to move on with.

We have achieved so much in such a short time together as a band and our love for you will never diminish.

Our love and respect always,

Karl,Scott,Frank and Kieren.”