It is the beginning of a new era.
Since early October 2020, smoke is laying over Northampton near London. The machinery is well-oiled, the plan excellent – MEMORIAM have recorded their fourth studio album!
The speed the British machinery has been working at since their early days is just enormous and equally amazing. Only back in 2016 the band inaugurated the public about their existence. Since those days the machines never stood still.
The British Death Lead Commando caused a big rumble shortly after the first rumors about where the journey would go. “The Hellfire Demos” hit the worldwide scene with their old school Death Metal and left speechlessly torn open mouths which are still raving about the enthusiasm of this achievement today. When “For The Fallen”, the debut album, is unleashed on mankind via Nuclear Blast Records in 2017, the impression is even more powerful – Truly an historic act for metal history.
But as mentioned, there is no stand still in MEMORIAM. Meanwhile emancipated from other bands, they write their very own piece of history. While the first album was still heavy, oppressive and marked by grief, the second album “The Silent Vigil” (2018) showed a more merciless and aggressive side. The same applies to the third strike “Requiem For Mankind”, which stands unmistakably in the short but impressive tradition of all previous MEMORIAM works.
After this concentrated Death Metal trilogy, all signs were pointing to upheaval. As if the band wanted to completely break away from their old roots, they looked for a new home and signed a worldwide record deal with the upcoming label Reaper Entertainment Europe. While drummer Andy Whale had to take a forced break due to health reasons, Spike T Smith – a close friend of the band – took over the job in the rhythm section.
Nevertheless “To The End” follows the tradition of its predecessors without leaving any doubt that one of the strongest albums of 2021 lurks here. Once again the groove is monstrous, the riffs deadly merciless and the atmosphere oppressive, paralyzing, even overwhelming. Willett’s aggressive vocals give the sound the proverbial icing on the cake.
“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