MEMORIAM was primarily developed to fill the void that was left following the tragic death of Martin "Kiddie" Kearns, the drummer from BOLT THROWER, back in September 2015.
BOLT THROWER subsequently placed all activity on hold for the foreseeable future which gave Karl Willetts an opportunity to develop a new project with friends that had expressed interest in forming a band for some time.
MEMORIAM are an old-school death metal band, maintaining the high standards set by their previous bands, focusing on the themes of death, loss and war. Initially the band members 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.
The band has a full album of material scheduled for recording during the spring of 2017, titled »For The Fallen«. But before their label debut is released, a brand-new EP will shorten the wait for all death metal fans. The EP called »The Hellfire Demos II«, out on January 2017, will contain two demo versions of new tracks from this Old School death metal machine and taking the same line as BOLT THROWER and BENEDICTION.
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«. The second album is less affected by sadness compared to its precursor, and their aggressiveness has increased manifold. »The Silent Vigil« exudes their inimitable old school flair once again and has not abandoned their merciless groove for even one split second!
Karl Willetts (vocals)
Frank Healy (bass)
Andy Whale (drums)
Scott Fairfax (guitars)