MEMORIAM need no introduction – they are living legends of Old School Death Metal and arguably the fastest and most creative band in the genre right now. MEMORIAM has built up their own loyal fan base over the past seven years and developed its own musical identity.
On the 3rd of February 2023, the new studio album RISE TO POWER will be released via Reaper Entertainment. Already today the band releases the first digital single “All Is Lost”. The song is available now on all major streaming platforms.
The official video was shot in London in the fall of 2022, directed by Hal Sinden (Eulogy Media Ltd. www.eulogymedia.com). The elaborately produced clip represents the first music video in the band’s history and can be viewed here: https://youtu.be/BQv79yq4aPY
Hal states about the video:
“The members of Memoriam are legends in their own right within the international extreme metal community, amassing decades of prestige through work in previous acts such as Bolt Thrower, Benediction & The Damned. When I was approached by them and their record label (Reaper Entertainment) to create their first music video for their 5th studio album ‘Rise To Power’, I was initially stunned but then overwhelmingly eager to create something special for them.
Our mutually agreed principle was to avoid the ‘band performs in nondescript warehouse’ trope and to weave as much of a story as possible within the song’s 6 minute running time. The lyrics to ‘All is Lost’ are succinct enough to present a stern atmosphere but open enough for personal interpretation, and in this instance we found that the narrative theme unexpectedly resonated with current affairs, certainly within the UK, as we approached the dates of production.”
RISE TO POWER will charge an open door, because in addition to the essential Death Metal groove, MEMORIAM becomes more variable with each additional song and keeps adding new dynamics to their sound – from brutal grooves to doomy-melodic parts up to aggressive Nordic riffing – RISE TO POWER is an extremely varied album.
The album will be available as a limited deluxe boxset, on colored vinyl and on CD! It can be pre-ordered here: http://www.reapermusic.de
Once more the production by Russ Russell (NAPALM DEATH, DIMMU BORGIR, AT THE GATES, AMORPHIS, etc.) at Parlour Studios is rounding out the terrific songwriting and top-notch recording which comes across as charmingly “down to earth” but wonderfully differentiated to give every detail on RISE TO POWER its deserved space.
From the earliest days of the band, Dan Seagrave (Benediction, Dismember, Hypocrisy, Suffocation etc) is a steady accompaniment delivering the visuals to their music. Having created the artwork for the first four MEMORIAM albums, he has also created the cover for RISE TO POWER.
The Tracklist of RISE TO POWER:
1 – Never Forget, Never Again (6 Million Dead)
2 – Total War
3 – I Am the Enemy
4 – The Conflict is Within
5 – Annihilation’s Dawn
6 – All is Lost
7 – Rise to Power
8 – This Pain
Karl Willetts – Vocals
Frank Healy – Bass
Scott Fairfax – Guitar
Spike T. Smith – Drums
FOR THE FALLEN (2017)
THE SILENT VIGIL (2018)
REQUIEM FOR MANKIND (2019)
TO THE END (2021)
RISE TO POWER (2023)