Memoriam – “The Hellfire Demos II” EP (Nuclear Blast)
Wow – Memoriam is the new old school death metal supergroup formed by Bolt Thrower’s vocalist Karl Willets! Following the tragic passing of drummer Martin ‘Kiddie’ Kearns in 2015, Bolt Thrower’s activity was placed on ice which gave Willets an opportunity to take things forward with Memoriam. Joining him is a veteran line up of old school British death metallers in guitarist Scott Fairfax (Benediction), bassist Frank Healy (Benediction, Sacrilege) and drummer Andy Whale (ex Bolt Thrower). Together they take us back to the glory days of old school death! Whirring, driller killer guitars turning out dirty, chundering riffola, even more guttural bass, relentless double bass drumming and neck snapping snare – all to the hoarse, bile spewing vocals of Willets! Sent as a forth-comer of the band’s debut later this year, this brutal but highly catchy EP contains 2 tracks, ‘Drone Strike’ and ‘Surrounded (By Death)’ and they certainly live up to the release’s title, both being epic bloody slabs of classic old school death – so I can’t wait for the debut! Onward into battle…the war rages on…!!!!