MEMORIAM needs no introduction. Founded by former Bolt Thrower singer Karl Willetts and Benediction bassist Frank Healy — living legends of old-school death metal — MEMORIAM is arguably the most creative band of the genre right now. The band has built its own loyal fan base over the past seven years developing a distinct musical identity.
On February 3rd, the band will release their new studio album, Rise To Power, via Reaper Entertainment. In advance of its release, today the band unleashes the album’s first single and video for “All Is Lost.” The video was shot in London in the Fall of 2022 and directed by Hal Sinden (Eulogy Media Ltd). The elaborately produced clip represents the first music video in MEMORIAM’s history.
Comments Sinden, “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, and The Damned. When I was approached by them and their record label, Reaper Entertainment, to create their first music video for 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 six-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.”
Watch MEMORIAM’s “All Is Lost” video at THIS LOCATION.
MEMORIAM’s Rise To Power will be available on CD, vinyl, and limited-edition boxset. Find preorders at THIS LOCATION.
With Rise To Power, MEMORIAM builds upon their signature sound with additional dynamics. From brutal grooves to moments of doomy melodic parts to aggressive Nordic riffing, Rise To Power is a wholly varied album. The record was produced by Russ Russell (Napalm Death, Dimmu Borgir, At The Gates, Amorphis) at Parlour Studios in the UK and features artwork by renowned visual artist, Dan Seagrave (Benediction, Dismember, Hypocrisy, Suffocation) who’s work adorned the covers of MEMORIAM’s previous works.
Karl Willetts – vocals
Frank Healy – bass
Scott Fairfax – guitar
Spike T. Smith – drums