What do you get when members from two of the most prominent and iconic death metal bands that England have ever produced (Bolt Thrower & Benediction), get finally together to form a death metal band that has been dormant in the back of their minds for over 20 years. You get Memoriam, a modern death metal band with the experience and spirit of the glorious early days of the genre.
For over 20 years Karl Willetts (Bolt Thrower) and Frank Healy (Benediction) wanted to create some music together, but because of their schedules with their respective bands it was impossible for them to get together and create something new, but it seems providence gave them the chance to finally do that.
Born from the despair and the process of grieving departing family members, friends, and band members, Karl and Frank decided to get together and channel their grieving feelings into the thing they know how to do best, creating death metal. From that point on Memoriam was pretty much set, with the addition of drummer Andy Whale – ex-Bolt Thrower and guitar player Scott Fairfax the line up of Memoriam was completed.
When they went into the studio to just jam out cover songs from bands that influenced them in their early years, little did they know that this was the beginning of a new path that would be ended up on today’s Memoriam line up. After realizing their potential, Memoriam decided to try out and record a couple songs that would eventually become the EP The Hellfire Demos II (2016)
After signing with Nuclear Blast and releasing the EP, the band continued working on their first studio album For The Fallen which is scheduled to be released later this month. To support the release of For The Fallen, Memoriam has been invited to play at some of the most important European Festival over the summer including Summer Breeze (DE), Copenhell (DK), Wacken Open Air (DE), Graspop Metal Meeting (BE), and Roadburn (NL)
To understand more the ideas behind Memoriam, The Age Of Metal had the chance to speak with vocalist Karl Willets of Memoriam about their upcoming album For The Fallen, the band’s origin story, and their expectations from the European festival circuit in 2017.
Memoriam European Festival Dates 2017
2017-04-01 Glasgow (Lords Of The Land Festival) GB
2017-04-15 München (Dark Easter Metal Meeting) DE
2017-04-22 Tilburg (Roadburn) NL
2017-05-13 Keighley (Manor Fest) GB
2017-05-20 Southampton (Southampton Annihilation) GB
2017-06-16 Dessel (Graspop Metal Meeting) BE
2017-06-22 Copenhagen (Copenhell) DK
2017-07-06 Torgau-Entenfang (In Flammen Open Air) DE
2017-07-13 Neukirchen-Vluyn (Dong Open Air) DE
2017-08-03 Wacken (Wacken Open Air) DE
2017-08-11 Leper (Ieper Fest) BE
2017-08-16 Dinkelsbühl (Summer Breeze) DE