Memoriam ‎- The Hellfire Demos Picture 7"


Although there's no shortage of decent death metal bands in the vein of the mighty Bolt Thrower, I'm relieved that the overlords themselves are continuing the legacy in the form of Memoriam. Comprising of members from Bolt Thrower and Benediction, there's no real surprises to be found here. Every one of the three tracks (Surrounded by Death is the third) I've heard from the band are of very high quality death metal, and they're pretty much a continuation of Bolt Thrower's trademark sound. This is the sound, that for me is the 'heavy' in heavy metal i.e. crunchy mid-tempo riffs supported by heavy handed drumming.

Karl Willetts' hoarse vocals are as recognizable as Dave Ingram's or Martin Van Drunen's. I can even hear Willets employ a bit of melody in his vocals, one minute in on 'Resistance' and that sounds really good. The guitar tone is crushing, double bass is pounding and well.. I'm sure the bass guitar is somewhere under (or over) the rumble! Production on the demo tracks is good enough for me, and lends itself just fine for this kind of rolling and rumbling war themed death metal. After repeated listens I fail to find anything wrong with the music really, and I'm itching for the upcoming (hopefully!) album from this band.