Memoriam: The Silent Vigil (2018)

Written by: Kev Rowland

Only formed in 2016, Memoriam are already back with their second album with Nuclear Blast. It’s amazingly what can happen with a brand new band when in some circles they are viewed as being something of a supergroup. The line-up is frontman Karl Willets (ex-Bolt Thrower), Frank Healy (bass, Benediction), guitarist Scott Fairfax (live guitarist, Benediction) and drummer Andrew Whale (ex-Bolt Thrower), so that they know what they’re doing around this style of music is never going to be in doubt. Whether it is any good is another thing altogether. Years ago I can remember reviewing an album by Stephen Stills, and I seriously questioned whether all the good reviews I had seen about it was more to do with the fact that it was by Stephen Stills as opposed to what it sounded like.

I wonder if Nuclear Blast would have been so quick to sign these guys if they had heard the music as opposed to knowing who they were and what bands they had been in prior to this. Now, I love Bolt Thrower as much as the next metalhead (a quick check of my library is showing 9 albums), but this is , um, boring. I can’t help but be reminded of NWOBHM where everyone and anyone was being signed up just if they had long hair and played guitars. Of course there some great bands who burst out of the scene to become mage stars, as well as others who should have been in the same orbit but never made it, but then there were the others who should have stuck to playing pubs after work. This isn’t as bad as that, and by turning up the volume to quite obscene levels I found that there was more to this than I thought first time around, but even after playing it through quite a few times I can’t find enough here for me to want to be playing this out of choice. Next.

Rating: 5/10


Track list:
1 – Soulless Parasite
2 – Nothing Remains
3 – From the Flames
4 – The Silent Virgil
5 – Bleed the Same
6 – As Bridges Burn
7 – The New Dark Ages
8 – No Known Grave
9 – Weaponised Fear
10 – Dronestrike v3


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