For the Fallen by Memoriam

Release date: March 24, 2017
Label: Nuclear Blast Records

Memoriam’s full-length album, For the Fallen, hit me out of nowhere while I was checking out what other writers were reviewing recently. I loved the stream. The reviews were quite positive about the album, to some extent even suggesting that it could be one of 2017’s best death metal albums. My interest was piqued, so I listened to the stream and I heard a myriad of influences in the band’s repertoire. But, make no mistake, if you like death metal, you’ll like Memoriam’s For the Fallen. Waste no more time scouring the Internet for your death metal fix for the day, or week, or month for that matter. Get a copy of the LP while supplies last.

Eight tracks of heavy, chugging, shredding death metal, For the Fallen, is vaguely labeled ‘death metal’. But what else do you call it? If there are hardcore chugging sections and Lamb of God modern death metal sections, do you call it some artsy-farsty moniker to please the purists? No. Just call it death metal. Death metal like this needs the acclaim. Period. It’s fun; it’s catchy; its glorious. Death metal fans who like death metal straight-forward and easy to appreciate will love this album.

Best track on the album is the highly-addictive fifth track entitled, ‘Flatline’. The rhythms are monstrous on For the Fallen. The groove is sometimes gargantuan, and the sparsely-incorporated blast sections control the rather intoxicating mix of tempos and chugging sections. If sub-par bands get to go on expensive tourbuses and bore the hell out of hardcore death metal audiences, why doesn’t Memoriam get a chance to show what they’re made of on a big stage? Because the music industry is largely motivated by money, and it’s left to DIY labels and trve death metal fans to sort out the good from the bad. Fortunately for the band, featuring members of Bolt Thrower and Benediction, Nuclear Blast Records saw the tremendous dearth in quality from Memoriam’s music on For the Fallen. The band has been getting some press lately, and any good recommendations of the band and its music will be well-deserved.

Looking for the words holocaustic bestial black metal violence to describe the band’s music? Perhaps monikers like it have become a little too trendy lately. Besides that, it does seem inappropriate. For the Fallen is engaging, fun, catchy, rivetting. It’s not ritual music. It’s a blast to headbang to. So who cares if the band doesn’t play at a million miles an hour from start to finish. Who cares whether bands spit out flames on-stage and perform rituals with snakes and fake blood. Musicianship matters when a band just plainly executes good songs and creates worthwhile music. Memoriam’s For the Fallen has a touch of old-school death metal, modern death metal, and is quite emphatically just awesome. No daisy-chained sub-genre monikers not worth your trouble – just listen to this!

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