Memoriam – The Silent Vigil
Label: Nuclear Blast
We all know that Memoriam is quite an “all-star” British Death metal band. It was founded as a tribute to late Bolt Thrower’s drummer Martin “Kiddie” Kearns. So it is really hard to write about this band and its members when everyone knows all about them.
Founded by ex-Benediction and Blot Thrower members, this band is at an absolutely highest peak in today’s Death metal scene with its veteran names.
In front of me is their newest opus, album called “The Silent Vigil”, with nine new songs.
Nuclear Blast label gave us this album in vinyl, CD and digital form and I think that fans of old-school death metal will be happy with it. For me personally, this album is nothing special. Don’t get me wrong, I am a fan of Bolt Thrower and a huge fan of Benediction. But with this line-up I think that everyone expected that they would move the boundaries of death metal and put raise the bar for other bands… But, unfortunately, they didn’t do that.
Here we have death metal veterans from god-tier death metal bands working under what should be, their optimal conditions. And yet, nothing new, nothing to hold onto. You have riffs that you have heard millions of times. You have drums that are in slow/mid paced tempo for most of the album. Karl Willetts is the stand out performer here, but you must admit that “claws of time” grabbed his voice, also.
It is a well produced album, but to be fair; did you ever find a badly produced album in the entire Nuclear Blast catalogue. So from that aspect, the album is good. But, there is no song that will grab you by the throat and lead you throughout the album. Not a single song. I am fairly disappointed by this album. “For the Fallen” was an OK album. More memorable riffs, and you were able to find a little bit more “death metal magic” on that one.
Regarding the cover art, Dan Seagrave made yet another masterpiece of an artwork. No complaint there. The man knows his job and he always delivers highly rated, great artworks.
Guitar sound is great, but again, there’s only a few interesting riffs and nothing more. Sadly, that is very bad for a band of their caliber and musicians of that high pedigree and experience. Drums and rhythm section is OK but again, nothing more. They did their job properly and got it over with.
You would have a much better chance to preserve a good memory of these guys by putting “Transcend the Rubicon” or “In Battle There Is No Law!” or “The Dreams You Dread” in your player and enjoy that. This album will be good for you only if you are a die-hard fan of these musicians or a metal collector. I doubt this material would interest you in any other way.