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FIGHT THE GOOD FIGHT

This a landmark showing where we are in our lives

MEMORIAM

The untimely death of a beloved friend saw the end of one of the UK’s most enduring extreme bands in Bolt Thrower, but also the birth of a new death metal monster. MEMORIAM are forging new paths and on the eve of releasing their megalithic debut ‘For The Fallen’, its members tell TERRORI ZER why they’re ready to fight on

A year on from Memoriam’s inception, frontman Karl Willetts cuts a good natured figure. Friendly and jovial, he jokes with Terrorizer about building a Playmobil castle for his three-year old son, four days removed from Christmas. Karl’s is an active mind, veering off on tangents before returning to the subject at hand, as if three different people are trying to answer at once. At the same time, he is eloquent and there can be no doubt about how determined he is to see Memoriam make their mark on the metal scene.

“It’s been challenging starting from scratch again,” he begins. “We went through quite a few different mixes until we got the sound we wanted. It would be easy to turn out something that sounds like Bolt Thrower or Benediction but we didn’t want to take the easy option. This is a landmark, showing where we are in our lives. We used a few samples and few things we couldn’t do in our other bands. Bolt Thrower had a formula we stuck to. It was the old adage, ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.’ It worked and it was great, but it was a bit generic and safe and we felt it was time to explore what we could create. I’ve thrived and enjoyed recording this album. It helps working with your old mates. I tried to put more melody into my vocals and the structures of the songs are different. There are similarities to the other bands but it’s not a carbon copy of what we’ve done in the past.”

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I have never come across someone in the metal community who doesn’t love Bolt Thrower – arguably one of the UK’s most well-loved institutions of the last (almost) 30 years. But the band is no more and we are left with a brilliant legacy in the guise of the band’s back catalogue. Their albums conjure up some really amazing memories for me; from seeing them back in the day at shows in Wrexham and Birmingham, but also my teenage years, hanging out with friends and listening to vinyl, smoking fags, drinking tea and marvelling both at the amazing artwork and of course their savage riffs and beats. But out of that band has emerged a fantastic NEW band in the guise of Memoriam, and it’s a friggin’ honour to have them on the cover of this month’s issue. This is not about nostalgia however, this is a new start, a new beginning. I have been privy to hear their debut album for quite a few months now and it’s so good. This is a band who have started a new path of their own and whose members are forging ahead with fresh creativity. Exciting times ahead – and I truly hope you enjoy reading all about their story thus far, straight from their own collective mouths. Elsewhere, as always, there’s a load of amazing interviews about amazing bands both new and established to read through and discover, that’ll keep you from thinking about all the fucked up shit that’s happening world-wide right now. Thanks for picking up a copy – without you, the readers, Terrorizer is nothing! See you next month. Darren Sadler
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