Hot on the heels of 2018’s The Silent Vigil, we now get 48 minutes of new material in the form of Requiem for Mankind.
If you didn’t already know it, Memoriam feature ex-members of Bolt Thrower and Benediction, and this experience and expertise has been put to good use in these battle-ready songs.
Requiem for Mankind merges the slower, crushing aspects of the band’s debut album For the Fallen with the more aggressive approach taken by The Silent Vigil. Although I liked The Silent Vigil, it definitely had its flaws, both in the production and vocal departments. I’m very pleased to say, however, that stringent quality control measures seem to have been put in place, and this latest offering is the band’s strongest yet in my humble opinion.
The instantly recognisable character of this band is apparent form the very start. The vocals…the riffs…the melodies…it’s very reassuring and satisfying to know that Memoriam exist and are pumping out classic old-school death metal like this.
With an improved production, vocal performance, overall songwriting, and a meaty selection of riffs and leads, the songs on Requiem for Mankind hit the spot nicely. If mid-paced old-school death metal is your bag, then I can heartily recommend the latest from Memoriam.