|Review: Memoriam - For the Fallen|
|For the Fallen|
Label: Nuclear Blast Records
Year released: 2017
Genre: Death Metal
Review online: April 2, 2017
Reviewed by: Bruno Medeiros
for:For the Fallen
Rated 3.67/5 (73.33%) (6 Votes)
For the Fallen continues where Memoriam's two previous EP's left off. In fact, three of the eight tracks were already released as part of the EPs, so there you have it: you already know almost half of the album. The title track opens with a cool and dense atmosphere that surrounds the entire album. A simplistic but awesome riff covers the song and dictates the rhythm as a "call for war", which makes for a very interesting song. "War Rages On" and "Resistance", previously released on their first EP, The Hellfire Demos, are two songs that maintain the overall aura of the endeavor. The first strikes right in the jugular, with pounding drumming and beautifully crafted riffs, while the second raises the doom portion of the sound up a notch, becoming really macabre and heavy; the slow leads inject a great amount of power in the track.
All of the other songs have something to offer, be it with a doomy construction like on "Reduced to Zero", the fast and energetic "Corrupted System" – that actually mixes the Death-like speed with some punkish elements – the prolific and somber guitar lines on "Flatline" (best song of the album for me) and the similarly paced "Surrounded (by Death)", with a good amount of aggressiveness, especially in the mid portion when the dudes go bonkers and explode in a full-on death rampage, all while still maintaining the depressive element, this time allied to angriness and fierceness. Closer "Last Words" takes the depression and emotional levels to the roof with stellar performances by Karl Willets and Scott Fairfax. The track is slowly built to become the epic anthem of the album and definitely succeeds at it. Again betting on a dense and macabre atmosphere, Memoriam delivers the final blow while the iron is still hot with a great and diversified track.
As I said in my review of The Hellfire Demos II, Memoriam stacks its sound with emotions and personal meanings. For the Fallen is strong in most parts and despite some minor setbacks, those don't make the album bland or uninspired. The homogeneity and the lack of climaxes do make it a little hard for it to be memorable, but it is nevertheless a very decent effort.
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