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Review: Memoriam - Requiem for Mankind
Requiem for Mankind

Label: Nuclear Blast Records
Year released: 2019
Duration: 48:03
Tracks: 10
Genre: Death Metal

Rating: 4.25/5

Review online: June 28, 2019
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Readers Rating
Requiem for Mankind

Rated 4/5 (80%) (9 Votes)

If you put this on and told people it was a new Bolt Thrower album, nobody would have any way to argue with you. There's a good reason for that, and it's that this band includes two of Bolt Thrower's most iconic members: vocalist Karl Willets and drummer Andy Whale, who has been pretty much absent from the metal scene since he left Bolt Thrower in 1994. The other members are Frank Healy—legendary bass player who was in both Benediction and Cerebral Fix—and guitarist Scott Fairfax, who has done some time as a live player in several bands, but otherwise seems to be pretty new.

Fairfax may be new, but he has nailed the Bolt Thrower riff style—that particular combination of grinding heaviness and propulsive chugging. Whale is rock-solid behind the kit, and Willets conjures up that rhythmic delivery he had that always played off the guitars and enhanced the impact of both music and vocals.

I have seen some damning this with faint praise, saying it is like a pale imitation of Bolt Thrower, but I don't think that's true. Does this sound like Bolt Thrower? Yeah, of course it does, it's supposed to. Bolt Thrower have not produced an album since 2005 and never will again, so I am okay with part of their lineup carrying on their sound. I had missed the output of this band, and for that I kind of blame the name, which I think is generic and dull. As the band is intended in part as a tribute to the late Martin Kearns, the name makes sense, but it doesn't grab your attention. Nevertheless, if you miss the old days of Bolt Thrower and their particular take on Death Metal, then this is an album that will not disappoint.

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