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Memorial Park - The Skies Beyond (8/10) - Germany - 2001

Genre: Death Metal
Label: Self-production
Playing time: 66:24
Band homepage: Memorial Park

Tracklist:

  1. The Skies Beyond
  2. Selfcaged
  3. The Darkness That You Wear
  4. Destination Pain
  5. Where Souls Disappear
  6. Catatonic Trance
  7. Let me Drown (In Your Deep Sea)
  8. Flames Of Infinity
  9. To Love Is To Die
  10. Soultaker
  11. Anxiety Dream
Memorial Park - The Skies Beyond
The band MEMORIAL from Saar country has been founded in 1995 after a very alcoholic night. Back then they played pure Death Metal, two years later the first demo was recorded and after one more year the "Anxiety Dreams"-AP, which received very positive reactions.

Then it took them a few years until they recorded their first full album. I have it here and I have to admit, I am very impressed. MEMORIAL PARK hand out a killer-opener with an ease that is almost frightening. "The Skies Beyond" is the title and reminds me of a mix of IN FLAMES and DARK TRANQUILLITY in their early years!

But the album doesn't stay that straight, because they mix quite a few styles. Be it acoustic passages, clean vocals, female alto-soprano, bombastic keyboard-sequences, everything that Rock/Metal has to offer. But it works!

The songs are complexly arranged, but still are quite catchy. Live the band works with drum-sequencers and computer-controlled keyboards, yes even samples, to re-produce the costly sound. I need to see them the next time, it's not THAT far away from their band-base. Compliments to St.Ingbert! And that from a PFALZ like me!

Ralf Henn



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