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!