Record Reviews

Marduk “Memento Mori”

Marduk serves up a relentless and sinister version of black metal on its 15th studio album.

Turn off the lights. Draw the curtains. Close your eyes. Turn up the volume. Prepare for a sinister sonic journey into the abyss. Marduk’s new album is very good, at times even sensational. All tracks are terrific, but three of the tracks are more than that. The unholy trio of songs – “Shovel Beats Sceptre”, ”Year of the Maggot” and “As We Are” – are sensational. Most of the album is traditional, relentless and sinister black metal, but in places we get bits and pieces of other influences seeping into this excellent sonic stew. Sheer awesomeness! Marduk, formed in Sweden in 1990, released its debut album “Dark Endless” in 1992. In 2023, the band is still led by guitarist Morgan Steinmeyer Håkansson. The rest of the band’s core trio is made up of vocalist Daniel “Mortuus” Rostén and drummer Simon Schilling. Bassist Magnus “Devo” Andersson has recently returned (his third stint with the band) following some turbulence in the line-up. “Memento Mori” is the band’s 15th studio album and it is one of their best to date. This is an excellent black metal album by a fab band. Brilliant darkness. A few weeks after the album’s release, Marduk will tour Japan again. Lucky us.

Marduk’s new album “Memento Mori” will be released on 1st September via Century Media. Details about Marduk’s Japan can be found here.