Memory Driven
Relative Obscurity
Style: Doom metal
Release date: July 31st 2009

Yet another doom record landed on my desk. Main man is Dennis Cornelius, he started over 20 years ago as bass player in a death metal combo called Morticious. He has also participated in bands such as Doomstone, Revelation, COR (Changed into Oversoul) and Place of Skulls. About 2 years ago he formed together with Chris Greenway the band Dwell Within. They recorded a demo and I Hate Records got interested in them. The band split, but immediately after Dennis and Chris formed a new band called Memory Driven.

In the new line-up Dennis started playing guitars again instead of bass, he takes care of the vocals as well. With David Newcomb they found a good bassist and drummer Tim Mansfield completed the band. First song "Super Nova" is a good summary of the rest of the album; we hear doomy stoner music with clean vocals, some quiet ambient passages and even some post-grunge. Besides (of course) Black Sabbath, bands like Solitude Aeturnus and Solstice are names that enter my mind. New bassist David does an excellent job and his share forms the base of the songs.

Sometimes doom is boring and sleepy because of the very sloooow tracks. That's not the case with Memory Driven - they bring enough tempo and interesting ambient interludes not to get dull. For all those who are still doomed. 

01. Super Nova
02. Nonprofundi
03. Is There Something There?

Heaven Vast

05. Moment
06. Ostrakon
07. Surface Oblivion
08. Melt Into
09. Forever Lasting Sadness 
10. The 13th Baktun (Closer Pull)
11. The End of Truth 
Label: I Hate Records
Provided by: I Hate Records
Reviewed by: Reinier de Vries
Date: August 28th 2009