HOSTAGE - "MEMENTO MORI"
ALBUM TITLE: MEMENTO MORI
GENRE: Modern Metal Core
DISTRIBUTOR: ADA/Warner Music Central Europe
Noah Müller (Vocals)
David Fuß (Guitar/Vocals)
Nico Ruddies (Guitar)
Marvin Ruddies (Drums)
Make room at the fuckin’ table!
MEMENTO MORI may be a debut record, but all the progress that HOSTAGE have made from their earliest singles really shines through. It oozes a modern breed of metalcore made by a gang that doesn’t cling on hackneyed ideas but rather loves exploring the unfamiliar – all in order to feed the wonders they’ve experienced back into their fresh and inspiring sound. Songs like The Swarm, which got honored by the editors of Spotify’s All New Metal playlist just recently, Break The Cycle or Vanitas have a thing in common with HOSTAGE’s latest additions Game Over and Rebellion: They’re all heavy hitters of their own, no foul compromise made. Be it uptown industrial pop, a whole-hearted esteem for post hardcore or carefully staged breakdowns – our metalcore lunattics HOSTAGE always come down as the dynamic and openly curious bunch that they simply are, while at the same time neither fraying out stylistically nor butchering the consistency of their own sound. Eight pieces of the upcoming album have already been released as singles by the young independent band to nurture their growing community and give the vocal fans a role in their creative process. However, the final record will boast a whopping 15 tracks and will be distributed world-wide by ADA/Warner Music Central Europe.
The album title bears witness to the sum of topics as reflected lyrically: MEMENTO MORI – Remember that you must die, as the latin-trained would fill the gap. “We used it as an expression for the finite nature of all things”, Noah contemplates: “Nothing is forever; not the good, not the bad.”
MEMENTO MORI has been spiced up with three interesting collaborations: Two of those are quite contemporary, with Game Over presenting Christoph Wieczorek (Annisokay) and M.U.T.O. featuring Alleviate’s very own Marius Weller. The big surprise for such a young, rather modern sounding band, though, was getting H-Blockx double-front Dave Gappa and Henning Wehland on board for a re-recording of Rebellion. “Ah, fuck stereotyped thinking”, Noah comments. “Our parents used to cradle us with this music, we’re total fans and getting the guys in front of our mics was dope!”
But more important than cameo roles is MEMENTO MORI as such upon its release on October 28th, and the whole new benchmark that it sets for future metalcore debutants to the global stage. Another young generation has begun their metal-induced life’s journey – with applaus, as the Impericon Contest winners have witnessed during their show on the 2022 iteration of Vainstream Rockfest.