Imperium 2018 Press Statement
It's been 5 years since the release of Silva. 5 years before that, in 2008, MEMFIS recorded Vertigo. Go back 5 more years and we're in 2003, when the first demos that wound up becoming MEMFIS' debut album were recorded. What's with this 5 year cycle? Do we see patterns in past events because we try to find meaning in everything and "that's just how our brains are wired"? Or, could there truly be, as some have speculated, a cyclical, spiral or perhaps fractal quality to the passing of time?
Imperium is a collection of stories from different stages in the life of a civilization. The theme was inspired by Sir John Glubb's essay The Fate of Empires, in which he explores the cyclical tendencies of our history. Imperium serves as a meditation on the transient nature of human endeavors and is a friendly reminder that nothing is new under the sun. The sound is influenced by that parallel universe where Metallica is a 70's prog rock band composing soundtracks for dystopian 80's sci-fi movies.