Onwards into battle, one more time… In the two years since MEMORIAM released Requiem For Mankindthe band has not been resting on their laurels. Their fourth studio album To The End is ready to be launched on March 26 via Reaper Entertainment.
This week, the band released the second bunch of track-by-track videos to presents the new tracks to their fans and to give more background info about the recordings and the lyrics of the songs. You can check it out on YouTube now:
#4: Failure To Comply: https://youtu.be/M77sugAXMbo
#5: Each Step (One Closer To The Grave): https://youtu.be/DUEsc_V0xaw
#6 To The End: https://youtu.be/7Eio6igGlyY
Track-by-Track #1 Onwards Into Battle: https://youtu.be/4LKPxvVKJnw
Track-by-Track #2 This War Is Won: https://youtu.be/p_wlyAlTI5A
Track-by-Track #3 No Effect: https://youtu.be/B_75tl6fuQw
“Failure to Comply”: https://youtu.be/9qpxQ4QPwxE
“Onwards Into Battle” : https://youtu.be/goDKHYj-UFY
Album Trailer #1: https://youtu.be/lfjU9vr8P0E
Album Trailer #2: https://youtu.be/aQ4liX6mrio
Album Trailer #3: https://youtu.be/ZEsT8kv5yZo
You can pre-order “To The End” here: www.reapermusic.de/memoriam-end
Marking the beginning of a second trilogy of albums, To The End serves as something of a prologue to the first three MEMORIAM albums. Working backwards and narrating the life story of the leader whose demise was depicted in the first trilogy, the lyrics on the album may play out in a fictional realm, but they incorporate inspiration from real life. A central theme of war is coloured with political fulminations and everyday experiences that combine to create a cohesive and enthralling chronicle.
The four-piece returned to producer, Russ Russell, for the recording of To The End. For the first time, the band demoed the songs and entered the studio with a new level of preparedness. Coupled with their close relationship with Russell, this created an environment that allowed for greater experimentation, as demonstrated by the diverse array of textures and sounds present on the nine tracks on the album.
From the earliest days of the band, they had their eye on the art Dan Seagrave (Benediction, Dismember, Hypocrisy, Suffocation etc) as an accompaniment to their music. Having created the artwork for the first three MEMORIAM albums, he has also created the cover for To The End.