Greek thrashers MEMORAIN will now release their highly anticipated 4thalbum ‘Evolution’ through Maple Metal Records, Toronto, Canada, worldwide in July. The exact release date of the 12 song opus has yet to be announced.
MEMORAIN was founded by greek guitarist Ilias Papadakis in 1999. Their last album “Reduced To Ashes” was released by EMI Music (Greece) in 2006.
‘Evolution’ was composed, produced and recorded by Ilias in 2011, and features an All Star line-up performing on the album, including drummer Gene Hoglan (TESTAMENT, FEAR FACTORY, ex-DARK ANGEL, STRAPPING YOUNG LAD), bassist Steve Digiorgio (CWOTD, SADUS, ex-DEATH, TESTAMENT), guitarist Ralph Santolla (OBITUARY, ex-DEICIDE, ICED EARTH, etc) and vocalist Chris Valagao (ZIMMERS HOLE, WEST OF HELL).
Also featured on Memorain’s new album are a few more star-studded guest musicians such as Tim Ripper Owens (Dio Disciples), David Ellefson, Jeff Waters (Annihilator), Christian Wentz (Futures End), Marc Pattinson (Futures End), Laura Christine (Dreaming Dead) and Carlos E. Perez (ex-C:Real).
Tim Ripper Owens recorded vocals on the song ‘Rules Of Engagement’, a song that he co-wrote with Memorain guitar player Ilias Papadakis and David Ellefson.
David Ellefson recorded 2 songs “A New Era” and “Rules Of Engagement”. Laura Christine contributed a solo on the song “Destiny Found”. Jeff Waters recorded the main guitar solo on “A New Era”, while Carlos E. Perez laid down a guitar solo for “Methods Of The Past”, and both Christian Wentz and Marc Pattison contributed guitar solos on “Scratching The Surface”.
Ilias has commented on the final results of the album.
“On ‘Evolution’, we have succeeded to combine old school thrash metal, with a modern touch. Fast and aggressive, but at the same time, melodic and powerful. I’m sure that ‘Evolution’ will satisfy the appetite of the diehard fans of thrash metal!”
The track listing for ‘Evolution’ is:
1. ‘Nations On Fire’
2. ‘Where Hate Lies’
3. ‘The Break’
6. ‘Rules Of Engagement’
7. ‘Death Shop’
8. ‘Destiny Found’
9. ‘A New Era’
10. ‘Power Out’
11. ‘Scratching The Surface’
12. ‘Methods Of The Past’
Memorain are streaming 3 tracks from the album ‘Evolution’ at this location: http://www.myspace.com/
Memorain just wrapped up a mini-tour of Russia, the first week of May with their new touring line-up: Ilias Papadakis – Guitars, Marc Reign (Destruction, Morgoth) – Drums, Jason Mercury – Guitars, Dimitris Anestis – Bass, and Andreas Boutos – Vocals.
A video clip of Memorain performing ‘Rules Of Engagement’ on the Russian Tour, with Marc Reign on drums, can be viewed at this location: http://www.youtube.com/watch?
For more info and photos: www.maplemetalrecords.