earMUSIC [Release date 03.05.19]
Tunisian metallers Myrath have been around since 2001, gaining more rave reviews and fans after 2016’s ‘Legacy’ album, one which saw them embrace their Arabic sounds more and ditch some of the Eurometal clichés. On ‘Shehili’ they build on the ‘Legacy’ and then some to produce their finest album to date. Their kudos is growing with vocalist Zaher Zorgati guesting on Ayreon’s ‘The Source’.
Singer Zaher Zorgati says that “the purpose of our music is to induce happiness and joy, to pay tribute to those who refuse to fall or to stop hoping, even in a world filled with hatred and uncertainty.” They certainly do just that on the insanely catchy ‘Dance’ based on the real life story of a dancer who refused to stop dancing despite the threats from ISIS. ‘No Holding Back’ is another metal disco floor filler with the keys of Elyes Bouchoucha to the fore.
Their use of Arabic strings and traditional instruments works well with the band’s metal bombast, both meld together seamlessly rather than it being added as a gimmick at the start/end of a song. Plus two songs ‘Mersal’ and ‘Lili Twil’ are sung in partly in Arabic, giving the songs that extra bit of class. Wonderfully composed and delivered music.
‘Darkness Arise’ contains plenty of riffing from guitarist Malek ben Arbia (the band’s sole original member) and this one reminded me a little of System Of A Down. The title track throws it all into the mix with strings, choral vocals and another massive chorus. You do need to give the album a few plays to fully appreciate the songs, as only ‘Dance’ leaps out at the listener after the first listen.
Myrath have made their finest album to date and one that should finally see them gain mainstream recognition and success. ****
Review by Jason Ritchie
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