Myrath
Tales of the Sands


4.0
excellent

Review

by pizzamachine USER (211 Reviews)
October 10th, 2011 | 54 replies | 9,367 views


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: to prog, or not to prog.

10 of 10 thought this review was well written

Myrath has always been a unique force in progressive metal, and for good reason. You see, they hail from Tunisia, a place not known for its notable metal artists. They have proved to be an exception, however, and have cemented themselves as one of the greater prog metal bands of our time. It isn’t just that their songs are exceptionally well thought out (which they certainly are). Myrath showcase a unique twist on prog (and music in general), by implementing their Tunisian heritage into their music with little abandon. The result is a genre called oriental metal, and the music involved really is as interesting as imaginable. In Tales of the Sands Myrath have opted to continue their exotic sound, and improve it. This album has a great variety of instruments, including Middle Eastern percussion and strings, and even a guest female vocalist. It truly is a mystical experience, and one that is boosted by the inclusion of their Arabic language. As far as oriental metal goes, this is about as solid as it gets.

Tales of the Sands is Myrath’s most unostentatious, and precise release. The longest song is only 5:25, which is next to nothing in comparison to past songs. Due to shorter lengths, the band is no longer spraying their dynamo talents all over the audience in typically progressive fashion. They are sticking to straightforward 4/4 timed songs, with intent on mystical melodies and strong choruses. From prog metal to modern metal, Myrath have transitioned quite nicely. These aren’t boring songs either, as riff after riff burst in with a level of catchiness previously found in Michael Jackson singles. There are enough interesting things going on to catch the attention of the listener, and that assures the album’s longevity.

Ultimately, Tales of the Sands is for those people that have always dreamed of hearing a purely middle eastern metal album. There’s no faking it here: this is oriental metal in its sincerest form. There is something for everyone here: it rocks hard enough for metallers, the musicians are technically skilled enough for proggers, etc. It’s a shame that they completely abandoned their prog roots in this album, but as clearly evident, it hasn’t made their music any worse. In fact, the album’s clear melodic direction makes it their easiest album to get into, and it should pull in new Myrath fans. All in all, it’s a fun, fascinating, and fetching album that proves Myrath is still on top of their game.



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pizzamachine
October 11th 2011



12568 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I had to post this today 'cause I'm busy tomorrow, sry guys. :/

Acanthus
October 11th 2011



9510 Comments


Don't be sorry, we're all secretly starving for more pizza (except me, I work at a place) anyways!

Middle eastern metal sounds pretty intriguing!

Digging: Ayria - Hearts for Bullets

greg84
Staff Reviewer
October 11th 2011



7162 Comments


Your review makes me want to look into this album. This might be interesting. Pos'd.

Digging: Floor - Oblation

scissorlocked
October 11th 2011



3479 Comments


wow, this seems pretty interesting man

Tunisian Prog? Where's Jethro?

Digging: Fantastic Mr Fox - Sketches

seedofnothing
October 11th 2011



3425 Comments


i listed to about 4 tracks str8 through last night, I must admit there were some interesting parts but not enough to keep me interested in viewing more

there are some nice compositions but then the tracks fall back on your typical power metal cheesy sound

anyone who is a fan or power should enjoy this, the vocals sound great imo as well

regardless, i still may check this out and give the whole album a run, as I feel the artist deserve at least that. but its not happening anytime soon, I'm drowning myself in Gorguts right now

pizzamachine
October 11th 2011



12568 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

tbh I might like it more than other people 'cause I'm particularly obsessed with middle eastern sounds, but it's still good!

jybt
October 11th 2011



342 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Prog bands giving up on prog doesn't usually fly well. This isn't at all disastrous, but the tracks I have heard don't equal almost anything from the last two. The album is arriving today, hopefully, and then I can decide...

pizzamachine
October 11th 2011



12568 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah Myrath are such a great prog band, I really hope they get back to that.

seedofnothing
October 11th 2011



3425 Comments


"tbh I might like it more than other people 'cause I'm particularly obsessed with middle eastern sounds, but it's still good!"

check out E/P by Sezaam "Myths of the East"
its an instrumental but it has some cool eastern feels to it

also check out Karl Sanders(from Nile) solo albums "Sairian Exorcisms" and
"Saurian Meditation" both good albums with deep eastern feel

pizzamachine
October 11th 2011



12568 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Sanders' stuff is just epic.

seedofnothing
October 11th 2011



3425 Comments


actually sorry looking at your rate list, it looks like you already have

seedofnothing
October 11th 2011



3425 Comments


hell yeah it is bro, hopefully he comes out with a new one, he knows how to do it right

pizzamachine
October 11th 2011



12568 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

His stuff is just so dark and twisted I love it.

37er00
October 11th 2011



1253 Comments


is this better than their last one? fuck i really need this

pizzamachine
October 11th 2011



12568 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I wouldn't say it's better, but it's still super enjoyable.

37er00
October 11th 2011



1253 Comments


i'll listen to it today. i almost forgot this existed

seedofnothing
October 11th 2011



3425 Comments


oh yeah bro thats what seperates him from other artists, he's not just wanking or trying to show his skills(which by the way are completely apparent) but he is rather creating emotions and giving the listener a journey into a different realm. I get lost when listening to Karl, its like a high without the greens

pizzamachine
October 11th 2011



12568 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Too bad his stuff is so overlooked on this site.

37er00
October 11th 2011



1253 Comments


hope was awesome, i need to give that another listen

seedofnothing
October 11th 2011



3425 Comments


"Too bad his stuff is so overlooked on this site"

yeah really tho, I was thinking about writing a review for his stuff, it would be my first, hopefully it would give his work some justice



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