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.
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...
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