Myrath
Karma


4.5
superb

Review

by Kars Landman USER (8 Reviews)
March 9th, 2024 | 38 replies


Release Date: 03/08/2024 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Myrath ascends.

For those unfamiliar to the Tunesian Myrath, this band started out as a progressive metal cover band, and slowly turned into a symphonic hard rock band with pronounced Oriental influences. The latter becoming even more obvious in their over-the-top video clips (which are a fun watch for sure). Myrath even went as far to implementing belly dancers and flying tables into their live performances to showcase their roots even more. On Karma however, the band went all out on the symphonic hard rock aspect, and added more Occidental pop influences to their already catchy music. The eastern aspect is still there, albeit a bit less in your face, and everything is slightly more bombastic this time.

Well, slightly? Tracks like “Into the Light” and “Wheel of Time” sees you instantly flying with eagles’ wings towards the sun and surpassing it with ease. Hell no, you are NOT falling back to earth like that sucker Icarus did.

That’s the whole vibe of this record anyway. Feelgood epic rock with great instrumentation and, surprisingly, quite diverse songwriting. It really isn’t a formulaic record, there are some nice interludes and heavier segments scattered throughout the runtime of Karma. The addition of unusual instruments to Myrath, like a horn section, are also tastefully executed.

Yes, the record is quite cheesy. “Let it Go” for example really puts the pedal to the metal in this department, letting the creamy goodness overflow from its power metal influenced cup. “Temple Walls” wears its Fall Out Boy influence on its sleeve, but this does not take away from the quality of the track. The different personalities of the tracks can really be seen as a strength of this record, especially since you do not usually see this trait on the more commercially tinted hard rock records.

Fans expecting the prog metal from a decade ago have hopefully realized this was never going to happen, but if you are still reading this and didn’t get the note: No, Myrath did not go back to making their own version of Symphony X. The prog metal elitists will probably throw up hearing “Words Are Failing”, which could literally be an Ariana Grande track if it had had different instrumentation. But here the diverse songwriting once again comes into play, with the bridge randomly exploding into quite a Dream Theater-like metal section. As if they knew this song could piss their old fans off…

One small personal detraction from the record is the track “Candles Cry”. It’s not that bad, it’s just nothing special, and the chorus really isn’t to my taste. I can see it being fun in a live setting though.
The record could also be a bit less polished perhaps, but that is honestly just nit picking. The production is clear and quite fitting for an album like this. The bass presence is also very nicely done.

All in all, this record is amazing if you love poppy rock, and can deal with some serious cheese. Be mindful of some unexpected twists and turns however! Strap yourself in tightly, cause otherwise you will, just like Myrath, ascend from life itself, straight to the stars.



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Beardog
March 9th 2024


5275 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

It really has been some time since I've written a review... Thanks to Tyman128 for proofreading and giving valuable feedback!

pizzamachine
March 9th 2024


27395 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I love how their progressive metal influence is still showing through. Every track I checked is plenty cool. Awesome band!

Beardog
March 9th 2024


5275 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Yeah they didn't really ditch anything they previously had going for them, but they just repackaged it and sprinkled in some new ingredients. Great band for sure, and very fun live!

ecalahorrano
March 9th 2024


3 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Amazing!!! Listening tunisian metal from Chile. This band should be in the top of Progressive. Al songs are perfect.

Beardog
March 10th 2024


5275 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Great stuff Ecala!

pizzamachine
March 11th 2024


27395 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Can probably 5 this safely, such a nice album

iDontaeCareFAM
March 11th 2024


134 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is hilariously cheesy



This was pretty good from what I remember but I have to listen to it more

iDontaeCareFAM
March 11th 2024


134 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Into The Light sounds like a Panic at the Disco song with metal

Dewinged
Staff Reviewer
March 11th 2024


32073 Comments


I would check this but I don't think any Oriental influence metal can beat this at the moment;

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mi106DZJhuQ&ab_channel=AndreAntunes

Beardog
March 11th 2024


5275 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Yo Dewinged that fucking slams haha



Thanks for the feature!!



@pizza Awesome bro!



@iDontaeCareFAM Agreed, it's obviously a fun record, everything just tastes like a good time with these guys.

Dewinged
Staff Reviewer
March 11th 2024


32073 Comments


Dude the Nooran sisters rabbit hole is real. That dude did two other mashups with them and they also slap. They need to collaborate asap lol

Beardog
March 11th 2024


5275 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

But what do you think of this record though? For more Oriental stuff by these guys go check Shehili or Legacy for sure.

peartnoy
March 11th 2024


2236 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Really surprised to see the rating this high so far. Excited to check this out!

Tundra
March 11th 2024


9863 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Very fun stuff

AnimalForce1
Contributing Reviewer
March 11th 2024


877 Comments


Saw this on the new releases page, and my curiosity was piqued! Gonna have to check this soon

AnimalForce1
Contributing Reviewer
March 11th 2024


877 Comments


"All in all, this record is amazing if you... can deal with some serious cheese."

Oh cheesy rock is my bread and butter!

Beardog
March 11th 2024


5275 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Then this will suit you for sure!

Hawks
March 11th 2024


90598 Comments


Sampled this last night and sounds sweet.

Beardog
March 11th 2024


5275 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

I did not expect you would like something like this haha

Hawks
March 11th 2024


90598 Comments


I've only heard one of their albums (Tales) and I love it. They're like a more mellow Orphaned Land from what I gathered.



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