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Myrath – Legacy album review

Tunisia’s cinematic prog-metallers spread their wings

Myrath, album cover

Last spotted on a British tour with Symphony X, Myrath (the name means ‘legacy’) are a Tunisian prog metal band now based in France.

Legacy is also the title of their fourth album, which brings to the boil a cauldron of intense musicianship, carefree songwriting and their own cultural perspective. The past decade has seen Myrath loosening the shackles of prog metal predictability, allowing Arabic folk influences to seep further into the stew.

The result is Mediterranean-kissed and deliciously spicy. Believer, The Needle and Storm Of Lies are propelled by crisp, hypnotising percussion and a set of dynamics befitting the soundtrack of a Sahara-based Hollywood blockbuster. However, the washes of colour provided by guest violinists and lute players and that enhanced sense of melody don’t completely diminish the album’s metal cred, Get Your Freedom Back ramming home its message of self-belief via a volley of taut riffs. Legacy won’t be for everyone, but adventurous souls will love it.

Dave Ling was a co-founder of Classic Rock magazine. His words have appeared in a variety of music publications, including RAW, Kerrang!, Metal Hammer, Prog, Rock Candy, Fireworks and Sounds. Dave’s life was shaped in 1974 through the purchase of a copy of Sweet’s album ‘Sweet Fanny Adams’, along with early gig experiences from Status Quo, Rush, Iron Maiden, AC/DC, Yes and Queen. As a lifelong season ticket holder of Crystal Palace FC, he is completely incapable of uttering the word ‘Br***ton’.