|Review: Myrath - Tales Of The Sands|
|Tales Of The Sands|
Label: XIIIBis Records
Year released: 2011
Genre: Progressive Power Metal
Review online: November 26, 2011
Reviewed by: Bruce Dragonchaser
for:Tales Of The Sands
Rated 4.53/5 (90.53%) (19 Votes)
I wasn't as enamored with Myrath's 2010 triumph Desert Call as most people who heard it, though I did think it showed promise while introducing a new element to the often overworked Prog-Power genre. Fusing Tunisian and other Middle Eastern melodies with hard, heavy riffwork and pounding percussion, Myrath opened a new door for the style, which they plunge into head first for album number three. With shorter songs, Tales Of The Sands gets straight to the point, and as such, tracks like "Braving The Seas" and "Dawn Within" crack you over the head with riffs that don't outstay their welcome, and keyboards that toss you like desert waves. Vocalist Zaher Zorgatti puts in an admirable performance, though his efforts float along the musical storm without breaking out. Best thing on here by far is the skull-splitting "Sour Sigh", a song that opens with Myrath's most devastating riff thus far.
Produced by Adagio's Kevin Codfert, mixed by Fredrik Nordstrom and mastered by Jens Bogren, Tales Of The Sands benefits from a perfect modern production, and while it doesn't branch out as much as I'd like it to, this album will be held in high esteem by fans of Kamelot and Symphony X.
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