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Review: Myrath - Legacy

Label: Nightmare Records
Year released: 2016
Duration: 50:42
Tracks: 11
Genre: Progressive Power Metal

Rating: 4/5

Review online: October 23, 2016
Reviewed by: Bruno Medeiros
Readers Rating

Rated 4.1/5 (82%) (10 Votes)

After the good Tales of the Sands, where the Tunisian quintet toned down their Middle Eastern influences and relied more on a basic Prog/Power approach, Legacy marks the band's return to roots. Almost all of the songs feature typical Arabic elements which ensure that Myrath remains a unique force in the genre and there's a little bit more consistency to the album's sound compared to the previous effort, mainly in a more balanced and equitable division of each instrument.

Allying perfectly melody, energy and power, the Africans drop a bomb right from the start with the explosive "Believer", a melodic and groovy tune with a really catchy chorus. Tracks like "The Needle" and "The Unburnt" show some Symphony X influences in the arrangements but without sounding like a copy, while "Duat" and "Nobody's Lives" take a more cadenced path surrounded by the characteristic Middle Eastern atmosphere. Special attention to the awesome "Get Your Freedom Back" and the lead-driven "I Want to Die", two songs that illustrate well the magnitude of Elyes Bouchoucha's (keyboards) songwriting; simple and pure, yet sophisticated and rewarding. Zaher Zorgati's vocals are top-notch and Malek Ben Arbia's guitar work combines really well with the folk elements, while the production and mixing also contribute to a great final product.

Legacy reaffirms Myrath's characteristic style of writing more direct and short songs while maintaining a high quality standard and an exquisite technical job. Addictive and fun, the album won't dethrone Desert Call as their best output, but will definitely keep Myrath on a high pedestal when it comes to Prog/Power releases for 2016.

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