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3.93 | 143 ratings | 7 reviews | 33% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2007

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Intro (2:06)
2. Confession (6:37)
3. Hope (8:53)
4. Last Breath (4:23)
5. Seven Sins (11:23)
6. Fade Away (4:43)
7. All My Fears (5:12)
8. My Inner War (8:33)

Total Time 50:30

Line-up / Musicians

- Malek Ben Arbia / guitars
- Elyes Bouchoucha / keyboards, vocals
- Anis Jouini / bass
- Saif Ouhibi / drums

- Kevin Codfert / keyboards (4), backing vocals, production & mixing

Releases information

Artwork: Ayoub Hidri

CD Brennus Music ‎- BT18308 (2007, Tunisia)
CD Brennus Music ‎- BT18308 (2016, Europe)

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MYRATH Hope ratings distribution

(143 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(33%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(35%)
Good, but non-essential (23%)
Collectors/fans only (6%)
Poor. Only for completionists (3%)

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Review by b_olariu
4 stars Myrath is a young progressive metal band , surprise surprise from Tunisia, a country with no background in prog music or any kind of rock music in general. Very talented and full of energy this Myrath is an extremly pleasent surprise for me and I think to many prog metal listners. Taken their influences from Symphony X and in places from Adagio (Kevin Codfert the keyboard player of Adagio is their sound engineer and producer) both instrumental passages and the vocal parts, this tunisian band manage to create something realy great in this field. Not necesarly original , but very well played with lot great interplays between guitar in keys, the cherry on the cake here, but aswell the vocalist Zaher Zorgati and the drumer did a great job, showing that even in countries with no history in prog music can appear great band full of talent and imagination. Almost every piece is uptempo with great time signatures, great chops on guitar and very speedy and well executed key passages - not far from their idols Symphony X. The best pieces are Confession with some arabian flavours added in their prog metal roots - nice and chachy tune and the titled track Hope another example of good and well playd progressive metal . The rest are good but these two mentioned are the best. So I will give 4 stars, anyway to me is not a masterpiece for sure, but a very good album that worth investigate if you are a fan of progressive metal. The younger bands might take close listen to this band they will have a lot to learn for sure.

Review by jampa17
4 stars Middle East extravaganza

One friend of mine introduced me to this band because of my love for Prog Metal. He was convinced that I should give them a try. At first, thinking about a fusion between prog metal and Middle East folk music didn't sound that promising, but well, glad I'm wrong about it. I have to say, this friend was the one that introduced me to Flametal, which was a complete bad experience to me, so I really get to this band expecting that craziness and miss direction. Lucky I was wrong.

This is not just prog metal, it's one of the heaviest bands in prog metal. Their heavy riffing and the double bass drum leading the music into a very dynamic and constant change of time signatures are great but sometimes it felt like too much. I guess is about to let the songs grow on it's own pace and that's it. The folk traditional fusion is very interesting and the keyboards are fundamental for giving this music a complete new level of style. SYMPHONY X has it's blueprint over this band, and the style of the singer is very close to Russell Allen style. The quality of the musicians and the songwriting is nothing but impressive, but sometimes sounds too generic, now that there are so many of this kind of bands out there.

Now, don't be fooled, when they are exploring into the folk fusion their get really experimental and original and it worth the listen. It's a little heavier than what someone could expect, but it's very in the route of what they want to project. This is ideal for metalheads, but anyone who appreciates fusion music can really dig into this.

At the end, there are little catchy choruses or melodies here and there that helps to bear this album through. It's a short material of "only" 50 minutes, so the dosis of music is good enough to leave you asking for more. I don't point at any highlights as this album should be heard as a complete piece, not because is conceptual but because is very complete in the musicianship. 4 stars for a great album. Prog Metal original and fresh. Give it a try.

Review by siLLy puPPy
4 stars The debut album from this band from Tunisia proved that in the brave new world, great bands can emerge from the nooks and crannies of previously unthinkable places where little attention had been paid to before. MYRATH not only emerged from an unexpected country with no history of prog nor metal but little history of any famous bands whatsoever. It's really great to finally hear this debut album after hearing their excellent third album TALES OF THE SANDS.

There's no doubt that MYRATH are the Symphony X of the Sahara with some Dream Theater influences as well. At least the prog metal half of the equation. The Middle Eastern folk part which is what really sets them apart from the previously mentioned bands is woven into the tapestry of the music very well. The album begins with some exotic sounding North African music before the metal kicks in and the result is that I was instantly sucked into it. These guys really know how to craft well written and catchy tunes that leave you wanting more.

In a way they have usurped the Symphony X sound and are now doing it better then that band does. I would give this 5 stars if it was completely original but since it is so derivative no matter how good it is I'll go with 4

Review by Warthur
3 stars Review Myrath and the temptation to compare them to Symphony X is overwhelming, and this is particularly the case on their debut album. Playing down the influence of traditional Middle Eastern music on their sound a little in order to demonstrate that they can recapture the Symphony X power-progressive metal sound just as effectively as anyone, Hope might not be as strikingly original as later albums like Tales of the Sands, but it does demonstrate that even early on Myrath had a keen command of their chosen musical style. Yes, Symphony X listeners may find it very familiar, but I don't think it ever becomes outright derivative, with Myrath coming up with ingenious wrinkles to the Symphony X sound that the Symph-Xers themselves haven't cottoned to. It's just kind of a shame they don't put the more original aspects of their sound front and centre here like they do on later albums.

Latest members reviews

4 stars I discovered this exotic band from Tunisia with a song from their second album last year on a sampler included in the normally pretty weak British Metal Hammer magazine but I forgot to check them out. With the release of their new third record, I remembered this talented band and decided to take ... (read more)

Report this review (#808885) | Posted by kluseba | Thursday, August 23, 2012 | Review Permanlink

5 stars A real surprise. These Tunisian boys, at their debut have achieved a nearly perfect album, imaginative, full of technique and passion. Surely their idols are Symphony X, which you can hear a strong imprint, nevertheless Myrath are truly original. They have been able to include in their music, wi ... (read more)

Report this review (#207534) | Posted by prog61 | Tuesday, March 17, 2009 | Review Permanlink

5 stars Myrath is an awesome new Progressive Metal band. Playing in the style of Symphony X, but being able to add their own flavour to the mix! This album was a real surprise, and all the performances on the this disc are top notch. I recommand you go to their myspace page and take a listen. This ... (read more)

Report this review (#163328) | Posted by Prog_Rocks | Thursday, March 6, 2008 | Review Permanlink

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