Myrath – Shehili (2019)

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When you think of Tunisia, what do you think of? The Sahara Desert? Star Wars film sets? That hotel bombing a few years ago? Food? Ancient history and the amazing City of Carthage? All the above? Well add great music to the list.

Myrath have been around for a while and this is their fifth album.  It’s the first one I’ve heard and I heard about it about three or four months ago in a Metal Hammer article.  Two days ago, I saw it in the new releases on a buying trip to Utopia in Sydney and grabbed it.  I am so glad I did.  I love it.

Most of it is sung in English, although a couple of the songs have Arabic passages and the opening track is an Arabic chant.  Several of the songs begin with a bit of North African music and the synthesized violins/strings add to the cultural aspect of the experience but that’s the point. It all enhances the fact that this is a great hard rocking album.  It also points to the fact that they are proud of their culture.  No issues here.

I’m presuming that, being from the North Coast of Africa, they get their rock and metal influences from Europe rather than the USA. You can hear Lacuna Coil, Nightwish, Helloween and similar in here. 

The singer, Zahar, has a great voice.  He has his own voice and I could listen to it all day.

Now I have this album, I have to track down all the others, even if that means holidaying in Tunisia.  Oh well.

I only have one issue… no sleeve notes in the booklet.  We have the lyrics, photos and songwriting credits and….. that’s it. 

9.5/10 (.5 off for the lack of liner notes)

Review by Gregg Heldon

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