"Tales of the Sands" (Nightmare; 2011)

Reviewed by Mike SOS

Myrath bears the birthright to implement Middle Eastern elements into its progressive metal, as this quintet hailing from Tunisia successfully fuses generous amounts of synthetically reproduced ancestral sounds with technically proficient progressive metal to develop oriental metal on "Tales of the Sands."

The unit’s latest 11-track affair seamlessly executes a precision-driven progressive metal salvo with a barrage of elements from their homeland, employing traditional instrumentation and native singing assisting tracks like “Sour Sigh” to push past typical thresholds into uncharted territory.

While comparisons to similarly-minded bands like Dream Theater and Orphaned Land are inevitable (and for the most part, warranted), Myrath chooses to pay homage to their heritage with considerably less experimentation to focus on their roots while a profound mix of power and prog metal fans the flames.

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Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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