Myrath

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Myrath
Myrath en Madrid.jpg
Myrath in Madrid
Background information
Also known as X-Tazy (2001-2005)
Origin Tunisia
Genres Oriental metal
Progressive metal
Power metal
Years active 2001–present
Labels Edel/EarMusic - VeryCords - Nightmare Records - King Records - Groove Master
Website www.myrath.com
Members Malek Ben Arbia
Elyes Bouchoucha
Morgan Berthet
Anis Jouini
Zaher Zorgati
Past members Oualid Issaoui
Fahmi Chakroun
Saif Louhibi
Zaher Hamoudia
Tarek Idouani
Piwee Desfray

Myrath (Arabic: ميراثLegacy) is a Tunisian progressive oriental metal band formed in 2001.

Biography[edit]

In early 2005, the band, at the time named "X-Tazy", created and independently released Double Face, a self-produced fan EP.

In early 2006, the band got an opportunity to open for Robert Plant and Adagio, playing for over 7000 music fans and meeting their future producer, Adagio's keyboard player Kevin Codfert. With the support of Kevin, Myrath recorded their first full-length album Hope. The band was signed by the French label Brennus-Music and Hope was released in 2007 in France. The album was well-received, and led to a number of festival performances in Europe. They are heavily influenced by folkloric Tunisian music and their producer, Kevin Codfert supported their endeavour in creating a distinct genre for the band, a genre that combines Metal music with Tunisian folklore.[1]

Their follow-up album Desert Call was released in early 2010. It was a second turning point in Myrath's career in terms of increased recognition and increasing their fan base, garnering an even wider interest from the media and promoters.

The third Myrath album Tales of the Sands was released in late 2011. They supported the album by touring with bands such as Dream Theater, HIM, W.A.S.P., Tarja Turunen and toured around the world (including Dubai, USA, India, Europe, North Africa) over a few years. The band also made their first live appearance on US soil at ProgPower USA, in 2013, and headlined ProgPower Europe in Netherlands. Myrath have secured a slot on the new Symphony X tour in Europe for early 2016. Still in 2016, they released their fourth album, Legacy. Also in 2016, vocalist Zaher Zorgati was cast as a guest singer in Ayreon's album The Source.[2]

During interviews they always state that they are highly influenced by their Tunisian culture and North African heritage. They show this via including Arabic and Tunisian dialect in the chorus of their songs.[3]

Discography[edit]

Studio Albums[edit]

  • Double Face (full-length, 2005) - released only in Tunisia under the name X-Tazy
  • Hope (full-length, 2007)
  • Desert Call (full-length, 2009)
  • Tales of the Sands (full-length, 2011)
  • Legacy (full-length, 2016)

Members[edit]

Current members[edit]

Former members[edit]

  • Walid Issaoui – guitar (2001–2003)
  • Fahmi Chakroun – drums (2001–2004)
  • Saief Louhibi – drums (2004–2011)
  • Zaher Hamoudia – bass (2001–2004)
  • Tarek Idouani – lead vocals (2001–2003)
  • Piwee Desfray – drums (2011-2012)

Live performances[edit]

Myrath has performed live at festivals including Metal Rock Fest in Lillehammer, Progpower Europe 2010 in the Netherlands, and Metal Ride Festival in France. In 2013, they made their USA concert debut on the 8th of September at ProgPower USA XIV in Atlanta.[4][5][6]

On April 14, 2017, after three years of being absent from the musical scene of their home country Tunisia, Myrath held a mega concert in the antique Theatre of Carthage.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "MYRATH". Epic Metal Fest 2016. Retrieved 2017-07-03. 
  2. ^ "Guest Musicians". New Ayreon Album. Retrieved 29 December 2016. 
  3. ^ "EXCLUSIVE: Interview with Myrath". Retrieved 2017-04-21. 
  4. ^ bravewords.com. "ProgPower Europe 2010 - DAY SIX Replaces ASPERA". bravewords.com. Retrieved 2017-04-10. 
  5. ^ "Metal Rock Fest, Lillehammer at Outdoors @ SAS Radison Hotel () on 15 Aug 2008 — Last.fm". www.last.fm. Retrieved 2017-04-10. 
  6. ^ "Myrath". ProgPower USA XVIII. Retrieved 2017-04-10. 
  7. ^ "MYRATH TO HEADLINE A SHOW IN THE ANTIQUE THEATER OF CARTHAGE IN TUNISIA | Myrath | Myrath - Official website". Myrath. Retrieved 2017-04-18. 

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