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Myrath during a concert in Madrid, Spain.
Myrath during a concert in Madrid, Spain.
Background information
Also known asX-Tazy (2001–2005)
Years active2001–present
LabelsEdel/EarMusic - VeryCords - Nightmare Records - King Records - Groove Master
MembersMalek Ben Arbia
Elyes Bouchoucha
Morgan Berthet
Anis Jouini
Zaher Zorgati
Past membersOualid Issaoui
Fahmi Chakroun
Saif Louhibi
Zaher Hamoudia
Tarek Idouani
Piwee Desfray

Myrath (Arabic: ميراثmīrāth, "Legacy") is a Tunisian progressive metal band formed in 2001 by guitarist Malek Ben Arbia and currently based in France.[1] The band has been noted for its mix of Arabic and Middle Eastern instrumentation with power metal and progressive rock[2] and is considered one of the leading names of oriental metal.[3] The band itself has started to refer to its genre as "blazing desert metal".[4][5] They are the first band from Tunisia to be signed to a record label outside the country.[6]


The band was first formed as a blues rock act called X-Tazy by 13 year-old guitarist Malek Ben Arbia in 2001.[6] Keyboardist/singer Elyes Bouchoucha joined in 2003; he and Arbia remain with the band to the present day. X-Tazy eventually added progressive elements to their songwriting, and released the album Double Face in Tunisia via USB flash drives in 2005.[6] The album gained some notice in Europe, leading to a contract with France's Bremmis Music. Now known as Myrath, the band became the first Tunisian act to sign with a European label.[6] During this period they met French musician Kevin Codfert,[7] who has been their producer ever since.

Their first album under the name Myrath, produced by Codfert, was Hope in 2007.[7] At this time the band included Arbia and Bouchoucha with bassist Anis Jouini, who became a permanent member, plus drummer Saif Louhibi.[6] Shortly after the release of Hope, singer Zaher Zorgati joined the band and took over lead vocals from Bouchoucha. Zorgati's ability to combine Islamic chants with heavy metal wailing became a key component of Myrath's sound,[6] while the band's lyrics began to focus on Tunisian folklore.[8]

The album Desert Call was released in 2010; this album's sound was compared favorably to that of Orphaned Land.[9] Tales of the Sands followed in 2011.[10] Drummer Morgan Berthet joined the band in 2012, and its lineup has remained consistent ever since.[6] They began to play European summer festivals regularly, and their first American appearance was at the ProgPower USA festival in 2013.[11]

Myrath opened for Symphony X during a high-profile tour of England in 2016.[12] The album Legacy, featuring lyrics contributed by Tunisian poets, was released later in 2016.[13] Myrath then toured around the world consistently for more than two years.[6] During this period they signed an international deal with EarMusic.[14]

In 2017, Myrath performed in their native Tunisia for the first time in three years with a concert at the historic Theatre of Carthage.[15] The show was filmed and released in 2020 as their first live album and DVD, Live in Carthage.[2] They appeared at the Sweden Rock Festival in 2019 as a last-minute replacement for Behemoth; and have been invited to return for future versions of the festival.[16]

In a 2019 interview, when asked if he believed Myrath was a political band, Zorgati replied:[4]

In our home country Tunisia, yes. We have our own ideology and we also express it. Before the revolution we had a metal scene in our country, which unfortunately is no longer the case. Now we have a radical Islamist party in our government that demonizes our music and portrays it as satanic. [...] In fact, increasing independence and freedom of speech was the only good thing the revolution brought with it. Because it also ensured the rise of the radical Islamist party, although a large part of the people in the country is actually against it.




Studio albums[edit]

  • Double Face (2005) - released only in Tunisia under the name X-Tazy
  • Hope (2007)
  • Desert Call (2010)
  • Tales of the Sands (2011)
  • Legacy (2016)
  • Shehili (2019)

Live album/DVD[edit]

  • Live in Carthage (2020)


  1. ^ Ling, Dave (20 May 2019). "Myrath – Legacy album review". Metal Hammer. Future plc. Retrieved 4 February 2021.
  2. ^ a b Soltes, John (28 April 2020). "INTERVIEW: Tunisian metal band Myrath ready to 'Endure the Silence'". Hollywood Soapbox. Retrieved 3 February 2021.
  3. ^ "Myrath, la success-story d'un groupe de métal tunisien". Jeune Afrique (in French). Groupe Jeune Afrique. 17 April 2017. Retrieved 4 February 2021.
  4. ^ a b Bauer, Simon (2 May 2019). "MYRATH - Der Ruf des Wüstenwinds". Rock Hard (in German). Rock Hard Verlags- und Handels- GmbH. Retrieved 5 February 2021.
  5. ^ DeViking, Erik (29 April 2019). "MGM Special Feature: Myrath's Zaher Zorgati Takes Us Through 'Shehili'". My Global Mind. Retrieved 5 February 2021.
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h "Myrath | Biography & History". AllMusic. Retrieved 2020-08-22.
  7. ^ a b Blabbermouth (2007-09-17). "Tunisia's MYRATH To Release Debut In October". BLABBERMOUTH.NET. Retrieved 2020-08-22.
  8. ^ "MYRATH". Epic Metal Fest 2016. Retrieved 2017-07-03.
  9. ^ "Myrath – Desert Call Review". Last Rites. 2010-05-26. Retrieved 2020-08-22.
  10. ^ "Myrath 2011 Album Tales Of The Sands Review". AudioInferno \m/. 2016-05-05. Retrieved 2020-08-22.
  11. ^ admin. "Previous Rosters". ProgPower USA. Retrieved 2020-08-22.
  12. ^ Giberti, Jamie (2015-11-24). "Symphony X Announce Support Bands For Feb 2016 UK Tour". Rock Sins. Retrieved 2020-08-22.
  13. ^ "Myrath - Legacy / ميراث - Reviews - Encyclopaedia Metallum: The Metal Archives". Retrieved 2020-08-22.
  14. ^ "Myrath Interview". Heavy Music Headquarters. 2019-05-21. Retrieved 2020-08-22.
  15. ^ "MYRATH TO HEADLINE A SHOW IN THE ANTIQUE THEATER OF CARTHAGE IN TUNISIA | Myrath | Myrath - Official website". Myrath. Retrieved 2017-04-18.
  16. ^ "Sweden Rock Festival 2019 - Day 4 | Grande Rock ezine". Retrieved 2020-08-22.

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