From: Ez-zahra, Tunisia
Last Known Status: Active
Myrath (which means Legacy) is a Metal band from Tunis-Tunisia, a small country well known for its resort areas on the Mediterranean coast but certainly not for its metal bands, yet in just few years what started out as a teenager cover band became a relatively well known and respected band by the international Prog-Power Metal community.
It all started in early 2001, when guitarist Malek Ben Arbia (who was just 13 years old at the time) and two of his childhood friends, Fahmi Chakroun (drums) and Oualid Issaoui (guitar) living in the same neighbourhood in Ez-Zahra (suburbs of Tunis-Tunisia) formed a cover band which they named Xtazy. The lineup was shortly after completed by Zaher Ben Hamoudia (Bass) and Tarek Idouani (vocals).
For the first two years the band played in numerous local gigs, mainly DEATH covers, then for the following two years exclusively SYMPHONY X covers, when Elyes Bouchoucha (keyboards and vocals), who just graduated from Tunis conservatory, joined the band in 2003.
After four (4) years of playing covers, the band gained enough experience to start writing its own music. Thus in March 2005 they released (in Tunisia only) "double face", a self produced album with a lineup which included new drummer Saief Louhibi (who joined the band in the summer of 2004). Even though "double face" was more of a demo with an obvious Symphony X influence it did however show very encouraging signs of composing skills especially that it was the first recording experience of a band consisting of students still in their teen years.
In March 24th 2006 the band opened for ROBERT PLANT and ADAGIO in a concert held in Carthage roman amphitheater and attended by about 7OOO metal/rock fans. That day they met Adagios keyboard player Kevin Codfert who later became the band producer and sound engineer.
With the valuable support of Kevin, the addition (in September 2006) of experienced Bass player Anis Jouini and the improved composing and playing skills of guitarist Malek Ben Arbia, who graduated (in July 2006) from the prestigious French guitar school Music academy international (M.A.I.), the band became more ambitious in pursuing an international career.
To this respect they started by changing the band name from Xtazy to MYRATH then in December 2006 they recorded the album "Hope" with Kevin Codfert as sound engineer and producer.
This album was a turning point in Myrath carrier as the band was signed by the French label Brennus-Music, who released "Hope" worldwide in September 2007.
"Hope" was praised by the media in numerous reviews by well known webzines and magazines and was even voted third best album of the year by two major US webzines and album of the week by several webzines and major metal radio stations.
Most critics predicted a bright future for the band as summarized by one of them who wrote "Myrath will probably be the first band from Maghreb which will have a famous international career. This album is one of the best releases of Progressive Metal that I had the chance to listen to lately. Thumb up to Myrath for this exceptional release… this band will become really big and famous you'll see, I will not be wrong".
The success of HOPE contributed to improving the notoriety of Myrath, and paved the way for prestigious European festivals (such as METAL ROCK FESTIVAL - Norway and PROGPOWER-EU – The Netherlands) to include the band in the lineup of their 2008 edition. Thus on May 2nd 2008 Myrath made an impressive debut live performance outside Tunisia in PROGSUD Festival (Marseille – France) with talented singer Zaher Zorgati (who joined the band in June 2007) as front man.
The follow up album ‘’DESERT CALL’’ which was officially released on January 25th 2010 in Europe by the major French labels XIII BIS RECORDS (Sony distribution) and in the rest of the world by the prestigious American Label Nightmare Records was a second turning point in Myrath carrier in terms of improved notoriety and increase of its fan base as well as a wider interest of the media and promoters.
DESERT CALL, which offers a new style of Progressive Power Metal consisting of a mix between traditional Tunisian music and metal enhanced by a balanced Arabian and western orchestration was praised by the media in numerous well known European and American webzines and magazines and had a huge success worldwide which increased considerably the band notoriety and fan base. the album was even voted in the top 1O albums of 2010 by several webzines.
Myrath Interviews and Features
Below are our features and interviews with Myrath.
Myrath is not just one of those bands that comes along every few years to give the world a taste of something new and fresh -- It is a hundred-year flood, making quick work of anything in its path, engulfing whatever it touches. There’s nothing subtle about their latest album, “Tales of the Sands” (reviewed here). It’s bold, truly novel, and a loud statement. It’s a thunderous storm across the desert, changing the landscape. At ProgPower USA XIV on September 6th, Myrath made their mark on America for the first time, putting on an unforgettable live show, flooding the ears and hearts of all in attendance.
Confirmed by many fans, as well as a member of the ProgPower crew who came to see the band backstage during my interview with them, they had owned the day. To quote the crew member (Mark), “You guys stole the show.” Humble but calmly intense vocalist Zaher Zorgati replied, “Hopefully,” to which Mark immediately retorted, “No, there’s no ‘hopefully’ about it. I tell ya, it’s what everybody’s talking about.” Metal Injection’s David Pando was also there during the interview purely as a fan, alongside Myrath’s band manager and photographer Nidhal Marzouk. Shedding some light on the ridiculous effort that Myrath had to put forth just to make it to Atlanta, both Zorgati and Marzouk opened up, moving on into the touching story behind the kind heart of their recently-deceased former band manager and father of their guitarist.
The band also discussed plans for the next album, previous tours and their accompanying thrills as well as debauchery, who they wanted to see at ProgPower as fans, and much more. The two of them had an infectious energy even a couple hours after the show, played on just four hours of sleep in the last two days. The two couldn’t help finishing each other’s sentences, belying years of closeness. They were right -- Myrath is no mere band, but a family, extending to everyone in their crew, as they were about to tell me. More...