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Myrath “Karma” Album Review by Jorge Pozo

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In the ever-evolving landscape of metal, Myrath‘s latest offering, “Karma,” emerges as a testament to the band’s willingness to push boundaries while staying true to their roots. Released on March 8th, 2024, this album marks a significant shift towards a heavier, more direct sound, diverging from their traditionally rich tapestry of Middle Eastern melodies and progressive elements. Yet, it’s this very evolution that showcases Myrath‘s adaptability and growth as artists.

From the outset, “Karma” bombards the listener with a fusion of aggressive guitar riffs, dynamic drumming, and Zaher Zorgati‘s powerful vocals, which have taken on a grittier edge. The album’s production, handled with finesse, ensures that each track delivers a cinematic experience, enveloping listeners in a sound that’s both grandiose and meticulously crafted. Tracks like “Into the Light” and “Heroes” exemplify the band’s knack for blending bombastic metal with hints of their oriental heritage, creating a sound that’s uniquely Myrath.

Despite the heavier direction, the album doesn’t entirely abandon the band’s signature use of Middle Eastern instruments and melodies. These elements, though more subdued than in previous works, add layers of depth and intrigue to tracks such as “The Wheel of Time” and “Temple Walls,” offering fleeting glimpses into the band’s origins. This subtlety in integration speaks to Myrath‘s skill in evolving their sound without losing sight of their cultural roots.

However, “Karma” is not without its gambles. The shift towards a more mainstream metal sound might alienate some long-time fans who cherished the band’s progressive and folk influences. Yet, it’s this very risk that underscores Myrath‘s ambition and confidence in their artistic vision. Songs like “Candles Cry” and the album closer “Carry On” serve as powerful statements of the band’s versatility, blending soaring melodies with robust metal frameworks.

In essence, “Karma” is a bold step forward for Myrath, one that might divide opinion but undeniably showcases a band at the peak of their creative powers. It’s an album that demands attention, not just for its sonic prowess but for its narrative depth, exploring themes of conflict, resilience, and hope against a backdrop of tumultuous times.

Rating this album is a challenging task, as its value extends beyond mere musicality to encompass the growth and daring of a band unafraid to redefine itself. On a scale of 1 to 10, “Karma” earns a solid 8.5, a score that reflects its impressive craftsmanship, emotional depth, and the successful, albeit controversial, evolution of Myrath‘s sound. This album is not just a collection of songs; it’s a journey through the heart of a band that continues to surprise, challenge, and captivate.

Jorge’s rating: 8.5 / 10

Preorder the album: https://ear-music.shop/product/123436

Myrath album

Tracklist
To the Stars
Into the Light
Candles Cry
Let It Go
Worlds Are Failing
The Wheel of Time
Temple Walls
Child of Prophecy
The Empire
Heroes
Carry on

Lineup
Zaher Zorgati – lead vocals
Malek Ben Arbia – guitars
Anis Jouini – bass
Morgan Berthet – drums
Kevin Codfert – keyboards, pianos, backing vocals

Label
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