Myrath‘s fifth album, “Shehili,” is almost upon us. The Tunisian outfit plays a cultural style of progressive metal, blending worldly elements into their unique sound. The video for their new song ‘Born To Survive’ can be seen below. Tribal and symphonic forces are woven into Myrath‘s rhythm-intensive style with dramatic, plodding vocal lines that convey a sense of tension and bombast. Despite its complexities, “Born to Survive” is easily digestible, delighting music nerds and novices alike.
“‘Born to Survive’ is a very special song for us. It’s the first time we tried to incorporate tribal and guttural voices in a Myrath song,” says singer Zaher Zorgati. “At the beginning, we didn’t really know how the final result would sound, but we ended with something really heavy, special and fresh to anybody’s ear. That’s one of the reasons we needed to define a new music genre called ‘Blazing Desert Metal.'”
“‘Born to Survive’ could be defined as a mix between a lot of African sonorities mixed with Rammstein-esque riffs and Andalusian influences, but I guess you need to listen to the song to actually believe it,” the frontman continues. “We had the opportunity to play this song, headlining the legendary Carthage amphitheater in front of 7,000 people, and it’s quite an achievement for us to see and feel the reactions of the crowd, especially regarding this song. This night has been one of the most magical in Myrath‘a career. But believe me… it’s just the beginning.”
“Shehili” is innovative, yet loyal to the band’s signature sound. It establishes contrasts between uplifting melodies and thoughtful, and, at times, heartbreaking lyrics. The best example of this duality can be found in Shehili‘s first single ‘Dance,’ the video of which was a sequel to ‘Believer.’ The ‘Dance’ video tallied more than a million views in the first five weeks of release.
As singer Zaher Zorgati says, “The purpose of our music is to induce happiness and joy, to pay tribute to those who refuse to fall or to stop hoping, even in a world filled with hatred and uncertainty.”
“Shehili,” although produced with extreme care, keeps a very natural and organic flavor. The recordings took place in Hamburg, Germany, Tunisia, and France to make sure every single note found its way into the mix. Shehili was mixed by three different producers, including Kevin Codfert, Eike Freese, and the world-famousJens Bogren (who already worked on Legacy), in order to give each song the best possible treatment and make it shine.
Myrath plan to embark on their own headline tour at the end of the year. Upcoming performances are slated for huge festivals such as Wacken and Sweden Rock..
“Born To Survive
You’ve Lost Yourself
Monster In My Closet
No Holding Back
“Shehili” will be out May 3 on earMUSIC and you can pre-order the album here.
Their last album “Legacy” (2016) received international acclaim and contained the brilliant and, until now, their most successful song, ‘Believer.’ The video racked up more than 10 million views on YouTube.
Our review of “Legacy” can be found here.
Video for ‘Born To Survive'(live)
Video for ‘No Holding Back’
Video for ‘Dance’