Orphaned Land Announce Four North American Performances
January 21, 2010
Israel's Orphaned Land
pioneered Middle Eastern metal music and their highly anticipated fourth studio opus, 'The Never Ending Way of ORwarriOR'
, is set for a February, 9th release. It's a sophisticated concept album taking Orphaned Land's
unique brand of exotic, heavy music to soaring new heights in terms of complexity and catchiness. Now, the first part of a detailed interview with vocalist Kobi Farhi
has been launched and offers tons of fascinating information on the creation of the album, the band itself and its daring musical and lyrical concept.
Check out Orphaned Land's EPK
(Part 1) below.
Already hailed by Rock Hard (Germany) as "A milestone of progressive metal," Orphaned Land's
new album is easily one of the most daring albums in 2010!
will make their triumphant return to North America this March as direct support to Suidakra
. This is not to be missed as it's only hitting four select cities, so see below or head over now to http://www.myspace.com/orphanedmyspace
to view their touring itinerary.
Farhi further describes his excitement over this tour: "Shalom to our warriors of light in America! We are so excited to finally meet you, because we will tour the U.S. for the first time. We sure hope that more dates will be added to this tour and we can't wait to meet you all!
'The Never Ending Way Of ORwarriOR'
will be released on January 25th (February 9th in the US) and was mixed by Steven Wilson
), who is also responsible for several keyboard parts on the new album. Look forward to one of the most daring albums in 2010! The time has come for Middle Eastern metal to take over.
3/08 - BB Kings - NYC
3/10 - Les Foufounes Electriques - Montreal, QUE
3/13 - Wreck Room - Toronto, ONT
3/14 - Bottom Lounge - Chicago, IL
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Orphaned Land Announce Official Track List For New Album
November 19, 2009
On February, 9th 2010 (January 25th in Europe) the wait is finally over! Israel's Orphaned Land
will finally release their highly anticipated fourth studio opus, 'The Never Ending Way of ORwarriOR'
. Mixed by Steven Wilson
), who is also responsible for several keyboard parts on the new album, 'The Never Ending Way of ORwarriOR'
turns out to be a sophisticated concept album taking Orphaned Land's
unique brand of exotic, heavy music to soaring new heights in terms of complexity and catchiness. It is an audible manifest that the time has come for Middle Eastern metal to take over!
Head over now to http://www.myspace.com/orphanedmyspace
to view the band's controversial new photos and see below for the album's official track listing.
Godfrey's Cordial - an ORphan's life
2. From Broken Vessels
3. Bereft In The Abyss
4. The Path Part 1 - Treading Through Darkness
5. The Path Part 2 - The Pilgrimage To Or Shalem
6. Olat Ha'tamid
Lips Acquire stains - The warriOR awakens
7. The Warrior
8. His Leaf Shall Not Wither
9. Disciples Of The Sacred Oath II
10. New Jerusalem
11. Vayehi Or
12. M I ?
BARAKAH - enlightening the Cimmerian
14. Codeword: uprising
15. In Thy Never Ending
Vocalist Kobi Farhi
comments on the album's concept and the striking new promo photo as follows: "First of all, I wish to thank each and every one of you for all the comments you left for our new band photo. The comments were from Jews, Christians and Muslims as one, you all know that this unification is what we're all about - here is the tracklist for our new album, as you can see it's long and it's a three chapter story that is waiting for you. We salute you all!"
continues ''The Never Ending Way of ORwarriOR
is a concept album revolving around a hero: the warrior of light. This hero isn't someone specific, but could be the listener of the album himself, as this album deals with the problems we are facing in our lives every day. Especially here, in the Middle East, we feel that we are trapped in a loop of confusion and darkness. Living in this region, we see that year after year nothing changes. People continue to die in useless wars and we are trapped in a bloody circle. Orphaned Land
has been around for 18 years and we continue to sing about the same subjects and stories, because after 18 years we are still living in a tragic, orphaned land. To fight this tragedy we have chosen a peaceful, yet powerful weapon: our music."
Israel's Orphaned Land
are probably the only band from this country that has managed to succeed at building up a huge following among Muslims and Arabian people. These fans communicate freely via the band's social networking pages, some of them even proudly bearing Orphaned Land
tattoos, regardless of the possible consequences facing them in their home countries! The African musician Fela Kuti
once said: "music is the weapon of the future" - Orphaned Land
are living proof of that!
Orphaned Land Make Rare Preformance At Progpower Festival
September 25, 2009
One of metal’s biggest and most talked about sensations has to be Israel's Orphaned Land
, who mix mysticism, metal, oriental ambience, and Middle Eastern tradition steeped in religious and moral teachings, to bring us another masterpiece. From a hypnotic weave of choral arrangements and exotic instrumentation to a dynamic use of language and torrential guitar riffs, this band has all of the elements to create a very entertaining listening experience.
made a rare and much celebrated U.S. performance at this year's Progpower
and are currently finishing up their new album, 'The Never Ending Way of ORwarriOR'
, which was mixed by Steven Wilson
of Porcupine Tree
and set for a Jan. 2010 release. An audio teaser to that album can be heard here: http://www.orphaned-land.com/
as well as in studio photos and updates available at their official forum, which is here: http://www.ultimatemetal.com/forum/orphaned-land-229/
(vocals) states: “Playing in the USA is always an adventure for us. The fans are very much devoted and even the people who don't know your band give you the right attention. When we were announced for PPUSA
last year I was sure that by this time our album would be out, but since it's a complex album, we delayed it and had to leave the studio just for this show, so in a way, the Progpower
fans were the first in the world to hear us play an unprecedented, SIX brand new songs. The reaction was great and the fans were with us all along the show - clapping hands, jumping and even belly dancing. After so much time in the studio, we really needed that feedback and I'm very grateful of all the fans. I feel that our music is a new breeze for the metal scene, a breeze that brings a new tune and sound of metal from the Middle East and we know that this was just the starting point. It is now the time to bring our unique brand of music to all of North America, so stay tuned as we will be back soon.”
Exotic and enticing, Orphaned Land
blends a multitude of sounds and styles to create its Middle Eastern Metal.
"Our music style is a mixture of all kinds of metal, from progressive to black metal," says Farhi
. "We are influenced by all kinds of music, from Indian music to Jazz. I even recorded musicians in the streets of India." The band’s last album, 'Mabool'
, was recorded in five languages: English, Hebrew, Arabic, Yemen, Latin as well as a form of gibberish (a language Orphaned Land
created themselves). Oriental instruments such as oud, saz, and buzuki are used with traditional and classical instruments like violins, cello, piano and classical acoustic guitars. The introduction of unfamiliar languages and instruments heightens the mystical nature of the album, unifies the theme and makes the experience timeless.
achieves its goal of uniting multitudes of cultures and crafting a mix of melody and mysticism. Interwoven guitar work coupled with exotic oriental instrumentations, infuses the well-crafted syncopated rhythms and makes the entire experience unforgettable.
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YEAR FORMED: 1991
HOME TOWN: Israel
Yossi Saharon (Sassi) - Electric (6 & 7 strings)
Acoustic & Classic Guitars
Matti Svatizki - Electric (6 & 7 string)
Clean & Acoustic Guitars
Kobi Farhi - Vocals
Chants & Reading
Israel's ORPHANED LAND mix mysticism, metal, oriental ambience, and Middle Eastern tradition steeped in religious and moral teachings, to bring us a masterwork intended to hold back the wrath of an angry God. Mabool overwhelms the listener with its hypnotic weave of Middle Eastern choral arrangements, exotic instrumentation, dynamic use of language, and torrential guitar riffs.
These men came together in 1991 forming a singular sound. Originally called Resurrection, they changed their name in 1992 and further developed their unique sound. Their demo, The Beloved's Cry, created a stir, and they were quickly signed to French label Holy Records. Two albums followed, Sahara (1996) and El Nora Alila (1994), cultivating a worldwide underground fanbase. The releases strength secured their signing to Century Media; however, life changed for these Israelis, and forced to deal with their homelands harsh reality, ORPHANED LAND was put on hold.
After hibernating for seven years their strong Arab and Israeli fanbase kept the dream real, and in 2003 ORPHANED LAND was encouraged to reunite for three concerts. From Turkey to Tel Aviv the band found Arabs, Turks and Israelis, joining together to headbang side by side. United by the common bond of metal brotherhood, the Middle Eastern metal community had rejoined the band that unified them all. As a special bonus to their audience ORPHANED LAND performed and recorded an acoustic set to be released as an initial pressing bonus disc with Mabool.
Mabool-The Story Of The Three Sons Of Seven (translated -The Flood) is an amalgamation of the Biblical story, and the stories like it, taken from more than 50 similar tales from ancient cultures such as the Mesopotamian, Aztec, Mayan, Celtic, Navajo, Zoroastrian, Hindu, Sumerian, Babylonian, Scandinavian and combined into the flood story according to ORPAHNED LAND. The birth of 3 heroes opens the CD; he is the seventh son of the Creator whose soul is divided into three human beings. The three sons each represent one of the three monotheistic religions. Their goal is to unify themselves and their people, Jews, Christians, and Muslims, against the coming flood that will rid the earth of the sins and achievements of man. However, as revealed through the course of the album, they are unable to achieve their goal and the wrathful God, with his flood, returns the land to its cleansed perfection. Building a wooden ark the heroes survive the flood and are given the task to create a heaven on earth in this land newly orphaned.
Exotic and enticing ORPHANED LAND blends a multitude of sounds and styles to create its Middle Eastern Metal. "Our music style is a mixture of all kinds of metal, from progressive to black metal," says vocalist Kobi Farhi. "We are influenced by all kinds of music, from Indian music to Jazz. I even recorded musicians in the streets of India." Mabool was recorded in five languages: English, Hebrew, Arabic, Yemen, Latin as well as a form of gibberish (a language ORPHANED LAND created themselves). Oriental instruments such as oud, saz, and buzuki are used with traditional and classical instruments like violins, cello, piano and classical acoustic guitars. The introduction of unfamiliar languages and instruments heightens the mystical nature of the album, unifies the theme and makes the experience timeless. From opener "Birth of The Three," the engulfing lyrical passages and polyrhythmic stops and starts leave you holding your breath, anticipating what follows. "Ocean Land," the second track, is the heroes pleading prayer that pours through your head long after ending. "A'salk" starts with a mournful Hebrew cry, and the accompanying syncopated guitar-work wafts through like smoky incense-laden air. "The Calm Before The Flood" enlists acoustic guitar that portrays the emptiness and tension preceding monumental change, a virtual sonicscape. When it comes time for title-track "Mabool" (the flood), opening with cello and violin that moves into driving guitar-work interlaced with classical instruments, the musical tension is unstoppable. Thundering drum work and roaring guitars describe the violent ferocity and impending doom. "The Storm Still Rages Inside" is replete with sadness as the guitar solo soars into the midnight sky and returns with the calmness of a still morning sunrise.
ORPHANED LAND achieves its goal of uniting multitudes of cultures and crafting a mix of melody and mysticism. Interwoven guitar work coupled with exotic oriental instrumentations, infuses the well-crafted syncopated rhythms and makes the entire experience unforgettable.