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Orphaned Land


Experimental/Post Metal

4.07 | 322 ratings

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5 stars Mabool - How to write a brilliant concept album, mix prog metal with eastern folk, and retell a biblical story.

If you are planning on composing a concept album, you should first think of a theme. Let's say, water. You'd include sounds tipical of water, maybe the current of a river, rainfall, or crushing waves. Maybe you'll write dreamy acoustic riffs reminiscent of underwater exploration, or heavy metal passages resembling a storm. Then, you'd add lyrics common throughout the album, and some kind of musical fanfare that are recurrent in the songs.

Well, these guys, instead of water, chose the biblical story of the Flood.

Kiss of Babylon is one of the greatest examples of this. If you add salt and water in a cup, you'll have a cup of salty water, but you won't be able to distinguish between each substance. Orphaned Land did the same with prog metal and eastern-arabic folk. And also with the lyrics.

And to top it off, the technicality is amazing, the solos, the double bass drum, everything.

All in all, I think this is a surprising album, that needs to be known in prog circles worldwide - a true prog metal gem.

PS: the beginning of "Mabool (The Flood)" is simply mezmerizing. These guys are genius.

TheOppenheimer | 5/5 |


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