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ORPHANED LAND

Experimental/Post Metal • Israel


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Formed as "Ressurrection" in Petah Tikva/Bat Yam, Israel in 1991 - Hiatus from 1997 to 2001

Hailing from Israel, ORPHANED LAND borrow heavily from Middle Eastern music to spice up their extreme progressive metal sound. Founded in 1991 under the original name RESURRECTION, ORPHANED LAND drew attention to their unorthodox sound with 1992's "The Beloved's Cry" demo (issued on cd in 2000) and then made two well regarded albums with France's Holy Records, 1994's "Sahara" and 1996's "El Norra Alila". During this period the line-up consisted of Kobi Farhi (vocals), Yossi Saharon (lead guitar), Matti Svatitzki (rhythm guitar), Uri Zelcha (bass) and Itzik Levy (drums), but internal dissention drove them apart. ORPHANED LAND'S sound is simliar to bands like OPETH, The GATHERING, GREEN CARNATION and BORKNAGAR with heavy Middle Eastern influences and instrumentation thrown into the mix.

A long silence ensued, but in 2001 ORPHANED LAND decided to reunite for a series of concerts and a one-off acoustic set. The enthusiastic response to these showed that their original albums had gradually seduced a large number of fans throughout the Arab world, and proved reason enough for a more permanent reunion to take place. So after obtaining new members Eden Rabin (keyboards) and Avi Diamond (drums), ORPHANED LAND struck a new deal with Century Media and released their long-awaited third album, "Mabool"(The Story Of The Three Sons Of Seven), in 2004.

Highly recommended for fans of progressive metal, this band is like a breath of fresh air, with an original and very unique sound.

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3.38 | 63 ratings
Sahara
1994
3.48 | 74 ratings
El Norra Alila
1996
4.06 | 317 ratings
Mabool - The Story Of The Three Sons Of Seven
2004
3.86 | 284 ratings
The Never Ending Way Of ORwarriOR
2010
3.64 | 192 ratings
All Is One
2013
3.38 | 21 ratings
Orphaned Land & Amaseffer: Kna'an
2016
3.87 | 78 ratings
Unsung Prophets & Dead Messiahs
2018

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4.29 | 39 ratings
The Road To OR-Shalem (DVD)
2011

ORPHANED LAND Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

4.00 | 2 ratings
Orphaned Land & Friends ~25th Anniversary~
2017

ORPHANED LAND Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

2.55 | 17 ratings
The Beloved's Cry (Demo)
1993
2.64 | 13 ratings
Ararat (EP)
2005

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 Sahara by ORPHANED LAND album cover Studio Album, 1994
3.38 | 63 ratings

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Sahara
Orphaned Land Experimental/Post Metal

Review by sgtpepper

3 stars Sahara is a great debut album by then Israeli youngsters. There weren't many other bands back in 1994 that would be willing and also accomplish mixing so many different music styles together. First and foremost, this is an oriental mixture of death/doom metal with occassional blast beast (1994 was a great year for the black metal scene), some simplified progressive rock riffs and attempts at rhythm changes. Even though the band are apparently gifted, they haven't matured yet musically and sonically.

Unconventional songwriting, great growling capabilities by Kobi Farhi, confident oriental elements and variety of extreme metal influences are weighted down by bad production sound, not very advanced instrumental chops and undeveloped songwriting. Some instrumental passages are a bit dull and there is not much craft for melody yet.

"The Sahara's storm" shows the band's potential ranging from doomed death metal, heavy metal to black metal blasts. "Blessed by thy hate" has refreshing female vocals but clean narrative vocal sounds dull and cheap. "Aldiar al mukadisa" displays neat oriental capabilities, good for dancing as well as listening. "Seasons unite" is a great doom-metal track. "The beloved's cry" might be one of the most memorable and lightweight tracks that will remain the only live number in the post 2014's concerts. "My requiem" keeps its oriental orientation despite changing metal directions. "The storm still rages inside" is one of the most epic numbers on this record as it keeps certain majesty by its composition and growling vocals balanced by acoustic outro.

Overall, musically, this is a unique record with lots of potential but not so much on sale for the proghead's ear, therefore 3 stars.

 Unsung Prophets & Dead Messiahs by ORPHANED LAND album cover Studio Album, 2018
3.87 | 78 ratings

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Unsung Prophets & Dead Messiahs
Orphaned Land Experimental/Post Metal

Review by The Crow
Prog Reviewer

4 stars After the mediocre All Is One and after the departure of the great Yoshi Sassi, my expectations about Unsung Prophets and Dead Messiahs were low... What a mistake!

Because this album fully retrieves the energy and the magic that this band had in the past, offering their typical mixture between metal, death, progressive and folk with outstanding songwriting. Chen Balbus and Idan Amsalen are fully integrated in the band till the point that Yoshi Sassi is almost not missed here, while the rest of the band makes also a splendid work.

It's very rewarding to hear that while some band like Opeth or Pain of Salvation lost their sound and personality with line-up changes, Orphaned Land retrieves all their elements and characteristic sound throughout the years despite all the members that gave up.

I wish also to mention the great collaborations that this album contains, playing Steve Hackett a fabulous guitar solo in the outstanding Chains Fall to Gravity (one of the most progressive tracks in the whole band's career) and singing Hansi Kürsch (from Blind Guardian) and Thomas Lindberg (At the Gates) in Like Orpheus and Only The Dead Have Seen The End Of The War respectively.

Best Tracks: it's complicated to pick only a few songs, because the overall quality of the album is very high, but The Cave is one of the best Orphaned Land's tracks, All Knowing Eye is touching and Kobi sings great, Chains Fall to Gravity is surprising and very prog, My Brother's Keeper (pure Orphaned Land magic) and The Manifest - Epilogue (precious homage to Victor Jara)

Conclusion: Unsung Prophets & Dead Messiahs is not only a triumphant return of our favorite Israeli band, it's also one of their finest records. Maybe not so great like Mabool, but at least as good as ORwarriOR. A varied, touching and very well crafted collection of folk-prog-death-metal with a beautiful message inside and tons of memorable songs.

After this album, I can only wish the best of lucks for this bands in the future! You have managed to give me back my faith in you.

My rating: ****

 All Is One by ORPHANED LAND album cover Studio Album, 2013
3.64 | 192 ratings

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All Is One
Orphaned Land Experimental/Post Metal

Review by The Crow
Prog Reviewer

2 stars I am sure that All is One was a difficult album to make for Orphaned Land... Moreover, the music shows the band's problems at the time.

Avi Diamond, their drummer in their two previous (and excellent) albums did not return this time, along with their female (and great) singer Shlomit Levi. The founder guitarist Matti Svatitzki also left the band in 2012, and the main guitarist Yoshi Sassi also gave up shortly after the releasing of All is One, being this album his less inspired work.

The result is a disjointed and irregular record, which sounds like a mixture between the epic Mabool and the more intimate and folk ORwarriOR, but without reaching the quality of none of them and showing a worrying inability to bring anything new to the band's career.

Been there, done that feeling the whole time.

The production is fine, and the sound of the album is more orchestral than ever with violins sounding all the time. However, they cannot hide the lack of inspiration (or energy) that this album has with exceptions as the energetic All is One, the beautiful Brother and the epic Our Own Messiah.

Best Tracks: All is One (splendid opener), Brother (the best lyrics of the album), Our Own Messiah (a song which almost achieve to retrieve the magic of ORwarriOR)

Conclusion: All Is One was the reflection of the problems and line-up changes of this great band at the time. I has its good moments and a pair of fine additions to the band's classic song list, but after a the seond or third listening it turns out to be boring, repetitive and not challenging at all, being a clear step back in Orphaned Land's career.

I almost lost my faith in the band with All is One... Fortunately, this would change in 2018 with the release of Unsung Prophets and Dead Messiahs!

My rating: **

 The Never Ending Way Of ORwarriOR by ORPHANED LAND album cover Studio Album, 2010
3.86 | 284 ratings

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The Never Ending Way Of ORwarriOR
Orphaned Land Experimental/Post Metal

Review by The Crow
Prog Reviewer

4 stars After six long years, the follow-up to the masterpiece Mabool arrived!

And the surprise was big when the Orphaned Land aficionados realized that this album was some sort of return to their roots, retrieving the formula of El Norra Alila but improving it in a very beautiful and challenging way. The result is an album that is not so epic, diverse and accessible like Mabool, but excellent anyway.

The production is also more straightforward than Mabool, with a not so extensive use of keyboards (played by Steven Wilson by the way, who also appears in writing credits), clear and natural drumming and wonderful guitars. And talking about the guitars, they are the absolute protagonist in ORwarriOR, acting Yoshi Sassi as a true guitar hero!

Sadly, the songwriting is not so incredible like in Mabool, leaving a pair of subpar songs here (the too obviously commercial New Jerusalem, Barakah...) But the overall quality of the album is superb anyway.

Best Tracks: From Broken Vessels, Bereft in the Abyss, The Path, and Disciples of the Sacred Oath II.

Conclusion: improving and expanding the folk-death-prog metal formula of their first two albums and leaving a bit of the grandiloquence of Mabool, Orphaned Land created a truly great record with a ton of memorable songs, an incredible guitar work from Yoshi Sassi and beautiful singing and Arabic melodies, which is still one of the best prog- metal album of this decade, despite its obvious flaws.

Shocking at the beginning, hauting in the long-term.

My rating: ****

 El Norra Alila by ORPHANED LAND album cover Studio Album, 1996
3.48 | 74 ratings

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El Norra Alila
Orphaned Land Experimental/Post Metal

Review by The Crow
Prog Reviewer

3 stars El Norra Alila is another Orphaned Land's journey in search of their true sound!

And on this attempt, they added even more elements to their mix. Dozens of oriental instruments which are more prominent than in Sahara, female vocals, choirs, Arabic chants, percussion, violins... But the result is nevertheless not so far from their debut album, sounding this record too immature compared to their later works, when they truly developed their authentic sound and personality.

But the album has its moments and is rather enjoyable despite being too long and lacking more catchy melodies. They increased the epicity of the songs, with great guitar solos from the very gifted Yoshi Sassi, and they added more clean vocals and tons of keyboards, being this album more accessible and easier to hear than previous records.

The production and musicianship are also good enough, and I can imagine that this album was not easy to make!

Best Tracks: Find Yourself, Discover God (powerful opener), The Truth Within (great guitar solos), A Never-ending Way (good slow track), Of Temptation Born (the best riffs of the album), The Evil Urge (in this precious acoustic track can we hear what a great singer Kobi Fahri is)

Conclusion: it's easy to hear that the band invested great effort and that they tried really hard with El Norra Alila to surpass the quality of their debut Sahara, crafting a pair of good songs in the process (sometimes even very good)

Nevertheless, is a record that you can easily avoid if you are not a die-hard fan of the band.

My rating: ***

 Sahara by ORPHANED LAND album cover Studio Album, 1994
3.38 | 63 ratings

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Sahara
Orphaned Land Experimental/Post Metal

Review by The Crow
Prog Reviewer

3 stars Debut full length album from Orphaned Land, one of the most original and disruptive death metal bands of the 90!

The production sounds old school and dusty these days, being the guitars the most damaged part of the album, among the noisy drums. But the extensive of oriental instruments like oud, darbuka and kanun, together with the powerful Kobi Fahri's vocals make this album more attractive than tons of other death metal records from the 90's.

Sadly, the songwriting is a bit irregular and sometimes even boring in the Sahara part of the record, being the compositions which come from The Beloved's Cry demo the best ones. However, the mystic and attractive mixture of their music among the prog approach to extreme metal will surely appeal both death metal hounds and prog archeologists.

Best Tracks: The Sahara's Storm, Season Unite, The Beloved's Cry.

Conclusion: dusty, poorly produced (despite the recent remaster) and too old school, Sahara is otherwise an enjoyable prog- metal album which still is one of the wildest death metal adventures of the 90's and a true example of how to mix very different musical (and not only musical) cultures.

To be tasted with the right perspective.

My rating: ***

 Unsung Prophets & Dead Messiahs by ORPHANED LAND album cover Studio Album, 2018
3.87 | 78 ratings

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Unsung Prophets & Dead Messiahs
Orphaned Land Experimental/Post Metal

Review by Booba Kastorsky

5 stars I didn't really dig OL music before, even though I tried a few times. Even Mabul didn't impress me much: cookie monster vocals overshadowed for me other elements of their music I could like.

This is my favorite Orphaned Land album, period. I found myself listening to it a few times in a row, then put it aside for a few days or even a week or two, and then come back again.

They evolution reminds me evolution of Opeth that started as a band with cookie monster vocals and black metal arrangement, and then evolved with one of the most sophisticated modern prog metal band (with emphasize to prog). The album is packed with excellent melodies, lush and interesting arrangements, and a lot of "extras" that I like so much: choruses, folk and classical instruments, exotic percussion, etc. Just look at the list of guests and instruments they play!

The opened track is a superb prog/symphonic metal song that has it all: catchy melody, pomp, female chorus, and on top of it symphonic and Middle Eastern orchestral arrangement. And don't forget excellent guitar work! This is a blueprint of the album,and the rest of the songs are in pretty much the same vein plus a couple of ballads with strong Mid East folk taste. Another highlight is Chains Fall To Gravity with superb Hackett-like guitar solo. And its solo is actually Steve's! The only thing to complain is four tracks here feature monster vocals. I still don't understand why some people like it over clean voice, especially if the vocalist does have great clean voice?! The good thing is it sounds quite organic there and doesn't spoil the overall sound too much. Probably because the music is still lush and femail chorus smooth it up somehow?

Anyway, even if you drop those cookie monster four tracks (that are not that bad, actually) , you still have over 1 hour of great prog/sympho/ethno-Oriental metal extravaganza with excellent vocals and arrangement. And excellent sound quality! My top 2 album of 2018 so far (right after Perfect Being).

 Unsung Prophets & Dead Messiahs by ORPHANED LAND album cover Studio Album, 2018
3.87 | 78 ratings

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Unsung Prophets & Dead Messiahs
Orphaned Land Experimental/Post Metal

Review by ale73

4 stars Ok for sure "Mabool" was their most inspired album and it is impossible to reach the same peak of inspiration. Ok the loss of Yossi Sassi is not an Easy one. But the new Orphaned Land opus is a compendium of everything good in life: you cancellare find prof,metal, clean voice, some growl, female voice, ethnic music, areal orchestra, Steve Hackett, Hansi Kürsch, Tomas Lindberg, belly dancers...and in the limited edition even Steven Wilson and a cover of Jeremy! Furthermore, Orphaned Land deserve to be respected even as men other than as musicians, for their efforts in spreading their message of peace everywhere. p

This album is more intricate than "All is one" and a little bit more metal and prog oriented, but less heavy than their old records. What is astonishing is that they have reached the perfect integration of their two main elements: rock (in different shapes) and orientale music. Every note is in Italy place, and the orchestral parts are played by a real orchestra. Being a long and articulate album you can undestand why it took vive years to realize it. The lyrics are well really important and the whole concept is explained by Kobi Farhi in the first page of the wonderful booklet: it is a reflection on the history of humanity, revolutions and great men who fought for freedom. p

It is difficult to talk about single songs because all the record is a continuum that flows without week moments, merging perfectly all the different elements,withan extraordinary elegance. The only tracks where the influence of the guest is really marked are "Like Orpheus" with its power metal flavour and "Only the dead have seen the end of the war", the most death metal oriented one, maybe reminiscent of their beginning. p

 All Is One by ORPHANED LAND album cover Studio Album, 2013
3.64 | 192 ratings

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All Is One
Orphaned Land Experimental/Post Metal

Review by Progulator
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Known as the master's of oriental prog metal, Orphaned Land is back with an album that rivals Mabool in power while presenting itself as much more accessible to the non-metal fans. Gone are the harsh vocals (on all but one song), being replaced by the melodic and nuanced voice of Kobi Farhi. All is One delivers a dynamic and powerful message of peace and coexistence which is bolder than ever before, presenting uplifting, and even heart wrenching, lyrics over a palette of symphonics and electric guitar. This time around, the Israeli band included a full orchestra as well a Turkish violin orchestra, the likes of which must absolutely be heard, to create a moving and picturesque record. If there is anything that I would change about the album, it would be the track order, which seems to be a bit front loaded. That said, the band manages to deliver some of the most moving music and messages of their career with the absurdly catchy groove in seven and marvellous chorus of the title track, as well as the heartwrenching ballad, "Brother," which reminds of ancient family ties between the major Abrahamic religions of the world. All is One, while not a perfect album, is most certainly a record that will please fans of symphonic rock and even touch their hearts.
 All Is One by ORPHANED LAND album cover Studio Album, 2013
3.64 | 192 ratings

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All Is One
Orphaned Land Experimental/Post Metal

Review by ProgShine
Collaborator Errors & Omissions Team

3 stars Orphaned Land's goal with their music is bringing together different people from different religions, specially in their native land (Israel). And this is a very noble act, it's great to have a band that really believe that their music can change the world, and in their own world it is really changing something, at a small scale, but thats how everything starts.

Said that I also have to say that for a person that is not familiar with this eternal religious conflicts is quite hard to go with the flow of the band for more than one album, and it's the third since their come back in early 00's...

I've known the band pretty much like everybody else, through the fantastic Mabool (2004), I bought that CD and was so good that I was really impressed. A band that dared to mix Progressive Metal with Israel traditional folk music? That's new for me, bring on! By the time of their The Never Ending Way Of OrWarrior (2010) I pretty much didn't pay attention on them, not sure why. With their new album, All Is One (2013), out I've got a copy of the album through Century Media to review.

Honestly, what can I say? Orphaned Land is a very good band that find a very comfortable place for themselves with their now perfected Prog Metal/Tradicional Folk music. But that's the big problem, the band I liked used to dare a bit, and in this album pretty much is so flat...

You have some growl vocals here and there, some female vocals here and there, some keyboards and string instruments playind middle eastern music on the background while the guitars, drums and bass keep the metal going. But that's it. All Is One (2013) lacks in surprise, in thrill the listener.

I think their path with this album is pretty much settled, they'll keep writing about the conflicts as long as they keep hapenning, they'll keep mixing the 2 strong elements of their music. And that is kinda sad. It become predictable.

I really hope I'm wrong and that I'll be surprised once again with their music in the future.

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