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Topic: Orphaned LandPosted By: toroddfuglesteg
Subject: Orphaned Land
Date Posted: August 09 2010 at 11:47
Orphaned Land from Israel needs little or no introduction. They are a true barrier breaking band which has changed many people's perception of progressive music, that be metal or progressive rock. In my view, they are one of the most important bands in today's rock/metal scene.
Orphaned Land released a new album earlier this year and I got in touch with them.
Matti Svatizky answered my questions.
already have an extensive Orphaned Land biography at your PA profile
page so I am not going to go over that again. But what is your
musical background and which bands were you
musical tastes are quite wide-scaled, different members of the band
have different artists and styles that they are influenced by, and in
different phases of life we used to listen to different things. Our
musical tastes don’t end with metal, though metal is the base which
we lean on when we’re making our music. I can speak for myself when
I say that I can listen to absolutely whatever sounds good. It could
be a Dream Theatre album, a Pink Floyd album, Bach or Vivaldi, Trance
music or even Madonna. If I find elements that I like, I don’t have
limitations, and the rest of the band is quite like me. We may differ
here and there, but the concept is the same.
discovered Orphaned Land through an album which radically expanded my
mind and musical orientation. The name of this album is Sahara and
that's your debut album from 1994. Please give me your (long or
brief) thoughts and lowdowns on this album.
is our debut album, but the second time we entered the studio. The
first was with the demo “The Beloved’s Cry”, which half of you
can find as part of Sahara. We were very young those days (15 to 18),
and had a different direction than we have now. People often
recognize in Sahara
some elements like passion for underground music and some innocence
they say we lack today. They might be right, there are some things
which you can’t re-live, but we are proud in where we are today and
in the way we went through.
followed that album up with El Norra Alila in 1996. Please give me
your (long or brief) thoughts and lowdowns on this album.
Norra Alila was a direct follow-up to Sahara. It shares many of the
same elements, and the overall approach to music is the same. We keep
many respects to this album, since we think that the musical content
in it is very good. This is
the album which the lyrics really started to revolve around spiritual
issues. This album is also the last one in Holy Records, and it also
represents in a lot of ways the ending of Orphaned Land as it was at
its first phase.
Sahara and El Norra Alila is difficult to find these days. Is there
any plans to re-release these two albums ?
you can’t just get into stores and get them, but you can definitely
find them for sale on our website and on our Facebook page. Many
people ask us about re-recording those albums. This is an interesting
idea, but right now we are focusing on releasing new materials.
was a long silence after El Norra Alila and I thought that was the
end of your band. But your compulsary military service is three years
and I guessed that had something to do with this break. Please tell
us more about this long break leading up to the release of Mabool.
military service might have had something to do with it indirectly.
Kobi was the only one going through service, and he only did half the
service, the rest of us didn’t do it. But all our friends did, and
this made them cut their long hairs, mixing with other kinds of
people, and in many cases leaving the metal scene. We also explored
new musical territories, and there was some integrity issue with
having a metal
band. Besides, we also had to think about getting real jobs, a thing
which distracted us from making music.
really broke Orphaned Land and gave you recognition from a much wider
audience. Please give me your (long or brief) thoughts and lowdowns
on this album from 2004.
is an album which is in many cases
referred to as a more mature album than its formers. We brought into
it a much wider musical world than we brought into its formers.
Mabool also has many more progressive elements than the formers. The
former albums are also complex in many ways and there are not shallow
musically, but Mabool is more progressive in the classical
progressive approach, meaning much more musicianship, the use of
various scales, non-conventional rhythms-weights and so on. It is
also the first album of ours which is a concept story album.
long break again and I thought that's it for Orphaned Land again. But
then news about a new album started to filter through and the end
result was this year's The Never Ending Way of OrwarriOR. Please give
me your (long or brief) thoughts and lowdowns on your new album.
the first break you weren’t the only one who thought that
it was the end for Orphaned Land, I thought so too. But on the second
6 years distance between albums that wasn’t the case. Through those
years we toured a lot, and worked all the time on new material. We
didn’t work fast enough, and also filtered many of the materials.
We had materials for 3 albums from which we made one. We also took a
long time for the recording themselves (about a year). We hope that
this time it will take much less time to release the next album.
we are talking about your releases, let's also mention the The
Beloved's Cry demo from 1993 and the Ararat ep from 2005. What is
your feelings about these releases ?
Beloved’s Cry is a very important mark in our career. It was the
piece which brought us the contract with Holy Records. We
recorded it at some basement in our hometown, but there was much
spirit in it and a lot of ingenuity, and we also promoted it like
crazies. Holy Record seen the potential and gave us our first chance,
and it wouldn’t have happened without this demo.
music is in my ears a mix of doom metal, your local folk music and
progressive rock. But how would you describe your music ?
describe our music as you just did. The
doom metal is more noticeable in our first two albums, since we were
influenced by the genre a lot back then, but we were also influenced
by bands like At The Gates, and that kept us on the death side and
prevented us from becoming a doom metal band. Of course that our
Middle Eastern influences are always a big part of what we do. We
have many progressive elements, but we don’t see ourselves as a
pure progressive band. Generally we don’t like to label our music,
but I guess that “Middle Eastern Metal” won’t be far from the
is the writing and creative processes in your band ?
is important for all the members in the band to be involved in the
writing process. We all write and give ideas to the structure of the
songs. We have
lots of meetings in which we stitch together parts that we have
composed at home. Kobi is in charge of the lyrical department. He
works on the lyrics with our good friend, Alon Miasnikov, who helps
him write his ideas.
have two questions on this political issue which should not
overshadow your music in any form or shape. But I would probably
neglect my duties if I did not ask them. So here we go....
main presshoot for this album features clear references to Judaism,
Christianity and Islam. It is perhaps a pretty controversial picture
for those who think those three religions cannot live in harmony with
each other and should fight each other to the bitter end. What is
your view on this whole situation ?
of the things that we are proud of the most is that Orphaned Land has
many Arab fans. It is weird, that in this world where our countries
our political enemies, there are people who find the strength and
courage to overcome these issues and say with all their hearts that
they love a band. This
affection from Arab fans happened because the style that we are
playing. We were the first band to have an oriental theme through its
music, and Arab metal heads liked it. The picture reflects our
beliefs that harmony between nations is at hand. People need to
accept each other. It is easier than we think. It is only a matter of
website states that you also play gigs in the Arabic countries. I
thought Israeli citizens was not allowed to enter any or some of
these countries. How do you sort out gigs here and have you ever
experienced any form of boycott from groups or individuals in Europe
due to your nationality and what your government is up to ?
never actually played in an
Arab country. We played in Turkey, which is a Muslim country. It is
impossible now to play in some Arab countries, though we get
thousands of requests to play in places like Beirut, Damascus, Amman,
and we also have fans in Iran. We hope that someday those things
would be able to come true.
to the music again. Some may not believe this, but there has always
been and still is a great music scene in Israel. Bands like Salem,
Dalmerot's Kingdom, Melechesh, Trespass, Atmosphera, Tamouz and Lord
Flimnap is the ones I remember from the top of my head. How is really
the Israeli scene these days and how easy/difficult is it to be a
musician in Israel these days ?
Israeli scene has always been a great one. It exists since the early
days of metal in the 80’s and up until now. There are really good
bands here. Just 2 years ago “The Fading” won the Metal
Battle competition of the Wacken Open Air festival, and there are a
lot of other good bands. It is very difficult to be a musician here,
especially one which main crowd is abroad. Flights to Europe are very
expensive, and our neighbour countries don’t welcome Israelis with
open arms. We hope that Orphaned Land can be some kind of a portal or
just a good example for bands here, that bands can reach outside and
have an international career.
of the new album what is your other plans for this and next year ?
are going to have 2 major tours in North America and Europe by the
end of the year, and we are also planning on recording a live DVD.
It’s not an easy task to squeeze it in only four months, but it is
possible and we are planning on doing it, so that our fans won’t
have to wait too long for our next release.
is your five favourite Israeli albums of all time ?
will not be metal or prog albums and they will sound completely weird
speaking people, but this is what it’s like, so here I go: Bary
Saharof – Simanim shell chulsha, Hachaverim shell Natasha – Radio
Bla Bla, Shlomo Artsi – Yareach, Ehud Banai – Od Me’at, Mahina
– Gvirotay verbotay: Mashina.
wrap up this interview, I would like to thank you for your mind
expanding music and ask you if there anything you want to add to this
to thank you and all our fans and friends who support us through all
the years. You are the true warriors of light. Rock on.
A big thank you to Matti Svatizky for
answering my questions.
For me, this is the end of the journey I started when I bought my copy of Sahara back in 1993.
Their PA biography is http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=2019 - & their homepage is http://www.orphaned-land.com/ -
Replies: Posted By: Mellotron Storm
Date Posted: August 09 2010 at 14:27
That was enlightening Torodd thankyou. I just got their new one recently, haven't listened yet though.
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