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Orphaned Land


Experimental/Post Metal

4.06 | 321 ratings

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Prog Leviathan
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4 stars Ambitious and dynamic, "Mabool" is a metal odyssey from the East with a very unique sound, and should be seriously investigated for fans of heavy music. The music as a whole has a lot in common with contemporary prog-metal, at least in terms of its heavy/dexterous delivery and melodic hooks, but adds a completely new layer of sound with the inclusion of numerous acoustic folk instruments juxtaposed (often in unison) with the crunchy guitar common to the genre; it really is like being transported musically to new regions and has a very exotic feel.

The songs feature a good mix of dynamics and tones, from straightforwardish heavy rockers to purely acoustic Eastern folk music. Musicianship is solid all around, with a fine mix of choral/female vocals as well. Lead vocalist Kobi Farhi sings with a pure, heavily accented voice mixed with passable growling (be warned), which fits the music nicely. The overall effect is more than enough to make me ignore the very Biblical lyrics, since I am usually jamming along to the heavy rhythm and guitar work. A shift in sound occurs as the album progresses, with the heavy riffing transitioning into thoughtfully composed symphonics. The change is very ogranic, and adds a nice variety to what might otherwise be an overwhelming listen.

While not quite on par with some of the more well known metal giants, "Mabool" holds its own well despite a few lulls in the pacing and similar sound to the band's songs.

Recommended for those seeking a fresh sound within the genre.

Songwriting: 4 Instrumental Performances: 3 Lyrics/Vocals: 3 Style/Emotion/Replay: 4

Prog Leviathan | 4/5 |


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