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Orphaned Land


Experimental/Post Metal

4.06 | 321 ratings

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3 stars Orphaned Land's third album contains quality mix of doom progressive metal and Middle East folk. Proportion of both is almost 50/50, and besides of that vocals are non-metal at all. The music is melodic, well played, but too polished (for metal).

Obviously with progressive elements in it, music too often is too poppy. Eastern power metal? But no, even not that - during all album long I feel metal elements are added more as fashion, outside attribute, but music itself lives without it. Metal for listeners who don't like metal?

Not that again. Possibly, it is melodic and exotic heavy mix for those who're searching for accessible songs ,but with some doze of heavy metal in it. I am not a big progressive metal fan, but I really like some interesting works, especially with experimental moments. This album is not from such category: besides of rare combination of Middle Eastern folklore with very conservative power metal, you will hardly find there any unusual sound or rhythm. Very comfortable conservative album with Eastern spices to attract listener.

Not bad, but far from innovative or even just interesting. And so polished!

My rating is 2,5, rounded to 3.

snobb | 3/5 |


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