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Orphaned Land


Experimental/Post Metal

3.87 | 291 ratings

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3 stars Previous band's album had it's moments, but didn't attracted me too much. I liked the idea of mixing Middle Eastern folk with some heavy music, but openly too polished sound and too eclectic mixture of styles didn't work properly for me.

So, with this new band's release I was interested what is the direction of their development. Yes, this album is a bit different musically, and it's good (who needs two same sounding albums in row?). But ,as with previous one, I have a mixed feeling there.

Biggest progress is in music elements mixing - there on this release I really hear not two often opposite musical genres, mixed in one music, but real melted music of two equal components. This really works. Whole sound became better balanced, compositions are more professional - this side could be hardly criticized.

Now about not such pleasant things - songs became more straight forward , even if have some inclusion of growling vocals, acoustic strings,etc. In all, this album is great example of melodic Middle Eastern power metal with some prog elements. Sound is too much polished and compositions are too faceless, you like it when you hear it, but can hardly remember even small tune when it finished.

For those new for band's music possibly the best comparison of this album's sound will be next: polished mix of Ophra Haza and System Of A Down/Serj Tankjan, but please note the later is really less commercial, much more heavy and possibly not less proggy.

snobb | 3/5 |


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