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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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3.48 | 57 ratings
Sahara
1994
3.65 | 69 ratings
El Norra Alila
1996
4.08 | 311 ratings
Mabool - The Story Of The Three Sons Of Seven
2004
3.89 | 277 ratings
The Never Ending Way Of ORwarriOR
2010
3.81 | 186 ratings
All Is One
2013
3.26 | 19 ratings
Orphaned Land & Amaseffer: Kna'an
2016
3.71 | 50 ratings
Unsung Prophets & Dead Messiahs
2018

ORPHANED LAND Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

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4.29 | 36 ratings
The Road To OR-Shalem (DVD)
2011

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

3.00 | 1 ratings
Orphaned Land & Friends ~25th Anniversary~
2017

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

2.48 | 14 ratings
The Beloved's Cry (Demo)
1993
2.52 | 12 ratings
Ararat (EP)
2005

ORPHANED LAND Reviews


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 Unsung Prophets & Dead Messiahs by ORPHANED LAND album cover Studio Album, 2018
3.71 | 50 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
3.81 | 186 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
3.81 | 186 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.

 All Is One by ORPHANED LAND album cover Studio Album, 2013
3.81 | 186 ratings

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All Is One
Orphaned Land Experimental/Post Metal

Review by Second Life Syndrome
Prog Reviewer

3 stars I confess that I've had quite the time trying to rate this album. On the one hand, this is Orphaned Land, a rather well-known group that love to bring different peoples and religions together. That is a worth cause. However, on the other hand, this is a music review. So, I need to be honest and true to my gut.

Orphaned Land is a progressive metal group from Israel that utilizes heavy guitars contrasted with beautiful Middle Eastern strings. It's a great sound, for sure. But, that's literally ALL they do! This might be one of the flattest albums I've heard in 2013, as every song is basically the same. So, while the results are beautiful, addictive, and sweeping (think a sword and sandal epic); the whole is less than its parts. What we get in the end is an album that starts out with a set of tricks, and then doesn't change a thing until the end. Yes, you will be glancing at your watch quite a bit.

Now, don't get me wrong. This album has some high points. Unfortunately, those high points are at the very beginning and at the very end. The problem is that you have to wallow through the monotony in between those two points. For example, I find "All is One" and "The Simple Man" to be awesome. The former is different than the rest of the album, and the latter is perhaps the greatest use of the bag of tricks here.

There is very little in the way of variety or variation here. "Fail" is sung entirely with harsh vox, but that is definitely not something I like (though the music in that track is great). There are also two tracks sung in a different language, but they lose my interest. So, with what little variety there is, the band just misses the mark again and again. Sure, the metal portions sound okay, and the strings sound wonderful, but I find myself just wanting to hear a Myrath album instead.

Overall, beauty and monotony clash here. The album is admittedly profound lyrically, but lacking musically and creatively. All in all, a good album, but not something I will listen to much more.

 Mabool - The Story Of The Three Sons Of Seven by ORPHANED LAND album cover Studio Album, 2004
4.08 | 311 ratings

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Mabool - The Story Of The Three Sons Of Seven
Orphaned Land Experimental/Post Metal

Review by siLLy puPPy
Collaborator PSIKE, JR/F/Canterbury & Eclectic Teams

2 stars Bands like Secret Chiefs 3, System Of A Down and my favorite prog metal band FROM the Middle East ' Myrath have much a better Middle Eastern / Rock / Metal fusion sound than this. I don't find the material here very interesting and it seems like one of those paint-by-numbers type of albums. The lofty concept just doesn't seem like it is matched with songwriting quality. The songs that work best for me are the less metal ones. The growly vocals remind me of Unexpect. The occasional keyboard runs remind me of Dream Theater.

When I read about this it sounds like it should be great but when I listen to this I don't understand the hype. This certainly isn't the worst thing i've heard and there are some good moments but after 67 minutes of this it gets very tedious and well boring. If they would have trimmed this down a bit and edited a lot I might like this more but then again they need to add something to spice this up as well. I haven't heard any other albums by ORPHANED LAND but after finally hearing this release I can't say i'm in a hurry to either.

 All Is One by ORPHANED LAND album cover Studio Album, 2013
3.81 | 186 ratings

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All Is One
Orphaned Land Experimental/Post Metal

Review by SouthSideoftheSky
Special Collaborator Symphonic Team

4 stars No fail!

Orphaned Land is back with a new album. On the first couple of listens I was somewhat disappointed, but the album quickly started to grown on me and soon I realized that it is just as satisfying as the previous The Never Ending Way Of ORwarriOR. Though the band's masterpiece is the brilliant Mabool - The Story Of The Three Sons Of Seven. We get a high quality and very appealing blend of Symphonic Metal, Folk Metal, and Prog Metal. I am occasionally reminded of Kamelot, occasionally of Dream Theater, and (in a special kind of indirect way) Cruachan. While Cruachan brings Celtic and Irish Folk music into a varied Metal context, Orphaned Land is doing something very similar with Jewish and Middle Eastern Folk music. Both bands also include some extreme Metal elements and mixes clean vocals (male and female) with occasional growls. They utilise a plethora of "traditional" instruments painting a rich and exotic tapestry of sound.

With All Is One I feel that the band has streamlined its style somewhat compared to earlier efforts, but without losing any of its originality or poignancy. Prog fans are bound to notice the generally shorter tracks lengths, but don't let this mislead you into thinking that they have abandoned their progressive side. The material is strong throughout and they keep it varied enough to retain the listener's interest throughout. I find the album thoroughly enjoyable and inviting repeated listens.

Overall, All Is One is an excellent addition to any collection that already includes the band's previous two albums

 All Is One by ORPHANED LAND album cover Studio Album, 2013
3.81 | 186 ratings

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All Is One
Orphaned Land Experimental/Post Metal

Review by victor73

5 stars Well come on guys!!!! I can't believe that there are only two written reviews to this album and a total of 38 votes (at the time I am writing my review)...it's absurd!!! These guys deserve more attention, they are one of the most underestimated bands in the metal progressive environment and at the same time I think they are one of the best. This album is almost a masterpiece and I think it is even better than Riverside's last album (and believe me this costs me a lot!!), the chorus is Amazing and the singer's voice is terrific. Let's say that it is little less progressive than Mabool and less growling but it gains in terms of melody and rhythm. It deserves 90/100 that means 4.5/5 stars and is absolutely among the first 2 albums of the year (together with Shrine of New Generation). So all you progressive fans out there listen to this album and let the world know what you think about ORPHANED LAND!
 All Is One by ORPHANED LAND album cover Studio Album, 2013
3.81 | 186 ratings

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All Is One
Orphaned Land Experimental/Post Metal

Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Crossover Prog Team

5 stars There is no doubt that Orphaned Land are one of the most important bands in the world today, in the way that they are working hard at bringing together different people and religions who are often at war with each other. "I could never imagine in my wildest imagination that one day an Israeli band would be followed by thousands of Muslims from all over the world," says frontman Kobi Farhi, noting that Orphaned Land are the proud recipients of four Peace Awards issued by their Turkish brethren. "If we do a show in Istanbul, Turkey - which is the only Muslim country where we're allowed to play - people come all the way from Iran, Egypt, Lebanon and Jordan just to see us. These are enemies that are fighting each other coming to see us as one group of people. I'd say that historically the Jews and Arabs are brothers because we are all descendants of Abraham, but the conflict and the differences are so big that we've forgotten that. Discovering the fact that our music is the instrument to remind people that we are all one is shocking to me. I never imagined that blood enemies would open their eyes because of it. That's why the title of the album is 'All Is One'." The album was mixed by Jens Bogren (Kreator, Amon Amarth, James LaBrie, Devin Townsend Project, Opeth) and was recorded in three different countries: Israel, Turkey and Sweden. Ironically, these are countries that are Jewish, Muslim and Christian respectively, which strengthens the Orphaned Land message of unity through music. Over 40 musicians were used to flesh out the sound, including 25 choir singers and eight classical violin, viola and cello players from Turkey. When one studies the artwork, one sees that it is comprised of the symbols of Islam, Judaism and Christianity. But, all of their work would be of no use if the music wasn't worth hearing, so what is it like?

First off it is virtually impossible to describe, although they often remind me of System of a Down for some reason, as they mix metal with folk, then add in elements from symphonic and power, plus death and plenty of traditional sounds from Israel. I don't know much about Jewish music, but can hear elements that I recognise immediately. It is this flux and change of styles that make this band musically so interesting. I first became interested in Orphaned Land when I read about 'The Never Ending Way Of ORWarriOR' (which was produced by Steven Wilson), and knew that I had to grab a copy for myself and when I heard it I was just blown away. But, this new album is a step change, as they have moved far beyond what they have produced previously. This is progressive metal in the truest sense, as it is creating something that is mixing and blending from so many different styles and cultures to create something that is new and exciting, yet is always accessible and dynamic.

I fell in love with this album the very first time I played it, and repeated listens have only reinforced my view that this is truly essential. www.centurymedia.com

 All Is One by ORPHANED LAND album cover Studio Album, 2013
3.81 | 186 ratings

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All Is One
Orphaned Land Experimental/Post Metal

Review by Sagichim
Special Collaborator Eclectic Prog Team

3 stars Not living up to the standards...

"All Is One" is Orphaned Land's fifth album, an album which is trying to keep a positive momentum and justify the good reviews the band's were getting for the past few years, placing them justifiably in the top of the most promising prog metal acts today. I'm sure the band is very proud of themselves for releasing this album, they are exactly where they want to be. As far as they are concerned they found the perfect fusion between pure ethnic material and metal music. If you were following closely their first four albums you could certainly see how the band's music and approach are slightly changing. In their two previous albums the band included a few tracks which weren't trying to be complex or to have an 8 minute of ever changing music kind of song (Sapari, norra el norra), but on the other hand trying to follow a good and strong melody. The outcome was strong songs that blended perfectly with the rest of the material giving you a break from the more challenging material. Here this approach seems to be more apparent, the songs tend to be a little more humbled, only this time they are not strong anymore. So what went wrong here? The main problem with this album, and it has a few, is simply the lack of strong material. Until recently I thought this is one band that could do no wrong, I must admit that I was terribly wrong.

When I first heard about the album and read what singer Mr. Farhi had to say about it, I thought I was in for a special treat. This album is suppose to be bigger than before, the band incorporated more than 40 musicians to help them achieve a fuller and reacher sound, the acoustic oriental parts are playing even a bigger roll than before. So how big is the change? For my taste it is very big. The songs are much more simpler, no more 8 minute songs of complex riff after riff like in their debut, and no more dark haunting atmospheres. This is evident the most in the guitar department, Yossi Sassy (who have released his first solo album last year) is playing much more power chords instead of those amazing and inventive leads he used to play. Most of the songs are trying to focus on a melody or a certain theme including an orchestral instrumentation which sometimes reminds me of what Led Zeppelin have done in their oriental 1994 No Quarter project. The acoustic parts are overall good but I'm missing the gentle beauty those same parts had in their previous album. Don't get me wrong it's not a bad album in any way, I was just expecting something much much better.

"All Is One" is the least progressive album the band have recorded and it is also the least metalic. The growling vocals have been reduced to minumum and they are almost completely gone, Farhi is often using his clean voice along with some very emotional and soulful singing, something he really developed and got very good at over the years. In spite of the album being less progressive it Still can satisfy the progressive listener due to its rich instrumentation and a few songs that can certainly be considered as prog. I won't go into each song because it will take forever, I'll just describe them in general.

Most of the songs have something in common. They are short songs (4 to 5 minutes) which follow one beautiful melody, are they among the best melodies the band have to offer? No they are certainly not. The fusion of oriental themes played by exciting and original instruments and powerful riffs is very strong, it seems the band have found the way to blend them perfectly until they are locked as one, I believe this is the reason why Kobi Farhi stated that this is Orphand Land's best album. While they did manage to do so, the songs fail to really catch and excite me. There are two songs that can evoke the older and progier songs the band have done, "Fail" and "Our Own Messiah". Not even does the album sound more oriental it also sound much more symphonic than before

In conclusion I am sad to say that this album doesn't live to its potential, it doesn't have any killer tracks or doesn't break any new ground, of course there are some really good moments every now and then, but generally I don't even remotely have the excitement I get while listening to any of their previous albums. I hope I am not witnessing one of my favorite band's decline. I would advise for newcomers to start with any of their previous albums before going into this. Even though the band have shifted gears I would be very pleased to see the rest of their fans embracing them as always, I know I do. 3.5 stars.

 Mabool - The Story Of The Three Sons Of Seven by ORPHANED LAND album cover Studio Album, 2004
4.08 | 311 ratings

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Mabool - The Story Of The Three Sons Of Seven
Orphaned Land Experimental/Post Metal

Review by BrufordFreak
Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars An Israeli heavy rock, almost metal, sometimes extreme tech/doom metal (due to the presence of growl vocals), Orphaned Land have produced a powerful album that tells a Biblical story (familiar to most of us as "Noah and the Ark"). Musically, this is a masterpiece of matching music to the various chapters of the story. The mixed vocals (growls, English, Israeli [?], choral) approach, however, sometimes fails to match the mood of the scene so well as the music. The second half of the album is by far the most engaging, moving, and masterful. Definitely my favorite Orphaned Land album.

Album highlights: the choir-assisted "Building the Ark" (5:02) (10/10); the acoustic guitar based instrumental "The Calm Before the Flood" (4:25) (8/10); the heavy "Mabool (The Flood) (6:59) (9/10), and; the gorgeous melodies of "The Storm Still Rages Inside" (9:20) (9/10).

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