Jul 062017

Israeli progressive folk metal masters Orphaned Land will release a new studio album on January 26, 2018 via Century Media Records. Most parts of the disc, which will be titled “Unsung Prophets And Dead Messiahs”, have already been recorded and Jens Bogren will once again take over mixing and mastering duties of what is to be destined to become the band’s best and biggest production so far. “Unsung Prophets And Dead Messiahs” will feature a guest appearance of guitar virtuoso Steve Hackett and more specials will be announced soon.

Singer and frontman Kobi Farhi comments: “Hails from the recording studio! We are so thrilled and impatient for you all to hear ‘Unsung Prophets And Dead Messiahs’. I wish to inform our old school fans: Growls are back as well as killer melodies that will break your hearts! On a personal note: It’s such a great feeling after a career of 25 years to know that we are still at our bests by all means. Prepare for something strong! Count the days with us till Jan 26th, 2018!” Continue reading »

Sleeping Giant – “Finished People”

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Sep 012014

"Finished People" 2014In every genre there is a band that stands out, a band that plays a significant role in the relevance and history of the genre, and Sleeping Giant is one of those bands.

Sleeping Giant is a Metal-core band from Redlands, California in the United States. Apparently or originally when they started all its members were a part of xDeathStarX, a Christian straight edge metal-core band (2002-2009), who were also signed to Facedown Records.

What one gets from listening to Sleeping Giant is that their purpose is to spread the love of Jesus Christ and to present the love of Christ and Father with passion and zeal. In short what they bring to the hardcore scene is end days worship that is set in their hearts to bring glory to God.

The name Sleeping Giant originated from the fact that people often sleep in their relationship with God, and the way we sometimes choose to live. However it’s time to wake up and do something about it, that’s the meaning of Sleeping Giant.

The purpose of Sleeping Giant has always been to give glory to God and the release of ‘Finished People’ is no different. Continue reading »

Jun 132014

Sleeping GiantSleeping Giant will release their new album “Finished People” on August 19th via Century Media Records.  The album is the follow-up to “Kingdom Days in an Evil Age” which was released in 2011 via Ain’t No Grave Records.

They’ll also be touring with Silent Planet, Those Who Fear, and Phinehas in August! Get STOKED! Dates and locations are listed below. Continue reading »

Orphaned Land – “All is One”

 Posted by on August 23, 2013 at 20:47  No Responses »
Aug 232013

orphanedallisoneMusic is capable of being the bridge between cultures, the direct experience of music transcends language and thus holds the potential to bring diverse groups together, at least momentarily.

Every now and then I have to pull away from the music world, sometimes it all just becomes so boring and generic, and thus there would be long absences from music for myself, as I loose faith in music as a whole, though admitting; its not often. Then comes a band that bridges cultural divides and revitalizes a love for music in my heart all over again. Orphaned Land is one of those bands that have done just that with their latest offering entitled, “All is One”. That mixes metal with Jewdism and Arabic/Muslim musical influences. “All Is One” is a revitalizing take on musical expression. Not only are their musical arrangements covered in uniqueness , but are also infectious and emotional compositions, yet not so ‘different’ that it would alienate itself from the more generic metal purveyor. I see they like to call their sound, ‘Oriental Metal’. Which is fitting considering the middle eastern musical influence.

From the start the middle eastern influences come through strong, and its this unique blend of influence infused with metal that immediately found myself drawn to its catchy melodies. This album should be filed under ‘Epic’ , as it swoops down and takes you along on an adventure of strong melodies and infectious grooves. A great album takes you on an adventure, and draws you into its story. A good album gets your foot tapping or head bopping, or if you like me moshing round the coffee table without thought and it engages with the listener. Orphaned Land more than succeeds with this. Continue reading »

Jul 162013

Orphaned Land band 2013“All Is One”, the Shahar Hamo-directed video for the title track from the sixth full-length album from Israeli progressive folk metal masters Orphaned Land, can be seen below.

“All Is One” was released in North America on June 25 [one day earlier internationally] via Century Media Records. The cover artwork for the follow-up to 2010’s “The Never Ending Way Of ORwarriOR” was created by the French artist Metastazis [Paradise Lost, As I Lay Dying, Sonne Adam, Watain] by perfectly incorporating the three biggest religious symbols into one piece of art.

“All Is One” was made available as a limited deluxe book edition, including three bonus songs and a bonus DVD, as well as limited double gatefold LP, including the three bonus songs and in different vinyl colors. A standard jewelcase CD format and digital download is also available. Continue reading »