Jan 302018

A track-by-track breakdown of “Unsung Prophets & Dead Messiahs”, the new album from Israeli progressive folk metallers Orphaned Land, can be seen below. The disc was released on January 26 via Century Media.

“Unsung Prophets & Dead Messiahs”, which features artwork by Valnoir, was mixed and mastered by Jens Bogren. Its release will be followed by an extensive European tour with In VainSubterranean Masquerade and Aevum. Dates and locations are listed below.

Orphaned Land vocalist Kobi Farhi told Loud TV about “Unsung Prophets & Dead Messiahs”: “We are back to concept albums. Concept albums give you the opportunity to be diverse, progressive. This is the best way for us to do albums. I think that in this album, we wanted to make a combined album of [2013’s] “All Is One”, which was more upfront, and the concept and progressive music of [2004’s] “Mabool” and [2010’s] “ORWarriOR”. We thought that if we make a combination of them, it will be the best Orphaned Land album [yet]. Continue reading »

Jan 142018

Nearly five years since their last release, Orphaned Land are back, bringing their distinct trademark fusion of metal and traditional Middle Eastern sounds to release Unsung Prophets & Dead Messiahs, a timely commentary on challenges facing the world today.

When a band is referred to as the originators of a genre, there is obviously something noteworthy to check out.  Israeli, Oriental Metal band Orphaned Land have done that as well as being named Global Metal Band of the  Year in 2014 by Metal Hammer and have been the subject of a petition by fans to get them on the ballot for the Nobel Peace Prize.  Back in the early 90’s the band was originally known as Resurrection before changing to Orphaned Land in 1992.  In the early days of the band, they released two albums, Sahara (1994) and El Norra Alila (1996) before being signed to well-known metal label Century Media Records and releasing Mabool: The Story of the Three Sons of Seven in 2004, which drew heavily on the story of Noah and the great flood to tell a story of three songs trying to warn humanity of impending judgment, one son for each of the main religions in the Middle East, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.  Over the years, Orphaned Land has opened for the likes of Metallica and played legendary festivals like Wacken Open Air, Sonisphere, and Hellfest among others. In 2014, founding member and guitarist Yossi Sassi left the band and was replaced by Idan Amsalem. Last year, Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett recruited Kobi Farhi to sing on his solo album along with Israeli-Arab singer Mira Awad, who had performed the female vocals on the Orphaned Land album All is One (2013).  For Unsung Prophets & Dead Messiahs the band recruited a couple of guest artists to contribute, one being Steve Hackett who provides a guitars on “Chains Fall to Gravity” and Tomas Lindgren (At the Gates) who provides guttural vocals on “Only the Dead Have Seen the End of War”. Continue reading »

Oct 262017

Israeli progressive folk metal masters Orphaned Land will release their new studio album, “Unsung Prophets & Dead Messiahs”, on January 26, 2018 via Century MediaJens Bogren once again took over mixing and mastering duties of what turned out to be the band’s best and biggest production so far.

“Unsung Prophets & Dead Messiahs” will feature a guest appearance of guitar virtuoso Steve Hackett as well as guest vocal appearances by no other than Hansi Kürsch (Blind Guardian) and Tomas Lindberg (At The Gates). The great album artwork was created by Valnoir.

Singer and frontman Kobi Farhi comments: “We are thrilled and so happy to finally reveal you the great artwork of Unsung Prophets & Dead Messiahs”!

“Our music has always been a combination of anger, tragedy, protest and joy. Continue reading »

Kna’an – Orphaned Land & Amaseffer

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Apr 092017

When the German theatre director, Walter Wayers, approached upon the subject of the biblical story of Abraham in the land of Kna’an, he started to play it out in his head a musical journey in collaboration with Middle eastern folk and metal bands, Orphaned Land and Amaseffer. This paved way for a collaborative effort between the two bands and resulted in an amalgamation of a folky classical sound that transcends many barriers and brings in life to the myth. The album was released on the 26th of August 2016 under the label of Century Media Records.

Orphaned Land is an Israeli Oriental metal pioneer, that have Arabic, Jewish and West Asian Influences, as they use Progressive, doom, death metal and Middle eastern folk music elements in their sound. After going through several line-up changes, the band currently comprises of two of its founding members Kobi Farhi on Vocals and Uri Zelcha on bass. Their music promotes peace and unity within the three main Abrahamic religions of Judaism, Islam and Christianity. Each of their albums have some concept related to two extremes: a meeting of East and West, past and present, light and darkness, and God and Satan.

Amaseffer is an Israeli Progressive metal formed in the year 2004 by the drummer and percussionist Erez Yohanan, and guitarist Yuval Kramer. A year later, a second guitarist Hanan Avramovich joined and completed the line-up. This is also when the band got its name “Amaseffer” – from Hebrew “Am Ha’Sefer” – People of the (holy) book. Amaseffer was formed with the idea of a historical trilogy in mind – to tell the old testament’s story of the Exodus, from the Hebrew slavery period in ancient Egypt, through the years in the desert, and up to the entrance of the twelve tribes of Israel to the promised land of Canaan. Continue reading »

Oct 012013

tesseract“Nocturne”, the new video form U.K. progressive rockers Tesseract, can be seen below. The clip was directed by Ben Thornley of Sitcom Soldiers.

Comments Tesseract: “As we haven’t taken part in our promo videos for a while, we felt now was the time to make an appearance. But we also wanted to create a journey with the video that was similar to the journey portrayed by the music. A pretty straightforward step from the night, what it hides and the fear it generates, into the reassurance and safety of the dawn.

“We have always really liked the idea of creating silhouettes (we tried to something similar with our first video, ‘Deception’), so we decided upon using back lights for the majority of the video, which is then reversed when the feeling of the music changes towards the end of the track. Continue reading »