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 »

Jan 132018
 

In order to promote Orphaned Land’s up – coming album “Unsung Prophets & Dead Messiahs“, Kobi Farhi checked in at Black Plastic in Dortmund and talked about his all time favourite albums and artists/records that inspired him.

The band’s new studio album, “Unsung Prophets & Dead Messiahs” will be released on January 26 via Century Media. Jens Bogren once again took over mixing and mastering duties of what turned out to be the band’s best and biggest production so far.

Orphaned Land recently released a lyric video and digital single for their new song ‘We Do Not Resist’, taken from the upcoming album.

Kobi Farhi explains, “After our first single ‘Like Orpheus’, it is time to present you the angry side of our new album. Growls, straight forward protest text against the fact that we do not resist. I won’t say too much, listen to it, read the lyrics. It’s a kick into your face. Continue reading »

Jan 132018
 

In Vain is pleased to release their new single ‘Soul Adventurer’, the second single from their upcoming album “Currents”.

‘Soul Adventurer’ features a special guest performance by the legendary Matthew Kiichi Heafy from Trivium… The track is now available on all digital platforms’

More than 10 years after their grand debut, In Vain returns with their fourth album “Currents,” on January 26th via Indie Recordings.

The pioneers of progressive extreme metal return with a consummate and complete offering. Without question, “Currents” is the definite pinnacle of In Vain’s career so far. Unique, innovative and catchy compositions with longevity that merge elements from many different genres, whilst still maintaining a carefully balanced dynamic. In Vain retains a principal focus on solid songwriting with cleverness and an original edge. Add to that a stellar, organic production tweaked to perfection by Jens Bogren at Fascination Street Studios. Continue reading »

Jan 052018
 

The official lyric video for the song ‘We Do Not Resist’ from Israeli progressive folk metal masters Orphaned Land can be seen below. The track is taken from the band’s new studio album, “Unsung Prophets & Dead Messiahs”, which will be released on January 26 via Century Media. Jens 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” features 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 GatesS). The great album artwork was created by Valnoir.

Orphaned Land singer Kobi Farhi says: “After our first single, ‘Like Orpheus’, it is time to present you the angry side of our new album. Growls, straight forward protest text against the fact that we do not resist. I won’t say too much — listen to it, read the lyrics. It’s a kick into your face.”

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Dec 292017
 

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” features 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 GatesS). The great album artwork was created by Valnoir.

Check out the teaser below, Orphaned Land frontman Kobi Farhi speaks ‘We Do Not Resist’ , the new single and video will be released next week. Continue reading »