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”.