Mar 122018

Known to me as the Co-founder of Orphaned Land, Yossi Sassi is an internationally acclaimed musician having shared the stage with a plethora of artists from across the world, such as Metallica, Steve Vai, Marty Friedman and Steven Wilson to name a few. Haven given a TED talk on ‘The power of music to unite people’, he was awarded 4 peace and friendship awards from cities and governments. That’s not all, he invented the unique Bouzouki-Guitar instrument (Electric guitar combined with acoustic Bouzouki) and is known to play 17 different type of guitars and traditional instruments.

While the music has a blend of eastern and Oriental scales eclectically blended with Progressive rock we do hear a lot of experimentation with tones. The band loves to drive inspiration from different cultures in the world, while listing Joe Satriani, David Gilmour, Pink Floyd, Iron Maiden, and Opeth as some of their influences. To me that’s a wonderful list of progressive influencers and some of my favourites too.

“Illusion of Choice”, a concept album, marks as the 4th Studio album by the band scheduled to release on the 4th of April 2018, the String were recorded and arranged at Yoed Nir String Productions, while the record was engineered, recorded, mixed and mastered by Liron Schaffer at ‘Black Rock Studios’, Santorini, Greece and Jaffa Sound Arts, Tel-Aviv Jaffa. This concept album emphasizes on the illusion of what we think of is our choice, whereas it may be an amalgamation and culmination of multitude of external factors that remain oblivious and hidden from us. The context sounds very promising and I cant wait to queue it in. Continue reading »

Feb 152018

“Illusion Of Choice”, the new album from Yossi Sassi & The Oriental Rock Orchestra will be released worldwide on 4.4.2018. All fans that contributed to their crowd funding campaign will receive the album BEFORE the official release date. You can also still pre order the album on their official site for a special pre sale price  – The album was recorded in Black Rock Studios in Santorini, Greece.

Yossi Sassi is an Israeli musician and producer. He invented the world-known Bouzoukitara musical instrument, and co-founded the successful metal band “Orphaned Land”. Continue reading »

Sep 152017

Former Orphaned Land co-founder and guitarist Yossi Sassi and his Yossi Sassi Band recently launched a crowfunding campaign (Headstart) to fund the 4th album. The target is set at 70,000 ILS (Israeli Shekel), currently, 14,415 ILS (21%) is already already granted. Check out the video below. Sassi says:

I would like to invite you to be a partner in creating my fourth album, an album that will come out to the world because of you. Only with you we’ll be able to distribute the album, and go on a new path with it into the world, a path which you will be a real part of, like never before.

The fourth chapter of my band’s journey, which we already started creating, is a direct continuation of the band’s previous albums, but with many changes compared to its predecessors. The album will be recorded with the influences of ‘Oriental Rock Orchestra’, which is our live show these days. It is an ensemble of nine musicians, the perfect combination between East and West, acoustic and electric. The ensemble has been together for nearly seven years, in studios and touring abroad. To me it’s an actual family, including Danielle Sassi, my 16-year-old daughter who’s playing the flute. Continue reading »

Aug 252017

Progressive Rock/Metal act Soul Enema premieres a video clip for the track ‘Aral Sea II – Dustbin of History.’ Watch it below.

The song is from the recent album “Of Clans and Clones and Clowns,” and it features a guest appearance by Yossi Sassi (ex-Orphaned Land, Yossi Sassi Band), who plays rhythm and solo parts on bouzoukitara – a unique custom-made instrument combining Bouzouki and Electric Guitar.

‘Aral Sea II’ is the second part of the ‘Aral Sea’ trilogy, dedicated to the environmental disaster of the former sea — one of the biggest ecological problems of our time,” comments keyboard player and songwriter Constantin Glantz. Continue reading »

Jun 122017

Israel-based Progressive Metal band Soul Enema is announcing a release date of the upcoming album titled “Of Clans and Clones and Clowns.” Out on June 23, the album is now available for pre-order from Bandcamp and iTunes.

The promising band’s second album represents an interesting and varied combination of influences, including 14 tracks mixed an mastered by legendary Jens Bogren (Opeth, Devin Townsend, Paradise Lost, Symphony X).

Soul Enema has issued a statement on the forthcoming album saying:

“Looking back, it took a lot of time and effort to create ‘Of Clans and Clones and Clowns,’ and the final result brings the feeling of a real accomplishment. It was a long, complicated process, constantly laden with a myriad of good reasons to give up or compromise. It probably couldn’t be any different, as our goal was a mature, well-produced statement, consistent in quality throughout, and at the same time versatile enough in its various moods, styles and approaches. Continue reading »