Israeli And Palestinian Metal Bands Join Forces For European Tour


Orphaned Land band 2013Israeli progressive folk metal masters Orphaned Land will join forces with the Palestinian group Khalas for an 18-concert European tour in October/November. The two bands will also share a tour bus for three weeks, an artistic cooperation between Jewish and Arab artists which is being hailed as “a major breakthrough.” All dates & locations are listed below.

“We can’t change the world, but we can give an example of how coexistence is possible,” Orphaned Land singer Kobi Farhi told The Guardian. “Sharing a stage and sharing a bus is stronger than a thousand words. We’ll show how two people from different backgrounds who live in a conflict zone can perform together.” 

“We are metal brothers before everything,” added Khalas lead guitarist Abed Hathut. “There is no bigger message for peace than through this tour.”

Previous collaborations between Jewish and Arab artists in Israel have led to calls for boycotts from pro-Palestinian activists as part of a campaign to isolate the Jewish state culturally and economically.

“I’m strongly against boycotts of any kind,” Farhi told The Guardian. “The purpose of art is to represent harmony in places of disharmony, to bring hope.”

Orphaned Land is touring in support of its sixth full-length album, “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.


Upcoming Shows:
09.08. Brutal Assault Festival / Cze
10.08. Artmania Festival – Sibu / Ro
16.08. Summer Breeze Festival – / Ger

‘All Is One Tour’ Europe 2013:
20.09. Colmar – Le Grillen / Fr
21.09. Lille – Le Splendid / Fr
22.09. Tongeren – Sodom Klub / Be
24.09. Aschaffenburg – Colossal / Ger
25.09. Bochum – Matrix / Ger
26.09. Hamburg – Rock N Roll Warehouse / Ger
27.09. Kobenhavn – Amager Bio Uniting The Powers Of Metal / Dk
28.09. Gera – Sachsischer Bahnof / Ger
29.09. Nuernberg – Hirsch / Ger
01.10. Praha – Exit us / Cz
2.10. Warsaw – Proxima club / Pl
3.10. Krakow – Progresja club / Pl
4.10. Budapest – Club 202 / Hg
5.10. Vienna – Reigen Club / At
6.10. Bratislava – Randal Club / Sk
11.10. Sofia – Mix Tape 5 / Bg
12.10. Tessaloniki – Eight Ball Club / Gr
13.10. Athen – Kyttaro Live / Gr
15.10. Ankara – Jolly Joker Balans / Tk
16.10. Istanbul – Kucukciftkik Park / Tk
18.10. Belgrad – Dom Omladine / Srb
19.10. Zagreb – TBA / Ct
20.10. Maribor – Mc Pekarna Klub / Slov
23.10. Milan – Rock N Roll Arena / It
24.10. Prateln – Z7 / Ch
26.10. Lyon – o Totem Rillieux Mjc / Fr
27.10. Toulon – Le Vox / Fr
28.10. Toulouse – Connexion Live / Fr
29.10. Bilbao – Rock Star / Sp
31.10. Porto – Hard Club / Pt
01.11. Lisbon – Music Box / Pt
2.11. Madrid – Ramdall / Sp
3.11. Barcelona – Apolo 2 / Sp
4.11. Montpellier – L’antirouille / Fr
6.11. Nantes – Le Ferrailleur / Fr
7.11. Paris – Divan Du Monde / Fr
8.11. Zoetermeer – Boerderij / Nl
9.11. Apeldoorn – Gigant / Nl

Weblinks: Website / Facebook / Myspace

Current members:
Kobi Farhi – Vocals and growls
Yossi Sassi – Guitars, backing vocals & Middle Eastern strings
Chen Balbus – guitars
Uri Zelcha – Bass
Matan Shmuely – Drums

Video below Orphaned Land – “All Is One”

Related articles:
‘Orphaned Land’s’ ‘Kobi Farhi’ To Embark On U.S. Acoustic Performance And Conversation Tour [Jan. 2013]
 ‘Orphaned Land’ Announce European Tour And New Album [April 2013]
‘Orphaned Land’ Lyric Video Released For ‘Our Own Messiah’, European Tour Dates [May 2013]
New Video Interview With ‘Orphaned Land’s’ ‘Kobi Farhi’ [May 2013]
‘Orphaned Land’ Lyric Video For ‘Let The Truce Be Known’ Released, European Tour Dates [May 2013]
‘Orphaned Land’ Video Released For ‘Brother’ [May 2013]
‘Orphaned Land’ Making Of ‘All Is One’ Documentary Teaser Posted, Support Acts For Upcoming European Tour Announced [June 2013]
‘Orphaned Land’ Release Teaser For ‘All Is One’ Music Video, European Tour Dates [July 2013]
‘Orphaned Land’ Music Video Released For ‘All Is One’, European Tour Dates [July 2013]

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