Apr 092023

“Prediluvian” marks as the 6th Studio album for Yossi Sassi and The Oriental Rock Orchestra which was released on the 13th of March 2023. The Album concept art by Amir Rozanes, Album design by Liza Murashkovsky, AI cover art by Sol Avi Erez, Original space images by ESA/Webb (N. Bartmann), manipulated, warped and recoloured by Liza Murashkovsky, Executive Producer & Management – Amir Rozanes. The album was engineered and recorded by Liron Schaffer at Black Rock Studios, Santorini, Greece and Mixed and Mastered by Liron Schaffer & Jonathan Jacobi at Jaffa Sound Arts, Tel- Aviv Jaffa.

The album starts off with an ambient “On Shoulders of Nephilim” which starts off beautifully on a Bouzoukitara, and features an eclectic solo that’s sure to soothe the nerves. “Uriel Machine” brings forth an amalgamation of a variety of sounds and instruments with a bang. The song takes on progressions with odd time sequences and crafty hooks that’s sure to mesmerize one and leave the tune ringing in your heads for real long time. “Oopart” gears up with a crunchy guitar sound and sooner than later we hear a blend of Eastern melodies juxtaposed on Western rhythms. The song leverages the same tune and changes octaves to plant a crafty jazzy solo, that’s sure is music to one’s ears.

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Feb 232023

Yossi Sassi & The Oriental Rock Orchestra will release their new album “PreDiluvian” on March 13, 2023 furthermore they have revealed the first single and video ‘Vision of Water.’

With his sixth album “PreDiluvian,” Sassi goes back “before Mabool,” before the genesis flood. The new album, which will be released on 13.3.2023 worldwide, sends Sassi back to his signature-style electric guitar rifs, in a Progressive Oriental Rock concept album, relating to the period in time chronicled between the fall of man and the genesis flood. History keeps repeating, as Sassi creates the proper framework to capture some of the essence of the current period in humanity and its similarities.

prediluvian (plural prediluvians) One who lived before the Flood; an antediluvian.

“Prediluvian” album (previously code named “Chapter 6“), includes 12 new tracks, electric, acoustic & diverse.

The video for the first single ‘Vision of Water’ can be watched below.

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Feb 022023

Yossi Sassi & The Oriental Rock Orchestra will release a new album “Prediluvian” next month. Sassi has the following to say about the upcoming new album:

prediluvian (plural prediluvians) One who lived before the Flood; an antediluvian.

Here it is, the visualization of our hearts, work, creation and minds. We are very excited to share with you the front cover of the upcoming album – “Prediluvian” (previously code named ‘Chapter 6’), to be released March 13th with 12 new tracks, electric, acoustic & diverse.

In the new album I’ve “drifted back” to my electric guitar, and it is full with loads of guitar riffs, alongside our unique blend of oriental progressive rock! The album will also feature some VERY special guests, to be revealed soon. A special release show will take place in the weeks to follow after the album launch, stay tuned for that!

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Jul 282022

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. Having 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 types 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. “Hear and Dare”, marks as the 5th Studio album released on the 19th of March 2021, with Production by Amir Rozanes, Concept art by Amir Rozanes, Liza Murashkovsky, Album design by Noa Reshef, Engineered and recorded by Liron Schaffer at Black Rock Studios, Santorini, Greece; Additional recordings at Jaffa Sound Arts; Mixed and Mastered by Liron Schaffer & Jonathan Jacobi.

The album starts off with “Brotherhood” which is an absolute ecstatic Instrumental piece, an amalgamation of different instruments, cultures, seasons, stories and eras. The song arrangement showcases immense maturity and creativity, and Yossi is a master blender. “The Mind Spirit” booms in and takes on a progressive stance, with odd time sequences, a blend of multitude of instruments, where East meets West which sounds as if the melodies are duelling out and eventually culminating into something unique and mellifluous. “Hear and Dare” starts off with crunchy guitar riffs layering on marching drums, and as all the elements mix up, we hear Mats Levén adding a unique blend into the mix with his vocal deliveries. The song carries its momentum and ends the way it starts (only a pitch higher).

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Apr 062021

Yossi Sassi & The Oriental Rock Orchestra new release “Hear and Dare” is released last month (March 19). The album contains 10 brand new tracks, and is available now at all common downloads & streaming services, along with CDs, shirts etc.

The band states: This album is our homage to music and musicians, and the rare moments of synergistic creativity that they share.

It was recorded in between Lock-Downs, in “Black Rock Studios”, a top notch studio on the Island of Santorini, Greece, while the Orchestra members had to learn the music on the island itself. Waking up without mobile phones nor schedule, learning songs on the balcony and recording in front of the Mediterranean sea. A blissful and unique experience, which we feel truly reflects on the result! We hope this music makes you feel & react, hear and dare to go beyond! 

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