Kobi Farhi - Vocals , Leading chants , growls, narrations, choir and backing vocals
Uri Zelcha - Electric, acoustic and fretless bass
Yossi Sassi - Electric & acoustic guitars , oud, saz, bouzouki, chumbush, backing vocals
Matan Shmuely - Drums, percussion
Chen Balbus - Electric, acoustic guitars & bouzouki, backing vocals, piano, xylophone
Holy shit I love some music that comes over the pond we call the Atlantic Ocean. These guys know how to make music original, yet traditional at the same time! How can it be that way? Well let’s get to the history first.
Orphaned Land is out of Israel and they are a Metal band. Not often you hear of a band that comes out of Israel that is Metal for one. For two they put their countries style of music in with metal and it sounds freaking AWESOME, but I will get into that later! So they have been around for almost 20 years and this is their 6th album release which will be out June 24th 2013 under Century Media’s Label. They have broken some very strong religious barriers with their music, even going as far as to play in Istanbul, Turkey - which is the only Muslim country they are allowed to play in – they have people coming from other places like Iran, Egypt and Lebanon just to name a few to see them perform. They even have had a petition started by their fans in 2012 to have them nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize and I can see why! Orphaned Land has broken some benchmarks in the world of music, not a lot of bands out there can say that!
So how does this album sound? Well it is different that is for sure! How different, well it has a mixture of EVERYTHING! We start off with the first track that is also the title track “All is One” and it starts off with the traditional music you would expect to hear from Israel, and then gets heavy with electric guitars, bass, drums, and background singers. I have to say it is so different but sounds similar like old school Nightwish, but keeping the Eastern sound to it! This is a great start to this album and it only shows that great things are to come with this album!
There is a couple of songs on this album that slow it down a bit, but it is comparable to a ballad you would normally find in some metal albums, but with a Middle Eastern twist which keeps the originality of the album going strong.
With 11 songs coming in at 54 mins this has everything from fast songs to even the slower ballads, but keeping with the style that they have of “bringing everyone together” they prove that you can have many different styles of music and still manage to rock out! The longest song “Children” comes in at 7:09 and the shortest song is “Freedom” at 3:18
From the sounds of things they also recorded a few songs in their native tongue like Shama’im and Ya Benaye this turns out to be a multi-language album, Even though I can’t understand the lyrics for some of the songs it sounds absolutely amazing that you can’t help but enjoy all of this album!
Portraying a powerful message, this band has done it all on this album right up to the album cover! The cover has the Star of David on it, the Islamic Moon and the Cross on the cover, going with just the simple Orphaned land and then “All is One” in the middle of all of them, the symbolism of it all is powerful as well!
I have to admit that I did ask myself if this was truly a “Metal” album, but hearing it, it really is, I mean it is a class on its own, even though it may be compared to Nightwish or even Trans-Siberian Orchestra, but with a Middle Eastern vibe to it.
Over all I’m giving this album a decent 8/10. The message they portray in the album is fantastic, they are breaking the barriers on multiple levels, and in this day in age it is needed! These guys have done a lot not only for the musical industry, but also the religious and political aspects of life, that you don’t even know it unless you read up on their stuff, which in all honesty I suggest you do. They have such a following for all the risks they have taken just by making this music and mixing it with their traditional styles of music and going outside their own circles to “bring everyone together” and having them enjoy this music it is a remarkable feat all on its own.
For now this is PK saying ROCK ON, and we will see you on the next show.
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