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Orphaned Land

Formed: 1991
From: Givat Ada, Israel
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Orphaned Land News

Below is our complete Orphaned Land news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Orphaned Land Begins Writing New Album

Despite only releasing their sixth opus, "Unsung Prophets And Dead Messiahs" in January of this year via Centiry Media Records, Orphaned Land guitarist Chen Balbus has revealed in an interview with Metal Shock Finland's Alison Booth that the band are already working on a new album. The guitarist said:

"We’re gonna plan the next leg of the European tour, maybe do some new locations, pretty much working on it right now. We’re already actually writing the new album as we speak. We don’t wanna let people wait five years again, so we better start. There are a couple of tracks here and there, like snippets, but we’ll get to there eventually - first we gotta rock the world!"

You can listen to the interview at Metal Shock Finland

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At The Gates Confirmed For Bloodstock 2018

The organisers of the Bloodstock Open Air festival has announced some more names, including Swedish melodic death metal pioneers, At The Gates, as well as groove metal originators Exhorder, who will play the Ronnie James Dio stage and Sophie Lancaster stage respectively, while joining Exhorder on the Sophie stage will be sludge metal outfit Weight Of The Tide and death metal group Sangre. The festival will take place at Catton Park, Derbyshire and will be held from August 9th - 12th.

The lineup is now as follows:

Ronnie James Dio Stage:
Judas Priest (Headliner)
Gojira (Headliner)
Nightwish (Headliner)
Emperor
At The Gates
Suicidal Tendencies
Devildriver
Kamelot
Combichrist
Mr. Big
Jasta
Bloodbath
Venom Inc.
Septicflesh
Wednesday 13
Fozzy
Orden Ogan
Memoriam More...

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Orphaned Land Posts New Lyric Video Online

Israeli metal veterans Orphaned Land has posted a new lyric video online for the song, "We Do Not Resist." You can check it out below. The song comes from the band's forthcoming new album, "Unsung Prophets & Dead Messiahs," which will be released on January 26th through Century Media Records.

The band will be promoting the album with a European tour, with the following dates confirmed:

February 24th - Arnhem (NL) - Willem 1
February 25th - Essen (DE) - Turock
February 26th - London (UK) - Underworld
February 27th - Paris (FR) - Petit Bain
February 28th - Nantes (FR) - Ferrailleur
March 2nd - Madrid (ES) - Copernico
March 3rd - Barcelona (ES) - Bovedo
March 4th - Montpellier (FR) - Secret Place
March 6th - Koln (DE) - Jungle
March 7th - Berlin (DE) - Bi Nuu More...

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Orphaned Land Posts Teaser Video Online

Israeli metal veterans Orphaned Land has posted a video online, containing a spoken word version of a new song, "We Do Not Resist." You can check it out below. The song, along with recent single, "Like Orpheus" which features Blind Guardian vocalist Hansi Kursch, are featured on the group's forthcoming new studio album, "Unsung Prophets & Dead Messiahs," which will be released through Century Media on January 26th. More...

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Orphaned Land Posts New Video Online

Israeli metal band Orphaned Land has posted their new music video online for the song, "Like Orpheus." You can check it out below. The song features guest vocals from Blind Guardian frontman Hansi Kürsch and will appear on their forthcoming new album, "Unsung Prophets & Dead Messiahs," which will be released on January 26th through Century Media Records.

We had the opportunity to speak with Orphaned Land frontman Kobi Farhi about the album, its concepts and the continuing pursuit of peace last year. The interview can be seen here. More...

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Aevum To Tour With Orphaned Land In Early 2018

Italian symphonic metal act Aevum's has a huge pleasure to announce that they will be joining the oriental metal pioneers, Orphaned Land, on their “Unsung Prophets & Dead Messiahs” tour in Europe, kicking off on February 24th running through Holland, Germany, UK, France and Spain. See the shows below.

February 24th - Arnhem (NL) - Willem 1
February 25th - Essen (DE) - Turock
February 26th - London (UK) - Underworld
February 27th - Paris (FR) - Petit Bain
February 28th - Nantes (FR) - Ferrailleur
March 2nd - Madrid (ES) - Copernico
March 3rd - Barcelona (ES) - Bovedo
March 4th - Montpellier (FR) - Secret Place
March 6th - Koln (DE) - Jungle
March 7th - Berlin (DE) - Bi Nuu More...

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Orphaned Land Reveals New Album Details

Oriental metal pioneers, Orphaned Land, will release their new studio album “Unsung Prophets & Dead Messiahs on January 26th, 2018 via Century Media Records. Jens Bogren once again took over mixing duties of what turned out to be the band’s best and biggest production so far. "Unsung Prophets & Dead Messiahs" will feature a guest appearance of guitar virtuoso Steve Hackett as well as guest vocal appearances by no other than Hansi Kürsch (Blind Guardian) and Tomas Lindberg (At The Gates). The great album artwork was created by Valnoir.

Singer and frontman Kobi Farhi comments: "We are thrilled and so happy to finally reveal you the great artwork of 'Unsung Prophets & Dead Messiahs!' Our music has always been a combination of anger, tragedy, protest and joy. We can't wait for you to hear the 13 brand new tracks of this album. As always it will be very eclectic, no song sounds like the other and the whole album is a one big musical journey. We feel that this album takes our feelings to a new level of anger, protest and tragedy. The cover speaks for itself and it was made as tribute to the way governments design their money. Enjoy!"

Unsung Prophets & Dead Messiahs track-listing:
1. The Cave
2. We Do Not Resist
3. In Propaganda
4. All Knowing Eye
5. Yedidi
6. Chains Fall To Gravity
7. Like Orpheus
8. Poets Of Prophetic Messianism
9. Left Behind
10. My Brother's Keeper
11. Take My Hand
12. Only The Dead Have Seen The End Of War
13. The Manifest - Epilogue

The release of "Unsung Prophets & Dead Messiahs" will be followed by an extensive European Tour in early 2018. The tour dates will be announced soon. More...

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Orphaned Land Announces New Album

Israeli Oriental metal pioneers Orphaned Land just announced that a brand new studio album will be released on January 26th, 2018 via Century Media Records.

The album, which will be titled “Unsung Prophets And Dead Messiahs," is mostly recorded and has been sent, once again, to Jens Bogren who will take over mixing and mastering duties of what is to be destined to become the band’s best and biggest production so far.

“Unsung Prophets And Dead Messiahs” will feature a guest appearance from guitar virtuoso Steve Hackett and more special additions will be announced soon.

Singer and frontman Kobi Farhi comments: “Hails from the recording studio! We are so thrilled and impatient for you all to hear 'Unsung Prophets And Dead Messiahs'. I wish to inform our old-school fans, growls are back, as well as killer melodies that will break your hearts! On a personal note, It's such a great feeling after a career of 25 years to know that we are still at our bests by all means. Prepare for something strong! Count the days with us till Jan 26, 2018!”

Following the release of “Unsung Prophets And Dead Messiahs”, Orphaned Land will embark on an extensive European Tour throughout early 2018. Prior to this, the band will be seen touring North America later this year surrounding the featured set at the prestigious ProgPower USA Festival in Atlanta, Georgia.

More information on the album is expected soon. More...

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Orphaned Land Announces North American Tour

Orphaned Land is excited to reveal plans for a headlining North American tour later this fall following a featured performance at the prestigious ProgPower USA festival in Atlanta, GA on September 6th.

The tour will feature support from Swedish industrial metal outfit Pain and Chinese metallists' Voodoo Kungfu on select dates. Tickets are on sale now and the full tour routing can be found below.

Vocalist and founding member Kobi Farhi comments, "After 6 years of absence we are thrilled to be back and tour North America!we've missed all our fans all over the states and can't wait to rock you all. Let's all get ready for some Oriental Metal party!" More...

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Orphaned Land Releases 25th Anniversary Comp

To celebrate the band's 25th anniversary, Orphaned Land just released a digital compilation of special versions of some of popular songs along with previously unreleased material titled “Orphaned Land & Friends.”

Frontman Kobi Farhi comments: “We are very proud to release these amazing collaborations we did with amazing different and various musical heroes of ours such as Steven Wilson, Erkin Oray or Yehuda Poliker. Not to mention that cover we did with friends for Pearl Jam or that amazing Piano cover Moran Magal did to our 'ORwarriOR' song 'From Broken Vessels.'

"These tracks were released only as bonus tracks on our previous albums’ limited editions and some songs were never released officially. Many people were not aware of these amazing versions and we believe that 'Orphaned Land & Friends' is something you should all know!”

Get your own copy of the release in various formats here or stream all of "Orphaned Land & Friends" below. More...

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Sunburst Out Of ProgPower USA XVIII

ProgPower USA promoter Glenn Harveston announced that Greek power/progressive act Sunburst was dropped from the XVIII roster, due to a VISA issues, in which a particular USCIS agent made an unusual and specific "all-encompassing" request for evidence that was impossible to satisfy in the time left. Harveston also announced that Brazil's Daydream XI will replace Sunburst.

Harveston posted the following announcement: "It is with extreme frustration and disappointment I must announce that Sunburst (Greece) will not be performing at ProgPower USA XVIII. Despite having provided the same type and kind of evidence that has obtained approvals for not only ProgPower USA bands over the last decade, but for well over one hundred other bands submitted by Marc/Play America, one agent at the USCIS (United States Customs & Immigration Services) has deemed our evidence insufficient. Given the all-encompassing breadth of that specific agent's demands (more than ever have been seen by either Marc or myself) in an RFE (Request for Evidence) in our careers, there is literally no hope of satisfying those demands. Sunburst, Marc, & I have all agreed it would be pointless to continue to fight this hopeless battle.

"Rest assured I have every intention of having Sunburst back as soon as possible. They are an amazing band and deserve to be on the ProgPower USA stage. The band is understandably disappointed, but also understand the circumstances cannot be helped.

"I want to calm the fears of those concerned about other bands performing this year. I have already obtained visa approvals for all bands I am specifically responsible for performing on Friday and Saturday. Sunburst was the last band we were waiting on for visa approval. All bands that have been submitted for Wednesday and Thursday so far have also been approved. More...

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70000 Tons Of Metal: Line Up Complete

In exactly 9 days 3000 metal fans will be on board the 2017 edition of 70000 Tons Of Metal Cruise.

4 Days, 60 Bands, 1 Cruise Ship and only 3000 Tickets – Round 7 of The Original, The World’s Biggest Heavy Metal Cruise will sail February 2-6 from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida to Labadee, Haiti on board the "Independence Of The Seas".

Haven’t booked your ticket yet? Click here to book now! Don’t wait, only a select number of Single Tickets and Private Cabins are left. You don’t want to miss this trip of a lifetime!

Check out the entire 2017 line-up below: More...

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Sunday Old School: Orphaned Land

Folk metal has become one of the more popular sub genres among rockers in the current age. While it was pioneered by the likes of Skyclad and Cruachan, it has gone on to produce stars such as Korpiklaani and Finntroll. However, one country which has the ingredients to make a great folk metal band is Israel, for it contains a mix of rich folklore from both Jewish and Arab populations, as well as the tense atmosphere and constant threat of war which contributes to the metal style so well. One of the country's most well known bands, as well as one of the world's most popular folk metal groups, would be Orphaned Land.

The band were formed in 1991, by vocalist Kobi Farhi, bass player Uri Zelcha, guitarists Matti Svatizky and Yossi Sassi and drummer Sami Bachar, originally going by the name Resurrection, before changing their moniker to the more familiar Orphaned Land. The group slogged it out in the club scene, eventually recording a demo in 1993 entitled, "The Beloved's Cry," which was met with very strong praise from the metal underground and gained the attention of French record label, Holy Records, who soon snapped up the band. More...

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Orphaned Land Unite All As One In London

In the modern world, metal music truly has become international. It's reached all four corners of the globe, touching music lovers for all manner of different reasons. Recently, a tour rolled into London which summed up the far reaching power of metal, featuring bands from Europe, Asia and South America and offering a wide variety of sounds and sights. I was lucky enough to be able to attend the show and witness the unifying power of a genre that has been dismissed far too many times as a negative influence.

Having unfortunately missed out on the opening act, Chilean progressive metal veterans Crisálida, I was able to catch Russian symphonic metal act, Imperial Age. Though I'd never heard of the group before, they were very striking in a number of ways. Firstly, the vocals, provided mostly by Anna "Kiara" Moiseeva but aided expertly by keyboardists Alexander "Aor" Osipov and Jane "Corn" Odintsova, are absolutely breath taking, showing off their classically trained voices in an awe inspiring way. The music which accompanies the singing is just as epic and grand in sound, while even the band's attire was memorable, with Osipov dressed in what could best be described as a general's uniform. For those who like symphonic metal, Imperial Age are a band one simply must check out. They could well be the next stars of the genre. More...

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ProgPower USA Finalizes Days 1 & 2 Lineups

Nathan Block (Swordlord Productions) and Milton Mendonca (Infinity Concerts) - co-promoters for Days 1 & 2 of ProgPower USA - finalized the lineups for the 2017 installment of the annual U.S. Festival. Tickets for Days 1 & 2 will be available on November 1, 2016. For information and ticket links, head on over to this location. Days 3 & 4 have already sold out.

The running order and day placement for Days 1 & 2 is coming soon, but the bands are as follows:

Haken (UK) (Performing "Visions" in full) (Wednesday, September 6, 2017 Headliner)
Metal Church (USA) (Thursday, September 7, 2017 Headliner)
Between The Buried And Me (USA)
Orphaned Land (Israel)
Vanden Plas (Germany)
Serenity (Austria)
Twilight Force (Sweden)
Power Quest (UK)

The eight acts join previously announced acts for (and subsequently sold out) Days 3 & 4 of the festival (brought to you by festival founder Glenn Harveston (HoS Productions), which are as follows: More...

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Public Sales Begin For 70,000 Tons Of Metal 2017

UMC - promoters for the Original and World's Largest Cruise Festival, 70,000 Tons of Metal - have now opened up the 2017 installment to public sales. Check out how to plan your metal vacation using the link below.

In addition, the lineup is taking shape as an additional 20 acts were added to the bill, bringing the total announced at 36 of 60 bands, as follows:

Arch Enemy, Demolition Hammer, Devildriver, Draconinan, Dying Fetus, Gojira, Marduk, Moonsorrow, Omnium Gatherum, Orden Ogan, Revocation, Saltatio Mortis, Serenity, Stamina, Stuck Mojo, Testament, Uli Jon Roth, Unleashed, Vreid and Xandria.

70,000 Tons of Metal 2016 will set sail on February 2nd-6th from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and for the first time will port in Haiti at Labadee.

The festival will once again be hosted by The Independence of the Seas (via Royal Caribbean). The ship will accommodate four stages: The Alhambra Theater is a five-story concert hall in which they spare no expense to remove part of the (very comfortable) seating so you have a real Mosh Pit on the High Seas; The more intimate Egyptian themed Pyramid Lounge offers the local club atmosphere; The third indoor stage is in Studio B, the ice skating rink featuring a maritime version of the Arena experience and last but not least their jewel: The Pool Deck stage - The World’s Biggest Open Air Stage Structure to ever sail the Open Seas, surrounded by multiple bars and pools, plenty of room to sunbathe on several decks and even hot tubs incorporated into the Pool Deck stage to soak in while you watch the shows!

The All-Star Jam band, which returned this past January will also be back, led by Annihilator's Jeff Waters and members from the various acts aboard performing cover tunes live.

Ticket prices include all on board entertainment, most non-alcoholic and non-carbonated beverages, all meals in the dining rooms, most on board restaurants and even 24 hour room service. For more information or to book your high seas metal adventure, head on over to 70000tons.com.

Arch Enemy, Demolition Hammer, Devildriver, Draconinan, Dying Fetus, Gojira, Marduk, Moonsorrow, Omnium Gatherum, Orden Ogan, Revocation, Saltatio Mortis, Serenity, Stamina, Stuck Mojo, Testament, Uli Jon Roth, Unleashed, Vreid and Xandria join the previously named 16 acts, with 24 still to be announced: More...

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UMC Begins Announcement Barrage For 70K 2017

UMC - promoters for the Original and World's Largest Cruise Festival, 70,000 Tons of Metal - have unleashed the first barrage of bands that will appear on the 2017 edition of the annual cruise.

The first 16 of 60 bands announced are: Amaranthe, Amorphis, Annihilator, Anthrax, Cruachan, Death Angel, Equilibrium, Grave Digger, Haggard, Kalmah, Kamelot, Nile, Orphaned Land, Powerglove, Suffocation and Therion.

70,000 Tons of Metal 2016 will set sail on February 2nd-6th from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and for the first time will port in Haiti at Labadee.

The festival will once again be hosted by The Independence of the Seas (via Royal Caribbean). The ship will accommodate four stages: The Alhambra Theater is a five-story concert hall in which they spare no expense to remove part of the (very comfortable) seating so you have a real Mosh Pit on the High Seas; The more intimate Egyptian themed Pyramid Lounge offers the local club atmosphere; The third indoor stage is in Studio B, the ice skating rink featuring a maritime version of the Arena experience and last but not least their jewel: The Pool Deck stage - The World’s Biggest Open Air Stage Structure to ever sail the Open Seas, surrounded by multiple bars and pools, plenty of room to sunbathe on several decks and even hot tubs incorporated into the Pool Deck stage to soak in while you watch the shows!

The All-Star Jam band, which returned this past January will also be back, led by Annihilator's Jeff Waters and members from the various acts aboard performing cover tunes live.

Ticket prices include all on board entertainment, most non-alcoholic and non-carbonated beverages, all meals in the dining rooms, most on board restaurants and even 24 hour room service. For more information or to book your high seas metal adventure, head on over to 70000tons.com. More...

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Melted Space Reveals Guest Musician Lineup

As the album nears release via Laser's Edge this October, the entire track listing and guest musician track-by-track breakdown for Melted Space's "The Great Lie" has now been released.

The new full-length album from the metal opera project created by French composer Pierre le Pape features a wide cast of internationally-revered vocalists and musicians including members of Morbid Angel, Mayhem, Sunn O))), Dark Tranquillity, Orphaned Land, Shining, Ayreon, Sirenia and many more, in addition to the work of The City of Prague Philarmonic Orchestra.

Laser's Edge division Sensory Records will release "The Great Lie" on October 16, 2015. Stand by for audio samples from the album, an official lyric video and more to be issued in the weeks ahead. More...

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Graspop Metal Meeting: Day Two

Following an excellent start to the festival the day before, it was exciting to wake up to another day of metal music in Dessel. There was once again plenty on display for head bangers of all tastes, from legendary bands to current favourites. There were also plent of cult heroes performing on this day, one of which was the first band on the agenda.

Formed in 1991 under the name Resurrection in Israel, Orphaned Land have gone on to become one of, if not the premier metal band from the Middle East. Part of what makes them such an endearing group is their constant devotion of their music to peace, particularly between the Abrahamic religions that clash more than anywhere around their homeland. They were a great way to start the day, possessing a fantastic energy that got plenty of the crowd moving, which is quite an accomplishment for midday at a festival. Opening with the title track to their latest album, "All Is One," they oozed a positive atmosphere and most heads that were banging were also smiling. Having only a forty minute set, it was impressive that the band were able to fit seven songs into their schedule, with the excellent "Separi" being a particular highlight, in part due to the guest appearance of a Dutch Muslim belly dancer, who also joined the group for their finale, which was a medley of "Norra el Norra" and "Ornaments of Gold." Like several bands the day before, Orphaned Land were highly impressive and one that needs adding to the metal fans list of bands to see live. More...

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Orphaned Land To Support Blind Guardian On Tour

Orphaned Land will play as special guest for Blind Guardian on the band's upcoming European tour in April and May of 2015. Dates for the trek are as follows:

Apr 10 Effenaar Eindhoven, Netherlands
Apr 11 Trix Zaal Antwerp, Belgium
Apr 12 The Forum London, United Kingdom
Apr 14 Bataclan Paris, France
Apr 15 La Laiterie Strasbourg, France
Apr 17 Santana 27 Bilbao, Spain
Apr 18 St Jordi Club Barcelona, Spain
Apr 19 La Riviera Madrid, Spain
Apr 21 Z7 Pratteln, Switzerland
Apr 23 Europa Halle Trier, Germany
Apr 24 Batschkapp Frankfurt, Germany
Apr 25 Mitsubishi Hall Dusseldorf, Germany
Apr 26 Brose Arena Bamberg, Germany
Apr 28 Zenith Munich, Germany
Apr 30 Haus Auensee Leipzig, Germany
May 01 Liederhalle Beethoven Saal Stuttgart, Germany
May 02 o2 World Hamburg, Germany
May 03 K17 Der KLUB Berlin, Germany
May 05 Alcatraz Milan, Italy
May 06 Atlantico Rome, Italy More...

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