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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 Guitarist Plays With Marty Friedman

New live footage has made its way online featuring Orphaned Land guitarist Yossi Sassi joining guitar virtuoso Marty Friedman on stage for the performance of Thunder March. You can check out the footage, which was taken during Friedman's May 31 concert at Reading 3 Club in Tel Aviv, Israel, in the player below.

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More Bands Confirmed For Ragnarok Festival

Catamenia, Graveworm, and Wolfchant have now been confirmed in the lineup of the upcoming 2011 Ragarok Festival. The festival takes place on April 29th - 30th, 2011 at the Stadthalle in Lichtenfels, and additional details are available here.

The currently announced lineup is as follows:

Bran Barr
Ignis Fatuu
Hammer Horde
Negura Bunget
Path Of Golconda
Orphaned Land
Twilight Of The Gods

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Orphaned Land Offering New Album For Free

Israeli prog/metal band Orphaned Land has issued the following announcement about offering the band's new album "The Never Ending Way of ORwarriOR" as a free download for fans in certain Middle Eastern nations:

“For years I was educated to hate Arabs and learned how much they hate me and my nation, I was sure both Israelis and Arabs, Jews and Muslims will never live in peace. But then something happened, a small movement - the music that taught me more than any teacher, guru, rabbi, sheikh, was my band’s music – Orphaned Land. I know that a football fan of Barcelona will never cheer up for Real Madrid, so how can it be that Arab people will follow my Israeli band? It's simple - the power of music to bring people together, to break walls, even worst enemies can find a mutual song that they love, and right there - it's a moment where they can find something in common, a door to a dialogue, to understand that we are all one. We consider you, our Arabian fans, to be the most brave metal heads in the world, since you re-defined the word 'underground' into a new level.

"We know how hard it is to be a metal head in the middle east and we always want you to know that we as pioneers of the Middle Eastern Metal genre, we are trying our best to be your voice too without getting into politics that divide us for ages. I already know that music can bring people together since I see how many fans we have in the Arab world despite the fact we are Israelis.

"I know that all the wars and bullshit they put in our heads are just a stupid lie, I know it because we succeeded to break it, and we are not politicians, we are just a heavy metal band.

"We are banned in your countries, not to mention the fact that we cannot play a concert there, this will never stop the power of music and friendship that exists between us - I see you, our fans as a miracle, you give us the inspiration to continue as much and as strong as we can. Lately we have decided to make our latest album legally available in your countries - FOR FREE! We hope that you'll enjoy it and spread the word.

"Our countries flags may have different signs and colours but deep in our hearts shines the same flag - the flag of hope, friendship, brotherhood, Don't you ever forget it - it is our duty as disciples of the sacred oath."

The album can be downloaded at this location.

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Kobi Farhi To Guest On New Arkan Album "Salam"

April 18th will see the release of Arkan's sophomore album "Salam." This new oriental metal album will feature the vocal contribution of Orphand Land's mainman Kobi Farhi. Season of Mist has now posted an interview with the Israeli musician about appearing on the album, which can be read below.

SoM: How did you discover ARKAN?

Kobi: I heard about them from our fan club manager, Nathalie Van Aalst.

SoM: How did the 2010 "Tour Against Racism" came to life?

Kobi: Nathalie told me they would fit perfectly on a bill with us, so I had a listen and immediately noticed we are from the same musical tree. Arkan were great on the tour and I think they gained many new fans, including me and my band mates.

SoM: How did you end up participating to the "Salam" album and how do you feel about it?

Kobi: [ARKAN drummer] Foued Moukid contacted me and suggested the idea. I was immediately happy about it so he sent me a detailed letter with the songs and references, and we took it from there. It felt just great and I am honoured. Furthermore I truly loved the lyrics, as it speaks about the Holy Land, the one we like to describe as "Orphaned Land". I am attached to the lyrics in all languages and especially to the highest form of language ever invented - MUSIC. As an artist, I know that ARKAN's album is their child, and I know it meant a lot to them to let me be a part of it. We share the same feelings.

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Inner Sanctum To Support Orphaned Land

Indian death/thrash metal act Inner Sanctum has announced it will be supporting Israel's Orphaned Land an upcoming live show in Bangalore, India. The show is set to take place on February 6th, 2011 at the Kyra Theater with additional support from Degredead and Bevar Sea.

Details on the show can be found at this location. You can also check out sample Inner Sanctum tracks available for streaming through the band's official MySpace profile.

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Orphaned Land Announces Shows In Israel

Israeli progressive metal act Orphaned Land, which recently announced a short run of shows in India, has now issued the following brief update about new tour dates in Israel: "We'll be playing in our home country at the end of January with the first shows for the new year 2011 in Be'er Sheva, Tel-Aviv and Haifa. Tickets are now on sale at this location."

The currently announced dates are as follows:

January 25, 2011 - Be'er Sheva @ Barock
January 26, 2011 - Tel-Aviv @ Riding 3
January 27, 2011 - Haifa @ Beat

You can also hear sample Orphaned Land tracks available for streaming online through the band's MySpace profile.

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Orphaned Land Announces Indian Shows

Orphaned Land has issued the following update about three upcoming live shows in India:

"We are pleased to announce that Orphaned Land will play in India with three exclusive shows in Vellore, Mumbai and Pune.

February 01, 2011 - Vellore (India) @ VIT Grounds
February 04, 2011 - Mumbai (India) @ Blue Frog
February 05, 2011 - Pune (India) @ Elisium Lawns

"It will be the first time Orphaned Land play in this country, so we are really looking forward to see our Indian fans and to play for them! "

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Ozzy And The Scorpions Confirmed For Hellfest 2011

The organisers of France's biggest metal festival, Hellfest, has announced that four huge names have been added to next year's bill. Heavy metal godfather Ozzy Osbourne will be taking the stage, as well as German hard rock legends the Scorpions, who will be retiring after they complete their touring schedule. Also confirmed for the festival are Swedish progressive metal favourites Opeth and Black Label Society, which features former Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Zakk Wylde. There are also more new confirmations in the form of German thrash legends Kreator and Sodom, Norwegian black metal veterans Mayhem, Anathema, Bolt Thrower and Therion. The festival will take place in Clisson, France from June 17th-19th.

The lineup is now as follows: More...

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Orphaned Land Video Interview Available

Kobi Farhi, lead man for Israel’s own Orphaned Land, chatted with Hank Pearl of The Daily Rock before the band’s September 17th, 2010 performance at Reggie’s Rock Club in Chicago. The first half of the video can be seen below and the second half is available after the jump.


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Orphaned Land Posts Tour Diary Online

Israeli progressive metal act Orphaned Land has posted a tour diary video online from its recent North American tour with Katatonia and Swallow the Sun. You can view the tour video below:

Orphaned Land will release a Tour Edition of "The Never Ending Way Of ORwarriOR." The new edition is set to include expanded artwork, a bonus 5 track audio CD and a short eight minute documentary clip.

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Orphaned Land Seeking Fans For DVD

Orphaned Land has issued the following announcement about seeking fans to answer questions for an upcoming DVD:

"As you probably already read, Orphaned Land is going to record a DVD. A part of this will be about our fans and the special relationship we have together. For this, Nathalie, our friend & fan club manager, who's been working with us for years, is looking for fans who want to film themselves answering questions in English. Next to that she is searching for fans that will come from abroad to one of the shows in Belgium or Holland and especially the ones in Israel and Turkey.

"Important to know is that fans who wish so, can be made unrecognizable in the documentary! This way they can rest assured they can speak freely, as no one but Nathalie will know who they are.

"Everyone interested can contact Nathalie by filling in the form on our official fan site in English. She will then explain to you how to do it and give you the questions to answer. We are looking forward to your contributions to the DVD, hearing your stories will make for an amazing documentary!"

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Orphaned Land To Reissue Latest Album

Israeli progressive metal act Orphaned Land has revealed details surrounding its forthcoming Tour Edition release of "The Never Ending Way Of ORwarriOR." The new edition is set to include expanded artwork, a bonus 5 track audio CD and a short eight minute documentary clip. The tracklisting for the re-release can be found below:

"The Never Ending Way Of ORwarriOR" tracklisting:
Part I: Godfrey's Cordial – An ORphan's Life
1. Sapari
2. From Broken Vessels
3. Bereft In The Abyss
4. The Path Part 1 – Treading Through Darkness
5. The Path Part 2 – The Pilgrimage To Or Shalem
6. Olat Ha'tamid
Part II: Lips Acquire stains – The WarriOR Awakens
7. The Warrior
8. His Leaf Shall Not Wither
9. Disciples Of The Sacred Oath II
10. New Jerusalem
11. Vayehi Or
12. M I ?
Part III: Barakah – Enlightening The Cimmerian
13. Barakah
14. Codeword: uprising
15. In Thy Never Ending Way (Epilogue)

Audio tracks:
1. Estarabim (radio edit) (4:42)
2. Above You All (4:56)
3. Pits Of Despair (4:26)
4. Sapari (instrumental) (3:48)
5. Bereft In The Abyss (instrumental) (2:50)
Video enhancements:
6. "Sapari" video clip (3:56)
7. Making of "Sapari" video clip (2:11)
8. Making of photo shoot (1:30)

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Orphaned Land To Film Tel Aviv Shows For DVD

Israeli metal veterans Orphaned Land has announced that they will be filming two shows at Reading 3 in Tel Aviv, Israel for a new DVD release. The shows will take place on December 9th and 10th and will feature a special guest on each night. The first night will see the group joined on stage by Paradise Lost guitarist Greg Mackintosh and the second will feature a guest spot from Israeli singer Yehuda Poliker.

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First Batch Of Bands Confirmed For Hellfest 2011

The organisers of France's biggest metal festival, Hellfest, has announced the first round of bands that will be performing at next year's version of the event. Among them include hardcore punk icons Bad Brains and The Exploited, along with many metal veterans such as Mayhem, Angel Witch, Sodom, Doro and the return of Swiss thrashers Coroner. Also on the bill will be Triptykon, Belphegor, Church Of Misery, Converge, The Haunted, The Melvins, Dodheimsgard, Grave, In Solitude, Therion, Karma To Burn, Malevolent Creation, Morne, My Sleeping Karma, Nasty, Orphaned Land, Raw Power, Septicflesh, Shai Hulud, Valient Thorr, The Young Gods and Your Demise. Over 100 other bands are expected to be confirmed for the festival, which will take place from June 17th-19th in the town of Clisson.

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Katatonia Makes A First Time Visit To Vancouver

Although being located in the least favourable part of Vancouver, the Rickshaw Theater has quickly become one of the city’s top venues for all things metal. Countless bands from all genres and areas of the underground have been congregating at the small theater on Vancouver’s famed “Downtown Eastside,” treating the city to a wide range of different metal sounds. On Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010 the Rickshaw played home to one of Europe’s top dark metal acts in Katatonia along with other international metallers Swallow the Sun (Finland) and Orphaned Land (Israel). The crowd, while not sold out, was highly anticipating Katatonia’s first ever appearance in the city and once the lengthy show came to an end they surely left satisfied. More...

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Amorphis Confirms Festival Appearance

Finnish progressive metallers Amorphis have announced their participation in the upcoming 2010 edition of the Aalborg Metal Festival. Aalborg Metal Festival 2010 is set to take place November 5-6, 2010 at Studenterhuset in Aalborg, Denmark. Other notable acts scheduled to appear include Immolation, Napalm Death, Katatonia and Pestilence.

The Aalborg Metal Festival 2010 is as follows:

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Orphaned Land Posts Festival Footage Online

Petah Tikva, Israel metallers Orphaned Land have posted a new video online showcasing some behind the scenes footage from the band's recent festival appearances. Orphaned Land are currently on tour in North America with Swallow the Sun and Katatonia.

You can view the video below:

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Thyrfing Confirmed For Mean Metal Fest

Sweden's Thyrfing has announced an appearance at this year's edition of the Mean Metal Festival, which will take place in Belgium on August 21st, 2010. Additional details on the festival can be found at this location. Other bands confirmed to perform at the festival include Mayhem, Rotting Christ, Macabre, Devourment, Orphaned Land, and Sadist.

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Katatonia Posts New Tour Video

Sweden’s Katatonia has launched a teaser trailer for the band's forthcoming headlining "Night Over North America" U.S. tour, which can be viewed below. The trek, which features Swallow The Sun and Orphaned Land in support, will kick off in Baltimore on September 8th.

The currently announced dates are as follows: More...

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Orphaned Land Posts Video Tour Diary Online

ORPHANED LAND has posted part 2 of a series of video tour diaries from the band’s past European headlining tour. Watch the video below:


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