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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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Seven More Bands Announced For Wacken 2010

The organisers of Germany's famous Wacken Open Air festival has announced seven more bands for next years edition of the event. Young British thrash metal outfit Evile will be performing at the festival for the first time with new bass player Joel Graham along with Atrocity, Kataklysm, Tyr, Orphaned Land, Nightmare and Die Kassierer. The festival takes place in the town of Wacken, Germany between August 5th and 7th.

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Orphaned Land Streaming New Album Sample

Vocalist Kobi Fahri of Orphaned Land has issued the following statement about streaming a new album sample online at the band's MySpace page:

"Hello there to all the warriors of light! For those of you who don't know, each year the longest night of the year happens at Dec. 21st and from this day on the nights get shorter while the days get longer. On a spiritual level this symbolizes the resurrection of the light and the death of darkness (the opposite happens at every June 21st).

"Since our new album 'The Never Ending Way Of ORwarriOR' is a concept album about the warrior of light, we decided to share with you another short track titled – 'Va'yehi Or' (in Hebrew - let there be light) - please note that our album is 78.22min long and these are just small tastes of the whole journey - 'The crimson touch of hope still fights, through the veil truth doth shine - let there be light!'"

“The Never Ending Way Of ORwarriOR” will be released on January 25th (February 9th in the US) via Century Media.

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Orphaned Land Announces Album Release Party

Orphaned Land have announced they will be holding a release party for their upcoming album "The Never Ending Way Of ORwarriOR" on February 4th in Tel-Aviv. Tickets can be purchased at this location. "The Never Ending Way Of ORwarriOR" is set to be released by Century Media on February 9th, 2010 in the US and January 25th, 2010 in Europe.

Orphaned Land's upcoming tour dates are as follows:

2/4 2010 Theatre Club Tel-Aviv - IL
5/21 2010 Rock Hard Festival Gelsenkirchen - DE
8/19 2010 Summer Breeze Open Air Dinkelsbuehl - DE

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Orphaned Land Streaming New Album Sample

Orphaned Land has issued the following update about streaming a new album sample online:

"Hello there to all the warriors of light! Orphaned Land is working very hard these days to promote the new album 'The Never Ending Way Of ORwarriOR.' We're doing a lot of interviews and media news and symbolically it is the only time of the year where the 3 Abrahamic religions are celebrating a holiday at the same time.

"We are taking a small break here to congratulate our Christian fans for Christmas, our Muslim fans for the beginning of the new Muslim year and our Jewish fans - happy Hanukah!
And above all - to the metalheads all around there - the metal scene is a great example to people, leaders and politicians of how to create a global language, how to accept one another despite our differences, and above all and because of that - we are proud to be metalheads! May this synergy and time of unification grow in us to learn and to understand each other better in the Middle East and all over the world. Thy name shall be henceforth ORwarriOR Peace, Shalom, Salam.

"As a first teaser track for the band’s new album 'The Never Ending Way Of ORwarriOR' the song 'Sapari' has also been launched, so check out our MySpace player!"

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Porcupine Tree Comments On Orphaned Land Album

Porcupine Tree has issued the following statement Steven Wilson mixing the upcoming Orphaned Land album:

"Steven Wilson recently played keyboards and mixed the fourth album by Israeli progressive metal band Orphaned Land. For those who have never heard the band, they are perhaps best described as what Opeth might sound like if they had come from the Middle East instead of Scandanavia. The music has a similar scope and degree of layered sophistication. But the sound of Orphaned Land is very much inspired by their roots, sung in English, Hebrew and Arabic, and featuring many traditional middle eastern instruments. The album The Never Ending Way of ORwarriOR is an ambitious and impressive 75 minute conceptual piece combining heavy music and breathtaking beauty. It is released by Century Media in several editions on 9th February 2010 in the US and 25th January 25th in Europe."

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Orphaned Land Posts Album Teaser Trailer

On February, 9th 2010 (January 25th in Europe) Israel’s Orphaned Land will release their fourth studio album "The Never Ending Way of ORwarriOR." The album was mixed by Steven Wilson, who is also responsible for several keyboard parts on the new album. The band is preparing to launch a series of webisodes documenting the making of the album. The first album trailer can be viewed below. The clip features commentary from Steven Wilson and the band mixed in with live performance footage from Tel Aviv.

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Orphaned Land Reveals New Album Tracklisting

Israel's progressive folk metal band Orphaned Land will release their fourth studio album, "The Never Ending Way Of ORwarriOR," in Europe on January 25, 2010 and in the U.S. on February 9 via Century Media Records. The album was mixed by Steven Wilson, who is also responsible for several keyboard parts on the new CD.

"The Never Ending Way Of ORwarriOR" track listing:

Part I: Godfrey's Cordial – An ORphan's Life

01. Sapari
02. From Broken Vessels
03. Bereft In The Abyss
04. The Path Part 1 – Treading Through Darkness
05. The Path Part 2 – The Pilgrimage To Or Shalem
06. Olat Ha'tamid

Part II: Lips Acquire stains – The WarriOR Awakens

07. The Warrior
08. His Leaf Shall Not Wither
09. 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) More...

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Orphaned Land Announces New Album Release Date

Israel’s Orophaned Land will release their highly-anticipated fourth studio opus, “The Never Ending Way Of ORwarriOR,” in Europe on January 25th, 2010. Mixed by Steven Wilson (Porcupine Tree, Opeth), who is also responsible for several keyboard parts on the new album, “The Never Ending Way Of ORwarriOR” turns out to be a concept album taking Orphaned Land's unique brand of exotic, heavy music to soaring new heights in terms of complexity and catchiness.

Vocalist Kobi Farhi comments on the album’s concept and the new promo photo:
“As people that were born into the tragedy of our region, we have always been devoted to creating harmony between conflicts, a musical heaven on earth, a tango between God & Satan. Even in the album’s artwork we combined Hebrew and Arabic, regardless of the fight between Jews and Muslims. I found a Jordanian guy, specialized in calligraphic artwork. He took letters from Hebrew and Arabic and moulded them in his art to create a symbol of peace. Same goes for our band photo, where we portrayed a synergy between the three monotheistic religions, that believe in the same God and yet, ridiculously have been killing each other for centuries 'in the name of God' and turned the holy land into an orphaned land. Naturally we continued this idea of union on a musical level as well and the result is as always crazy, it's a miracle – in our concerts: our Jewish fans sing in Arabic and our Muslim fans sing in Hebrew, brave friendships have spawned and our Middle Eastern metal music destroys all this political witchcraft we have been trapped in for so long. This is a musical journey of hope in lands of war, creating heaven on earth, building a new Jerusalem.”

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Katatonia Confirmed For Rock Hard Festival

Katatonia has been confirmed for the Rock Hard festival at the Gelsenkirchen Amphitheater in Germany on May 21st 2010 at 5.00pm to 5.45pm.

The currently confirmed line-up is as follows:


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Orphaned Land Posts First Teaser Online

Israeli metal band Orphaned Land has posted an album teaser at this location.

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Orphaned Land Posts Studio Video Update Online

Israeli metal band, Orphaned Land, has issued a video studio update online at this location. The band is currently in the studio recording their latest effort, "ORwarriOr," which will be mixed by producer Steven Wilson (Porcupine Tree, Opeth).

The album is expected to be released on Century Media Records in early Autumn.

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Orphaned Land Posts New Studio Diary Online

Israel’s progressive folk metal masters ORPHANED LAND are currently recording the highly anticipated follow-up to 2004’s “Mabool.” Vocalist Kobi Farhi states:

"Hello there to all the ORphaned warriors of light - we are very happy that we finally entered the studio to deliver you the long awaited concept album – 'ORwarriOR'!

"The album is going to be more than 70 minutes long and as usual many traditional instruments and languages will be involved in the process. In my opinion this is the best ORPHANED LAND album ever! We can't wait for you to put your hands on it and we look forward to tour and meet you all on the road! Check out our diary from the studio at our Ultimate Metal forum and see you all soon!"

"ORwarriOr" will be mixed by legendary producer Steven Wilson (Porcupine Tree, Opeth) and he comments as follows:

"Finally! I am very happy and look forward to mix ORPHANED LAND's new album, I'm sure this will be one of the greatest and most original albums in the metal scene!"

The album is expected to surface on Century Media Records in early autumn 2009.

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Orphaned Land Guitarist Breaks Left Clavicle

Israel's Orphaned Land has posted the following update online:

"Orphaned Land guitarist Yossi Sassi-Sa'aron broke his left clavicle and is expected a healing period of at least six weeks, in which he probably won't be able to play the guitar at all. The accident happened during a peaceful sabbath in the park, while Sassi-Sa'aron was walking on his hands during a game, tripped and landed badly on his left shoulder. The specific fraction is the left clavicle near the acromion and as a result his left arm was fixed to his chest and he cannot move it and of course can't play musical instruments. Friends reported he's suffering from severe pain, yet he's constantly smiling as usual and he is laughing with his doctors. Sassi-Sa'aron composes and plays on various instruments in Orphaned Land, including bouzouki, oud, saz, electric and classic guitars."

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"Global Metal" Documentary Features Orphaned Land

Kobi Farhi, vocalist of Israel’s ORPHANED LAND has posted the following statement regarding the status of the band’s highly anticipated follow-up to 2004’s much celebrated "Mabool" album as well as their participation in the upcoming new documentary by Sam Dunn ("Metal: A Headbanger’s Journey") "Global Metal:"

"Hello to all the orphans out there! We are happy to inform you that the writing process of our long awaited album 'The Never Ending Way Of OrwarriOR' is about to end soon, we have more than 90 minutes of written music. We don’t like to repeat ourselves, so do not expect a 'Mabool Vol. 2”! Of course, the female vocals and the oriental instruments will be there as always, but “ORwarriOR” is different and I can say for sure that it is more extreme, powerful and less progressive. Still, like all our albums, it is ORPHANED LAND and you'll all notice that. Watch out for the first single, which is the opener of the album called: 'Sapari!'" More...

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Amaseffer Sign With InsideOut Music

AMASEFFER, the "holy project" featuring guest appearances by Mats Levén (KRUX, ex-THERION, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN), Angela Gossow (ARCH ENEMY) and Kobi Farhi (ORPHANED LAND), has inked a deal with InsideOut Music. The group's debut album, entitled "Slaves for Life" is the first in a trilogy about the history of the people of Israel as portrayed in the Old Testament.

Hanan Avramovich (guitars), Yuval Kramer (guitars) and Erez Yohanan (drums) offer a unique mixture of progressive metal and epic Middle East-influenced orchestral film score parts played by a full symphony orchestra. All lead vocals were sung by Levén.

The album was recorded and mixed by Markus Teske (VANDEN PLAS, ABYDOS) and the artwork was created by Mattias Norén (EVERGREY, KAMELOT, EPICA). More...

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Orphaned Land Line Up Global Tour Dates

Israel’s dark oriental metal band ORPHANED LAND have lined up the following tOur dates:

April 12- Moskau, Russia @ Tochka
April 13 - St. Petersburg, Russia @ Roks
August 14 - Dinkesbuhl, Germany @ Summer Breeze Open Air
September 9 - Normandy, France @ Cidre & Dragon Fest

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Orphaned Land Frontman Working On New Book

Kobi Farhi, vocalist for Israeli metallers ORPHANED LAND is working on his debut book - A Tango Between God & Satan. The book contains personal stories and adventures of Kobi from his childhood, traveling the world and of course some stories of Orphaned Land.

"I choose not to write about sex, drugs and rock n' roll as I find it boring and I don't see a reason why this stories should be in a book," says Kobi. "My stories and adventures are very spiritual and unique along with very bad adventures and dark stories, and that is that 'Tango' I use to tell this stories that happened to me to friends and they were always amazed and said I should publish a book about it" More...

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Cynic Added To Maximum Rock Festival

Cynic has been confirmed for Romania's MAXIMUM ROCK FESTIVAL, which is an open air concert that takes place on August 10-12th, 2007 in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. Cynic will perform on August 12 at the fest.

The current lineup includes the following bands:

U.D.O. / Gemany
TO/DIE/FOR / Finland
IRON MAIDNEM (IRON MAIDEN tribute) / Hungary
URKRAFT / Danmark
ABIGAIL / Romania
NEXUS / Romania
Dirty Shirt / Romania
N.O.M. / Romania

Camping is free. The ticket pricing is as follows:

Until 1st August 2007:
Day I (10th August): 17 Euro
Day II (11th August): 17 Euro
Day III (12th August): 10 Euro
For 3 Days (10th-12th August): 37 Euro

From 1st August to 12th August 2007
Day I (10th August): 22 Euro
Day II (11th August):): 22 Euro
Day III (12th August 11 Euro
For 3 Days (10th-12th August): 40 Euro

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Orphaned Land Announce New Album

Vocalist for Orphaned Land, Kobi Farhi, has posted the following reguarding their upcoming album:

"These past months we've received a lot of suggestions with ideas and proposals for our next album's concept. We even opened threads regarding this topic in all our forums, and people from all over the world suggested many great ideas, many of them were excellent and certainly help us choose the concept we are beginning to sync to – Many thanks to all of you for the inspiration!
Soon Alon Miasnikov and I will start to work on the full story of the album, Yossi and Matti are already composing the music and arranging sessions with Uri and me to create the musical puzzle for our next release.
Throughout the years, and especially in the last weeks period, I've been researching this new concept in depth (for comparison, 'Mabool' was the biggest research we've done in terms of a single topic focus, including dozens of meetings and hundreds of pages of information from various resources). The research work for our future release is handled the same as I write these lines to you.
When I begun to write down this concept I reached a point where I'm writing 10 pages and it's not fully there yet, I changed my mind for 20 times whether the album should have a short name with a small explanation, or to "spill out" the full story behind the concept (which might certainly make some tired, and some highly thrilled with the in depth explanations). So I decided to go with a partial yet thorough explanation… the rest might be published one day in a book, should I decide to publish it one day in the future.
The next 'Orphaned Land' album will deal with the war of light and darkness. We've dealt with this topic in the past, yet this time the emphasis will be on the hero of this war – The Warrior of Light (Lohem Ha'or in Hebrew)

The album title will be:

The never ending way of

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Orphaned Land Schedule Romanian Concert

Israeli metal band ORPHANED LAND have scheduled an appearance at Samfest in Satu-Mare, Romania on July 22.

ORPHANED LAND recently announced the details of three special concerts to commemorate the 10-year anniversary of their second album, "El Norra Alila". The concerts, which will take place this summer in Israel and Turkey, will see the band perform a two-hour set cosisting of the entire "El Norra Alila" CD along with selections from the band's other albums. The dates are as follows:

Jul. 29 - Tel Aviv, ISR @ Theatre Club
Sep. 14 - Istanbul, TUR @ Yeni Melek
Sep. 16 - Ankara, TUR @ Saklikent

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