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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.
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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.”
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:
THE DEVIL'S BLOOD
Israeli metal band Orphaned Land has posted an album teaser at this location.
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.
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.
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."
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...
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...
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
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...
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:
OVERKILL / U.S.A.
U.D.O. / Gemany
CYNIC / U.S.A.
TO/DIE/FOR / Finland
ORPHANED LAND / Israel
IRON MAIDNEM (IRON MAIDEN tribute) / Hungary
INNER WISH / Greece
EMERALD SUN / Greece
URKRAFT / Danmark
BURNING POINT / Finland
THE COLD EXISTENCE / Sweden
VOICES OF SILENCE / Romania
PSYCHO SYMPHONY / Romania
INDIAN FALL / Romania
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
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:
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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
The 11th edition of the Brutal Assault festival is scheduled for August 10th - 12th in Svojsice U Prelouce (100 km east of Prague), Czech Republic.
Organizers have issued the following update:
This year’s event promises more impressive expansion and confirms that the organizers don’t intend to stagnate. On the contrary, from year to year, the festival’s program is more and more various and promises more and more foreign metal crowd-pullers for the fans of promiscuous extreme genres. Thanks to the participation of many first-rate metal bands, this event aspires to become a major metal festival in central Europe.
It’s difficult to say which band can be branded as the headliner because this year’s lineup offers up several giants of the metal genre.
Great attraction, especially for fans of atmospheric or symphonic black metal are Norwegians black metal gurus DIMMU BORGIR. In their case we can look for a frosty and dark concert experience.
The next exclusive guest comes from the USA. FEAR FACTORY, who were well known as a representatives of dehumanized cyber metal, but nowadays they come with a new actual face of the year 2006. More...
Israeli metal band ORPHANED LAND have announced plans to play a special 10-year anniversary show for their second album, "El Norra Alila". The concert, which will take place this summer in Tel-Aviv, will see the band perform the entire "El Norra Alila" CD, along with selections from the band's other albums. More details will be revealed soon.
ORPHANED LAND are currently working on material for their new album, "ORwarriOR", which will be produced by Steven Wilson of PORCUPINE TREE. A 2007 release via Century Media Records is expected.
ORPHANED LAND is a band which combines progressive heavy/death-metal rock with ethnic Middle Eastern/Arabic/Israeli elements, a unique hybrid of styles that contributed to Steven's decision to work with them. The group have recorded three albums to date, the most recent of which, "Mabool", was their Century Media debut.
Existing completely outside of the mainstream, ORPHANED LAND have managed to create a large worldwide following, and their recent appearances in Europe and the USA at the ProgPower festivals have brought them to the attention of a whole new audience. Wilson is, of course, known from his main project PORCUPINE TREE as well as the producer of three of OPETH's albums.
With regards to the next album's concept, Farhi had previously stated, "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).
"Every year in late December there's a day where the longest night and shortest day (light time) is measured, meaning that the days to arrive after that night are getting longer, and the nights turn shorter. Spiritual[ly], it's the rebirth of light and death of the darkness. ORPHANED LAND's comeback show in 2001 was exactly on this day, without us paying attention even to this fact. Some might say its coincidence; some will claim for a 'guiding hand from above', your choice…
"Why do we deal with the war of light? The light is the source for everything on this planet; we are all sons and warriors of light. Even if we're not aware of it, we all fight for our right to shed light into this hectic world. In 'Mabool', for example, the three heroes where well-aware of them being Warriors of Light, trying to find for mankind's right to awake and possibly turn back the faith of darkness being brought to earth by the flood. In the meantime, many of us live in confusion, suffering and despair, full of sadness and being let down, leading to self-destruction and lack of self-security. We re-live the traumas of the past, while happiness stays 'somewhere in the future.' The 'here and now' is almost inexistent in our lives."
Israeli metal outfit ORPHANED LAND have parted ways with keyboardist Eden Rabin. Eden's official statement on the matter reads as follows:
"My dearest friends, as of today, I decided to leave ORPHANED LAND due to personal reasons I do not wish to divulge. The ORPHANED LAND members have always been dear friends, and they shall stay my friends for eternity. Who knows?! Maybe we'll find ourselves on the same stage again one day. It is indeed possible! I cannot stress enough the happiness and joy each and every one of you has brought upon my life! I'm always at your service: email@example.com. Don't hesitate to write. And above all: THANK YOU, THANK YOU AND THANK YOU for everything!" More...
The weekend of September 16-17th was quite a memorable one for me. I traveled down to Atlanta, Georgia from my New Jersey home to attend ProgPower VI. This year’s ProgPower consisted of Angra headlining Friday night’s show along with Conception, Orphaned Land, Circus Maximus, and Manticora opening. Saturday’s line up consisted of Stratovarius headlining, along with Therion, Pink Cream 69, Symphorce, and Stride opening.
During my stay, I was able to interview Mati from Orphaned Land and met Mark Edwards from Overlorde. Both guys were exceptionally kind, down to earth, as well as excellent guitar players and should definitely be listened to when the opportunity arises. Though Overlorde did not play, Orphaned Land did and put on quite an amazing show. During their set I found out that one of the guys standing in front of me was so dedicated to the band, that he flew all the way from Israel, where Orphaned Land is from, just to see them! What makes Orphaned Land such a band to command this response from a fan is the fact that they are very energetic on stage, quality musicians, and are able to bring everyone at the concert together. To see Orphaned Land is its own experience in itself. No matter who plays with Orphaned Land, the show will be memorable! More...
After their successful tour supporting Paradise Lost in April and May this year Israel’s Orphaned Land will be back for more shows displaying their unique progressive, yet emotional sound and stage presence.
Singer Kobi Farhi on their live-return: "Hello to all the orphaned brothers out there, the storm of our album “Mabool” is still striking! The Storm Still Rages Mini Tour - We can't wait to meet you all once again!!!"
Check out Orphaned Land video clips for “Ocean Land” and “Norra El Norra” at www.orphaned-land.com as downloads.
The Storm Still Rages tour 2005: More...
Israel’s Orphaned Land is gearing up for their 2005 ProgPower USA VI appearance where they will be performing an all-acoustic set Thursday, September 15 at ProgPower USA’s pre-party and a metal set for their Friday ProgPower USA VI performance. Sold out for a consecutive four years in a row (this year in 3 days) ProgPower USA has quickly become North America’s most praised festival. In the past the festival has attracted prestigious European metal acts for their initial U.S. performances such as Nightwish, Blind Guardian, and this year Stratovarius.
Orphaned Land vocalist Kobi Farhi sends this message out to the band’s fans:
Hi everyone, after living on the road and completing 40 shows in 21 countries (with Paradise Lost, some mini tours, and festival dates), we are getting ready for the double acoustic / metallic shows we will be playing at ProgPower USA VI. We have never played two different shows like this back to back. It’s going be really exciting, especially as it is our debut U.S. performance. We can't wait to meet you all." Guitarist Matti Svatski commented, “I have never been to the U.S. and it has been a dream of mine since childhood. Playing such a respected festival with such top of the line bands makes the adventure seem that much more extreme.
The video for “Norra El Norra”, the second video from Israel’s Orphaned Land's album "Mabool," has been posted here. Singer Kobi Farhi explained the making of the video and how they filmed it:
We had decided to make a video out of existing live footage. I guess someone loves us up there because the next day we had a message waiting in our forum from an unknown director. He said he’d seen the "Ocean Land" video clip and that he would be willing to produce the "Norra El Norra" clip free of charge!!! We started preparing to shoot the video immediately. I first chose the cast, choosing some of my best friends (they had to run all day long, the poor bastards: I think they quit smoking because of us). Then we chose the 3 locations: Tsedek Fort (the band playing), the old city of Jaffa (the chase scene), and actually in my home (before the birth scene). It was a great experience and I think the result is excellent! You can download the clip at our site as well, and also watch photos of the making of at www.orphaned-land.com.
Orphaned Land's first U.S. appearance will be at Atlanta’s sold-out ProgPower USA VI. Additionally, the band will be performing an acoustic set at the festival’s pre-party: for information click here. The band, who recently was added to Paradise Lost’s European tour, will be performing at several European summer festivals. Tour dates: More...