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Orphaned Land Singer Kobi Farhi Talks Music, Anti-Semitism And The Middle East

For many of us metal fans, getting the opportunity to meet and talk with our favourite musicians and bands is an incredibly exciting thing. Over my ten years with Metal Underground, I've been privileged not only to interview bands I love, but to meet some of metal's most interesting people, such as Ashmedi of Melechesh, who has been the subject of several television shows and a documentary and Overkill frontman Bobby Blitz, the man who's beaten death several times and still infects everyone with his sense of humour.

On the final day of my interview tour last year, I stopped in Camden, north London to witness an international display of metal from Voodoo Kungfu from China, Crisalida from Chile and Imperial Age from Russia (see interview here.) The gig was headlined by Israeli group Orphaned Land, who many cite as the fathers of "oriental metal," fronted by the charismatic singer Kobi Farhi. The band and most notably Farhi have been very vocal and outspoken about their belief in their cause to help unite all people in the Middle East, be they Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Atheist or whomever and it's this passion for unity which has seen them become one of the most talked about and important metal bands going today. They have been the recipient of several peace prizes and were even put forward by a petition to receive the Nobel Peace Prize. I was fortunate enough to meet with Farhi and discuss how much of a role music can play in the world today, the everyday battle with racism and religious intolerance and much more.

Orphaned Land will release their new album, "Unsung Prophets & Dead Messiahs" on January 26th through Century Media.

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Ollie Hynes has been a writer for Metal Underground.com for four years and has been a metal fan for ten years, going so far as to travel abroad for metal shows.

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