5 years. That’s the time Blind Guardian British fans had to wait to see their idols on stage again since the 2010 Sacred Worlds and Songs Divine European tour. Released in the same year, “At the Edge of Time” was a commercial success but perhaps didn’t reach the level of its predecessor “A Twist in the Myth”, which was a pure masterpiece. This time, the bards have highlighted the symphonic side on their new offering “Beyond the Red Mirror” by collaborating with three different orchestras and choirs (from Budapest, Prague and Boston). Concerning the folkloric elements, they have been completely removed. Some old fans may not appreciate this change of musical direction, but it is still a great Blind Guardian album that confirms their status of symphonic power metal masters.
Metal Rules UK Team member Victoria Fenbane, grabbed an interview with Chen Balbus, guitarist for Israeli oriental metal act Orphaned Land , before they took the stage at The Dome in Tufnell Park, London. They discussed the band’s musical influences from home, the inevitable politics questions and how the band ended up becoming associated with the metal fusion belly dance phenomenon.
Bloodstock has become something of a staple holiday for many metal heads, with its fine selection of musical delights, the drinking until dawn, great company, dressing up and of course the bin jousting! What more could you want besides all of this?
Israel’s ORPHANED LAND has now teamed up with Metal.de to debut the atmospheric video for the band’s latest single, “Brother”. This track is taken from ORPHANED LAND’s upcoming 6th studio album, All Is One, which is due out June 24th in Europe and June 25th in North America via Century Media Records. Watch the video for “Brother here.
Israel’s very own ORPHANED LAND will release their long awaited new album, All Is One, on June 24th in Europe and June 25th in North America via Century Media Records. Today the band has revealed the incredible cover artwork for their 6th full-length, which was created by the French artist Metastazis (PARADISE LOST, AS I LAY DYING, SONNE ADAM, WATAIN, etc.) by perfectly incorporating the three biggest religious symbols into one piece of art. See below for All Is One‘s track-listing:
Israel’s very own ORPHANED LAND is in the final stages of recording their long awaited 6th full length album. The name of the new album will be All Is One, and it will see the light of day on June 24th in Europe and June 25th in North America via Century Media Records.
Vocalist Kobi Farhi comments about the new album and the progressive evolution of the band’s music since their last full length, The Never Ending Way Of ORwarriOR:
“I’ll say it plain and simple – ‘All Is One’ is ORPHANED LAND’s best album so far, I feel that we took all aspects to a new level – the way we write, arrange, play and produce. We recorded the album in 3 countries (Turkey, Sweden & Israel) and it turned out so strong, we can’t stop listening to it. The album is very rich with more than 40 people participating (singer choirs, many violins, and many traditional instruments too). Our secret in the band was always the fact that unlike many other bands, ORPHANED LAND doesn’t follow ONE master mind that writes everything, we work in a way that All Is One. We create our music in a perfect blend of synergy and harmony and all the band members are a part of this process, we translate the album’s title and message exactly in the way we work, and we always hope we could give a bit of an inspiration to the people in the tragic Middle Eastern lands. We have fans all over the Middle East, we live in a place where huge amounts of people who consider themselves to be enemies still share one thing in common, they are all fans of ORPHANED LAND, and in these lands of orphans and bloody holy wars our only weapon is music, and hopefully we will grow to understand that All Is One.” Read the rest of this entry »
ORPHANED LAND is one of the most respected and loved musicians over the entire globe, a band that dedicates their existence to the world language of metal music and cross-cultural understanding. While not overtly political, ORPHANED LAND is nevertheless proud of creating a reality of coexistence that has escaped politicians and peacemakers alike. They often speak of the power of music to turn purported enemies into friends, frequently pay homage and encourage collaborations with Arab and Muslim artists and have made their latest album free to download for anyone in a number of Middle Eastern and North African countries. Over the past years these warriors of light achieved great things for the freedom of art, cultural and religious understanding.
Now, a petition to the Norwegian Nobel Committee has been submitted to consider ORPHANED LAND for the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize, and we think this is really something to support. Please sign this petition if you feel the same way.
Kobi Farhi, singer of ORPHANED LAND, shouts out: “This is my personal request to all my friends from the Middle East, Turkey, and in general from all my Muslim friends! We know for a long time now that we are above politics, we know that if it was in our hands, peace would have prevailed right away. Please enter this link and sign if you find us worthy, please also spread the word and share it on your pages. I send my endless love to all of you and all my love and best greetings for the coming holyday in a few days. Salam/Shalom/Peace. Kobi”
Please click the link below to enter the petition:
Orphaned Land “The Beloveds Cry - 20th Anniversary Edition”
20th Anniversay edition comes digitally remastered in digipack and includes bonus tracks.
North America July 17, 2012: End Of The Light Records will be releasing the brand-new, 20th Anniversary edition of Orphaned Land’s very first recordings, “The Beloveds Cry”. Originally released in 1993, this limited digipak adds liner notes inside, along with freshly-remastered original recordings and 2 bonus tracks. Go back to what started it all for these Israeli adventurers. “The Beloveds Cry” is being distributed by DisManic via eOne Distribution.
It’s impossible to ignore the Middle- East conflict as a major topic affecting the planet as a whole. For decades every attempt to make peace between Israel and the Arabian world has remained futile and the death toll keeps rising. Where politicians have failed, a mere metal band daringly labeling its style “Jewish Muslim Metal” or “Middle Eastern Progressive Metal” has actually achieved the unimaginable and united Israeli and Arabian people in spite of all their cultural, religious and political differences and conflicts!
“We are very proud to release the 20th anniversary edition of The Beloved’s Cry as this is our youth, first ever recording as Orphaned Land. We have recorded it when we were 17 byears old and financed it from pocket money we got from our parents. This always bring some nice, old memories & dreams we had back then, and it’s great to see we achived many of them in our 20 years carrier. I think this edition is a must to every Orphaned Land fan.” – Kobi Farhi
Orphaned land is recognized as one of the top doom metal bands worldwide.
One of the best bands in the World¨ according to Steven Wilson of Porcupine Tree.
Founding member of “Orphaned Land” the worldwide pioneers of middle-eastern metal, Yossi Sassi, continues to soar to new horizons with debut solo album.
North America July 17, 2012: Lead guitarist and founding member of Orphaned Land, Yossi Sassi, will be releasing his debut solo album, “Melting Clocks” in the United States and Canada through End Of The Light Records and is being distributed by DisManic via eOne Distribution.
Familiar to numerous music fans all over the world by his unique trademarked signature sound, Yossi Sassi blends East with West, Rock with World music, melodic tunes with progressive passages, and traditional folk instruments with roaring electric riffs. Yossi plays 17 different types of guitars and traditional instruments, combine that with constantly exploring sound and musical boundaries, while driving inspiration from different cultures around the world, along with over 20 years of experience in producing and composing music can only lead to an album that is sure please as it is to take you on a musical adventure transcending all musical boundaries.
“Melting Clocks” is a conceptual album about the daily routines of life and choosing between the path that is known and the path you truly desire inside your heart. Plans of a North American tour in fall of 2012 are currently in the works, and he sends out this message to his fans. “I got some amazing responses about “Melting Clocks” from friends and fans across the U.S and Canada. It’s heart-warming to know that this album’s musical journey is appreciated! I have great memories from my last tours in the U.S, East to West, as well as Canada, hopefully I’ll come to melt your clocks soon :)”
Melting Clocks features the legendary guitar player Marty Friedman (Megadeth) as guest musician.
Yossi Sassi, is the lead guitar player of Orphaned land, an amazing doom progressive metal band from Israel, and one the best bands in the world according to Steven Wilson of Porcupine Tree.
Melting Clocks is an instrumental album that combines Middle Eastern sounds, progressive music, funky grooves and amazing melodies.
ORPHANED LAND have become one of the most talked about bands in heavy metal this year. Between being featured on The World, releasing a new album and becoming a unifier of Arabs and Jews in the middle east, ORPHANED LAND have proven that music can cross all boundaries and bring people together. Now, you have the chance to see fans from all walks of life coming together at Hellfest to see ORPHANED LAND this past weekend. The link below shows the band playing their final song of the night and the fans going wild as ORPHANED LAND deliver one of their most moving performances ever.
Vocalist Kobi Farhi comments, “Last weekend at Hellfest, Orphaned Land proved once again that music is above politics, above religion even. Music is our religion and once again we succeeded to create harmony and unification between so called enemies. Check out this video to understand the power of music and hopefully we will visit your hometown sometime in the near future! We salute you all, warriors of light!”
ORPHANED LAND recently teamed with Metal-Army.com to give their music away to fans in countries who have banned the group. By visiting www.metalarmyinternational.com, fans in all Middle Eastern countries can download ‘The Never Ending Way of ORwarriOR’ completely free. US fans also have the option to download a sampler of songs from the album. If you are one of the few who have yet to check out ORPHANED LAND, now’s your chance!
ORPHANED LAND have made international headlines recently for their hard work to unite fans in Arabic countries through heavy metal, even giving away their most recent album, ‘The Never Ending Way of ORwarriOR’, to fans in these countries (as well as the United States). Now, another exciting announcement has come from the camp as guitarist Yossi Sassi has been invited to share the stage with former Megadeth guitar virtuoso MARTY FRIEDMAN for his upcoming show in Israel on May 31st at Reading 3 Club in Tel Aviv.
Yossi comments, “Although I have shared stages with Metallica, Iron Maiden and many others, I’m excited more than ever to cooperate with Marty on the same stage, shoulder to shoulder. His recordings with the legendary Jason Becker were one of the milestones for me as a guitarist, through his wonderful solos with Megadeth to his current impressive solo career. Since the beginning of our relationship, Marty seems to be as pleasant and professional as one can be during mutual preperations towards the show together. I believe we’ll produce nice work together, in the upcoming show and beyond.”
As state above, ORPHANED LAND have posted ‘The Never Ending Way of ORwarriOR’ online for download by fans in Arabic countries as well as the US. If you reside in one of these territories, visit http://www.metalarmyinternational.com to download the album for free. ORPHANED LAND was also featured on PRI’s The World as a force bonding Muslim and Jewish youth in the Middle East through the mutual love of music. Check out the story here.
Israeli prog/metal band ORPHANED LAND has just posted the following statement regarding the current events in the Arabian world:
“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.
With love, peace, Salam & Shalom,
If you are lucky to live in a country where you can simply go out to a record store and buy whatever you want – grab your copy of “The Never Ending Way Of ORwarriOR” and support this fabulous band as they still live up to their message!
ORPHANED LAND recently completed an extremely successful run across North America in support of their opus ‘The Never Ending Way of ORwarriOR’. Now the band is set to celebrate their 20th anniversary in their homeland of Israel, revealing two very special performances on December 9th and 10th at Reading 3 in Tel Aviv. ORPHANED LAND will feature special guests on both shows and their will be film crews on hand to document this incredible experience for an upcoming DVD release.
Performing with the band at both shows will be none other than the legendary STEPHEN WILSON (Porcupine Tree). He will be joined on December 9th by PARADISE LOST’s Greg Mackintosh and December 10th by iconic Israeli singer Yehuda Poliker. The pioneers of Middle Eastern Heavy Metal have certainly pulled out all of the stops for these upcoming shows. Stay tuned for more info on ORPHANED LAND coming soon!
Oriental metal sensation ORPHANED LAND will continue to tour massively in support of their much acclaimed new opus “The Never Ending Way Of ORwarriOR” (OUT NOW!) as the band has just confirmed an extensive European run with Amorphis and Ghost Brigade kicking off November 5, 2010!
Vocalist Kobi Farhi states:
“Hi everyone – as you can see “The never ending tour” goes on!!! We’re very happy to add many dates in Europe with Amorphis to our schedule since they are a band we really love. We’re looking forward to seeing all of you again, so make sure you’ll be there!”
Until then, ORPHANED LAND will be busy playing several major European festivals this summer (incl. Wacken, Gods Of Metal, Summer Breeze) plus a US tour supporting Katatonia from September 8th to October 7th, 2010. To view the band’s complete itinerary, head over to
26.06. Collegno (Italy) Gods of Metal 2010
27.06. London (UK) The Underworld
06.08. Wacken (Germany) Wacken Open Air
20.08. Dinkelsbuehl (Germany) Summer Breeze Open Air
21.08. Méan (Belgium) Méan Metal Festival VI
05.11. Copenhagen (DK) Pumpehuset
06.11. Aalborg (DK) Metal Festival
07.11. Hamburg (D) Markthalle
09.11. Glasgow (UK) Cathouse
10.11. Manchester (UK) Academy 3
11.11. London (UK) O2 Academy Islington
12.11. Utrecht (NL) De Helling
13.11. Vosselaar (BE) Biebob
14.11. Aschaffenburg (D) Colos-Saal
16.11. Leipzig (D) Hellraiser
17.11. Warsaw (PL) Proxima
18.11. Wien (AT) Szene
19.11. Pilsen (CZ) KD Serikovka
20.11. Ljubljana (SLO) Cvetlicrna
21.11. Budapest (HU) Diesel
23.11. München (D) Backstage
24.11. Ludwigsburg (D) Rockfabrik
25.11. Erstfeld (CH) Transilvania
26.11. Bologna (IT) Estragon
27.11. Lindau (D) Club Vaudeville
28.11. Bochum (D) Zeche
The Israeli progressive metal combo Orphaned Land will be releasing a brand new opus called "The Never Ending Way Of ORwarriOR". The long waited fourth album gives a massive journey into the Middle Eastern metal with obviously folk music approach involved. The album is based on an interesting concept. Even though it is already some years having passed by since Mabool, the Israeli metallers have returned with a strong and brilliant album. Therefore, it is about time to have an interview with Orphaned Land in Metal-Rules.com and chat with the guitarist Yossi Saaron Sassi about the new album.