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Orphaned Land - To Broadcast Tel Aviv Show Live Tonight

Israeli progressive metallers Orphaned Land have prepared a treat for their fans this Saturday, December 8th. The band's show in Tel Aviv Harbor, Israel, will be broadcast live at 20:00 GMT or 22:00 (Middle East time) via CultureBuzz - Israel. The band even created a small video inviting fans for the event, which can be seen below.


Band profile: Orphaned Land
Posted: 08.12.2012 by BloodTears | Comments (0)

Orphaned Land - Ask Fans To Help Nominate Band For Nobel Peace Prize

Israeli progressive metal band Orphaned Land is encouraging fans to sign a petition (created by a fan of the band) submitted to the Norwegian Nobel Committee to consider them for the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize, in case you think they are worthy of such a prize.


Band profile: Orphaned Land
Posted: 26.10.2012 by BloodTears | Comments (46)

Orphaned Land - Guitarist Matti Svatizky Leaves The Band

Matti Svatizky has decided to part ways with the long-running Israeli metal proggers Orphaned Land. One of the original founders of the band, Matti has issued the following statement: "To all of Orphaned Land's fans, from this moment on I will no longer be a part of the band."


Band profile: Orphaned Land
Posted: 11.06.2012 by RocknRaven | Comments (4)

Bilocate - To Support Orphaned Land On Their Turkish Tour

Jordanian doom/death metallers Bilocate have announced that they will be supporting Israeli folk-oriental metallers Orphaned Land on their upcoming tour through Turkey in February. The band will play four dates: in Istanbul, Izmir, Eskisehir and Ankara. Pre-sale tickets are available here. Proceeds from the Istanbul show will be donated to the survivors of the Van Earthquake.


Band profile: Bilocate
Event: Orphaned Land: Turkish Tour 2012
Posted: 15.01.2012 by Strifeman | Comments (7)

Orphaned Land - DVD Tracklist And Cover Revealed

Official press release

Century Media Records is proud to announce the release of The Road To OR-Shalem, a compelling live performance DVD by Israel's Orphaned Land. Set for European release on October 24th, 2011 (November 1st in the US), The Road To OR-Shalem is the premier Middle Eastern progressive metal crusaders' DVD debut and documents the band's incredible mission to unite warring factions in their home region through the power of music.


Band profile: Orphaned Land
Posted: 18.08.2011 by Angel_Lament | Comments (13)

Orphaned Land - European Tour With Arkan & Myrath

Orphaned Land will embark on an European Tour during November/December.

Special guests on The Tour To OR Shalem are French/Algerian/Moroccan oriental Metal band Arkan, Tunisian progressive metal band Myrath and French punk rockers ArtWeg.

Get all the dates below.


Band profile: Orphaned Land
Event: Orphaned Land: The Tour to OR Shalem
Posted: 22.06.2011 by JD | Comments (16)

Arkan - Orphaned Land Vocalist To Guest On New Album

Arkan have finished the recordings of their sophomore album, Salam (trans: Peace). The follow-up to 2008's Hilal will be released on April 18th through Season Of Mist.

The French/Algerian/Moroccan melodic death metal band with Middle Eastern influences has revealed that Orphaned Land mainman Kobi Farhi will make a guest appearance on the album.

The album was produced by Fredrik Nordström at Fredman Studio, who made the following comment: "With this album Arkan excel in their art of mixing metal and Arabic music. The result is close to a masterpiece and these guys are its amazing conductors."

"Arabic music brings endless inspiration and with Salam we are only beginning", the band adds.


Band profile: Arkan
Posted: 13.02.2011 by JD | Comments (4)

Orphaned Land - Forced To Cancel Show In Turkey Due To Political Crisis

The show of Israeli metal band Orphaned Land at Sonisphere Istanbul had to be cancelled due to the ongoing crisis between Turkey and Israel after the Gaza flotilla raid. The band has posted the following statement on the official website:

"Merhaba, shalom & salam to all our beloved fans & friends.

2 weeks ago, we were the happiest band on earth when we were announced to Sonisphere Istanbul, we all waited for this moment for so long.

Then, a political fucked up crisis started between our countries and a whole chaos started to go on and unfortunately still goes on till that moments.

After a few days of rumors we were sadly announced today that the security company who is responsible of the festival cannot guarantee our safety during the fest and therefore our show had to be delayed from this year…

You have to know that, we, Orphaned Land, we felt safe and we 100% wanted to come despite all, to have that show for the purpose of peace, friendship and brotherhood of our nations. The facts are that this is a big festival, with many people and many bands, and the security company didn't want to risk all of that just because of us. We couldn't agree with it, but we fully understand it and respect it. Yet, we and Purple productions, are very sad, it is such a strange feeling not to be able to play in Turkey, this is our second home!

Due to the situation that was created our show moved to Sonisphere Romania. We promise you all that we will make the maximum efforts to schedule new dates in Turkey very soon. We personally feel safe; we don't need any kind of security, surrounded by all of you makes us safe, but this is just us.

We wish to thank our amazing fans who wrote "Serefe" in our facebook fan page (there were hundreds of you!!) To all the people that opened support groups and even the ones that just expressed their opinion; you all are the greatest gift that a band could get. Please don't be sad about this cancellation, all delays are for the good, one day, politicians will learn and take an example from you and us, Inshallah.

Before we leave please remember this, our orphaned brothers - our countries flags may have different signs and colors but deep in our hearts shines the same flag - the flag of hope, friendship, brotherhood, don't ever forget it - it is our duty as disciples of the sacred oath.

Sherefe & mujuck to all of you,


Band profile: Orphaned Land
Event: Sonisphere Festival
Posted: 08.06.2010 by Promonex | Comments (0)

Katatonia - N. American Tour With Swallow The Sun, Orphaned Land

Katatonia will return to North America in September/October. Support on the tour will come from Swallow The Sun and Orphaned Land.

Tickets go on sale today exclusively through until May 1 at which point they will be made available through all regular ticketing systems.

Sep. 08 - Baltimore, MD - Sonar
Sep. 09 - Philadelphia, PA - Trocadero
Sep. 10 - New York, NY - Gramercy Theatre
Sep. 11 - Worcester, MA - Palladium
Sep. 12 - Montreal, QC - Petit Campus
Sep. 13 - Toronto, ON - Opera House
Sep. 14 - Cleveland, OH - Peabody's
Sep. 15 - Detroit, MI - Blondies
Sep. 16 - Milwaukee, WI - The Rave
Sep. 17 - Chicago, IL - Reggie's Rock Club
Sep. 18 - St Paul, MN - Station 4
Sep. 21 - Seattle, WA - El Corazon
Sep. 22 - Vancouver, BC - Rickshaw Theatre
Sep. 23 - Portland, OR - Hawthorne Theater
Sep. 24 - San Francisco, CA - Thee Parkside
Sep. 25 - Santa Ana, CA - Galaxy Theater
Sep. 26 - West Hollywood, CA - Whisky A Go Go
Sep. 27 - Mesa, AZ - U.B.'s
Sep. 28 - Tucson, AZ - The Rock
Sep. 30 - Dallas, TX - Trees
Oct. 01 - Austin, TX - Emo's
Oct. 02 - Houston, TX - Warsaw
Oct. 04 - Atlanta, GA - Masquerade
Oct. 05 - Louisville, KY - Uncle Pleasants
Oct. 06 - Raleigh, NC - Volume 11
Oct. 07 - Springfield, VA - Jaxx


Band profile: Katatonia
Event: Katatonia + Swallow The Sun + Orphaned Land
Posted: 13.04.2010 by Thryce | Comments (10)

Orphaned Land - Three Songs Streaming Online

Original news, posted on 16.12.2009

The metal webzine from Israel, Metalist Magazine, gives the opportunity to listen to one of the first songs of the upcoming Orphaned Land long awaited album The Never Ending Way Of OrWarriOR.

This song called "Sapari" is, like "Nora El Nora" (featured on Mabool), a cover of a traditional song and doesn't really represent the musical orientation of the album...

...but If you cannot wait anymore time to listen to the song, just follow this link and enjoy!

UPDATED, on 22.12.2009 (thanks to Forsaker)

A new Orphaned Land song, called "Vayehi Or" (English: "Let There Be Light") is available for streaming at the band's MySpace page.

UPDATE (thanks to BudDa and Jojolviking)

Another new Orphaned Land song is streaming on the band's MySpace page.

Vocalist Kobi Farhi adds: "With less than three weeks to go till the release of The Never Ending Way of ORwarriOR (for the Israeli and European fans), we have posted a brand new track online.

"Disciples Of The Sacred Oath II" is a heavy song, both musically and lyrically and it is one of the most important tracks of the album by its meaning. Indeed, it calls for a laying down of arms, to realize that the warriors are first of all brothers: "Lay down your swords, blood and flesh you share" ... "Shall we see the end of war, blood brothers?". It is definitively the most outspoken text we ever wrote on this subject.

Furthermore, as this song contains Arabic lyrics, we would like to dedicate it to our Arab fans and we hope that one day we will sing it together in a show in their home countries!"


Band profile: Orphaned Land
Posted: 06.01.2010 by Jeff | Comments (20)

Orphaned Land - Album Trailer Online

An album trailer to Orphaned Land's highly anticipated album The Never Ending Way Of ORwarriOR can now be viewed online. The album will be released on January 25th, 2010 in Europe, January 27th in Japan and February 9th in the USA. All info about the album can be found here.


Band profile: Orphaned Land
Posted: 28.11.2009 by BudDa | Comments (3)

Orphaned Land - New Album Details Revealed

Original news, posted on 12.11.2009

Official press release

On January 25th, 2010 the time of wait is finally over! Israel's Orphaned Land will finally release their highly anticipated fourth studio opus The Never Ending Way Of ORwarriOR in Europe (January 27th in Japan and February 9th in the US). 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 sophisticated concept album taking Orphaned Land's unique brand of exotic, heavy music to soaring new heights in terms of complexity and catchiness. It is an audible manifest that the time has come for Middle Eastern metal to take over!

Vocalist Kobi Farhi comments on the album's concept and the striking new promo photo as follows: "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."

Israel's Orphaned Land is probably the only band from this country that has managed to succeed at building up a huge following among Muslims and Arabian people. These fans communicate freely via the band's social networking pages, some of them even proudly bearing Orphaned Land tattoos, even though that puts them at huge risk in their home countries! The African musician Fela Kuti once said: "music is the weapon of the future" - Orphaned Land is the living proof of that!


Band profile: Orphaned Land
Posted: 20.11.2009 by White Winter Sun | Comments (27)

Orphaned Land - Finally Recording The New Album

The band posted this piece of news on their myspace blog:

"Israel's progressive folk metal masters Orphaned Land are currently recording the highly anticipated follow-up to 2004's "Mabool", and 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! Your Orphaned brother - Kobi."

"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"

Band profile: Orphaned Land
Posted: 05.05.2009 by Darkside Momo | Comments (27)

Orphaned Land - New Album On The Way

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"!

We are also doing the arrangements to finalise the artwork and dates for recordings and production later this year, and we are still looking for the right drummer to fill in for the album.

On another matter, Orphaned Land appears in Sam Dunn's new documentary "Global Metal", along with Metallica, Slayer, Sepultura, X-Japan and more, the film is a journey which is exploring the metal scenes in some rather exotic regions of the world, like for example in Dubai, Indonesia, China, Israel etc. The orphaned sons of the orient will soon come back to rock you!".

A trailer for "Global Metal" seeing Orphaned Land's Kobi Farhi appear alongside metal legends Tom Araya, Max Cavalera and Lars Ulrich can be viewed now here or here. Besides interview sequences, the movie also includes live footage filmed during an Orphaned Land show in Tel Aviv.


Band profile: Orphaned Land
Posted: 03.08.2008 by White Winter Sun | Comments (7)

Orphaned Land - Part Ways With Drummer

Israeli metal band Orphaned Land have parted ways with drummer Avi Diamond. The group's official statement on the matter reads as follows:

"If there's a lesson to be taken from nature's seasons, it is that everything is dynamic around us, and it's nature's way to remind us that we need to freshen up and move on from time to time.

"After several years filled with challenges and hard work, we've utilized our work with Avi Diamond.

"During this period we've recorded the album "Mabool", toured the globe, headlined festivals and dozens of events worldwide. We've put the Israeli metal scene into the spot-lights, and created precedents in the metal world as a whole, and in the Israeli metal history in particular.

"Avi Diamond is a world-class professional drummer and we had the privilege to play with one of the best drummers in the scene.

"We are not disqualifying the opportunity to return and work together in the future.

"We are confident that Avi will succeed in his path ahead, and wish him best of luck and all the greatness that this world has to offer."

Orphaned Land vocalist Kobi Farhi recently stated about the group's current activities, "We are still in the writing process of our next album, 'OrwarriOR'. We know it quite a while, but you all know how complex our latest album, "Mabool", was and we want to give you no less than that. The final result is most important to us and we simply haven't found the formula to produce an album every year. However, I can assure you that your patience will be rewarded! Right now, to keep the flame burning, we have confirmed a few headline and co-headline shows on some summer festivals and we hope to meet all of you there!"


Band profile: Orphaned Land
Posted: 09.08.2007 by Thryce | Comments (4)