Israeli metal outfit ORPHANED LAND have issued an update following their trip to the ProgPower festival in Atlanta, Georgia, where they shared stage with such renowned acts like ANGRA, CONCEPTION, PINK CREAM 69, STRATOVARIUS, SYMPHORCE, THERION and others.
Considering that the festival was sold out in three days, it is not surprising that ORPHANED LAND vocalist Kobi Farhi's feedback on the band's recent touring season is very positive:
"Hello all orphans in Germany and Italy!! We just came back from ProgPower USA where we played two shows. It was our debut show in the USA and we played an unplugged set at the pre-party (we all wore white outfits) and the day after we plugged our guitars and made some oriental Middle-Eastern NOISE! After 43 shows in 22 countries, after we destroyed Summer Breze and ProgPower festivals we are ready to bring you the first European HEADLINER shows!!!"
"Over the weekend Orphaned Land played for over 1,000 people in a Shuni Fortress for over two and a half hours. They performed both an acoustic and an electric set, and played tracks from all three of their albums (track list below). The band was impressed to see the crowd respond overwhelmingly to tracks from their Century Media debut, 2004's "Mabool". Vocalist Kobi Farhi commented on their enthusiastic performance: "I was in ecstasy! I was singing the first half of the first song in the electric set, when I realized that the microphone was on the other side of the stage. I couldn't understand why I couldn't hear myself; it became the joke of the show . The crowed threw loads of candy at us (as Jewish usually do in Bar Mitzvah since it was Orphaned Land's Bar Mitzvah). In the acoustic set we were dressed in white clothing and then for the electric we changed into black, the switch of the vibes was so perfect!" The band brought along six female singers to perform the choral arrangements for "Building the Ark", a cellist, and other guest musicians. Pictures from the extended performance can be viewed here.
"Six months after the release of the majestic milestone "Mabool - The Story Of The Three Sons Of Seven", we are about to offer our first ever video clip "Ocean Land". Vocalist Kobi Farhi:
"Hello everyone and Shalom from the Orphaned Land of Israel! Finally after many years we filmed a video clip, to the song "Ocean Land" from our latest album "Mabool", it's our first video clip ever! It was a very hard day of working and we were on set for 18 hours. We had two different locations:
1. In the sea (where we bumped into hundred of Medusa jellyfish! It was very tough and we remained brave, but got wounded)
2. Underwater shots in a swimming pool - I had to sing for hours under the water, I drank so much pool water, yuck! We also filmed Matti playing a guitar solo under the water.
Israeli prog-metallers ORPHANED LAND recently hosted a hometown CD release party for their new album, "Mabool" (due in the U.S. on April 6 through Century Media Records). Vocalist Kobi Farhi checked in with the following update:
"Hello to all our ORPHANED brothers and sisters, we had the launch party release of 'Mabool' two days ago and it was a blast!! More than 1,200 people attended, and the event was completely sold out! 200 people unfortunately had to go home with no tickets...we played for an hour and a half and at the end of the show we wore costumes, because it was Purim's eve — same as Halloween, and we played a few more songs and a funny cover version for the theme song from 80's TV series — 'Transformers'!! We hope to see you all in the U.S. stages real soon."
A brand new ORPHANED LAND track, titled "Ocean Land", has been posted online in Real Media format at this location: http://www.centurymedia.de/century/mainarea/audio.aspx?id=orphaned_land__ocean_land.rm.
"Ocean Land" comes off the Israeli group's forthcoming third album, "Mabool", due on February 23 through Century Media Records.
The group's first release since 1996's "El Norra Alila" features vocals that were partly sung by female and male classic as well as oriental choirs in five languages: English, Hebrew, Arabic, Yemen and Latin as well as "a form of gibberish," according to an official press release.
Aside from the five band members, more then 30 guests appear on the album. Among them is a percussionist who plays more then 10 different instruments. Also, a lot of oriental instruments such as Oud, Saz and Buzuki are used besides violins, cello, piano and classic/acoustic guitars.
ORPHAHED LAND's new album „Mabool" is almost done and recorded in both Zaza and Bardo Studios in Israel. Here's a short message from singer Kobi Farhi:
„Hello everyone, we are in the end of mixing of our long awaited album „Mabool", it is the most hard and painful creation we did in our lives, the album is more then 70 minutes long and contains 12 concept songs telling the Mabool (story of the Flood) and the story of the heroes - the three sons of Seven.
Here is the final song titles, each of them reflects a different part of the whole tale:
1. Birth Of The Three (The Unification)
2. Ocean Land (The Revelation)
3. The Kiss Of Babylon (The Sins)
5. Halo Dies (The Wrath Of God)