13:47 - Marcel Hubregtse FUnny to see that one of their live members is JB of Aborted and Herder.
13:47 - Marcel Hubregtse Verwoed's Bodemloos release gig was great yesterday. Btw also first time ever that Verwoed played live.
12:15 - Zaphod That joke got old about 11 years ago
12:08 - ANGEL REAPER September has ended, time to give Billie Joe a call to wake him up like good old internet tradition says..
10:30 - RazMan @RedOctober In Anathemas case I think it's good, Distan satellites was a bit disappointing but other that that I've loved all their albums. But Opeth won't climb out of the grave they dug with the three last albums.
08:56 - RedOctober The probability of Opeth becoming metal again is similar to Anathema becoming metal again.
08:49 - God Alone [link] It's 29 minutes long, but I read on The Ajna Offensive fb page it's an LP, not an EP.
Orphaned Land, one of Israel's most successful musical exports, have recently premiered their new video for "Let The Truce Be Known" taken from the actual album All Is One. The video can be seen here now. The video was directed and edited by Vadim Mechona and produced by Yan Lubin. "Let The Truce Be Known" is one of the band's favourite songs ever. The lyrics and the story are based on the World War I's "Christmas Truce".
Kobi Farhi on behalf of Orphaned Land: "The tragedies we see in the Middle East are down to the fact that no negotiations, nor peace conventions, will ever help us achieve peace as long as hate, revenge, and self- victimisation are used as excuses for war. The majority of the Middle East's population suffers from a terrible education system; it's actually a worldwide phenomenon. Our first childhood toys are always toy guns. These childhood moments are the most important, when our personality is shaped, and we are subconsciously preparing ourselves for the use of weapons, for wars, for enemies. Add politics and media systems to the equation and you'll get a chaotic loop that never ends. Is it in our nature to fight? Yeah it is, but we can educate ourselves to hold different values.
- Imagine a world where we have more education and less economical conventions.
- Imagine a world where all the religious leaders, the ones who claim they are Ambassadors of God, will gather as one and not leave the room, until as one unified voice they declare that war is the most hated act in the eyes of God. Why aren't they doing this already?
- Imagine a new education system, a one that way before teaching us about the bloody history of humanity, we will learn about the value of life, we will learn that life is sacred and that killing is a worldwide taboo. We will also learn about how to have a dialogue, how to talk, how to listen to each other. It seems to be more important than Mathematics for the moment.
-Imagine if we were brought up believing that going to war and killing someone is forbidden, the same way that it's wrong to have sex with someone in our family. That's a deliberately extreme example, but just imagine the same first reaction every human will have to the idea of sex with a sibling, and imagine them reacting the same way for killing someone or going to war.
- Children of the Middle East should play football, play in bands, grow up in a safe city. They shouldn't run away from rockets, bombs and all the irresponsible wars that we, the adult ones, bring to them from their birth up until the moment they become warriors themselves.
Janusz Korczak, the founder of a Jewish orphanage in World War II, said once, before being sent to his death with all of his children: "If you want to change the world, change the education system". Therefore, until we will do so, until we will understand it, until then, as tragic as it may sound - we are doomed for an eternal loop of wars.
Great speech indeed. It's funny that he, and the band as a whole, can speak on these issues without taking sides, yet places like the Orphaned Land last.fm shoutbox are always flooded with verbal wars.