Jul 01

Orphaned land – All Is One (2013)



Orphaned Land is a band that since their conception in the early 90’s has brought a new concept to the table of metal, as not other band has approached the problems of their very own geographical region like they have done it. Their message is simple and easy to understand: ‘No matter what religion, race, social status, political ideology you belong to. We are all humans, we are all brothers, and we all deserve to live in a peaceful and respectful world. Because guess what, we only have ONE’.

Their albums always bring a new message that just impact you in such of overwhelming way that it’s like a slap of reason and reality at the same time right in the face. Let’s put aside the level of musicianship and the talent to fusion Middle Eastern music with progressive metal, that is just the cherry on top for each of their albums. It is like a good wine, they only get better with the time. All Is One is their new masterpiece, crafted in Sweden, Turkey and Israel. The album brings the meaning of unity to a new level (just look at the album art). Songs like; All Is One, Brother and The Simple Man are just breathtaking, not only they grew as a band and polish their Middle Eastern sound, but they got heavier and added a more extreme-kind of touch to their metal side.

Let The Truce Be Known, is a clear representation of what Orphaned Land‘s message is about: Brotherhood beyond religious beliefs or historical disagreements, all embedded with beautiful and intelligent music. Through Fire And Water is a more traditional Middle Eastern song that was written in Hebrew and Arabic, and sung by Kobi and a Palestinian singer called Mira Awad.

Fail, is another punch in the face to the intolerance and the radicalism of society and their ‘irreconcilable’ creeds, the song adopts a more ghostly kind of voice by Kobi. The musical progression of this band just amazes me with every track, and this is an example of that. Freedom, comes off as the perfect blend between Middle-Eastern music and progressive metal, not that Orphaned Land had reached that already, but this song is perfectly engineered to blend both music styles, indeed astonish to say the less. Shama’in and Ya Benaye get you back to the epicness that this band can create, and with a beautiful Hebrew and Arab (I believe) singing style. Both songs will get you to a state of inner peace if you listen to it correctly and with an open mind.

Our Own Messiah, returns to the progression and musical technicality that the band has us used to, I really love the guitar work of Yossi Sassi on this song it’s just impressive and beautiful. The ballad Children closes this epic album full of great music, and a message that it’s as important that the music itself. If The Never Ending Way Of OrWarrior opened the international door to Orphaned Land, All Is One will take the band to uncharted territories, indeed one of the heavy contenders to be album of the year. From the musical talent, to the true inside the lyrical content of this band I don’t see a reason why, they are delaying giving this band the Peace Nobel already.



01. All Is One
02. The Simple Man
03. Brother
04. Let The Truce Be Known
05. Through Fire And Water
06. Fail
07. Freedom
08. Shama’im
09. Ya Benaye
10. Our Own Messiah
11. Children

Genre: Middle Eastern folk/progressive metal

Label: Century Media Records

Playing Time: 54 minutes

Line up:

Kobi Farhi – Vocals
Yossi Sassi – Guitars
Chen Balbus – Guitars
Uri Zelcha – Bass
Matan Shmuely – Drums




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