Israel’s breakthrough band Orphaned Land – the pioneers of Oriental metal – have returned with All Is One and an in-your-face message for everyone to embrace:
“People should be judged by their hearts and inner sincerity, not their religious beliefs.”
Three years have passed since the release of The Never Ending Way Of ORWarriOR (Produced by Steven Wilson – Porcupine Tree) and in that time Orphaned Land have toured the world, brought their message to the people, and almost 20 years into their career, continue to cement their reputation as band with a purpose. Something beyond melodic death metal, black metal and folk metal, Orphaned Land doesn’t base their music on myths that other bands sing about; they focus on situations in the real world that are happening right here, right now. You’d be hard pressed to find any other musicians in Israel that have influenced so many people in outside the country’s borders, and in the eye of opposing religious views Orphaned Land are, in many ways, considered enemies. There’s no escaping the fact, however, that the band’s music has broken down those barriers and unified a community. It wasn’t a new age band or a jazz band that brought people together; it was a Middle Eastern heavy metal band called Orphaned Land.