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Petah Tikva, Israel (1991 – present)

Orphaned Land is a band from Petah Tikva, Israel, formed in 1991. They combine oriental elements and traditional Jewish folk music with slow /.

Orphaned Land is a / band at its core, but they are highly influenced by the music and tradition of the Oriental Jews (Mizraḥim), making their sound much more progressive than typical doom/death bands. Their album Sahara (1994) was the first to include a combination of and traditional oriental music. In their second album El Norra Alila (1996), Orphaned Land elaborated the combination of and oriental music, including the addition of song with traditional oriental Jewish piyyut and Arab melodies. This album conveyed a message of co-existence between Jews and Muslims. Their third album, Mabool (the Hebrew name for the Deluge, depicted in the Bible and Noah’s story), 2004, was worked for seven years and takes the combination of doom/death metal, oriental music and biblical issues to a new level. The album tells the story of the seventh son of God (who was divided into three, each one symbolizing one monotheistic religion) which try to warn humanity from a coming flood (deluge) as punishment for their sins. Musically, the album contains oriental instruments, two choruses, traditional Yemenite chants sung by Shlomit Levi and quotes of Biblical verses from the story of the Deluge, read by Kobi Farhi, Orphaned Land’s vocalist and one of its founders.


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  • PetitSagittaire

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  • Redhawk1000

    Zionists are worse than Hitler. [3] Boycott Orphaned Land and every Israeli product and organization.

    Yesterday 3:52pm Reply
  • CataBasis

    Shut the fuck up and just listen to the music.(2)

    25 Jul 1:12pm Reply
  • dogerwaul

    Shut the fuck up and just listen to the music.

    24 Jul 6:53am Reply
  • bored1000

    It's not a genocide. If the IDF wanted to kill Palestinian civilians you can be sure they wouldn't risk soliders by sending them into Gaza, bombings from the air would have been enough. And I don't think you understand the number of assassinations that were cancelled due to civilians in the area, try reading a little before you post your stupid hateful comments. Hospitals were bombed because Hamas' terrorists hid rockets in them, killing children is in no way acceptable but you cannot go into war with collateral damage (I want to make it clear that I, personally, am very sorry for every civilian that gets killed during the operation). Oh and BTW, like I said before, when the coward terrorists hide behind children in Gaza and try to kill innocent Israelis, our army is doing its best to avoid killing innocents and puts a lot of effort to protect our civilians (thanks to them, we don't have a lot of civilians killed- I suppose you've heard of Iron Dome).

    23 Jul 10:01am Reply
  • PetitSagittaire

    Zionists are worse than Hitler. [2]

    22 Jul 11:43pm Reply
  • PetitSagittaire

    22 Jul 11:35pm Reply
  • Cabrasevera

    Defending is murdering children and babies? bombing hospitals? babies are terrorist now?. it´s a genocide, the NNUU is doing nothing because it´s USA bitch. They support genocide , another country would be invaded by USA for doing that, but Isreal not cause is USA´s bitch.

    22 Jul 6:29pm Reply
  • bored1000

    Guys look at @Cabrasevera, he's so cute, isn't he? He lives in Mexico and never had to feel scared of rockets that may hit his house or his friends, and still thinks he has the right to judge a country that defends itself from terrorists. And he compared Israel to Hitler! HE IS SO FUCKING CLEVER! Sparing the lives of palestinians who are sent to protect terrorists and serve as human shields has so much in common with trying to murder an entire nation who did nothing! Shame on you mankind.

    22 Jul 12:00pm Reply
  • Twin-Turbo

    Palestinians and other anti-semites are worst than hitler. I Support Israel with all my heart. Shame on you mankind.

    22 Jul 7:04am Reply
  • Cabrasevera

    Zionist are worst than hitler. I Support palestine with all my heart. Shame on you mankind.

    20 Jul 10:56pm Reply
  • LucifereZ

    Kobi is a zionist.

    18 Jul 5:54pm Reply
  • saYcoZodiac

    @iSui well said

    15 Jul 6:50pm Reply
  • murmler3

    @ Redhawk1000: Being from Israel doesn't make them a zionist band. Maybe you should check what Orphaned Land stand for before considering a boycot

    9 Jul 8:32am Reply
  • Sanity_Theorist

    @iSui I agree with that, I still enjoy Orphaned Land quite a bit...when I think of Christian bands doing lyrics I like, it tends to be more veiled, like Demon Hunter and Blindside. Orphaned Land's vocalist speaks very good English these days, though, which definitely helps me get into their Mabool and later material.

    1 Jul 1:26pm Reply
  • ish_

    Orphaned Land live pics Tuska Open Air Metal Festival available here: enjoy!

    30 Jun 8:09pm Reply
  • iSui

    @Sanity_Theorist I don't think you have to be religious to like music with religious themed lyrics. I'm agnostic and I care about lyrics but as long as the music is good & the lyrics are good though they may not meet my interests I listen to it. :) (Okay but then I can also listen to songs just for the music even when the lyrics are cheap, haha. :D)

    18 Jun 3:20pm Reply
  • orangexlemon

    Never thought i would see Yisus in a metal band

    17 Jun 3:53am Reply
  • ZadionApocalaya

    Actually, Myrath and Orphaned Land are both primarily progressive metal bands. But Orphaned Land is more Opethian prog, whereas Myrath is more like Symphony X. But what sets Orphaned Land beyond Myrath IMO is that OL used middle-eastern folk more extensively than Myrath does.

    15 Jun 12:16am Reply
  • Sanity_Theorist

    I think the biggest credit I can give them is getting a staunch atheist like me to love them for their sound through being religious themed, yet not preachy. The oriental influences make them unlike any other metal band I know (Myrath don't count, different metal subgenre.)

    14 Jun 4:25pm Reply
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