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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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  • Elivener

    nice band

    Yesterday 7:32am Reply

    Are they zionist?

    28 Mar 12:05pm Reply
  • Gothic-13

    I love this band ^_^ <3 And I'm muslim ...

    24 Mar 2:49pm Reply
  • kasicA0804

    Israeli metal band Desert need your help. Share it \m/ Thank You \m/

    12 Mar 11:45am Reply
  • Spog_Zallagi

    Ah, spineshank, my pal from the Dimmu Borgir page, fancy meeting you here. But I digress: so, people criticizing a band preaching peace in the Mid East simply for the fact that they're from Israel? Uh-huh, yeah, that makes about as much sense as criticizing Martin Luther King for advocating civil rights... or anyone advocating civil rights for that matter.

    10 Mar 5:42pm Reply
  • spineshank155

    And there is plenty of everything for every person. That's the one thing that every religion misses is that there is enough room for everyone to grow and people should be kind to one another. Peace will happen when people settle their differences and everyone can focus on a primary goal which should be to grow, to learn and to allow others to experience the same.

    26 Feb 7:22pm Reply
  • spineshank155

    I do believe God exists, but not everyone listens to him. It's common sense to know that all life on this planet is important for our existence. Starting wars and war in general is a general ignorance of mankind's ability to work things out. We don't bother question why we fight over land when there is plenty of it for everyone. And if we were to run out of land, we would have to think 3 steps ahead to make sure we make the space work. If we absolutely have no space or not enough resources we can build a spaceship to colonize other worlds. Ego and selfishness has no place in our world, the sooner we realize that the sooner mankind can move on and grow. I believe that's one of the things the Bible wants, for people to grow and multiply. Well you can't multiply on a dysfunctional planet so how can you grow when things go from bad to worse. Just my 2 cents, there's nothing wrong with religion, it's that people take it the wrong way and to extremes. No one owns anything on this Earth.

    26 Feb 7:16pm Reply
  • spineshank155

    Exactly. Well things were very different during the biblical days. People during that time lacked knowledge and understanding. They didn't possess half of the knowledge that we know today. We know the Earth is round, that there are more planets then our own. The problem with religion today is it can be more detrimental to our survival rather than beneficial. It still does provide hope for those who struggle to understand the reasons for why things happen in the world, but religion alone does not make you any more spiritual than a smart phone can make a person more intelligent. It's really up to people to look within themselves & find inner peace and then understand that there is much more to live then words in a book. Many people go to church believing that they will be saved and that's really not enough. Even those who follow the Bible step by step could be just as Evil as those who are threatening to destroy the planet.

    26 Feb 7:09pm Reply
  • Wurzeltomte

    I just meant that it's important to have freedom between all religious people (and freedom in general of course)! I'm actually not really fond of religion or religious people (I'm an atheist), but I see the need to have freedom between all religions, cause the 'war' between religions makes the world more and more fucked up than it is today!

    26 Feb 11:13am Reply
  • PetitSagittaire

    [people worry about what religion is the true one, causing endless wars and bitterness with one another] yep, that's the main purpose of all monotheist religions

    25 Feb 8:41pm Reply
  • spineshank155

    I fail to see what is so bad about freedom to choose any religion, acceptance of all religions and wanting peace. I guess some people want (or don't really care) to see half the world covered in radiation. The world has so many different problems; war, poverty, greed, extinction of life (from man), ect... and people worry about what religion is the true one, causing endless wars and bitterness with one another. If we never find peace & create a paradise for ourselves, we are as good as dead.

    25 Feb 7:47pm Reply
  • Saeure_Trinker

    Make love, not politics and religion. ;)

    24 Feb 2:35pm Reply
  • DeadIEnd

    I didn't read the meanings in what WurzeItomte wrote as '[religion, something that we need more than ever today]' and what ZadionApocalaya wrote '[all anybody really wants is peace]', you're kinda twisting their words. Wurze wrote that the freedom to choose you beliefs and religion even if it's just being atheist or whatever you'd like is needed, and Zadion wrote that peace is the most ideal state for a person in a country. Not that every country and person upholds it and wants to uphold it in the first place in this age or in any age. What they wrote didn't show they were ignorant at all. You just seem like you wanted to come up with a rebellious comment just for kicks to sound cool.

    23 Feb 2:29pm Reply
  • ZadionApocalaya

    Are there actually people who are criticizing Orphaned Land trying to promote peace just because they're Israeli? Seriously? What Orphaned Land attempt with their music is amazing, and I greatly respect them for it. Where you stand in the political war going on is irrelevant, because no matter what your position is, all anybody really wants is peace.

    13 Feb 5:14pm Reply
  • Wurzeltomte

    Exactly DeadIEnd! Orphaned Lands music is not about politics. The fact that they're from Israel don't make them support any governmental activity! They stand for freedom of religion, something that we need more than ever today!

    12 Feb 10:53pm Reply
  • DeadIEnd

    Hello everyone, I ask of you to kindly shut the fuck up about the politics and listen to the music.

    10 Feb 3:18pm Reply
  • StormLightsBane

    So, we have a band that puts aside its differences and wants everyone to get along, and fans fight in the comment box about Israel-Palestine... jesus christ.

    10 Feb 1:10pm Reply
  • Thurible

    JIDF detected below

    6 Feb 9:34pm Reply
  • armagedion

    Israel was "stolen land" till 1946.

    6 Feb 3:27pm Reply
  • armagedion

    Everybody who claims that Zionists are new Nazis is a moron. Listen to music and don't discuss politics because your brain is incompetent for such task. It's funny how Internet allows people who have never been to Israel (and probably don't even know where is it on map) to comment and act like they know all the shit.

    6 Feb 3:24pm Reply
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