Orphaned Land may have very well sealed themselves as one of the most creative and talented bands of the 2000s, or aughts. For people unfamiliar with Orphaned Land, they are an Israeli band that play a certain unique mix of progressive metal, Middle-Eastern folk metal and death metal.
This week frontman Kobi Farhi took time to talk about creating the band’s inspired new album, “All is One“. The band’s sixth studio album is slated for a June 25th release in the U.S (and one day earlier internationally) through Century Media Records. “All is One” is the follow-up to the band’s stunning 2010 effort, “The Never Ending Way Of ORwarriOR“.
Orphaned Land‘s presence in the fields of metal is a credit to the geographical and musical diversity of metal these days and a boon to its being as a genre intent on the pushing of boundaries in all manner of concepts. The way they mix their styles alone is unique, but to create such mesmerizing and creative music the way they do makes them phenomenal.
Offered Farhi of the new album:
“I’ll say it plain and simple — ‘All Is One’ is Orphaned Land’s best album so far. I feel that we took all aspects to a new level — the way we write, arrange, play and produce. We recorded the album in three countries (Turkey, Sweden and Israel) and it turned out so strong, we can’t stop listening to it. The album is very rich in sound, with more than 40 people participating (choirs, violins, and many traditional instruments, too).
“Our secret recipe was always the fact that unlike many other bands, Orphaned Land doesn’t follow ONE master mind that writes everything; we work in a way that ‘all is one.’ We create our music in a perfect blend of synergy and harmony and all the band members are a part of this process. We translate the album’s title and message exactly in the way we work, and we always hope we could give a bit of an inspiration to the people in the tragic Middle Eastern lands.
“We have fans all over the Middle East. We live in a place where huge amounts of people who consider themselves enemies still share one thing in common, they are all fans of Orphaned Land, and in these lands of orphans and bloody holy wars, our only weapon is music, and hopefully we will grow to understand that ‘All is One.'”
You can listen to the full interview below as Farhi talks about the band’s ability to unite fans conflicting nations and much more.