Who's your favorite heavy metal band from Israel? What, you didn't know there were metal bands in the Middle East? Well, one that you need to check out is ORPHANED LAND. Their new record, The Never Ending Way of ORwarriOR hits stores on February 9th, 2010 (Jan 25th overseas).
Although the band is from Israel, they are looking to unite all of Middle East - no matter the country or religion - through their music. And to top it all off, they have one of the most striking publicity photos I've ever seen portraying this unity.
Vocalist Kobi Farhi comments on the album’s concept and the striking new promo photo as follows: “First of all, I wish to thank each and every one of you for all the comments you left for our new band photo. The comments were from Jews, Christians and Muslims as one, you all know that this unification is what we’re all about..."
Farhi continues: "The Never Ending Way of ORwarriOR is a concept album revolving around a hero: the warrior of light. This hero isn't someone specific, but could be the listener of the album himself, as this album deals with the problems we are facing in our lives every day. Especially here, in the Middle East, we feel that we are trapped in a loop of confusion and darkness. Living in this region, we see that year after year nothing changes. People continue to die in useless wars and we are trapped in a bloody circle. ORPHANED LAND has been around for 18 years and we continue to sing about the same subjects and stories, because after 18 years we are still living in a tragic, orphaned land. To fight this tragedy we have chosen a peaceful, yet powerful weapon: our music.”
If you want to check out another great article on the band, check out the story my fellow Jewish bloggers over at METALSUCKS did by clicking HERE