ORPHANED LAND German television documentary online
Rockpalast, a German TV program has produced a one-hour documentary on Israeli Progressive Folk Metal band ORPHANED LAND. The film contains live footage of ORPHANED LAND and CARCASS (who have a guest appearance in the documentary). Watch the video below.
ORPHANED LAND incorporates Middle Eastern influences into nearly all of its songs and is considered the premier metal band in Israel. They also regularly critique religion and politics, with singer Kobi Farhi telling New Statesman in a recent interview that he avoids adopting straightforward political stances. "Look, I don't like the current Israeli government," he explained, "but people make the mistake of thinking we are left wing. We are not. We are not right wing either. We don't like politicians and their corruption."
ORPHANED LAND boasts a large and devoted following of both Jews and Arabs. What's more, the band made headlines in 2013 by touring with Palestinian metal outfit KHALAS. The two bands shared a tour bus, a stage and even the prestigious Metal Hammer award.
Asked by New Statesman whether he would accept that being Israeli puts him in a privileged position compared to the Palestinians, Kobi said: "To be Jewish is not privilege! Look at our history. We are boycotted across the Middle East. We have fans in Egypt, but we can't play for them. And it's just a car drive away!"
ORPHANED LAND's latest album, "Unsung Prophets & Dead Messiahs", was released on January 26 via Century Media.
"Unsung Prophets & Dead Messiahs" track listing:
- The Cave
- We Do Not Resist
- In Propaganda
- All Knowing Eye
- Chains Fall to Gravity
- .Like Orpheus
- Poets of Prophetic Messianism
- Left Behind
- My Brother's Keeper
- Take My Hand
- Only the Dead Have Seen the End of the War
- The Manifest - Epilogue