10/28/2005 - Review by: Ken Pierce
Orphaned Land - Mabool - 2004 - Century Media
The lineup of the band is Kobi Farhi (vocals), Yossi Sassi (guitar), Matte Svatitzki (guitar), Uri Zelcha (bass), Avi Diamand (drums), and Eden Rabin (keyboards) and truly the musicianship of the group shines brightly across the this epic. This is most notable in tracks like “Birth Of The Three”, “The Storm Still Rages On” and “Mabool”. The Ethnic flair comes out most notably in tracks like “A’Salk” and “Norra El Norra”. It was during this last track that if I closed my eyes I felt that I was at somewhere in the Middle East among people who were singing this sort of victory song. While I did not have lyrics I was not sure what exactly they were singing, and can only say they sounded good enough to have this track remain on my mind.
This CD is a highly recommended piece as it makes a difference in the Metal genre. It offers you different tastes of a potential new direction that the form can take over time and it’s quite a ride. I know you will find yourself repeating the CD a few times before finally turning it off. It’s exactly what I did. There are two CD’s in this piece and it contains live tracks but I did not have them for the purpose of review.
--Ken Pierce 07.27.05
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