Album Reviews, Artists / Bands, Culture, Metal / Hard Rock — August 23, 2013 at 4:10 pm

REVIEW: Orphaned Land – All is One



Artist Name: Orphaned Land
Title Name: All Is One
Label: Century Media
Reviewed by: Fabio Marraccini



Almost nothing in metal can be more unconventional than Orphaned Land. They are progressive in their own special way: they mix folk and Middle Eastern music with metal, they come from Israel, and they will get me to comment on lyrics content for the first time in years. Don’t get me wrong, I do respect lyrics and the messages that the bands are trying to convey, but to me it’s always the music above all – so they could be talking about Satan, God, Bozo or what they had for dinner last night and for me it wouldn’t (almost) make any difference. Maybe it’s the fact that when I started my journey into music I could not understand the lyrics if they were in English or any other language than my native tongue – Brazilian Portuguese. Maybe it’s the fact that to me lyrics are just the cherry on the top of the cake – and if the cake is good, I’ll eat it regardless.

In any case, the theme encompassed by these chaps on their latest opus All Is One, and in particular in the opening song of the same name, is the need for us (yes, us, Mankind, that means you too) to live in harmony despite our different beliefs (or lack thereof). Ah, the song is brilliant too, musically speaking. The whole album is. Magnificent marriage between heavy riffs and Middle Eastern melodies across the whole thing. Besides the opening song, “Fail” is a stand-out, as it is one of those melodic tunes that gets easily stuck inside your brain. “Our Own Messiah” is worth mentioning for its perfect mix of some daunting and heavy chugging, with vocal melodies that can only come from one place on this Planet – Middle East.

I’m not sure if this album will be of any help in solving what seems to be an endless and senseless fight over our differences in faith. But it will for sure help in carving Orphaned Land‘s name in the stone wall that has all the names that made metal unique and perennial.