Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Orphaned Land - All Is One - Documentary

With elements of Eastern, Western and Asian influences in the heavy metal band’s music, Orphaned Land is known for its message of peace and unity among Jews, Arabs and Christians. The band’s songs are in Hebrew and English, and its last album, “All is One,” was produced in Israel, Turkey and Sweden.

 From the All is One bonus DVD. All rights reserved by Orphaned Land.

When the band was first formed in 1991, it was called Resurrection. The group of dark-haired and goateed musicians, which still includes bassist Uri Zelha, has added electric guitarist Chen Balbus, drummer Matan Shmuel and guitarist Idan Amsalem, and is led by the long-haired and tattooed Farhi. 
They have performed nearly continuously for the last 25 years.

Considered Israel’s premier heavy metal band, Orphaned Land opened for fellow metal band Metallica during its 2010 performance in Israel.

In 2013, Orphaned Land and Palestinian rock group Khalas performed across Europe together, sharing a stage and crowded tour bus for a kind of coexistence tour. Reactions were all positive, with Orphaned Land described as “quite possibly the most popular Israelis in the Middle East.” 

Their fans started an online petition to nominate them for the Nobel Peace Prize and the two bands won the 2014 Global Metal Award from the Metal Hammer Golden Gods, attended by Farhi and Khalas lead vocalist Abed Hathut.[1]

[1] Steinberg, Jessica. "‘Changing Clothes,’ Heavy Metal Band Goes Acoustic in Museum Gig Orphaned Land Will Perform with Ethnic Group Habrera Hativeet’s Shlomo Bar at Jerusalem’s Islamic Art Museum." The Time Of Israel. April 5, 2016. Accessed April 6, 2016.