artist : Orphaned Land
genre : Middle Eastern Folk Metal
year : 2010
One of the best bands of Israel, Orphaned Land is now among the top contenders for producing that one album in their career which leaves everybody stunned. The Never Ending Way of ORwarriOR is an album that has the band firmly fixed to their roots, and has so much of metal that I do not know where to start. I’ll start by being honest. Their earlier offerings Sahara, El Norra Alila and Mabool could not hold my attention by which I ain’t dismissing them but due to the same reason I was in two minds about their fourth album The Never Ending Way of ORwarriOR. Some thing kept telling me that the album should not be neglected. Until I played the album in question and I had to shut the fuck up.
These gifted musicians from the middle east have now set themselves apart from hordes of those bands who play progressive metal. If I listen to fans of the band then Orphaned Land had done things differently right from their debut but for me this is it. They began writing their music with a lot of doom / death influence and have now gotten used to a more progressive sound. Of course what remains common is the middle eastern aroma which is not at all hard to figure out in any of their creations.
The whole fucking thing about musicianship and songwriting, recording and mastering has been explored. The band’s instrument-bonding approach gives the listener a very wound-healing feel. The chants, growls and clean singing accompanied by a lot of female vocals, juxtaposing several sounds out of traditional instruments from Israel with the usual ones is all grabbable.
Orphaned Land‘s performance on The Never Ending Way of ORwarriOR makes it difficult for the listener to differentiate between reality and fiction. This is a giant leap in the band’s career and you will only gain by pocketing this album.
Rating : 4.5/5