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Orphaned Land - Never Ending Way of ORwarriOR

Orphaned Land – The Never Ending Way of ORwarriOR

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Orphaned Land has breathed new life into metal with their duality of light vs dark, East vs West, old vs new, good vs evil.

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The new Orphaned Land is the most interesting metal record I’ve heard in a couple years. And that’s no shot at their previous releases- this is only their third since ’96, and first since ’04.

Simply, it’s a series of incredible contradictions that fully work in concert.

Dark vs light. Ugliness vs beauty. East vs West. Strength vs vulnerability. Heavy vs melodic. Old World vs modernity. Distorted vs clean. Loud vs acoustic. Anger vs compassion. Guttural vs symphonic. Simplicity vs complexity. Good vs evil. Death vs Life.

More spiritual than Opeth. More diverse than Virgin Black. More classical than Sepultura. More organic than Cradle of Filth. Mixed by Steve Wilson (Porcupine Tree/Opeth), I’ve heard the album described as Israeli progressive folk metal. Now, that’s a niche.

Highlights: Sapari, The Path Part 1: Treading Through Darkness

Haiku:
The new Orphaned Land/
Is filled with contradictions/
Which work really well

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