Song of the Day: 7/23/13 Orphaned Land – Ocean Land

Posted: July 23, 2013 by arkayem1 in Song of the Day
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Rarely do I tolerate religion in my music (something I’m trying to get over), but there are those select few artists whose music just warrants a special place in my heart. Orphaned Land’s ‘Ocean Land’ (off the album Mabool) caught my ear a few months ago and earned such a place. The band’s faith, and Israeli routes shine through in their music and quite honestly doesn’t bother me one bit. Why? The music just speaks, that’s why.

Orphaned Land's Mabool was released February 23rd, 2004 via Century Media Records. Genre: Folk Metal/Progressive Metal

Orphaned Land’s Mabool was released February 23rd, 2004 via Century Media Records.
Genre: Folk Metal/Progressive Metal

This song in particular is riddled with ethnic instruments that saturate the background providing a nice bed for the convincing ruggedness of the guitars to operate over. What hooked me, however, were the vocals of Kobi Farhi. The man can death growl with the best of them and can sing just as well, if not better. Be that as it may, religious artists often carry a rep for preaching at you. Their music is often viewed as a Trojan horse waiting to get behind the Atheistic/Agnostic barrier to spring brainwashing stories of miracles, God(s), and being saved etc, etc. For those of us who you who are of such conviction, you may want to steer clear of these guys. The band is pretty much unapologetic (as they should be) in the way they intertwine stories of their faith and religious lore into their music. The music should be enough to look past all that fluff, after all there is still enough metal here to satiate the most brutal of appetites. \m/

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