Israeli progressive folk metal masters ORPHANED LAND will release thier sixth full-length album, “All Is One”, in North America on June 25 (one day earlier internationally) via Century Media Records. The cover artwork for the follow-up to 2010’s “The Never Ending Way Of ORwarriOR” was created by the French artist Metastazis (PARADISE LOST, AS I LAY DYING, SONNE ADAM, WATAIN) by perfectly incorporating the three biggest religious symbols into one piece of art.
“All Is One” track listing:
01. All Is One
02. The Simple Man
04. Let The Truce Be Known
05. Through Fire And Water
09. Ya Benaye
10. Our Own Messiah
The official lyric video for the song “Let The Truce Be Known” can be seen below.
Commented ORPHANED LAND singer Kobi Farhi: “I’ll say it plain and simple — ‘All Is One’ is ORPHANED LAND‘s best album so far. I feel that we took all aspects to a new level — the way we write, arrange, play and produce.
“We recorded the album in three countries (Turkey, Sweden and Israel) and it turned out so strong, we can’t stop listening to it.
“The album is very rich in sound, with more than 40 people participating (choirs, violins, and many traditional instruments, too).
“Our secret recipe was always the fact that unlike many other bands,ORPHANED LAND doesn’t follow ONE master mind that writes everything; we work in a way that ‘all is one.’ We create our music in a perfect blend of synergy and harmony and all the band members are a part of this process. We translate the album’s title and message exactly in the way we work, and we always hope we could give a bit of an inspiration to the people in the tragic Middle Eastern lands.
“We have fans all over the Middle East. We live in a place where huge amounts of people who consider themselves enemies still share one thing in common, they are all fans of ORPHANED LAND, and in these lands of orphans and bloody holy wars, our only weapon is music, and hopefully we will grow to understand that ‘all is one.'”
ORPHANED LAND‘s forthcoming effort will be the band’s first to feature guitarist Chen Balbus following the departure of Matty Svatizky in June 2012 due to “personal” and “professional” issues.
From September to November, ORPHANED LAND will play stages all over Europe in support of “All Is One” — but before heading out on this headlining tour, ORPHANED LAND will play a few festivals and shows in South America and Europe.
“The Never Ending Way Of ORwarriOR” sold around 600 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The CD landed at No. 80 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200.
“The Never Ending Way Of ORwarriOR” was released in Europe on January 25, 2010.
ORPHANED LAND‘s concert DVD, “The Road To OR-Shalem”, was released in October 2011 in Europe and November 2011 in the U.S. viaCentury Media Records.
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Philip Anselmo (DOWN, PANTERA) joined reformed heavy metal legendsACCEPT on stage this past Saturday, June 22 at Hellfest in Clisson, France to perform the band’s classic song “Fast As A Shark”. Fan-filmed video footage of his appearance can be seen below.
ACCEPT’s April 12 concert at Teatro Caupolicán in Santiago, Chile was professionally filmed for the band’s forthcoming DVD.
During a recent interview with Radio Futuro, guitarist Wolf Hoffmannrevealed that ACCEPT is planning to enter the studio soon to begin work on the follow-up to 2012’s “Stalingrad”. “We’re currently gathering material,” he said. “We’re writing stuff actively, so give us a few more months, and hopefully, by the end of the year, we ‘ll have enough material to actually start working on a new studio album. But it won’t be long. I can’t guarantee when exactly it’s gonna be happening, but we wanna definitely go back to the studio as soon as we can.”
Mitchell Peters of Billboard.biz recently conducted an interview with Scott Sokol, SLAYER’s booking agent at Pinnacle Entertainment for the past 15 years.
Asked if there were ever discussions about taking a break from touring after the May 2013 death of SLAYER guitarist Jeff Hanneman, Sokol said: “I think if it happened while they were on tour it might’ve been different. But Jeff hadn’t been [touring] with the band for close to three years at this point. So it wasn’t like [Hanneman’s replacement] Gary Holt [of EXODUS] was new to the equation. At the time of Jeff’s passing, Gary had been in the band for two and a half years. It wasn’t going to help anybody to cancel what they were doing. The band likes to go out there and play. Not that I’m a counselor, or anything, but I think part of the way they deal with things is to do what they love. And they love to go out there and do their thing.”
Sokol also spoke about how SLAYER’s live show has changed since Gary Holt joined the band to replace Jeff Hanneman. “I don’t think they’ve really missed a beat there,” he said. “There’s no replacement for Jeff. Gary doesn’t replace Jeff, who is a legend unto himself. But Gary Holt, to a degree, is also that. He’s just a little different