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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The sale of IRON MAIDEN’s Trooper beer was recently halted in Sweden by the country’s state-run liquor store monopoly Systembolaget due to legal concerns over the skull and crossbones motif on the label.
Independent U.K. brewer Robinsons, which created a real ale in partnership with heavy metal band IRON MAIDEN, has now released the following statement regarding the matter:
“Due to local Swedish government alcohol and marketing act which do not allow elements of war, weapons or aggression to be featured on alcoholic product, we were unable to sell Trooper beer to our fans in Sweden unless we modified the label artwork.
“As our first and foremost priority is for our Swedish fans to be able to enjoy Trooper beer, we amended the label by simply focussing purely on [IRON MAIDEN mascot] Eddie’s face and are now very pleased to advise that the new label, currently exclusive to Sweden, has now been approved.
In the December 2013 / January 2014 issue of Revolver magazine, MOTÖRHEAD’s Lemmy Kilmister was asked about the band’s performance at this year’s Wacken Open Air festival in Germany, which was cut short after six songs due to his health issues.