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Orphaned Land – The Never Ending Way of ORwarriOR

Israel’s prog-metal prophets are back six years after the release of Mabool with yet another biblical epic. That this band manages to write religious prog-metal concept albums and actually pull it off without coming across as incredibly pretentious or just lame still amazes me. Regardless of how you feel about religion or how silly or offensive you find a metal band singing about god to be, their music still feels genuine and honest and allows you look past any preconceptions you might have had.

That being said, I’m glad that the ridiculous promo shot I thought to be the album’s cover was only a promotional insert. Sometimes even bands you love do things you wish they wouldn’t, but you learn to live with those things and forgive them. You kind of have to as a metal fan. The costumes are pretty convincing though, aren’t they? At least it’s a well-made silly photo. This might actually be what makes Orphaned Land as good as they are. That they do everything with such conviction makes their work more than just novelty, and impossible to ignore. Continue reading

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