ORPHANED LAND – All Is One
- by Matt Coe
- Posted on 20-07-2013
Israel act Orphaned Land return to the market with another studio album of exotic Oriental metal in "All Is One". Choirs, Middle Eastern instrumentation, and folk music- these are a small portion of dynamic nuances that make the quintet unique and special- but what helps Orphaned Land is the fact that they remember to temper the left field outlook with a strong electric, progressive metal base.
From the slow marching "The Simple Man" to slightly extreme vocal employment for the darker "Fail" on through the chanting aspects of their cultural orientated "Ya Benaye", Orphaned Land illustrate the beauty and creativity that metal’s landscape currently can display with the right players at hand crafting sounds we wouldn’t expect. Their fifth album continues a strong tradition, and for that the five-piece deserve praise: making your mark in Oriental metal probably leads to a tight, close-knit cult following at best, but I doubt they would want things any other way.