OR­PHANED LAND PREPARE NEW AL­BUM

Steve Hack­ett joins the Mid­dle Eastern col­lec­tive on philo­soph­i­cal record­ing.

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Or­phaned Land are putting the fin­ish­ing touches to their sev­enth stu­dio al­bum, which will be re­leased through Cen­tury Me­dia on Jan­uary 26. Un­sung Prophets

And Dead Mes­si­ahs sees the band re­turn­ing to their roots un­der the watch­ful eye of Swedish pro­ducer Jens Bo­gren (Opeth/Kata­to­nia).

“I feel we’re go­ing back to the pro­gres­sive vibes we had on [2004’s] Ma­bool,” says front­man Kobi Farhi. “Some of the songs are very long and there are longer gui­tar so­los. We’ve gone back to what feels nat­u­ral. The al­bum is al­most like a sound­track, and the mes­sage is very am­bi­tious – it’s a very strong protest al­bum.”

Ac­cord­ing to Farhi, the con­cept has been in­spired by Plato’s Al­le­gory Of The Cave. “I use a lot of mo­tifs from that story to show that we are choos­ing to stay in our caves, even though we’ve ad­vanced in so many other as­pects, like tech­nol­ogy. Through­out his­tory, when­ever an im­por­tant rev­o­lu­tion­ary comes along, he or she ends up be­ing as­sas­si­nated. Look at Socrates, Je­sus Christ, Martin Luther King, even Yitzhak Rabin. We still deal in weapons and wars, and we still can’t fig­ure out how to live in peace. It was Al­bert Ein­stein who said, ‘The world will not be de­stroyed by those who do evil, but by those who watch them with­out do­ing any­thing.’”

Farhi sang on Steve Hack­ett’s The Night Siren, and the gui­tarist has re­turned the favour with a pas­sion­ate guest ap­pear­ance on Un­sung Prophets….

Or­phaned Land will be play­ing Europe next year. For more, visit www.or­phaned-land.com. NRS

STU­DIO PORTRAIT: KOBI FARHI TRACKS VO­CALS WITH SINGER SHLOMIT LEVI.

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