Orphaned Land
Mabool (The Story of the Three Sons...)


5.0
classic

Review

by Tyler Munro EMERITUS
February 3rd, 2006 | 422 replies | 33,423 views


Release Date: 2004 | Tracklist


If you've never heard of Orphaned Land, and I won't be surprised if you haven't, there is no better time than now. The album which I am about to review is no ordinary album, but then again they are no ordinary band. Hailing from Israel, Orphaned Land are a band who mix the traditional folklore of Israel and Arabia with Progressive Death Metal.

Quote:
Originally Posted by The concept behind the album
"It is starting with the birth of the three heroes, then describes their whole journey including all their adventures and finally ends with the flood which fills, covers and destroys the sinful Orphaned Land by a raging storm. The three heroes are the Snake, the Eagle and the Lion (check their sign, the triangle of the three which will be included in the artwork of the album) and they are described as the sons of Seven. They are the sons of the three monotheistic religions (Judaism, Christianity, Islam) and despite the war of beliefs running in today's reality the heroes to prevent more bloodshed. Sadly their mission fails and thus they have to face the flood"
Birth Of The Three (The Unification)

To be frank, I will be so bold as to say this album is a complete masterpiece. Although somewhat reminiscent to Opeth, there is literally no other album that sounds like this. Whether it is something as simple as the bands usage of female vocals or the integration of instruments such as a Bouzouki and Oud, Orphaned Land use oriental elements flawlessly; they stand out and distinguish the album, but are never overbearing. The album is sung in many languages (English, Hebrew, Arabic, Yemenite and Latin) as well as a form of Gibberish (this is what the band refers to it as) that band themselves have created.

Instantly when listening to the album the listener will know this is not a typical metal album. The album starts off with what is said to be a recording of singers on an Indian street, but that quickly fades into the sound Orphaned Land have perfected over the years, a sound so varied yet so distinguished it's just impossible to forget. Using both clean and harsh vocals, not to mention a full choir and female vocals, the first song set's the pace, if you can call it that, for the rest of the album. The music is captivating and complex, melodic yet intense. The band has managed to utilize not only their talent to the fullest, but the talent of their guest musicians. The overall sound of the album is hard to describe, it really must be heard to be believed.

The arrangements, the vocals, the instruments; the album is perfect. Whether it's using quiet acoustic passages or heavier metal segments, you're always being challenged with this record. The album is as close to perfection as possible; the vocals are both beautiful and yet intensely heavy. The usage of somewhat Spanish style acoustic guitar parts in cohesion with metal works perfectly. The Middle Eastern percussion melds perfectly with the drums. I realize I've yet to really distinguish the sound, but it's merely because there's just so much going on. The story is beautiful, the lyrics are wonderful and the music is top notch. This is easily one of the greatest albums I have ever heard, and while it may seem like a bold statement, once you hear the album you will understand. Although it took 8 years for this album to come out, I think it was well worth it. Orphaned Land has managed to make a classic album, an album with literally no faults. The album is long, but never drags. It's complicated but not for the sake of being complicated. The album is a work of art.

Stand out Moments

The transition from an almost latin sounding acoustic passage to a very, for lack of a better word, Jewish metal passage at the beginning of "Norra El Norra - Entering the Ark".

The diversity of "Halo Dies - The Wrath of God". The tempo changes and wonderfully executed clean vocals, the synthezisers and the crushing guitars.

The choir passages mixed with Middle Eastern percussion and a piano during "Building the Ark".

I could go on for days, just do yourself a favour and pick this up.

100/100

5/5

10/10

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Whatever you want to call it, this album is perfect and it must be heard. I apologize for this not being the most professional review, but I'm just at a loss for words. This album is a must hear.

http://www.orphaned-land.com/

Thanks for reading



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Wish
February 3rd 2006



262 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I have to agree with you in saying it's a masterpiece. Everything about this album is bang on. It is certianly one of my favourite albums that I own.

Didn't it take seven years to make?

Excellent review This Message Edited On 02.03.06

Cravinov13
February 3rd 2006



3854 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

These guys are incredibly good. Great review.This Message Edited On 02.04.06

munky_magik
February 3rd 2006



46 Comments


I really liked the tracks that Det uploaded an age ago, it's strange that I never followed them up.
I shall have to purchase this, funds permitting unfortunately

Jawaharal
February 3rd 2006



1832 Comments


What I heard off this album was really good. I tried slsking it once but couldn't find it

Neurotoxin
February 3rd 2006



90 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Wonderful album. I ordered it about a week ago, but it hasn't arrived yet.

Shattered_Future
February 3rd 2006



1540 Comments


I had this, listened to about 5 minutes of it, and got rid of it. Too weird for me.

Today, I'm regretting that decision. I really need to get this back...

paranoid923
February 3rd 2006



6 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

This album is brilliant although a bit hard to get into. I love the use of all the different instruments and vocals.

Mike: I used to have this but lost it... I think Jay might have a copy though if you want to give it a listen.

Shattered_Future
February 3rd 2006



1540 Comments


Yea, but he's never around.

I'll need to go bother him later.

Reywas
February 3rd 2006



148 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Can you say finest metal album to date.

Tyler
Emeritus
February 3rd 2006



7926 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I can, and did, many many many times :P

To be honest, I also disregarded this at first Shattered, but I kept reading so many praises I just sat down one night with my headphones and listened to it from start to finish and literally said "wow" once it was over.

Reywas
February 3rd 2006



148 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

The first time I heard this I almost ejaculated. I'm not kidding. This album is pretty close to being orgasmic. This single handidly outshines everything 2004 has to offer and is easily in my top 5 of the 2000's. Can't recommend this enough. Props to CAC for the review.

Shadows
Moderator
February 3rd 2006



2530 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I'm getting this right now. Sweet review again. Aeon struck a chord with me, so I have faith in you recommendations.



Tyler
Emeritus
February 4th 2006



7926 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

[quote=ShadowsFallen]I'm getting this right now. Sweet review again. Aeon struck a chord with me, so I have faith in you recommendations.[/quote]
Let me know what you thinkThis Message Edited On 02.04.06

Reywas
February 4th 2006



148 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I just realized you're the guy that reviewed Protest The Hero. I got that because of your review and liked it. Excellent.

Zmev
February 5th 2006



983 Comments


I have not heard of this band until now, but I've got this album coming on slsk, hopefully it's as good as its made out to be.

Zmev
February 5th 2006



983 Comments


Ok technically its pretty sound, i like the guitar working with the keyboard, its just the voice im not a fan of so far. Perhaps its the whole this is almost 3:30am that is making his growling be a urnoff right now.

jimay333
February 12th 2006



433 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

cant read the quote at the top...

Tyler
Emeritus
February 12th 2006



7926 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

It's the concept of the album

“It is starting with the birth of the three heroes, then describes their whole journey including all their adventures and finally ends with the flood which fills, covers and destroys the sinful Orphaned Land by a raging storm. The three heroes are the Snake, the Eagle and the Lion (check their sign, the triangle of the three which will be included in the artwork of the album) and they are described as the sons of Seven. They are the sons of the three monotheistic religions (Judaism, Christianity, Islam) and despite the war of beliefs running in today's reality the heroes to prevent more bloodshed. Sadly their mission fails and thus they have to face the flood”

Reywas
February 17th 2006



148 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

The vocals are unbelieveable. I'm mean the guy is not a top notch growler but the sheer diversity of vocals is incredible.

Cravinov13
March 16th 2006



3854 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

This album is musically, vocally, and lyrically perfect. The production is even really good.



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