Orphaned Land
All Is One


3.5
great

Review

by Duffluc USER (4 Reviews)
June 26th, 2013 | 31 replies | 4,457 views


Release Date: 06/24/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Orphaned Land returns with a record that, while not as impressive as their past works, is enjoyable none the less and maintains their signature sound superbly.

2 of 3 thought this review was well written

In an age where originality is in danger of practically going extinct, there are fewer and fewer active bands that can truly claim to be pioneers. Most bands simply adopt a formula, tweak it to their liking, and then allow themselves to fall into a muck of other artists that sound the exact same. This isn't to say that their music is bad, it could easily be quite the opposite. However there's something to be said about a band that releases a sound that has never been heard before. Orphaned Land is one of the rare few that have crafted a sound so unique it has become a genre unto itself. With their past masterpieces Malbool and The Never Ending Way Of ORwarriOR safely in tow, they have carved themselves a niche genre in the metal community know as oriental metal. Fusing middle-eastern folk music with their own blend of metal, they have crafted themselves a sound that is both instantly recognisable and undeniably their own.

All Is One picks up right where The Never Ending Way Of ORwarriOR left off, maintaining and in some ways even enhancing Orphaned Land's signature sound. Melodies that combine Jewish and Arabic folk music are fused with crushing guitar riffs and thunderous drums. Violins and bouzouki's play in unison while a choir chants over their soaring sounds. Orphaned Land does a lot right here on All Is One. Their song writing has never been stronger and instrumentally, they are as enjoyable to listen to as ever. Kobi Farhi's vocals are excellent. He pours his soul into each and every song, with Brother and Fail being of particular note. Brother is a fantastic ballad that is as moving a piece of music as I've ever heard from this group, while Fail makes fantastic use of only death metal growls to be heard on the album. There's so much good to be found on Orphaned Land's new album that it's hard to find fault with any particular song. Yet when the final track comes to a close, All Is One leaves the listener feeling a tad underwhelmed.

Orphaned Land's records have always been more than just a collection of songs. They have been cohesive works of art that tell stories of heroes and devils, gods and men. Mabool is a concept album that provides a very different experience when listened to beginning to end. While these masterpieces have normally taken Orphaned Land ages to create (6 years per record, on average) All Is One comes only three years after their last offering. The album drops the concept approach, and instead gives us a compilation of songs that sing about peace, freedom, and equality. Each song is finely crafted, but experiencing the album as a whole doesn't give the same sense of wonder or satisfaction as its predecessors. There are also problems with the albums flow. The cohesiveness of a concept album is not present on All Is One, and the stark contrast between crushing metal riffs and soothing folk music isn't as prominent as it was on previous records. This is in part due to the lack of growls. While a record without growls is perfectly fine, the lack of play between heavy and mellow vocals makes Orphaned Land's latest offering considerably less dynamic than before.

Orphaned Land's newest record delivers a smorgasbord of finely crafted, folky metal tunes, but as a whole doesn't reach the same heights as their last two albums. Their signature sound is intact, however, and their song writing is more top notch than ever. If anything, enjoying this record makes me anticipate their coming works with great exuberance. A combination of the stellar musicianship found here with the incredible scale and pace of their previous records could easily be their crowning achievement, and if it takes seven years to complete, so be it! I'll be here waiting.


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Scoot
June 26th 2013



17670 Comments


good to hear these guys bounce back

mabool is still awesome

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Piglet
June 26th 2013



4651 Comments


i told the band that their new album should be called dildos in the marketplace

they didn't listen to me

Keyblade
June 26th 2013



14131 Comments


what Scoot said

was kinda apprehensive about this, but I think I'll check it out

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ViperAces
June 26th 2013



12374 Comments


everyone was talking about this on my news feed for the past 6 months

Dreamflight
June 26th 2013



1760 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

There are some absolutely killer tracks here, but as a whole it's definatly not Mabool.

But damn this band rules so hard.

Good review.

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
June 26th 2013



6921 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

wrong rating is wrong... but you back yourself up enough. This was bloated, uninspired and half assed

HenchmanOfSanta
June 26th 2013



1850 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This is between a 3 and a 3.5 for me (I usually round up). I liked ORwarriOR a lot in spite of its bloat, but this one lost my attention a few times.

Wizard
June 26th 2013



19206 Comments


Gonna just say this and leave...their mash-up of culture/ metal sounds like shit.

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Poet
June 26th 2013



5920 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

They drop a lot of the metal on here Karl. It seems like it's not much of a focus as it was on previous albums and is relegated to the background. Plus this is way better than anything else they have released.

Hawks
June 26th 2013



34194 Comments


Mabool is still one of my favorite albums ever, but I never bothered with any of their other stuff. Should I check this?

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HenchmanOfSanta
June 26th 2013



1850 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Maybe. They dropped all of the death metal elements in favor of more prog cheesiness. It might serve you better to check out the Never Ending Way of ORwarriOR first. If you like it, give this one a shot. If not, then stop.

Sahara and El Norra Alila are also decent albums but not nearly on the level of Mabool.

Hawks
June 26th 2013



34194 Comments


Hmmm alright, thanks man.

Dreamflight
June 26th 2013



1760 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yap this is not metal for sure. If anything this is OL's Heritage. :D



Wizard
June 26th 2013



19206 Comments


They drop a lot of the metal on here Karl. It seems like it's not much of a focus as it was on previous albums and is relegated to the background. Plus this is way better than anything else they have released.

As much as I trust your word, the metal they've played in the past has been nothing but shit. I guess I will give this a go when I get a moment.

DoctorVelvet
June 28th 2013



112 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

ITT: retards thinking that melody and metal can't coexist.

HenchmanOfSanta
June 28th 2013



1850 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah, this is no less metal than your average Dream Theater record.

Also lol at the twelve 5's so far.

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
June 28th 2013



6921 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Try some Arkan, which actually features OL. If it was meant to be mashed into a metal genre Arkan's the way to do it

Emyay
July 3rd 2013



5731 Comments


i don't think i will check this. i thought mabool and the one after were decent but i just never have the urge to listen to this band anymore

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TrueBlood
July 12th 2013



1388 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Getting now. I hope it's good!!

TrueBlood
July 15th 2013



1388 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Rules!!!



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