The most influential band in the Near East is back. With "All Is One" Orphaned Land make the next big step of their career. For the first time ever, the Israelis were also able to take in people outside their national borders: in Sweden and Turkey. Even though the band has left out a few corners and edges and thus significantly increased their catchiness, the further development of the band in terms of production, arrangements and lyrical power is still more than impressive. Orphaned Land still combines Death and Doom elements with the colourful folk diversity of the Middle East. They not only sing in four different languages, but also use exotic instruments like Saz, Santur and Bouzouki. Thanks to the increased recording budget, even choir and strings could be integrated this time. "All Is One" makes it clear: The five Israelis are now more than just "the Opeth of the Middle East", as Porcupine Tree mastermind Steven Wilson once oracled. Orphaned Land is the kiss of peace between past and future. And international understanding on a musically damn high level.
Top track: All Is One