German TV program “Rockpalast” has produced a one-hour documentary, “All Is One”, on Israeli progressive folk metallers ORPHANED LAND. The English version of the film, which contains performance footage of ORPHANED LAND and CARCASS (who have a guest appearance in the documentary), can be seen below. For the German version you can visit this location.
“All Is One” is more than the name of one of ORPHANED LAND‘s albums, it is the quintet’s philosophy claiming that all three big religious groups — Christians, Muslims and Jews — are coming from the same origin. German filmmakers Ingo Schmoll and Conny Schiffbauer visited Israel to follow the band’s path and to get a personal insight view into the musicians’ lives by visiting the bandmembers at home, getting to know their families and learning about their daily existence. In the documentary, we are trying to take the audience beyond the endless discussions about the conflicts in the Middle East by taking a far more human approach to it all,” the filmmakers explain.
ORPHANED LAND incorporates Middle Eastern influences into nearly all of its songs and is considered the premier metal band in Israel. They also regularly critique religion and politics, with singer Kobi Farhi telling New Statesman in a recent interview that he avoids adopting straightforward political stances. “Look, I don’t like the current Israeli government,” he explained, “but people make the mistake of thinking we are left wing. We are not. We are not right wing either. We don’t like politicians and their corruption.”
ORPHANED LAND has been around since 1991 and has supported METALLICA in Israel. In 2012, ORPHANED LAND‘s fans even started an online petition to nominate the band for the Nobel Peace Prize. The band boasts a large and devoted following of both Jews and Arabs. What’s more, the band made headlines in 2013 by touring with Palestinian metal outfit KHALAS. The two bands shared a tour bus, a stage and even the prestigious Metal Hammer award. Asked by New Statesman whether he would accept that being Israeli puts him in a privileged position compared to the Palestinians, Kobi said: “To be Jewish is not privilege! Look at our history. We are boycotted across the Middle East. We have fans in Egypt, but we can’t play for them. And it’s just a car drive away!”
ORPHANED LAND‘s latest album, “Unsung Prophets & Dead Messiahs”, was released on January 26 via Century Media. You can read our own review of the record at this location.