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5.0 out of 5 stars Wow....what a journey., 23 Mar. 2004
While I've had Orphaned Land's first album, Sahara (and quite liked it), I didn't really know what to expect when I got this album. But, since I bought it at a friends recomendation, I thought it also would be quite good. Man, was I wrong! IT'S AMAZING! There is nothing, and I mean nothing, wrong with this album. So diverse and powerful. Absolutely breath-taking.
It begins with "Birth of the Three", and right at the get-go you can tell how great this album is. Very good song, that changes alot throughout it. Begins with almost narrative singing and headbanging riffs, but then goes on into beautiful singing by Kobi. He also showcases he great death-growl, which can't be more fitting to the verses he sings. There is also a part that the singing goes into an arabic yodeling thingy, and I just can't help myself but sing along. Great song
The second song is "Ocean Land", and this a definite favorite among fans, myself included. After a cool little intro, the song begins with heavy riffs and singing, but again changes into beautiful singing. I particularly like the vocal line near the end of "Here are we, servants three, flesh and blood". Also very worthy of a sing-along. Also, Yosi the guitarist, shows his skills with a very cool solo.
The next song is "The Kiss Of Babylon", and this begins with one of the heaviest parts of the album, and then, as usual, goes into beautiful singing, and so more yodeling that goes with the excellant riffs, and this time its even better than the first time! It ends with only female vocals,singing in Yemen, and while I usually can't stand this stuff, on this album it just adds to the atmosphere.
The next track "A'salk" continues the singing and also has some very nice classic guitar stuff in the background. While I lik this part and find it a nice break, many will probably skip this track.
Next comes one of the highlights of the album, "Halo Dies", and this is probably the heaviest song on the album, though probably not at first. It begins with a Hebrew sentence spoken by Kobi, and then the melodic guitars, and shortly after come the melodic singing. By the middle, it all changes and the aggresiveness comes in. This part is very death-metally and very cool and worthy of headbanging and moshing. Also used in this heavy part, is some sort of unusual sound affect that I don't know whats its called, but is used very well to seperate the verses (I can't explain it better than that - when you hear it you'll understand). After all this heaviness, enters very beautiful work by the band music wise, and they create a wonderfu melodic sense by the end of this song. This song is a perfect example of how Orphaned Land managed to mix harshness and aggressiveness with lovely melodies that make you want to cry. Just magic!
Next song "A Call To Awake" is continues the story with a great main riff throughout. Near the end of it, there are some very cool vocal plays throughout the last verses (again, if you hear, you'll understand). This track end with a very Dream Theater-esque feel, and fans of this band will feel right at home.
"Building the Ark" is a laid back track, that for the most partis in Latin, except the last verse. Nice break.
"Nora El Nora" is originally some kind of Hebrew folk song, I think, and this track is a very good adaptation to it. Never thought I would headbang and sing along to something like this.
"The Calm Before The Flood" is just what the title says... a calming instrumental. Sort of gives us a breather before the finale.
The last two tracks "Mabool/The Storm Still Rages Inside" go hand in hand and are definately the highlight of the album, in my opinion. Mabool has the best singing (and lyrics) of the album, and some of the best music of it too. The Storm Still... is a just the most beatiful song I've heard in a long time. Wow. I just love this song so much. Yosi really displays his talents on this one with amazing solo's. I can't think of such and end to an album as good as this (even though techincally this isn't the last track), aside from Iced Earth's "Question Of Heaven". Absolutely breathtaking.
The last track "Rainbow", is another instrumental, on a classic guitar. Very nice and ends the album with a smile.
Now, on to the concept. Very original idea. It tells of the three sons of seven - while seven represents God and each son one of the religions (Christianty, Muslim, Judiasm). They have a task to warn the world of the flood that will come if they don't change their ways. Sort of a modern day Noah. Once you know the idea, it's very easy to follow along the concept with the lyrics. Speaking of which, this album uses 5 languages: English, Hebrew, Yemen, Latin and Gibberish (a language that the band made up). If you are not fluent in these languages, don't worry. Each has a translation into English in the booklet.
All in all, the best album I've heard in a long time, and will probably stay that way.
The second disc on the limited edition is almost half an hour of an unplugged show, where the band showcase their older songs. Again, very good and this album alone is worth it, let alone the other Masterpiece. The album has beautiful re-enditions of their songs, highlight being "The Beloved's Cry, when the audience sings.
A MUST ALBUM TO EVERYONE!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not disappointed at all!, 5 Jun. 2006
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I wasn't sure what to expect from Orphaned Land. I read about them on wikipedia and was interested by the sound of them and thought I would check them out. I liked the sound of this concept, and went for this album.

I was not disappointed in any way shape or form. This album is absolutely incredible! From the heavier songs such as the opening track "The Birth of the Three" and "Mabool" to the folkier songs such as "Nora El Nora" to the quieter songs, namel "The Calm Before the Flood" the band produces high quality metal, mixed with traditional oriental folk music.

This might sound weird to people who aren't into metal or folk music, but I would say one thing to everyone: Give them a try! I think you will be pleasantly surprised! Even if you don't like the death metal growl, it is very easy to get past this on this album, and settle into the incredible instrumentals and intruiging lyrics.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What's not to like?, 29 April 2012
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Pompompom (London, England) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Mabool (Audio CD)
On top of promoting peace between Israel and Palestine, Orphaned Land are also among the handful of most talented metal bands in the world today.
Mabool has been very well described by other reviewers so I won't get into details. I could describe it as melodic death metal, oriental metal, etc... None of these tags matter. What matters is that Orphaned Land have that extra touch of magic, of talent, of genius, that separate them from all the other bands one could put under the same tags. They are amazing musicians. Mabool is a must-have. A few years later, they managed to do it again with their follow-up album, OrWarrior.
Criticisms? I'll find one just for the sake of it: Kobi Fahri isn't the best "grunter" on the death metal scene and doesn't quite scale the same heights (or should I say depths?) as Spiros Antoniou. But then, who does?
One of the very few albums I keep playing again, and again, and again. Talent on that level doesn't happen very often.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Israeli Metal, 5 Jan. 2008
Discovering this band is a veritable learning experience. As a keen enthusiast of both folk and metal, finding this album was like happening upon a treasure trove. Orphaned Land channel the fearsome voice of God from the Old Testament, and they do so with a vengeance. The lead singer, Kobi Farhi, is superb and his slick growls are only slightly outshined by a beautiful, melodic voice that will transport you back to antiquity.

OL incorporate Biblical lore in their music, their lyrics brim with incantations and proverbs, and indeed "Mabool" evokes the story of the Arc. They sing in both English and Hebrew (there are translations and other helpful notes in the booklet) and employ traditional Middle Eastern instruments. The result is truly staggering. Show me another band that makes you headbang to citations from the book of Genesis.

I cannot recommend this album enough. Buy it now.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Israeli Metal, 19 Jan. 2008
This review is from: Mabool (Audio CD)
As a keen enthusiast of both folk and metal, finding this album was like happening upon a treasure trove. Orphaned Land channel the fearsome voice of God from the Old Testament, and they do so with a vengeance. The lead singer, Kobi Farhi, is superb and his slick growls are only slightly outshined by a beautiful, melodic voice that will transport you back to antiquity.

OL incorporate Biblical lore in their music, their lyrics brim with incantations and proverbs, and indeed "Mabool" evokes the story of the Arc. They sing in both English and Hebrew (there are translations and other helpful notes in the booklet) and employ traditional Middle Eastern instruments. The result is truly staggering. Show me another band that makes you headbang to citations from the book of Genesis.

I cannot recommend this album enough. Buy it now.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant "metal" band, 18 Feb. 2010
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bddidier (Cambridge, UK) - See all my reviews
Orphaned Land would deserve more recognition. Their brand of metal is highly original, combining elements of black, folk metal and more traditionnal "middle eastern music" for lack of a better word. I was lucky to see them in concert they were fantastic.
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5.0 out of 5 stars ORIGINAL PROGRESSIVE METAL FROM THE EAST, 1 Nov. 2013
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I discovered Orphaned Land early on with their Sahara and El Norra Alila albums, but nothing prepared me for Mabool. Great guitar work, superb vocal harmonies, perfect implementation of "non metal" styles / sounds / instruments into traditional metal forms. In my opinion, this album shows what progressive metal should be. Thumbs up.
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5.0 out of 5 stars thoroughly enjoyed., 5 Jan. 2015
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Given as a Christmas gift and thoroughly enjoyed.
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4.0 out of 5 stars noodle, 11 Feb. 2014
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If you like your metal intricate, riffy with an eastern influence then this is for you. Great playing and excellent extras
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