“We plan to come back [to North America] in the fall, and we want to make as many days as possible.” Kobi Farhi’s affirmation in an interview with America On Line, seen in their tour diary, is water from the desert stone, a gift unexpected but so very appreciated by North American audiences.
Kobi Farhi is the vocalist of Middle Eastern Progressive Metal band Orphaned Land, the latest release of which, The Never Ending Way Of ORwarriOR, I have previously reviewed. If unfamiliar with the band, I highly suggest giving the review a few minutes and the album a few hours, or days, or months. It’s that good.
Orphaned Land have been a delicacy of genre-bending metal to fans across the globe, but as they hail from Israel, North American fans in particular have been consigned to only enjoying the band’s craft from afar. This situational context makes Farhi’s confirmation of more stateside dates something wont of dream or reverie.
But it’s reality. In fact, for the past month Orphaned Land have been wending their way across North America, setting venues aflame with their inimitable concoction of Middle Eastern folk music, European Death Metal and time-changing Progressive and orchestral rock. Their previous sojourn in the states saw them hitting an expected east coast stop, New York City, and a small handful of other eastside cities, before departing again as if in a poof of smoke. This brevity was enough for the cities fortunate enough to have been visited, but the rest of North America was left salivating with hope and anticipation. It is to that reception that Orphaned Land have returned, this time, as Farhi iterated, making sure every corner of the region gets a taste.
Living in Oregon, almost the most western point in the country, one can hope for attention from touring bands, but it doesn’t always come this direction. Orphaned Land, though, will be coming to the rain-dressed northwest for two dates: September 21 in Seattle, WA and September 23 in Portland, OR. Yes, Orphaned Land are coming to Oregon. The fittingness of the state for the band is too great to write (OR meaning ‘light’ in Hebrew, ORwarriOR, ORphaned Land, ORegon – coincidence?).
Acting as support for Katatonia, along with Swallow The Sun and local bands Almost Is Nothing and Dusks Embrace, Orphaned Land will be hitting Portland’s Hawthorne Theater on Thursday the 23rd in what this fan hopes will be the first of many more visits. Be there if you can and even if you can’t.
“The Hawthorne Theater | Calendar”. The Hawthorne Theater.
“YouTube – ORPHANED LAND – North American Tour Diary (March 2010)”. OrphanedLandTV. YouTube.