A teaser for the song “We Do Not Resist” from Israeli progressive folk metal masters ORPHANED LAND is available below. The song is taken from the band’s new studio album, “Unsung Prophets & Dead Messiahs”, which will be released on January 26 via Century Media. Jens Bogren once again took over mixing and mastering duties of what turned out to be the band’s best and biggest production so far.
“Unsung Prophets & Dead Messiahs” features a guest appearance of guitar virtuoso Steve Hackett as well as guest vocal appearances by no other than Hansi Kürsch (BLIND GUARDIAN) and Tomas Lindberg (AT THE GATES). The great album artwork was created by Valnoir.
ORPHANED LAND‘s Kobi Farhi told The Offering webzine about “Unsung Prophets & Dead Messiahs”: “This is a protest album, a very angry album that is based on the ‘Allegory Of The Cave’, which is something that was written by the Greek ancient philosopher Plato. He wrote this allegory as a story about the human behavior because the ancient Greeks, they killed the philosopher Socrates and Plato couldn’t understand how they could kill such a guy who was a gift to humanity, how could they kill someone with the knowledge and wisdom. Then he figured out something about humanity’s behavior, that they are living in a cave and they see shadows in the cave and these shadows are the only truths that they know and they don’t want to leave the cave and anyone who will try to take them out of the cave, they will kill him. We took this an allegory of today’s life. Every time that you see a revolutionary guy that came to humanity and tried to release them from the darkness, humanity has chosen to kill him. It could be Mahatma Gandhi for Indian people, or Martin Luther King [Jr. ] for Afro-Americans, or Che Guevara for South Americans and there are many, many more examples of revolutionary people being killed. We thought Plato is an ancient prophet in a way. He wrote this thing two-thousand five hundred years ago; this is like a prophecy. Those people who are revolutionaries, leaders, they are always ending up dead. They are like the dead messiahs in a way. This is a mirror to humanity to show them that we always blame religion or politicians, but it’s the people who do not change. It’s the people who prefer to stay in the darkness. This is a concept album and a very big protest that we have about it.”
“Unsung Prophets & Dead Messiahs” track listing:
01. The Cave
02. We Do Not Resist
03. In Propaganda
04. All Knowing Eye
06. Chains Fall To Gravity
07. Like Orpheus
08. Poets Of Prophetic Messianism
09. Left Behind
10. My Brother’s Keeper
11. Take My Hand
12. Only The Dead Have Seen The End Of War
13. The Manifest – Epilogue
“Like Orpheus” is available as a digital single on all download and streaming platforms and also as instant-grat track on iTunes and Amazon. All physical formats of the new album “Unsung Prophets & Dead Messiahs” are also available for preorder now.
The release of “Unsung Prophets & Dead Messiahs” will be followed by an extensive European tour in early 2018 with IN VAIN, SUBTERRANEAN MASQUERADE and AEVUM.
ORPHANED LAND is:
Kobi Farhi – Vocals
Chen Balbus – Guitar
Idan Amsalem – Guitar
Zelcha – Bass
Matan Shmuely – Drums