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Release date: 25 January 2010
Style: Progressive folk metal

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Disc I
[Part I: Godfrey's Cordial - An ORphan's Life]
01. Sapari
02. From Broken Vessels
03. Bereft In The Abyss
04. The Path Part 1 - Treading Through Darkness
05. The Path Part 2 - The Pilgrimage To Or Shalem
06. Olat Ha'tamid

[Part II: Lips Acquire Stains - The WarriOR Awakens]
07. The Warrior
08. His Leaf Shall Not Wither
09. Disciples Of The Sacred Oath II
10. New Jerusalem
11. Vayehi Or
12. M I ?

[Part III: Barakah - Enlightening The Cimmerian]
13. Barakah
14. Codeword: Uprising
15. In Thy Never Ending Way (Epilogue)

Disc II[Tour Edition bonus]
01. Estarabim [feat. Erkin Koray]
02. Above You All [Demo from 1992]
03. Pits Of Despair [Demo from 1992]
04. Sapari [Instrumental]
05. Bereft In The Abyss [Instrumental]

The Best Progressive Metal Album Of 2010

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Additional info
Release dates:

January 25: Europe
January 27: Japan
February 9: USA

The enhanced Tour Edition includes the "Sapari" Music Video, its making of and a making of of the photo shoot.

OrWarrior means "Warrior of Light", and the concept will be about the battle between light and darkness.

Staff review by
Darkside Momo

Rating:
9.6
"This is a resistance dispatch. Codeword: Illumination."

After a six-years-long wait, Orphaned Land are finally back. Don't be fooled by the quite classical (well, for Orphaned Land) opener "Sapari", the rest of the album is clearly not as straightforward!
And, just like their previous album Mabool, TNEWOORW (shorter this way, eh?) is a concept album. This one is quite a biblical metaphor, telling us about the spiritual journey of one man that becomes a warrior of Light. Oh, and 'Or' in Hebrew means light, hence the 'ORWarrior' in the album's title.

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Staff pick by
Darkside Momo

26.02.2010 Released one month ago, it hasn't leaved my CD played (or my Ipod) since.
It's been six long years since Orphaned Land offered us the wonderful Mabool. Did they do better? I honestly can't say... But who cares? Both are awesome masterpieces of metal, extreme, folk, prog, melody, all of that and more.
So, come abroad in this musical journey, following a soul lost in darkness that becomes a warrior of light...
Definitely an album to be experienced, not merely listened to.

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InnerSelf - 17.03.2010 at 12:42  
  I think the album starts to lose its power after the 9th song where the tracks starts to sound so ordinary and not interesting at all whereas the first 9 tracks were varied ,unique and utterly brilliant
Roro - 17.03.2010 at 12:57  
Rating: 9 Am i the only one who feel like listening to Opeth? this album is kinda similiar to opeth albums
Baz Anderson - 17.03.2010 at 14:13  
  I don't know anything about this album, but the use of upper-case in "ORwarriOR" really annoys me whenever I see it.
Eisend - 23.03.2010 at 22:00  
Rating: 9
Written by Roro on 17.03.2010 at 12:57

Am i the only one who feel like listening to Opeth? this album is kinda similiar to opeth albums


No you're not the only one. However, there are only a few moments on the album where an Opeth-style riff or passage is evident. Overall, the album is certainly worth the listen and you will find some of the songs will really grow on you through repeated listens.
Roro - 27.03.2010 at 09:10  
Rating: 9 True
BloodTears - 27.03.2010 at 10:08  
Rating: 9 I see where you are going with the Opeth comparison, there is a song where they use keyboards, can't remember which one, and the tone is very similar to Opeth's tone. That was the only thing I thought was similar.
Raziel X - 27.03.2010 at 20:32  
Rating: 9 Great album, masterpiece, period
rockxq - 01.04.2010 at 12:55  
Rating: 8 I like it
Introspekrieg - 02.04.2010 at 01:57  
 
Written by Roro on 17.03.2010 at 12:57

Am i the only one who feel like listening to Opeth? this album is kinda similiar to opeth albums


Maybe Steven Wilson has something to do with that... just listen to that mellotron.
shisha - 03.04.2010 at 12:48  
Rating: 9 Not so picturesque as Mabool, but still good. A bit more technical then needed. Production killed some of the biblical feeling from Mabool.
Magatouve - 05.04.2010 at 00:42  
Rating: 6
Written by Wes on 28.01.2010 at 13:49

This band would be way better without the Arabic stuff. It's cool but I don't know ><
I hate to criticize this album because they put so much work into it and in many ways it's a work of art.

But I just can't say I like it or like listening to it, and somehow as someone said it feels PRETENTIOUS. what the hell.

I think the problem of this album is that they "put so much work into it"... too much works kills inspiration and originality. Being an Arab, I love to see Arabic music incorporated into metal and Orphaned Land is the band which succeeded to do that in 3 albums. But this time the Arabic stuff doesn't fit the music... I listened several times to this album but didn't manage to get into it... It's unlike Mabool... I'm so much disappointed with my one of fav. bands....
ravendeath - 09.04.2010 at 02:26  
Rating: 6
Written by Magatouve on 05.04.2010 at 00:42

Written by Wes on 28.01.2010 at 13:49

This band would be way better without the Arabic stuff. It's cool but I don't know ><
I hate to criticize this album because they put so much work into it and in many ways it's a work of art.

But I just can't say I like it or like listening to it, and somehow as someone said it feels PRETENTIOUS. what the hell.

I think the problem of this album is that they "put so much work into it"... too much works kills inspiration and originality. Being an Arab, I love to see Arabic music incorporated into metal and Orphaned Land is the band which succeeded to do that in 3 albums. But this time the Arabic stuff doesn't fit the music... I listened several times to this album but didn't manage to get into it... It's unlike Mabool... I'm so much disappointed with my one of fav. bands....

I agree with you. I can't get into the music of this album at all. Good musicians who wanted too much and at the end they spoiled everything!
advent - 09.04.2010 at 18:31  
 
Written by ravendeath on 09.04.2010 at 02:26

Written by Magatouve on 05.04.2010 at 00:42

Written by Wes on 28.01.2010 at 13:49

This band would be way better without the Arabic stuff. It's cool but I don't know ><
I hate to criticize this album because they put so much work into it and in many ways it's a work of art.

But I just can't say I like it or like listening to it, and somehow as someone said it feels PRETENTIOUS. what the hell.

I think the problem of this album is that they "put so much work into it"... too much works kills inspiration and originality. Being an Arab, I love to see Arabic music incorporated into metal and Orphaned Land is the band which succeeded to do that in 3 albums. But this time the Arabic stuff doesn't fit the music... I listened several times to this album but didn't manage to get into it... It's unlike Mabool... I'm so much disappointed with my one of fav. bands....

I agree with you. I can't get into the music of this album at all. Good musicians who wanted too much and at the end they spoiled everything!

Fully agreed...they wanted all and they ended up with nothing special ,,,there are a lot songs that if they hadn't added it would be better...tey lost their focus in this one
Ragana - 12.04.2010 at 22:16  
  I'm listening to it for the *insert some number here*-th time and I've realized that it's indeed good... too good for me. It lacks catchy melodies (unlike "Mabool") and it's more complicated so the listener has to think of the music and ATM I don't feel like thinking of it. Too bad, I really like the band.

It also could have sounded more oriental.
Enemy of Reality - 11.05.2010 at 15:38  
Rating: 9 This is the best i've heard this year! True classic album here.
Array - 27.05.2010 at 18:36  
Rating: 7 I like this one much more than Mabool.
munson - 06.08.2010 at 03:39  
Rating: 6 Perhaps I just don't get it, but I didn't really like this album much at all.
Ragana - 06.08.2010 at 03:42  
 
Written by munson on 06.08.2010 at 03:39

Perhaps I just don't get it, but I didn't really like this album much at all.

You don't get it.
Wishmaster - 21.08.2010 at 16:19  
  Good, No! Very good actually, but I don't think they can top Mabool. I don't know that for sure though, maybe in the future, they can prove me wrong.
Fat & Sassy! - 09.09.2010 at 21:15  
Rating: 9 This album grew on me A LOT. This album is very, very ambitious. I think the only thing I don't like about it is that the production gives it a less "raw" aesthetic that Mabool had. Still, this is a potential classic we have on our hands folks. People are gonna look back on this band and at least their last two releases to date, and think about how brilliant this stuff is. Mark my words. This is what progressive music is all about.
Doc Godin - 26.09.2010 at 23:51  
Rating: 6
Written by munson on 06.08.2010 at 03:39

Perhaps I just don't get it, but I didn't really like this album much at all.

I'm with you there. I like the overall idea & sound of it, but the whole thing just turned out pretty boring by the 3rd or 4th song.
JD - 04.05.2011 at 10:57  
Rating: 7 Negative things:

-The only thing that killed the Oriental\Arabian tones, is that they added too much slowly instrumental parts\solos.

-I really don't know what Steven Wilson did with the band, but i expected something more like Orphaned Land not something more similar to Opeth.

-They used too much acoustic guitar, i wish that they replaced it with Oud in some parts.

-I didn't like the story of this album "Battle between light and darkness", the story of "Mabool" was better "Story of three Angels, representing the divide of the Abrahamic religion into three main streams: Judaism, Islam and Christianity" that was Epic.


Positive things:

-I enjoyed the Jewish\Arabic lyrics.

-Kobi's clean voice was awesome but the songs were weak.

-The chick voice was amazing i really enjoyed her parts, what's her name?

-Favorite songs: Olat Ha'tamid, Sapari.

-In the first 30 seconds of the song "The Path Part 2 - The Pilgrimage To Or Shalem" you can hear roaches sound, that was Trve\Epic, because we sure do have alot of roaches in the Middle East, every single day in the summer i sleep on that sound!. its sounds like: "rrrrrk rrrrrk rrrrrk"
godisdead - 18.06.2011 at 19:38  
Rating: 10 I cant stop listening too it.
Întunecatul - 13.08.2011 at 23:03  
Rating: 9 This album is good, but it lacks the power to convince like the others had.
musicalkaratekid - 04.01.2012 at 19:15  
Rating: 8 Perhaps not as fresh and exciting 'Mabool', but it still has that progressive edge that makes them stand out. A few boring tracks, and perhaps a bit too long, but overall i found this pretty good.
adace1 - 05.01.2012 at 07:50  
  Amazing album. Grown on me after several listens.
NocturnalStalker - 27.12.2012 at 17:21  
Rating: 7 Nice album. Though... Perhaps I just wasn't able to get into it.
behdad_sh - 07.08.2013 at 12:43  
Rating: 10 This album is so good. for me, even better than mabool. for one who did not get it , i offer to listen it again and again ,specially the path part 1 track.

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