Orphaned Land and Yossi Sassi have parted ways. Yossi Sassi, founding member and key composer of the folk metallers, has announced his departure from the band. Not a great start of the day. Guitarist Matti Svatitzki had already left the band back in 2012 as well. Yossi Sassi is now focusing on his new solo album Desert Butterflies. What could this mean for the band?

The band said in a statement: "It is a sad day for us, I remember the day me and Uri were looking for a guitarist and put an ad on one of the record shops in Israel, no one called for some time, until we got only one response, and that was Yossi's. Since our youth we were veins of the same body and soul, and built something which was but a realm of light. However, we respect the fact that taking different paths is a part of life. These situations had happened to even bigger and greater than Orphaned Land and the important thing here is that we are still and forever brothers, and the door remains open for both sides. Writing or sharing the stage is something we could easily keep on doing in the near future. Until then, we offer Yossi a warm hug, and wish him the very best! As for Orphaned Land, we keep on going with full force unto our next goals.

"We never had a main composer or a mastermind in the band, Orphaned Land was always an adventure in which all members are partners in the writing process and in the shaping of the band's concept, therefore Orphaned Land will always be an idea, a concept, a whole which is larger than the sum of its parts. We are planning and will soon announce many shows for 2014 as well as write new material for our next albums. With endless love, Let there be light. Kobi Farhi on behalf of Orphaned Land."



Photo courtesy of Yossi Sassi's official Facebook page


As for Yossi, he left this lengthy comment: "I never thought that someday I'll write these words... yet if there's something stronger than our past - it is our future, and our dreams, as we evolve and understand what is right for us in the path ahead. You know I always strive to be creative, innovative, compose the next authentic thing, and devoted my life to fuse and mix together the East and West, Acoustic with Electric, Rock with Folk traditional music, all with authenticity and full heart.

"Books could be written from the what I've done for and gone through since founding Orphaned Land (initially named Resurrection in 1991), from every fan mail in the early 90's, through signing the 1st deal with 'Holy Records', endorsements, budgeting, website development, pledging ...the list goes on and on.. above all, I'm proud most of my vast compositions, arrangements, production and musical boundaries explored.

"Orphaned Land has been a dream turned into reality with tremendous hard work and accomplishments. It is my life's work, spanning over more than 22 years as a founding member, composer, producer and many other roles. But mainly being 'the heart' I always believed O.L should reflect through. I feel that now, from all the right reasons that I can and cannot change, the time has come for new dreams.

"The first dream is on its way already, the new album I'm working on these days will be called Desert Butterflies, a conceptual piece, rich and diverse, continued to my debut solo release Melting Clocks, and the 'Oriental Rock' genre I've been pioneering & redefining. It includes musical collaborations with Ron 'bumblefoot' Thal (Guns N' Roses), Marty Friedman, Mariangela Demurtas (Tristania) and more. it'll be worth the wait.

"I'm never leaving you. I'm not closing the door, not on O.L members, and certainly not on YOU, my beloved & loyal fans, friends and followers. The best is yet to come... I guarantee it to you, personally. Always with you, always yours, Yossi."

[Also thanks to deadone for sending in this news!]



Source: orphaned-land.com
Band profile: Orphaned Land
 
Posted: 07.01.2014 by HaaskAksaaH



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Darkside Momo - 07.01.2014 at 12:56  
Oh shit. bad way to start a year.
Well... we'll see what the future holds anyway!
BloodTears - 07.01.2014 at 13:03  
Written by Darkside Momo on 07.01.2014 at 12:56

Oh shit. bad way to start a year.
Well... we'll see what the future holds anyway!


No kidding! Now I feel lucky I saw them last November still with Yossi. Who knows when that will happen again? I knew he had his solo thing but never thought he would actually leave. This is sad.
OpenMind - 07.01.2014 at 15:52  
Whyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy
Darkside Momo - 07.01.2014 at 16:00  
Written by BloodTears on 07.01.2014 at 13:03

Written by Darkside Momo on 07.01.2014 at 12:56

Oh shit. bad way to start a year.
Well... we'll see what the future holds anyway!


No kidding! Now I feel lucky I saw them last November still with Yossi. Who knows when that will happen again? I knew he had his solo thing but never thought he would actually leave. This is sad.

Neither did I. He was so happy last autumn playing with OL, as usual...
I'll have to discuss this with him when he'll be touring for his solo album. Missed the first tour, I promised him I'll be there for the second one (hopefully he'll play again in Toulouse)
But maybe it's simply because kids + OL + solo stuff is a bit too much...
ManiacBlasphemer - 07.01.2014 at 16:20  
Written by BloodTears on 07.01.2014 at 13:03

Written by Darkside Momo on 07.01.2014 at 12:56

Oh shit. bad way to start a year.
Well... we'll see what the future holds anyway!


No kidding! Now I feel lucky I saw them last November still with Yossi. Who knows when that will happen again? I knew he had his solo thing but never thought he would actually leave. This is sad.


Saw them last August as well... happy I did... I hope that they can bring some good song writers otherwise... better call it quits.
Dark†SymphonY - 07.01.2014 at 16:37  
Oh what shit news, Yossi was a major part in Orphaned Land's music. At least he's continuing with his solo stuff.
Mad Arab666 - 07.01.2014 at 22:13  
That's sad that he isn't with orphaned land anymore but I wish him well in his future endeavours.
CWA - 08.01.2014 at 01:24  
This is bad news for the progressive metal community. I quite nervous with what they might compose without him.
BloodTears - 08.01.2014 at 11:28  
Written by ManiacBlasphemer on 07.01.2014 at 16:20


Saw them last August as well... happy I did... I hope that they can bring some good song writers otherwise... better call it quits.


Yes, I don't know how it's going to be but I assume it'll be difficult to find someone. I'm not very hopeful to be honest.
andreosokin - 08.01.2014 at 15:08  
So is the tour getting cancelled?
Sand - 08.01.2014 at 16:50  
Written by andreosokin on 08.01.2014 at 15:08

So is the tour getting cancelled?

I dont think so,no
andreosokin - 09.01.2014 at 09:07  
Written by Sand on 08.01.2014 at 16:50

Written by andreosokin on 08.01.2014 at 15:08

So is the tour getting cancelled?

I dont think so,no


Yep, found the confirmation on their Facebook page, saying "all shows remain as planned"

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