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Orphaned Land - Mabool: The Story Of The Three Sons Of Seven

8.9 | 760 votes |
Release date: 9 March 2004
Style: Oriental folk metal, Progressive metal


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Disc I
01. Birth Of The Three (The Unification)
02. Ocean Land (The Revelation)
03. The Kiss Of Babylon (The Sins)
04. A'salk
05. Halo Dies (The Wrath Of God)
06. A Call To Awake (The Quest)
07. Building The Ark
08. Norra El Norra (Entering The Ark)
09. The Calm Before The Flood
10. Mabool (The Flood)
11. The Storm Still Rages Inside
12. Rainbow (The Resurrection)

Disc II [The Calm Before The Flood] [Limited Edition Live Acoustic CD]
01. The Evil Urge
02. A Never Ending Way
03. Mercy [Paradise Lost cover]
04. The Beloved's Cry
05. The Orphaned's Medley

Top 20 albums of 2004: 3

Staff review by
After a too long waiting of eight years, the oriental sun is finally shining again on your heads. My friends one of the most innovative and fantastic band from Israel is back with a new album that we can already call legend. "Mabool, the Story of the Three Sons of Seven" is the fourth album of the band, and even if their others album are damn great, I must just say that this time the band knew how to do something that everyone can like and fore sure will not be able to forget.

published 31.03.2004 | Comments (11)

Guest review by
Forget everything you know about genres. I'm used of talking about the sound of a band at the beginning of a review. But this album can't be described just by mere genre definitions. They are said to play a mixture of Progressive Death Metal with Arabic folk. But, what exactly is Progressive Death? It sounds like Death? Opeth? Orphaned Land sounds, at it's core, like Progressive Metal, with unusual song structures, technical use of instruments, and no choruses at all. Add to that a constant use of Arabic folk music, with male and female chanting, use of local instruments and riffing that resembles their music. Then add that minimal death mixture, used as some growling, which doesn't stop the beauty of the album, and the sound of some riffs, making them extremely thick and heavy.

published 04.01.2007 | Comments (8)

The album tells the story of three sons (angels) of the seventh (in the mythology the number seven refers to God). The seventh was divided into three, representing the divide of the Abrahamic religion into three main streams: Judaism, Islam and Christianity.

Each angel was given a power and representation. The first angel is Judaism; he is represented by a Star of David and his power is magic. The second angel is Islam; he is represented by a half of moon and his power was his strength. The third angel is Christianity; he is represented by the cross and his power is his wisdom.

God had forbidden the angels from reuniting because of fear of their strength. Ignoring the divine order, the angels united into one angel, who immediately got exiled from heaven to earth and was divided into three again, sentenced to fight each other until they can prove themselves and get back into heaven.

The angels then try to convince humanity to stop their sins and warn them of a coming flood as punishment if they do not. The album describes the journey of the three, their convincing, and in the end, their failure.

Let's pray for peace between Israel and Palestine and for an end to the suffering of innocent people on both sides.

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09.02.2011 - 11:47
Rating: 10
07.07.2011 - 11:46
Rating: 10
Sassi is a genius.
08.06.2012 - 23:48
Rating: 7
Don't get the hype
Giving my ears a rest from music.
29.03.2013 - 11:39
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Good album, Ocean Land is cachy as hell.
04.07.2014 - 18:03
Rating: 8
High Fist Prog
Reminds me of early Solefald with some folk elements...which is not a good thing.
08.11.2014 - 13:44
Rating: 10
Caught them last night on the Mabool 10th anniversary tour - played almost the entire album (out of sequence) and reminded me of just what a fantastic piece of work this is. It must be one of the most cohesive meshes of metal and folk styles achieved yet
01.09.2015 - 22:21
Rating: 8
The Kiss Of Babylon is god!
22.08.2017 - 22:21
Nick Carter
This is a great album but it is the classic example of desception due to overly high praising of it. Maybe i was expecting too much since i started listening to it.
25.01.2019 - 07:43
Rating: 7
Felt a little long to me.
12.05.2019 - 15:51
Rating: 7
Mountain King
K i K o
Good, original, has the oriental vibe but definitely overrated. The vocalist is not a good one, at least back then. He sings some false notes and doesn't have consistent melodies, specially live, he's horrible. The musicians are pretty good but nothing spectacular that another tier one prog band doesn't possess.

Let's not delve far, just look at the top albums of 2004:

Angra - Temple Of Shadows is rated a little lower but to me that's a joke. I totally respect different opinions and tastes, but TOS and Angra were superior to this band in every aspect in 2004. I consider TOS the best album ever made not because I am an Angra fan but I really think it's superior and even incomparable.
29.11.2021 - 18:41
Rating: 9
A Call To Awake (The Quest) one of my favorite tracks
30.11.2021 - 13:54
Darkside Momo
Written by VileVick-Bryant on 29.11.2021 at 18:41

A Call To Awake (The Quest) one of my favorite tracks

Agreed, that one's fantastic
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14.03.2022 - 12:25
Rating: 9
Some beautiful tracks on this thing. The concept as a whole is also pretty cool, even as an atheist I could appreciate it.

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