Israeli progressive folk metal masters ORPHANED LAND will release their sixth full-length album, "All Is One", in North America on June 25 (one day earlier internationally) via Century Media Records. The cover artwork for the follow-up to 2010's "The Never Ending Way Of ORwarriOR" was created by the French artist Metastazis (PARADISE LOST, AS I LAY DYING, SONNE ADAM, WATAIN) by perfectly incorporating the three biggest religious symbols into one piece of art.Commented ORPHANED LAND singer Kobi Farhi: "I'll say it plain and simple — 'All Is One' is ORPHANED LAND's best album so far. I feel that we took all aspects to a new level — the way we write, arrange, play and produce."We recorded the album in three countries (Turkey, Sweden and Israel) and it turned out so strong, we can't stop listening to it."The album is very rich in sound, with more than 40 people participating (choirs, violins, and many traditional instruments, too).
The opener "Baby Please Don't Cry" has some classic aching soul with Burke's velvet voice, "Girl I told you that I didn't mean to make you cry & that I didn't know the reason why & I told you that I wasn't going to hurt you no more; so baby please don't cry." "Try A Little Tenderness" is one of those songs with numerous interpretations from Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra & Michael Buble to soul greats Aretha Franklin & Otis Redding to Three Dog Night. In Solomon's Burke's hands he works the melody into a pumping rave that builds joyfully. "Make It Up to You" has a real sweet lighthearted groove……
Neither guitarist John Abercrombie nor producer Manfred Eicher's ECM label are often thought of in connection with dissonant, almost aggressive music, which makes the powerful OPEN LAND that much more of a surprise. Moving away from the guitar/synthesizer experiments Abercrombie favored in the early '90s towards a more traditional electric guitar tone, his playing here is at times fierce and never less than dazzling. With nine tracks in just under 65 minutes, the song structures of OPEN LAND are a bit more compact than Abercrombie usually favors; his solos are consequently more streamlined and intense.
The songs we came to know so well live are re-produced here wonderfully, the historical feel of The Pressed Man, the marvellous No Time To Kill, stunning My Magic Touch and Used To The Taste, and storytelling of Dreaming Of Angels, all prove that Jump continue to write amazing tunes.