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Orphaned Land - Unsung Prophets & Dead Messiahs - full review

Postby Man Of Much Metal » Tue Jan 23, 2018 3:20 am

Hi everyone,

For those of you interested, or with an hour or two to kill, I've attached a link to my review of the new Orphaned Land album - I hope some of you enjoy reading it - I don't often say things like this (self-deprecating Englishman as I am!) but I am proud of this one.

https://manofmuchmetal.com/2018/01/23/o ... -messiahs/

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Re: Orphaned Land - Unsung Prophets & Dead Messiahs - full review

Postby Mardoch » Tue Jan 23, 2018 7:29 pm

Better than Mabool, you say? You're setting a hell of a bar there, friend. The singles I've heard so far are great, though, so...maybe so...

I can't wait for my pre-order to arrive.

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Re: Orphaned Land - Unsung Prophets & Dead Messiahs - full review

Postby introclaus » Tue Jan 23, 2018 7:31 pm

Wow, that’s one heck of a review! Great job! Now I really can’t wait for that disc to be released.

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Re: Orphaned Land - Unsung Prophets & Dead Messiahs - full review

Postby ToddS » Tue Jan 23, 2018 10:05 pm

Monster review! Cant wait to get my hands on it!
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Postby Man Of Much Metal » Thu Jan 25, 2018 4:06 pm

Many thanks gentlemen for the most lovely comments - I just hope that the reality in your ears lives up to the hyperbole in my review. I think it will, because this is a monster record, full of great stuff. I don't think I've heard or read a bad word about it yet!
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Re: Orphaned Land - Unsung Prophets & Dead Messiahs - full review

Postby ToddS » Fri Jan 26, 2018 11:44 pm

This is a killer record! As you said in your review, maybe their best. Wow!
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Re: Orphaned Land - Unsung Prophets & Dead Messiahs - full review

Postby Man Of Much Metal » Sat Jan 27, 2018 9:40 am

ToddS wrote:This is a killer record! As you said in your review, maybe their best. Wow!


It is one of those great albums that just gets progressively better (if you'll excuse the pun!!) - what starts out as a decent record, soon grows into something quite phenomenal.
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Re: Orphaned Land - Unsung Prophets & Dead Messiahs - full review

Postby outprogged42 » Sat Jan 27, 2018 11:30 pm

If you classified this as a mixture of their last three albums, you wouldn't be wrong. The more polished production and thicker orchestration are characteristic of All Is One, but there is a decisive return to a progressive sound. There are tons of guitars too and the heavier tracks absolutely slay. I can even say the bass has plenty of presence this time. The lyrics are extremely challenging to the listener and have already left a mark upon me personally.

It's going to take a lot to unseat this from a top 10 slot.

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Postby elendil » Sun Jan 28, 2018 9:40 am

I'm liking it so far. Not sure I'd rate it as high as Mabool, but I'll keep listening.

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Postby LarryD » Sun Jan 28, 2018 10:11 am

Getting so stoked for this - you guys are killing me .......

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Postby Digital Man » Mon Jan 29, 2018 2:44 pm

Still waiting for my copy to arrive tomorrow. Really, really looking forward to this one.
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Re: Orphaned Land - Unsung Prophets & Dead Messiahs - full review

Postby Sir Exar Kun » Wed Jan 31, 2018 9:32 am

OK, I don't want to come out after only one rotation and say this is better than Mabool......

But...

I'm gonna do it anyway.

This is better than Mabool.

It's not as heavy (overall) as Mabool was, but it's heavy enough.

It doesn't have as many growlie vocals as Mabool did, but it has enough.

It maybe isn't as immediate as Mabool was, but the fact that I'm praising it this much after one pass means it must have SOME immediacy to it.

It's been awhile since I listed to Orphaned Land, so maybe it's not fair to compare, but to me this is a disc that pulls the best aspects of their prior albums together into one VERY cohesive whole. It's the perfect mix of middle Eastern tones with a metal core, without ever overdoing one aspect over the other. The guest appearances are REALLY good, especially Steve Hackett's song (probably the best guitar solo on the album).

Can't wait to listen to this more, but this is a mesmerizing disc and any Orphaned Land fan should immediately love it. Whether or not it really is stronger than Mabool may be up for discussion, but it certainly sits alongside it.
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Re: Orphaned Land - Unsung Prophets & Dead Messiahs - full review

Postby ToddS » Wed Jan 31, 2018 11:53 am

I’m pretty blown away from the first listen. Subsequent listens find something more each spin.

The one thing I’m finding a bit distracting is the beeps. I understand this was an artistic decision, and I get it.

Regardless, this won’t hinder my love for this amazing recording.
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Re: Orphaned Land - Unsung Prophets & Dead Messiahs - full review

Postby Digital Man » Wed Jan 31, 2018 2:23 pm

This was one of my most anticipated releases of the year. I didn't listen to any samples or read any reviews because I wanted to digest the entire CD without any pre-conceived notions. I did see the mention of it being better than Mabool, but I didn't want to read the whole review until I heard it myself. The thought that it could be as good as or better than Mabool seemed so outrageous that I was sure I would be disappointed when I found out that the disk wasn't better than Mabool which I consider one of the best disks anyone has ever released.

After my second listen, I am completely blown away. This far exceeds my very high expectations. I now get why it was compared to Mabool. Time will tell, but I'll be damned if this may actually be better than Mabool. Absolutely floored.
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Re: Orphaned Land - Unsung Prophets & Dead Messiahs - full review

Postby Mardoch » Wed Jan 31, 2018 7:51 pm

ToddS wrote:The one thing I’m finding a bit distracting is the beeps. I understand this was an artistic decision, and I get it.

Oh. I thought I had accidentally purchased a censored copy or something. I could definitely do without them.

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Re: Orphaned Land - Unsung Prophets & Dead Messiahs - full review

Postby elendil » Thu Feb 01, 2018 8:45 pm

Not a fan of the beeps or siren either, but I understand the reasoning behind the beeps.

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Re: Orphaned Land - Unsung Prophets & Dead Messiahs - full review

Postby Digital Man » Fri Feb 02, 2018 2:45 pm

Great review Matt. Now that I have the CD I went back and read it. Pretty much agree with it all I think.
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Re: Orphaned Land - Unsung Prophets & Dead Messiahs - full review

Postby Man Of Much Metal » Fri Feb 02, 2018 6:52 pm

Digital Man wrote:Great review Matt. Now that I have the CD I went back and read it. Pretty much agree with it all I think.


Thanks very much - high praise indeed & I'm pleased that my review isn't way off the mark!
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