KOBI: It's a paradox to the Holy/Promised Land. We always deal with finding a common channel to conflict aspects. If it is by the use of ancient instruments with distorted guitars, or by the combinations of religions and cultures in Metal music and so on...we believe that if a Holy Land has felt the taste of bloodshed, it has turned into an Orphaned Land. As in our own lives, once we have something that is dirty, we wash it. The same goes for nature. If the land, especially such a holy land, is raped with dirt and corruption, it must be purify by the flood. This is a brief explanation for both Orphaned Land and Mabool as well.
KOBI: Before we sat down to write the album we knew that we wanted to speak about a flood that will turn the orphaned land into an ocean land. I did some research and discovered that there are more than 50 similar flood stories in ancient cultures. According to that, and as a reflection of today’s reality, we decided to make the flood story “according to Orphaned Land.” We took all the elements from the biblical story and created new heroes - The Three Sons Of Seven. Their story is inspired from a true story that happened to 3 friends of mine during their childhood. They used to deal with mysticism and they had connected with some spirit that gave them all the definitions that appear on the "Triangle of the Three and Seven" on the album booklet. It became a cult story in my home town and after a few sessions into the night with them, we decided that they will be the three heroes of the "Orphaned flood story".
KOBI: We are all Jewish, not religious according societal definitions. Some of us will claim to be atheists. This is the beauty: as it is in our music, so it is in our mental differences or beliefs, Personally, I’m a believer, but I do accept all ways as the same at the end of the day. I believe that if you are confident about your own way you can accept the others as well...so yeah, I’m Jewish, but I don’t have a problem to pray in a Mosque or a Church. And after that, I don’t have a problem to go to a concert of black metal and to headbang to songs praising Satan. All is one.
KOBI: Well, it doesn’t happen that often, but it is definitely a reflection of our vision. We are a combination of all and so should be our audience. It was very exciting for us to see that our music has actually reached places like Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Libya, and more because we know that people there don’t have free access to our music, or to metal in general. And despite the fact that we're Israelis, they understand us in a way, and they see us as ambassadors to the worldwide metal scene. That’s exciting for us and it proves to us once again that music is a universal language that breaks all the boundaries.
KOBI: Could be. In the revelation of the story, the 3 heroes see a flood that will wipe all away, kind of a second Shoah, only made by nature/God in order to purify. (Man cannot make such a decisions, only God).
KOBI: Our female vocalist, Shlomit, comes from a Yemeni background. The Yemenis are one of the only cultures who kept the dictionary of the language complete. They are a beautiful community and we gave Shlomit a free hand to bring her home roots into the album. Actually, the part that she sang was so beautiful that we decided not to add instruments, but to leave it pure and naked (at the end of song 3).
KOBI: This is also a Rabi Shalom Shabazi song called Ahavat Hadasa (The love to the holy land). It appears at the end of song 3 (The Kiss Of babylon) before A'salk begins.
KOBI: I guess that people who live in the metal scene will be happy to hear some metal group from this region. It is a kind of a refreshing breeze to a lot of people. So far the reactions are even more than we expected by both fans and media.
KOBI: Simply all, I cannot name a few.
KOBI: I would say that it's a journey around the world. Metal, but far away from the typical. It's a no boundaries, universal, cultural metal, I guess...
KOBI: Same spirit, but upgraded when it comes to our attitude, playing, concept, and production. But some will have difficulties understanding that there has been a seven-year break. Some had the fear that after 7 years maybe we'd become industrial, acoustic, or electronic. But now it's obvious we are just the way we were in the 90's.
KOBI: What the hell is going on here???
KOBI: If it's up to us, definitely. We are highly motivated and waiting to get some offers.