ORPHANED LAND — El Norra Alila

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Album · 1996

Filed under Folk Metal
By ORPHANED LAND

Tracklist

1. Find Your Self, Discover God (6:15)
2. Like Fire to Water (4:46)
3. The Truth Within (4:33)
4. The Path Ahead (4:16)
5. A Neverending Way (2:05)
6. Takasim (1:13)
7. Thee by the Father I Pray (3:11)
8. Flawless Belief (6:46)
9. Joy (0:42)
10. Whisper My Name When You Dream (4:35)
11. Shir Hama'alot (5:02)
12. El Meod Na'ala (2:22)
13. Of Temptation Born (4:42)
14. The Evil Urge (16:06)
15. Shir Hashirim (1:58)

Total Time: 68:40

Line-up/Musicians

- Kobi Farhi / Vocals
- Yossi Sassi / Guitars (lead)
- Matti Svatizky / Guitars (rhythm)
- Uri Zelcha / Bass
- Sami Bachar / Drums

About this release

Release date: July 18th, 1996
Label: Holy Records

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The Crow
El Norra Alila is another Orphaned Land's journey in search of their true sound!

And on this attempt, they added even more elements to their mix. Dozens of oriental instruments which are more prominent than in Sahara, female vocals, choirs, Arabic chants, percussion, violins... But the result is nevertheless not so far from their debut album, sounding this record too immature compared to their later works, when they truly developed their authentic sound and personality.

But the album has its moments and is rather enjoyable despite being too long and lacking more catchy melodies. They increased the epicity of the songs, with great guitar solos from the very gifted Yoshi Sassi, and they added more clean vocals and tons of keyboards, being this album more accessible and easier to hear than previous records.

The production and musicianship are also good enough, and I can imagine that this album was not easy to make!

Best Tracks: Find Yourself, Discover God (powerful opener), The Truth Within (great guitar solos), A Never-ending Way (good slow track), Of Temptation Born (the best riffs of the album), The Evil Urge (in this precious acoustic track can we hear what a great singer Kobi Fahri is)

Conclusion: it's easy to hear that the band invested great effort and that they tried really hard with El Norra Alila to surpass the quality of their debut Sahara, crafting a pair of good songs in the process (sometimes even very good)

Nevertheless, El Norra Alila is a record that you can easily avoid if you are not a die-hard fan of the band.

My rating: ***

P.S.: this reveiw was originally written for ProgArchives.com and rewritten to be included here.

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