The Israeli metal band Orphaned Land continues to break records in the Middle East: The band, which has a wide fan base in the Arab world, was featured recently on the cover of the Iranian metal and rock music magazine Divan.
"I am amazed again to see the power music has to break down walls and barriers that politicians put up," said the band's lead singer, Kobi Farhi. "It's a great accomplishment that we add to the list of our career achievements, especially over the past year. I am still in shock; I don't know what to say."
The cover story featured an interview with the band, which has been touring Europe in recent weeks, as well as a review of its newest album. Israeli photographers Ofir Ave and Adam Nishma shot the magazine cover.
Orphaned Land combines musical styles from different religions and cultures, and often fuses Israeli and Arab music together, which has broadened its popularity in the Arab world. Turkey, where the band regularly takes part in large music festivals, is home to many of the band's fans. Members of the band have also come upon followers from Lebanon and Egypt, some of whom have gotten tattoos with the band's symbol.
Orphaned Land is expected to return to Israel in a few days to hold two shows in Tel Aviv to celebrate its 20th anniversary. Israel singer Yehuda Poliker is expected to part in the festive performances, as well as singer Steven Wilson of Porcupine Tree and Guitarist Greg Mackintosh of Paradise Lost.
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