Chuck Schuldiner Project

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Orphaned Land - Unsung Prophets & Dead Messiahs

I've long championed Orphaned Land as one of the most unique and best bands in metal. They are a group with a distinct vision and their fusion of sounds and ideas is one that is full of peace and love without ever feeling hackneyed. In a climate where more and more bands are coming out with staid and political opinions Orphaned Land manage to remain extremely smart and relevant, using powerful imagery to force us to come to terms with the power of Unsung Prophets & Dead Messiahs. This album is unique and beautiful and we can't help but to fall in love. 

The beauty of Orphaned Land is simply that there is so much to unpack in any given song because the compositions are so perfectly put together and authentically done. Unsung Prophets & Dead Messiahs is a masterful take on metal songwriting with disparate elements brought in to songs that are polished and in a strange way beautiful. This is heavy metal anyone can get into because it has a potent sheen and an intelligence about it that is simply undeniable. This is the sort of metal that kids dream of being able to make one day. It's important to the world at large and miles ahead of so many of the bands folk metal peers. 

Digging into the rich symbolism and articulate lyrics of this band has always been engaging, but this album, perhaps the bands most important to date given the political climate is more relevant than ever. These guys have obviously grown in leaps and bounds in the quarter century that they have been around, but this is a record that I see myself coming back too time and time again. There is a lot to pick apart and if you can't help but to fall in love with it then you need to step back and reevaluate your priorities. 

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