It’s a freezing cold Monday night in London, snow is on its way & train services are being closed down early. With that in mind it’s no surprise that the Underworld is feeling a bit empty for the one and only UK date of Orphaned Land’s European tour. A tour that has seen them play in Germany the previous day and before they head off to France.
Not that it seems to affect the band on stage who are in fine spirits & sound great (although Kobi Farhi apologises several times for what he perceives as his poor vocals).
This show comes at a time where Orphaned Land seem rejuvenated having released a new album that can be simply called…brilliant. Unsung Prophets and Dead Messiahs is an album that embraces the melodic death style of the past while also keeping the band focused on their current path. You can read our review of the album here and our review of the single, We Do Not Resist here.
Opening with The Cave before the excellent All is One drops; Orphaned Land have a few teething issues to begin with because of a dodgy mic. That’s quickly solved thankfully & the set improves instantly.
The crowd might be small but the amount of energy within those in attendance is infectious & utterly thrilling. The band look to be enjoying themselves, encouraging crowd interaction & sing-alongs. The new music sounds brilliant, often the highlight of the entire show are those songs. We Do Not Resist and All-Knowing Eye, the latter in particular is captivating & emotional.
There isn’t lots of chatter from Kobi, mostly just introducing songs, apologising for his vocals (they really sound great) & the odd bit of banter. He references the band’s past & makes a point to show just how far they’ve come.
They really have come a long way & this show, one that everyone in attendance seems to enjoy, is proof that the future is looking really bright.
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You can pick up the album above via Amazon above & on every major streaming service including Apple Music below. It can also be picked up via Century Media Records’ store here.
Orphaned Land at The Underworld, Camden, London (26/02/18)
The Final Score - 9/10