"An over-excited accountant, like the University of Hull, is a
contradiction in terms."
Tom Holt, "Flying Dutch"
AN INTERVIEW WITH ORPHANED LAND
by Richard Karsmakers
In the "Music Media Reviewed" section of this issue of ST
NEWS you will find a review of what may very well be the most
innovative metal CD to be released this year, "Sahara" by Israeli
metallers Orphaned Land. As I thought these guys really deserved
some extra exposure - their music is quite excellent, to use an
understatement - I dediced to go ahead and interview them, too.
As they were unavailable for touring through the Netherlands,
unfortunately I've had to resort to doing a written interview.
This appears to be standard procedure with many magazines, most
notably some of the (semi-)underground ones, and the end result
isn't that much different really.
I wrote to guitarist Yossi Sasi, who lives in the Israeli town
Listening to their excellent music, I work out the interview...
Can you give us a short biography of your lives?
Yossi: Basically all of us have gone to school for at least 12
years. None of have had an education similar to university or
something. Our ages are: Yossi - 20, Kobi - 19.5, Sami - 22, Mati
- 18.5, Uri - 18.5, Itzick - 18. We work in different areas,
mostly doing things in connection with music.
When can we expect your next album?
Yossi: Our next album will probably be out next year, although
we may have plans to release it before. New songs are being
written as we speak.
What do you like and dislike particularly about the music
Yossi: Generally I like all sorts of music; I dislike bands that
get kitchy and predictable. I love complex music.
When will you be touring?
Yossi: Soon, I hope. It doesn't depend on us, but we're ready.
What musicians are you most influenced by?
Yossi: We admire At The Gates, their style of composing. Also,
we love to be inspired by old Arabic music.
Where do you get the inspiration for the music's lyrical
Yossi: We write about many topics - god, nature, human behaviour
and desires. They come from our own lives and desires.
What are some of your favourite musicians?
Yossi: I, personally speaking, admire Joe Satriani. I play all
his compositions and love improvising in his style. Kobi loves
the vocalists of The Mission and Dead Can Dance. Sami gets
inspired by Ravi Shinkar and people like him. Other than these,
we appreciate many more.
Which book have you read recently that made most of an
impression on you?
Yossi: Well, I'm not much of a reader, but I love short stories.
No long novels for me.
What is the film you've been to recently that made most of an
impression on you?
Yossi: I can't recall its name, but a few months ago I saw a
film with Sigourney Weaver as a lawyer and I think she played
great. Great script and shooting, too.
Do you remember a film that struck you as being especially crap,
a film you was tempted to get a refund at the cinema for?
Yossi: "True Lies", with Arnold Schwarzenegger. Very boring
When, in many years, you'll eventually die, which song would you
like to be played at your funeral service?
Yossi: Haven't had time to think about this. Probably "The
Forgotten" by Joe Satriani. It has a very touching melody.
What is to you *the* music release of 1994 so far?
Yossi: I really can't point one out. There have been many
excellent releases, in all genres.
What do you remember as the worst ever moment in your life?
Yossi: About 6 years ago, when I had a period of changes and
started playing guitar. I was frustrated about not playing well
and quite playing for a while. A few days later I started again,
Most cliche question of the interview (possibly): What's your
favourite food? And favourite drink?
Yossi: I'm a food killer. I especially love spaghetti and all
sorts of home cooking. Coke is *the* drink.
Suppose you could be Aladdin for a while. Which three wishes
would you make?
Yossi: 1) To see my band grow well and make our music for long
years, 2) Extreme fortune, just because it's convenient, amd 3)
Step out of the genie's limits and try to find True Love. I
really hate screwing around.
Is there a person you haven't met yet which you'd dearly love to
Yossi: Philippe of Holy Records (and Misanthrope, ED.). And I am
planning for this to happen soon.
If you were confined to a desert island and you could only take
with you one book, five CDs and one luxury item, which would they
Yossi: Good one. I'd take "The Catcher int he Rye" and the five
CDs would be "The Extremist" by Joe Satriani, "Chapter VI" by
Candlemass, "Flying in a Blue Dream" by Joe Satriani, "Sahara"
(our release - sorry, but sincerely I believe I'd love to have
the music there that I created, no arrogance or something) and
the greatest of all creations - "Seventh Son of a Seventh Son" by
Iron Maiden. And for a luxury item, definitely "Venessa" - my
Ibanez 540S guitar. She is my best companion.
What invention do you hope mankind will come up with soon?
Yossi: Teleporting sites. Very useful and time-saving.
What is your ultimate ambition, the thing you hope to be
Yossi: Just to be happy with my life, no Big Man or something.
Just die satisfied of my choices in life.
Right. Now, then, the "words to react to" section. Please react
briefly and honestly.
Yossi: Good it ended. Things looked bad.
The ozone layer.
Yossi: It gets hotter with the years.
Yossi: The *best* and the *worst* thing music could wish for.
The Palestine Question and the current Peace Process.
Yossi: Long awaited. May it last!
Yossi: A good group that was ruined by many.
Yossi: Much appreciated. His talent is enormous.
Yossi: 42 what?
Yossi: As years pass by, my young education of Judaism comes
back to me. Faith is a great thing, and praising God's name is a
natural act to me.
Yossi: Sotiris, why don't you write back to me? But, seriously -
since "Dreamlord" - one of the best metal acts nowadays.
Yossi: The best and most honest label. Perfect.
Yossi: So original and complex. More will be said and tried to
be initiated by them.
Yossi: The most original and pure sounds. Many don't appreciate
And on that note the interview ended.
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