According to National Turk, Israeli progressive folk metal masters ORPHANED LAND will become Turkish citizens.
The band was previously given a “Friendship And Peace Award” by Turkey for its contributions to peace in the troubled region.
“ORPHANED LAND will perform in another concert in Turkey in September,” the band’s manager said. “I hope the process will run properly and ORPHANED LAND will be in their second homeland, Turkey, as Turkish citizens for the next concert.”
ORPHANED LAND lead vocalist Kobi Farhi spoke about his love of playing Turkey before the band’s concert in Istanbul in September 2011: “We’re always glad to return to Turkey, and not only are we not afraid — we feel at home there. There are people there who sing with us in Hebrew and we don’t face any hostility in Turkey.”
ORPHANED LAND‘s concert DVD, “The Road To OR-Shalem”, was released last October in Europe and November in the U.S. via Century Media Records.
According to a press release, “The Road To OR-Shalem” “is the premier Middle Eastern progressive metal crusaders’ DVD debut and documents the band’s incredible mission to unite warring factions in their home region through the power of music. Filmed in Tel Aviv, Israel in December 2010, ‘The Road To OR-Shalem’ features nearly two hours of stunning live material, as well as a second bonus DVD. The bonus DVD material includes additional live footage, a behind-the-scenes documentary and video clips.”