REVIEW: ORPHANED LAND & AMASEFFER – “Kna’an”
Collaborations are like super-groups that work on a common concept and put out something that reflects the styles of individual bands. In this case, the concept was born out of Memmingen’s Landes theatre
The soundtrack for Walter Wayers vision was provided by Kobi Farhi (of Orphaned Land) and Erez Yohanan (of Ama
Luckily tracks like “Naked-Abraham” and “There Is No God For Ishma’el” brings back the middle-eastern melodies back into the mix with amazing guitar work by Chen Balbus and Idan Amsalem
The album is amazing in its conception and brilliant in its execution. The music is not very balanced in my opinion because I could have enjoyed a more hard-hitting record. Having said that, I do respect the songwriting choices that the writers have made to adhere to the concept of the record. The only area where I found the album weak was the production. I have to be very honest when I say that I found the sound of the drums to be very bland and synthetic. I never expect the production to be very slick and posh. In fact, I am a huge fan of the sound from the 70’s and 80’s. I find this albums production bothersome because the music and the performances are top-notch. It is very clear that the band members have put in a lot of effort and have done amazingly well on their parts in the songs. Having the guitars take the back seat, struggling to find the explosion, the punchiness – it all reduced the overall effect that the record could have had. The mixing could have been better in my opinion.