ORPHANED LAND Guitarist Yossi Sassi Releases “So Long 2012” Video Hot
Flashes Posted on Monday, December 31, 2012 at 10:42:30 EST

Guitarist Yossi Sassi from Israeli progressive metallers ORPHANED LAND has
posted a year-end video dubbed “so long 2012.”

“Reflecting on the year of Melting Clocks (his his debut solo album released
in March) reminds me how many people were united, opinions bridged and
beliefs respected. I dedicate this video summary to THANK YOU and wish you
all a GREAT 2013!”

Orphaned Land have commenced recording the follow-up to 2010’s The Never
Ending Way of ORWarriOR in Istanbul, Turkey. The band had previously
announced that “the recording sessions of our new album will take place in
Sweden, Turkey and Israel!”

A new studio photo taken on December 29th has been posted below. Says the
band: “If you could only hear it… soon.

The album is the first to feature guitarist Chen Balbus, who replaced Matty
Svatizky this past June “due to personal issues.”

As reported in October, a petition to the Norwegian Nobel Committee has been
submitted to consider Orphaned Land for the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize.

Kobi Farhi, singer of Orphaned Land remarked: “This is my personal request
to all my friends from the Middle East, Turkey, and in general from all my
Muslim friends! We know for a long time now that we are above politics, we
know that if it was in our hands, peace would have prevailed right away.
Please enter this link and sign if you find us worthy, please also spread
the word and share it on your pages. I send my endless love to all of you
and all my love and best greetings for the coming holyday in a few days.”

Follow this link to enter the petition.


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