New Single: Botzer Project, “Pardes Rimonim”

Israeli alternative artist The Botzer Project (Eliezer Botzer) has released a new single “Pardes Rimonim” (Orchard of Pomegranates). Produced, arranged, and co-composed by Ori Avni, the song is dedicated to Botzer’s daughter, with the chorus telling her “Your goodness will prevail over all the broken pieces / And slowly you will walk into the orchard of pomegranates“. He is currently working on his third album with Avni as producer.

You can check it out on YouTube and Bandcamp below.

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Orphaned Land Celebrates 25 Years With New EP

“Oriental metal” founders Orphaned Land are celebrating their 25th anniversary with the release of a new EP, Orphaned Land & Friends, on Century Media on Friday. Comprised of previously recorded tracks that were either given limited release or none at all, the album features collaborations with artists like Steven Wilson, Yehuda Poliker, Erkin Koray, and Morgan Magal. One of the album’s tracks, a live version of “M I ?” with Steven Wilson, can be heard below. Streaming and download links for the record can be found here.

Matisyahu Releases Nostalgic Video For “Back to the Old”

Ex-Hasidic alt-reggae star Matisyahu recently debuted an official video for his single “Back to the Old“. The video, directed, shot, and edited by Shlomo Weprin of Shlomotions, had its exclusive premiere on Conan O’Brien’s “Team Coco” website as part of its Fresh Noises section.

“Back to the Old” is featured on Matisyahu’s new album Undercurrent, which is scheduled to drop May 19. It’s available for pre-order here. He can next be seen live at the California Roots Festival on May 26 in Monterey, CA.

Jewish Metallers Atzmus Re-Releases “Ser Humano” EP

Nu-metal outfit Atzmus, hailing from Buenos Aires, Argentina, 14900428_10154264639543073_4918105188362626147_nrecently gave their 2015 EP Ser Humano (To Be Human) a streaming release for American audiences. The re-release includes the bonus track “Insurgente” (Insurgent), which, along with the rest of the record, will be included on the group’s upcoming third album, also entitled Ser Humano.

Formed in late 2008, Atzmus (named for a Kabbalah term that translates as “Divine essence”), the band has released two prior albums, 2009’s Ciudad de Luz (City of Light) and 2013’s No Hay Mundo Sin Amor (There’s No World Without Love). In between, they have had considerable success in their home country, including a feature in the Argentine Rolling Stone, appearing in director Daniel Burman’s 2012 film La suerte en tus manos, and spots at La Trastienda Club and the Pepsi Music Festival.

In the aforelinked Rolling Stone piece, frontman Eliezer Barletta, himself a Hasidic Jew, responds to a question about the band’s spirituality: “[N]o one imposes anything on anyone. Sometimes we think that to develop concepts of union or peace between men we have to think all the same, believe all the same, but peace is not homogeneity...There may be men without religion but men can not [be] without love, because the basis and foundation of the world is love. And for that, as musicians we make songs with lyrics that invite reflection and inner development.”

Check out the title video from the EP below. RIYL: Demon Hunter, Disturbed, System of a Down, Orphaned Land.

(Hat tip to Ash at That’s Frum!? for the find.)

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