A couple weeks after that I went to the Aftershock Festival with Zoe, and she interviewed VIZA. She asked Orbel and K’noup what bands they would recommend, and they came up with Israeli based Orphaned Land. It took a while before I looked them up, but when I did, again, IMPRESSIVE. I love meaningful music. There is no music more powerful than what is written by Orphaned Land. And the guitar work? Wow! Orphaned Land brings middle eastern traditional music and modern metal together in a way I am sure no one thought was possible. And Orphaned Land? They recommend Palestinian rockers Khalas, which I will get to soon.
Israeli based Orphaned Land creates music unlike anyone else. The video above shows off Orphaned Land's fantastic use of Middle Eastern music mixed with heavy metal
A few weeks later, while waiting for Crobot to play at Rocklahoma, I got another introduction to a band that is really going to be big, Sons of Texas. Coming from the Rio Grande Valley, Sons of Texas is a heavy metal band that blends some ZZ Top flair into the hard metal of Pantera. Opening up the Hard Rock Stage at Rocklahoma just before Crobot played in a driving rainstorm, Sons of Texas became another great band that I listen to often.
Serj, you have taken over my iPod. Any attempt by me to choose where my musical experiences will take me is firmly out of my control. If I am ever interviewed by a journalist who asks me, ‘what's on your iPod”, I guess I can say with all honesty, “I am not sure what I am listening to next, but I am sure there is some connection to the master of metal, Serj Tankian.”
Dan Adler was raised in Southern California to a mom and dad, one of whom appreciated Creedence and left wing anti-war politics. By the teenage years, Dan became obsessed with Black Sabbath, listening to the same seven albums repeatedly for 5 years. During this time, his favorite concert experience was seeing Metallica open for a bunch of bands that no longer exist and winning the 1st ever Santa Cruz Air Guitar contest. After several years in Africa listening and dancing to Chimurenga music, Dan returned to have the two best children in the world, one of whom spends a lot of time at concerts with him. What a lucky dad!