Israeli metal band ORPHANED LAND has parted ways with drummer Avi Diamond. The group's official statement on the matter reads as follows:
"If there's a lesson to be taken from nature's seasons, it is that everything is dynamic around us, and it's nature's way to remind us that we need to freshen up and move on from time to time.
"After several years filled with challenges and hard work, we've utilized our work with Avi Diamond.
"During this period we've recorded the album 'Mabool', toured the globe, headlined festivals and dozens of events worldwide. We've put the Israeli metal scene into the spot-lights, and created precedents in the metal world as a whole, and in the Israeli metal history in particular.
"Avi Diamond is a world-class professional drummer and we had the privilege to play with one of the best drummers in the scene.
"We are confident that Avi will succeed in his path ahead, and wish him best of luck and all the greatness that this world has to offer." Video footage of ORPHANED LAND's appearance at this year's edition of the Dong Open Air festival, which took place July 13-14 in Neukirchen-Vluyn, Germany, has been posted on YouTube. As previously reported, photos of ORPHANED LAND's July 6, 2007 performance in Lisbon, Portugal have been posted online at this location. ORPHANED LAND vocalist Kobi Farhi recently stated about the group's current activities, "We are still in the writing process of our next album, 'OrwarriOR'. We know it [is taking] quite a while, but you all know how complex our latest album, 'Mabool', was and we want to give you no less than that. The final result is most important to us and we simply haven't found the formula to produce an album every year. However, I can assure you that your patience will be rewarded! Right now, to keep the flame burning, we have confirmed a few headline and co-headline shows on some summer festivals and we hope to meet all of you there!" Upcoming ORPHANED LAND shows: Aug. 11 - Cluj Napoca (RO) @ Maximum Rock Festival
Oct. 5-7 - Baarlo (NETH) @ ProgPower Europe
Nov. 10 - Copenhagen (DK) @ ProgPower Scandinavia