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Origin Bat-Yam, Israel
Genres Death/Doom
Oriental metal
Progressive metal
Years active 1996–present
Labels Candlelight
Associated acts System Divide, Orphaned Land, The Fading, Matricide, Solitary, Acropolis, Dissonant
Members Dor Mazor
Raffael Mor
Benny Zohar
Guy Shalom
Amir Segev
Past members Miri Milman
Michal Akrabi
Matan Shmuely
Shaked Furman

Distorted is a progressive death/doom metal band from Bat-Yam, Israel.


The band was formed in 1996 and released two demos until 2002 when they began concentrating more seriously on playing live. In 2001, the band released its first official release, a self-titled EP, which was followed by another EP which was recorded in 2003 and release in 2004 - Illusive. Following the release of those EPs, the band started performing extensively around the Tel Aviv area, supporting such international bands as Edguy, Destruction, and Megadeth, and such local bands as Betzefer, Salem, and Orphaned Land.

In 2003 and 2004 the band began to write the music for their debut album Memorial which was recorded in 2005 in Studio Underground in Sweden. The band then signed a deal with NMC Records in Israel and the French label Bad Reputation for worldwide release. The album was released on March 13, 2006, in Israel and May 2, 2006, in the rest of Europe, and the band toured in Israel and Europe in support of the album, including performing at the 2007 Metal Female Voices Fest in Belgium, and supporting Aborted on their European tour. On July 12, 2007, the band signed a worldwide distribution three-album deal with UK based label Candlelight Records.

The band parted ways with its longtime lead singer Miri Milman in late 2008 due to personal reasons and musical differences. The band then announced the new singer will be Michal Akrabi.

Michal performed with the band on some shows, including opening for Draconian on their show in Israel and the 2009 Hellelujah Metal Fest but it was announced on May 26, 2009, that Michal would leave the band as she's leaving Israel to study music in the UK. The band will continue without her as they announced they will be continue writing material for their third album, due for release in 2010 on Candlelight Records.

In March 2010, the band announced its newest lead singer - a promising young singer by the name of Dor Mazor. Dor's debut show with the band took place on June 3, 2010, at the Barby club in Tel Aviv, Israel, opening for Swallow the Sun.


The band cite their influences as Opeth, Nevermore, Dark Tranquility and The Gathering, though there is a heavy Middle-Eastern influence to their sound, similar to countrymates Orphaned Land.

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Studio albums[edit]

Singles and EPs[edit]


  • Distorted (1998, three tracks)
  • Demo (2000, two tracks)

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