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Samael

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Formed: 1987
From: Sion, Switzerland
Last Known Status: Active

Samael Interviews and Features

Below are our features and interviews with Samael.

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Samael Frontman Reflects On "Hegemony"

In every sub-genre of metal music, there are bands which became "stars" for lack of a better word and bands which may not have become rich, but are recognised as highly important. Swiss extreme metal veterans Samael would fall into the latter category, with two massively influential albums, "Worship Him" and "Blood Ritual," they helped shape what would become known as the second wave of black metal. Last year, the band released "Hegemony," their first full length release in six years. I had the opportunity to ask frontman and founder Vorph about the album, the bands' longevity and more.

First of all, thank you very much for taking the time to speak to us. Your new album, "Hegemony" has been out for nine months and is already being hailed as another superb album that fits in with even your most revered works. What was the driving force behind the record and now that some time has passed, how do you feel it works as an artistic statement?

Vorph: It took us some time to complete the work on the new album but as every songs went to a growing process, from their first version to the next to the one that ended up on the album we knew that “Hegemony” would be something special, not just a new album but a collection of songs with a strong live potential. Since the album has been release we already have played 5 songs live and they all found their way to the heart of our audience and that's the best feeling in the world, to know that those songs will have a life on their own and will live on not only for the length of the album life but far beyond that.

"Hegmony" was your first album since 2011. Why was there such a long break in between albums?

Vorph: Xy worked on a side project for over a year and that delayed the whole process of finishing the album; the city of Sion where we both come from asked him to compose some original music for a spectacle they're doing every year. He had the chance to work with a full orchestra, something he wanted to do for a long time, and have his music play by classically trained musicians. That music ended up being play for two consecutive years and got released under the name “Sedunum”. After completing his work on that project he reworked every songs we already had, adding ochestration to most of them.
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Samael Returns To Form And Forges Ahead

After a brief excursion into "Above," which was originally meant to be a side project, Swiss metal pioneers Samael have both returned to form with the upcoming "Lux Mundi" album (reviewed here) and forged ahead into new territory. Bringing to mind some of the band's best work from the '90s, but with a modern slant and an extra decade of experience behind the music, "Lux Mundi" sees the act again gracefully melding electronic and metal elements.

Following-up our last interview after the release of "Above," front man Vorph has again given Metalunderground a look into Samael's creative process for the recording of the new album. Explaining how the band approached the new material, Vorph commented "With 'Lux Mundi' we wanted to start afresh and do an album as if it would be our first one, we had no intention to link it to anything we’ve done before."

Below you can find Vorph's thoughts on writing music that fits a live environment, the change in sound from "Above," and the plans for an upcoming music video for the song "Luxferre." More...

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An Interview With Samael Frontman Vorph

Swiss industrial/black metal band Samael just released their ninth full length album "Above" on March 6th. The band's front man Vorph chatted with Metalunderground about the musical direction of the new album, their upcoming U.S. tour alongside Carcass, and the band's influences throughout the years. More...

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Interview With Vorph Of Samael

Swiss black metal pioneers Samael have been evolving their sound and producing albums successively more advanced than the previous ones for the duration of their twenty year career. While the transformation from old school black metal to more progressive material with liberal use of electronic elements has angered some of their fans, it has gained them many more and garnered international success. Formed by brothers Vorph and Xy, Samael’s latest album “Solar Soul” was released just over a year ago, and the band is currently preparing for a U.S. tour alongside Amorphis and Virgin Black. Vocalist Vorph recently answered several questions for me via e-mail about the band's music and the upcoming tour. More...

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