Band Photo: Samael (?)
From: Sion, Switzerland
Last Known Status: Active
Samael Interviews and Features
Below are our features and interviews with Samael.
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...
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...
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...