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Samael

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

Latest Samael News

Below is our complete Samael news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Blastfest Announces Final Band Confirmations

The organizers of the Blastfest have checked in with the following announcement about final band confirmations:

"The lineup announcements had to come to an end eventually and Blastfest has now revealed the final three bands for the main lineup. But that’s not to say what you see on the burgeoning Blastfest poster is all that’s happening. No, no, no, there will be more!

"There’s already a lineup that would bring tears to the eyes of even the toughest metalhead with bands such as Demilich, Satyricon, Decapitated, Paradise Lost, At The Gates & Moonsorrow... and just last week a cruise up the Norwegian fjords with live bands was announced as part of the first days festivities. We still have to hear more… the clinics, the stand up comedy, the exhibitions, and lots more have yet to be revealed!

"For now, let’s leave this here… Sweden’s Uppsala upstarts, the black metal powerhouse, the entity of its own who released possibly their best work to date just last year with ‘The Hunt’, yes, the mighty Watain have been announced as another Blastfest 2015 headliner. The festival has also welcomed Austria’s sickest death metal export Schrinec Plays Pungent Stench and Bergens blackened deaththrash horde Grimfist." More...

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Samael Live Footage Posted Online

The Swiss metal titans from Samael recently performed live in Prague on October 11th, 2014.

The band's entire 35 minute set has now been posted online and can be seen below, thanks to YouTube user Ruzovaveverka.

Samael's latest album "Lux Mundi" (reviewed here) was released in 2011, and keyboardist Xy recently released the orchestral "Sedunum" album (full details at this location).

Norwegian fans can also catch Samael performing live on the Blastfest 2014 festival.

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Blastfest Expands To Four Days

Blastfest will be held from the 18th - 21st of February 2015 in Bergen, Norway. The organizers of the festival have now checked in with the following announcement about expanding with new band confirmations:

"It is official, Blastfest will be even bigger! With very positive results and excitement of a recent poll, the Bergen, Norway festival have decided 3 days of metal madness wasn’t enough and have expanded the festival into a 4 day event with a total of 60 bands! That’s 4 days, 4 venues, and 60 bands! Yes. 60 BANDS! The festival is now running from Wednesday February 18th to Saturday February 21st.

"And that’s not just the only announcement the festival will make today because just like the recent spate of updates the festival are keeping form and have just confirmed another 4 bands to the already exploding poster! So without further adieu, we are pleased to report the addition of true Norwegian black metal veterans Gehenna, British symphonic black metallers Hecate Enthroned, Norwegian death metal titans Blood Red Throne and death thrashers Wyruz!"

The currently announced lineup is as follows:

Alfahanne | Asphyx | At The Gates | Baptism | Blood Red Throne | Bolzer | Borknagar | Byfrost | Craft | Crib45 | Cryptopsy | Dark Funeral | Dark Tranquility | Dead To This World | Decapitated | Demilich | Den Saakaldte | Djevelkult | Destroyer 666 | Destruction | Endstille | Esoteric | Finntroll | Gehenna | Hecate Enthroned | Impaled Nazarene | Melechesh | Moonsorrow | Morgoth | Paradise Lost | Primordial | Rotting Christ | Samael | Sarke | Sarkom | Satan | Saturnus | The Sickening | Tortorum | Tsjuder | Vallenfyre | Wyruz + more yet to be announced.

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Blastfest Confirms Finntroll, Moonsorrow, And More

Norway’s Blastfest has just unveiled another seven great reasons why you need to book the 19th – 21st of February 2015 off work.

Today the festival organizers announce the addition of seven more bands to the billing including Finnish folk metal upstarts Finntroll, melodic black metal sextet Moonsorrow and Ireland’s men of myth Primordial. Also confirmed today are Djevelcult, Tortorum, Crib 45, and Morgoth.

The Bergen festival is only in its second year and previously announced acts such as At The Gates, Decapitated, Rotting Christ, Destruction and Asphyx for the 2015 edition. The currently announced lineup is as follows: More...

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Samael Posts Track From "Sedunum" Release

Samael has released the track "Ad Gloriam" online, which is taken from Xy’s side album "Sedunum" - an instrumental journey specifically created for the Swiss city Sion.

Give the new song a listen below.

Samael also recently posted a new live music video for the classic track "Moonskin" taken off the iconic '90s album "Passage." Check it out over here.

You can get your own copy of the "Sedunum" album at this location, and the full track listing is as follows:

1. Sedunum : 3.14
2. Ad Gloriam : 4.18
3. Dreams of Yore : 3.13
4. Celestial City : 4.59
5. Elsewhere : 2.15
6. In Aeternum : 4.27
7. Timeless : 2.24
8. For Victory : 2.33
9. Once : 1.58
10. Through Ages : 4.23
11. Eternal Peace : 3.32
12. In Memoriam : 3.03
13. Babylon : 4.30 More...

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Samael Posts "Moonskin" Video

Long running evolutionary Swiss metal band Samael has released a video clip for an oldie-but-goodie: check out the clip for "Moonskin" below.

"Moonskin" is taken off the "Passage" album, and the video was filmed and edited by Sergeï Ulyanov during the Inferno Festival 2013 in Lausanne (Swizterland).

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Samael Posts "Sedunum" Teaser

Today Xy from Samael officially releases "Sedunum," an orchestral project composed specifically for the Swiss city of Sion.

You can order your own copy of the album at this location, and a teaser trailer featuring snippets from the release can be seen below. The track listing is as follows:

1. Sedunum : 3.14
2. Ad Gloriam : 4.18
3. Dreams of Yore : 3.13
4. Celestial City : 4.59
5. Elsewhere : 2.15
6. In Aeternum : 4.27
7. Timeless : 2.24
8. For Victory : 2.33
9. Once : 1.58
10. Through Ages : 4.23
11. Eternal Peace : 3.32
12. In Memoriam : 3.03
13. Babylon : 4.30

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Samael Posts "Sedunum" Recording Clips

Xy from Samael will soon be releasing the instrumental album "Sedunum," which was composed for the Swiss city of Sion.

Today several recording videos from the album were posted online, which can be seen in the YouTube clips provided below.

The album features 45 minutes mixing classical, tribal, & contemporary music recorded with the Filmharmonic Orchestra and Choir from Prague.

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Samael's Xy Creates Classical Album

"Sedunum," the project composed by Samael member Xy for the Swiss city of Sion, will be out on CD format this coming 11.07.14 and you can pre-order the release over here.

The album features 45 minutes mixing classical, tribal, & contemporary music recorded with the Filmharmonic Orchestra and Choir from Prague.

The track listing is as follows:

1. Sedunum
2. Ad Gloriam
3. Elsewhere
4. Dreams of Yore
5. Celestial City
6. Eternal Peace
7. For Victory
8. Through Ages
9. In Aeternum
10. In Memoriam
11. Timeless
12. Once
13. Babylon More...

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Samael Answers More Fan Questions

After previously posting video clips online with members vocalist Vorph, guitarist Mak, and bassist Mas (still available here), Swiss metal band Samael has now released footage of drummer Xy answering fan questions. Check out the new video below.

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Samael Answers Fan Questions

Samael has posted a series of video clips online with band members Vorph, Mak, and Mas answering questions directly from fans. Check out the video interview series in the YouTube playlist below.

You can also read out our look at the history of Samael in our "Sunday Old School" column right here.

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Samael Posts Full Concert Online

Long running Swiss metal act Samael, which was recently featured in our Sunday Old School column, has now posted a full concert set online from Krakow in 1996.

The clip can be viewed below, and comes off the band's "Black Trip" DVD, which can be ordered here. The concert set list is as follows:

1) Rebellion
2) Son Of Earth
3) Shining Kingdom
4) Angels Decay
5) Mask Of The Red Death
6) Into The Pentagram
7) Flagellation
8) Jupiterian Vibe
9) The Ones Who Came Before
10) Crown
11) Rain
12) My Saviour More...

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Sunday Old School: Samael

Formed by brothers Vorph and Xy (originally going by the much longer titles Vorphalack and Xytraguptor) way back in 1987, Swiss act Samael is one of the longest running bands in the black metal scene, although there have been many times throughout the group’s career where the term “black metal” didn’t apply at all.

Despite the tension that would appear to occur with two family members writing, recording, and performing together constantly, Samael has been forging ahead without any signs of slowing down for more than 20 years. The band’s lineup is currently rounded out by bassist Mas, who has been involved with since the early ‘90s, and “newcomer” guitarist Makro, who joined in 2002. Makro also plays in the devastating death/doom outfit Sludge, which has previously been covered in our look at unknown side projects.

Samael has actually had one of the most stable lineups in a band with this sort of longevity, only splitting with three members in 26 years, with the core of the band remaining stable in all that time. Despite that lack of membership changes, the group has had a constant theme of evolution throughout its history, refining and even changing styles completely several times.

Besides the sound change as the band evolved from black metal towards an electronic/industrial vibe, the lyrics themselves have morphed significantly. The themes went from explicitly negative lyrics attacking religion in the early days (“I vomit on the holy bible” being one iconic line from the “Ceremony of Opposites” album) to more mystical leanings in the transitory middle era. The metamorphosis came full circle by the time of the 2004 album “Reign of Light” (reviewed here), where the band was still critical of religion, but the lyrics had become positive and uplifting instead. The follow-up “Solar Soul” (reviewed here) then shifted yet again, this time towards current events, politics, and warfare.

Samael’s first full-length “Worship Him” arrived in 1991, which witnessed the band’s most overt early black metal sound that is about as old school as it gets.

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Samael To Perform Entire "Passage" Album

Swiss metallers Samael have issued the following announcement about their upcoming Inferno Festival appearance:

"S A M A E L will perform their 1996 album 'Passage' for the first time in its entirely at this year edition of Inferno Festival Switzerland on the 15th of March 2013. Ticket are already available right here."

The "Passage" album was a landmark release for Samael, as it saw the band officially leaving behind the previously known black metal sound. Samael's latest full-length album release "Lux Mundi" (reviewed here) has widely been considered a return to form and an unofficial sequel to "Passage." Check out the song "In Gold We Trust" off the "Lux Mundi" album below. More...

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Samael Posts 2002 Summer Breeze Set Online

Swiss act Samael has posted footage of a full 50+ minute set online from the band's 2002 Summer Breeze appearance. Check out the clip below, and the band also commented:

"All the best for 2013 from the S A M A E L camp! It's already been 10 years since the release of the 'Black Trip' DVD… to mark the date, the entire performance from the 2002 concert at Summer Breeze Festival is now online below."

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Samael Posts "Eastern Crusade" Teaser

The Swiss metal masters in Samael will embark on a new "Eastern Crusade" in September, and they have now posted a teaser clip online, which can be viewed below.

24.09.12: Bingo -- Kiev, Ukraine
26.09.12: Republic Club -- Minsk, Belarus
27.09.12: Artica -- St Petersbourg, Russia
28.09.12: Milk Club -- Moscow, Russia

Samael is touring in support of latest album "Lux Mundi" (reviewed here). You can also watch the band's lyric video for "In Gold We Trust" at this location. More...

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Samael Posts Lyric Video For "In Gold We Trust"

Swiss industrial black metal band Samael posted up a new lyric video for the song "In Gold We Trust." The song appears on the band's latest release "Lex Mundi" that was released in April 2011 through Nuclear Blast Records (see Metal Underground.com's review at this location).

The band also announced a string of live dates in Europe as follows:

01.09.12: Velorock Festival -- Oostende, Belgium
08.09.12: Les Docks -- Lausanne, Switzerland
24.09.12: Bigo -- Kiev, Unkraine
26.09.12: Rebublic Club -- Minsk, Belarus
27.09.12: Artica -- St Petersburg, Russia
28.09.12: Milk Club -- Moscow, Russia

Check out the lyric video here: More...

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Samael Announces "Eastern Crusade" Shows

Long running Swiss metal act Samael has announced several dates for the upcoming "Eastern Crusade" mini-tour. Samael is touring in support of the band's latest album "Lux Mundi" (reviewed here). The currently announced details are as follows:

24.09.12: Bingo – Kiev, Ukrain
26.09.12: Republic Club – Minsk, Bielorussia
27.09.12: Artica - St Petersbourg, Russia
28.09.12: Milk Club – Moscow, Russia More...

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Unearthing The Unknown Side Project Underground

Every Monday we take a break from the news to highlight three lesser known bands that deserve a moment in the spotlight and can help expand your metal horizons.

Last year we showcased three side projects from black metal icon Ihsahn, but there are plenty of musicians from throughout metaldom who have a host of additional projects outside their most well-known bands. This week we’ll take a look at bands covering a range of sounds from the members of Borknagar, Katatonia, and Samael that all show a different side than what fans may be expecting from their favorite musicians.

Otyg

While many may be aware that Vintersorg from Borknagar has had his own self-titled, folk leaning and clean singing focused project for years, it’s not as well known that he was also involved in a folk metal project called Otyg prior to his solo releases.

Otyg had a very ‘90s, proto-metal feel as the musicians were starting to explore the boundaries of the genre, and is a must hear if you want to explore the roots of folk metal or are into the early works of bands like Amorphis or Borknagar. The band released two full-length albums titled “Älvefärd” and “Sagovindars Boning” before going on hold indefinitely. The music is a little on the lo-fi side and not quite as bombastic or epic as the intricately arranged folk and orchestra stuff that has come out of metal in the interim, but just listen to that atmosphere!

“Fjällstorm”
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Dead Shape Figure Working On New Album

Swiss act Samael has issued the following announcement about keyboardist Xy working with Dead Shape Figure on the band's upcoming album:

"Xy is currently in Finland doing the pre-production for Dead Shape Figure next album. It’s been years since Xy produced an album for another band, it started with Misery 'Mystic' album in 1993; latter he would produced two albums for Greek Death/Black Metal pillar Rotting Christ 'A Dead Poem' (1997) and 'Sleep of the Angel' (1999) as well as the debut and second album of My Insanity from Germany – the two latter album were release on Xy's own label Parallel Record."

Dead Shape Figure also commented, "PreProduction Day 1 complete! Mr Xy is gonna definitely have a big output to the next CD. We are gonna film some clips tomorrow for youtube... Stay tuned!"

For more on Dead Shape Figure, check out the song "Strangle the Hero" here or watch the video for "And They Adore The Replacement" below. More...

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