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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 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

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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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Samael Heading To Brazil

The long running Swiss metal squad Samael will be heading over to Brazil for the band's first time ever for a short string of live shows in June. The following three dates have been confirmed so far:

06.15.12: Brasilia – Festival Marrecos
06.16.12: Varginha – Roça’n’Roll
06.17.12: Sao Paulo – Hangar

Samael will be touring in support of the band's latest album "Lux Mundi" (reviewed here). You can also check out Metalunderground.com's interview about the album with Samael front man Vorph at this location.

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Edguy And Sapiency Playing 70,000 Tons Of Metal

The 70,000 Tons of Metal organizers have checked in with the following update about confirming Sapiency and Edguy for the floating festival:

"While 70000TONS OF METAL, The World's Biggest Floating Heavy Metal Festival is steaming at full speed course West through the Mediterranean Sea, they received news from their European Scouting Party. After passing through Frankfurt am Main, where they made friends with some new hopefuls that go by the name of SAPIENCY, they continued further East to the city of Fulda to meet the EDGUY! Having a feeling that there is still more in store for them, the Scouting Party continues moving East...

"Make no mistake, 70000TONS OF METAL is not your grandma's cruise. It's also not one of the cruises that share the ship with normal cruise guests. This is an all heavy metal cruise! Can you imagine that? A whole luxury cruise ship full of metalheads? And since there is no backstage area you will have the opportunity to mingle side-by-side with the artists in this incredibly fan-friendly scenario that has no comparison. It's like everyone has a backstage pass!"

The following 37 out of 40 total bands have been confirmed:

ALESTORM
AMORPHIS
ANNIHILATOR
ATHEIST
CANNIBAL CORPSE
CHANNEL ZERO
CHILDREN OF BODOM
CORONER
CROWBAR
DARK FUNERAL
EDGUY
ELUVEITIE
EXCITER
GOD DETHRONED
GRAVE DIGGER
HAMMERFALL
IN EXTREMO
KAMELOT
KATAKLYSM
MOONSORROW
MY DYING BRIDE
NIGHTWISH
ORPHANED LAND
OVERKILL
PESTILENCE
PRETTY MAIDS
RIOT
SAMAEL
SAPIENCY
STRATOVARIUS
SUFFOCATION
TANKARD
THERION
TRISTANIA
VENOM
VIRGIN STEELE
WHIPLASH

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Channel Zero Playing 70,000 Tons Of Metal

The 70,000 Tons of Metal cruise organizers have checked in with the following announcement about the latest addition to the festival:

"Please Welcome CHANNEL ZERO On Board! Did they forget about their scouting party that was in The Netherlands some time ago? What happened to them? They went South to Belgium and straight to the capital city of Brussels. Sailors, please welcome Belgium's premier Heavy Metal Band: CHANNEL ZERO on board 70000TONS OF METAL, The World's Biggest Floating Heavy Metal Festival!

"Make no mistake, 70000TONS OF METAL is not your grandma's cruise. It's also not one of the cruises that share the ship with normal cruise guests. This is an all heavy metal cruise! Can you imagine that? A whole luxury cruise ship full of metalheads? And since there is no backstage area you will have the opportunity to mingle side-by-side with the artists in this incredibly fan-friendly scenario that has no comparison. It's like everyone has a backstage pass!

"70000TONS OF METAL will sail Monday, January 23, 2012 aboard the Royal Caribbean Majesty of the Seas from Miami FL to George Town, Cayman Islands and will not return you to the real world for four days until Friday, January 27, 2012.

"Ticket prices start at US$666 plus US$289 taxes and fees per person and include all on-board entertainment, non-alcoholic and non-carbonated beverages, all meals at the dining rooms, most on-board restaurants and even 24 room service! What are you waiting for? You might even need a vacation from this vacation when all is said and done! Check out this location for more information and book your cabin NOW!"

The following 33 (out of a total of 40 bands) have been confirmed: More...

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