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

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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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Samael Announces Extra Tour Dates

Swiss metal band Samael have announced the following extra tour dates in April once they return to Switzerland after their U.S. tour alongside Carcass:

08.04.09: Zürich - Abart (with support from Excruciation)
09.04.09: Fribourg - Fri-son (with support from Cataract and A Fine Day To Exit)
29.04.09: Pratteln - Z7 (with support from Vital Remains, Order Of Ennead, Sludge and Tribulation)

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Arsis Drops Off Carcass Tour

Arsis has announced that they will not be taking part in Carcass's tour of North America which kicks off next week. Suicide Silence, Samael and Psycroptic will still be on board however. A message from Arsis drummer Dave Kinkade states:

"This is due to situations in Arsis that are out of my hands. I do not feel that it is my place to go into specific reasons leading up to this decision but being the drummer of Arsis, it is in my best interest to NOT keep the fans in the dark. There are major personal and communication issues in this band that need be resolved before anything can continue as Arsis. I will leave it at that. Again, my apologies to the fans and the other bands on the bill.

"Due to the situation, I am available for session/ possible long-term drum work nationally and internationally. Those interested can contact me at: Anti_cosmic_drummer@yahoo.com

"On a positive note, the new Borknagar album is nearing the final completion stages. Having spoken with Øystein today, I am told that vocals and synths are well under way and we will all be meeting in Oslo at the end of April for the final mixing and mastering. So far, drums and guitars are finished and let me be the first to say that this album is going to be immense. By far the most brilliant material that Borknagar has ever written, this work is going to have all the “meat n’ potatoes” musically and production wise. I trust that all the fans will enjoy this effort."

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Samael Announces U.S. Tour Dates With Carcass

Swiss metallers Samael have issued the following update about U.S. tour dates alongside Carcass:

"Prior to the release of "Above" in the US , set for April 7th, S A M A E L will be back on American soil for a tour supporting the reunited Carcass. Here is where you can catch'em up:

03/13-Philadelphia, PA @ The Trocadero
03/14-Cleveland, OH @ Peabody's
03/15-Chicago, IL @ The Pearl Room
03/16-Detroit, MI @ Majestic Theatre
03/17-Louisville, KY @ Headliner's
03/18-St. Louis, MO @ Pop's
03/20-Tulsa, OK @ Flytrap
03/21-Ft. Worth/Dallas, TX @ Ridglea Theater
03/22-Houston, TX @ Meridian
03/24-Denver, CO @ Gothic Theatre
03/25-Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theatre
03/26-San Francisco, CA @ The Grand Ballroom
03/27-Phoenix, AZ @ The Marquee Theatre
03/28-Anaheim, CA @ The Grove

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Bands Announced For 2009 Wave Gothik Treffen

The 2009 Wave Gothik Treffen festival will take place from May 29th - June 1st in Leipzig, Germany. The current confirmed bands for the festival are as follows: More...

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Samael Streaming New Song "Black Hole" Online

Swiss metal band Samael are streaming a new song titled "Black Hole" online from their upcoming album "Above." The song can be heard on the band's MySpace page. "Above" is schedule to be released on March 6th, 2009 and the track listing will be as follows:

1. Under One Flag
2. Virtual War
3. Polygames
4. Earth Country
5. Illumination
6. Black Hole
7. In There
8. Dark Side
9. God's Snake
10. On The Top Of It All

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Slipknot, Down And More Added To Graspop 2009

The organizers of this years Graspop Metal Meeting festival in Dessel, Belgium has announced some more bands for the festival in the form of Slipknot, Down, Exodus, Hatebreed, Killswitch Engage, Motley Crue, Gojira, The Gathering, Buckcherry, Marilyn Manson, Jon Olivia's Pain, Pestilence and August Burns Red.

The lineup is now as follows:

Heaven And Hell
Motley Crue
Slipknot
Marilyn Manson
Down
Exodus
Lacuna Coil
Dream Theater
Disturbed
Hatebreed
God Forbid
Anthrax
Sacred Reich
Mastodon
Gojira
Buckcherry
Pestilence
August Burns Red
Papa Roach
Jon Olivia's Pain
Volbeat
W.A.S.P.
Trivium
Devildriver
Epica
Blind Guardian
Wolves In The Throne Room
Legion of The Damned
Laaz Rockit
Scar Symmetry
Kataklysm
Firewind
Parkway Drive
Samael
Dagoba
Taake
Eths
Negura Bunget

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Lacuna Coil Confirmed For Graspop 2009

Italian goth metallers Lacuna Coil has announced that they are the latest band to be confirmed for this years edition of Graspop Metal Meeting which will be held from June 26th-28th in Dessel, Belgium.

The lineup is now as follows:

Heaven And Hell
Lacuna Coil
Dream Theater
Disturbed
God Forbid
Anthrax
Sacred Reich
Papa Roach
Volbeat
W.A.S.P.
Trivium
Devildriver
Epica
Blind Guardian
Wolves In The Throne Room
Legion of The Damned
Laaz Rockit
Scar Symmetry
Kataklysm
Firewind
Parkway Drive
Samael
Dagoba
Taake
Eths
Negura Bunget

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Dream Theater Confirmed For Graspop

Progressive metal legends Dream Theater are the latest act to be confirmed for Belgium's biggest metal festival, Graspop Metal Meeting. The festival takes place in the town of Dessel between June 26th-28th.

The lineup so far is as follows:

Heaven And Hell
Dream Theater
Disturbed
Volbeat
Papa Roach
Blind Guardian
Anthrax
Trivium
W.A.S.P.
Sacred Reich
DevilDriver
Epica
Legion Of The Damned
Parkway Drive
God Forbid
Kataklysm
Firewind
Laaz Rockit
Keep Of Kalessin
Scar Symmetry
Samael
Dagoba
Taake
Negura Bunget
Wolves In The Throne Room
Eths

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Carcass Announces More North American Shows

Reunited British death metal legends Carcass has announced some more tour dates for their trek across North America. Joining them on the tour will be Suicide Silence, Samael, Arsis and Psycroptic plus some special guests on select shows.

The tour schedule is now as follows:

March
13 - The Trocadero - Philadelphia, PA
14 - Peabody’s - Cleveland, OH (with ABIGAIL WILLIAMS)
15 - The Pearl Room - Mokena, IL (with Black Dahlia Murder)
16 - Majestic Theater - Detroit, MI (with Black Dahlia Murder)
17 - Headliner’s - Louisville, KY
18 - Pops - St. Louis - Sauget, IL
20 - Flytrap - Tulsa, OK
21 - Ridglea Theater - Ft. Worth, TX (with Suffocation)
22 - Meridian - Houston, TX
24 - Gothic Theatre - Denver, CO
25 - Sunshine Theatre - Albuquerque, NM
26 - The Grand Ballroom - San Francisco, CA (with The Faceless, Toxic Holocaust)
27 - The Marquee Theatre - Phoenix, AZ (with Suffocation)
28 - The Grove - Anaheim, CA (California Metal Fest with Suffocation, Exodus, The Faceless etc.)

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Carcass Announces U.S. Tour Dates

Reunited U.K. melo-death/gore-grind legends, CARCASS, will return to the United States this March for the “Exhumed to Consume II” tour. The follow up to last years highly successful “Exhume to Consume” tour will feature SUICIDE SILENCE, SAMAEL, ARSIS and PSYCROPTIC plus a few special guests on select dates. Vocalist/bassist and all around optimistic person Jeff Walker commented:

"Well, I'm pleased to announce that CARCASS is gonna settle it's unresolved scores in the U.S.! There was some slight whimpers of discontent that we didn't hit some cities such as Chicago and Denver last time round - places that were always hot spots of enthusiasm for us. So we're coming back in March to finish off our unsettled business! We seemed to have had a profound influence on your economy and gas prices have gotten cheaper haha! That's doesn't mean we’re not gonna come through and provide some value for your buck with some old (and new) school friends and comrades such as SUFFOCATION, SAMAEL, BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, EXODUS, SUICIDE SILENCE etc. - check out locally as for who is on the bill where! And hey, I couldn't think of anywhere better to be on my 40th birthday than the Sunshine Theatre in Albuquerque, New Mexico! We promise this will be the last time we darken your shores (I said that with my fingers crossed behind my back)!"

Here are the latest Carcass North American tour dates: More...

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Order Of Ennead Issues Tour Road Report

Floridian extreme metallers Order of Ennead who have just reached the end of the Winterfest 2009 tour with Deicide, Samael, Vader, Devian and The Amenta, have posted a diary report chronicling the first week of the tour.

ORDER OF ENNEAD vocalist/guitarist KEVIN QUIRION writes:

"Day 1 013 Tilburg
Arrived at the airport on January 8th and quickly got into the bus and headed two hours to Tilburg. Within a couple hours of being at the venue it was time to go on. After party was pretty intense with meeting everyone and settling in. Show went well. Man those Polish dudes in Vader can drink.

Day 2 Haarlem Patronaat
Drove to Haarlem. John Lie and myself got up early and checked out an old cathedral. The new drummer of Arsis, Dave Kinkade, came to the show and we hung out. Show went very well and we were sounding tight. That warm up show in Tampa really paid off. Hanging out with the guys in the Amenta a lot and also talking to Legion from Devian, great guy. Ralph Santolla uses every chance to give John Li hell. It's hilarious. More...

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Carcass Announces More American Tour Dates

Reunited British death metal legends Carcass has announced some more dates in the United States this year.

The bands current tour schedule is as follows:

March 21 - Fort Worth, TX @ Ridglea Theater
w/ Suicide Silence, Suffocation, Whitechapel, Veil of Maya, Beneath The Massacre, Arsis, Samael, Decripit Birth, Psycroptic

March 22 - Houston, TX @ Meridian
w/ Suicide Silence, Samael, Arsis, Decrepit Birth, Pinhead

March 24 - Englewood, CO @ Gothic Theatre

March 28 - Anaheim, CA @ Grove of Anaheim
w/ Suffocation, The Faceless, Whitechapel, Samael, Arsis, Decrepit Birth, Veil of Maya, Psycroptic

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Initial Bands For California Metalfest Announced

The California Metalfest has announced the initial lineup for the event which will be held in Anaheim, California on March 28th at The Grove. The event will be headlined by British death metal legends Carcass and will also feature Suffocation, Samael, The Faceless, Whitechapel, Arsis, Decrepit Birth, Veil Of Maya and Psycroptic.

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First Bands Announced For Graspop 2009

The first batch of bands for Belgium's premiere metal festival, Graspop has been revealed. The event will take place on June 26th-28th in Dessel.

The initial bands are as follows:

Heaven And Hell
Disturbed
Volbeat
Papa Roach
Blind Guardian
Anthrax
Trivium
W.A.S.P.
Sacred Reich
DevilDriver
Epica
Legion Of The Damned
Parkway Drive
God Forbid
Kataklysm
Firewind
Laaz Rockit
Keep Of Kalessin
Scar Symmetry
Samael
Dagoba
Taake
Negura Bunget
Wolves In The Throne Room
Eths

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Samael Releases Track List And Streams New Song

Samael has announced that their new album "Above" will be released on March 6th, 2009. The track listing will be as follows:

Under One Flag
Virtual War
Polygames
Earth Country
Illumination
Black Hole
In There
Dark Side
God's Snake
On The Top Of It All

The song "Illumination" can be heard on the band's MySpace page and the album cover art can be viewed below. More...

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Book Examines Link Between Spirituality and Metal

A new book entitled "The Spiritual Significance of Music: Metal Edition" has recently been released by editor Justin St. Vincent examining the connection between spirituality and metal music. The bands referenced in the book include Angelcorpse, Asva, Blackmass, Breed 77, Brujeria, Cannibal Corpse, Dawn Of Azazel, Enslaved, Enthroned, Evocation, Faith No More, Fantômas, Gorgoroth, Hatesphere, Metal Church, My Dying Bride, Napalm Death, Pitchshifter, Purgatory, Requiem, Resurrection, Samael, Striborg, Tarot, Unleashed, and Vile.

The website for the book gave the following explanation on what it covers:

The Spiritual Significance of Music: Metal Edition provides an exciting exploration of how music powerfully impacts spirituality, and why spirituality influences music. Readers will discover sincere expressions of spiritual beliefs from the world of metal music. This portfolio includes an eclectic mix of musicians playing many forms of metal music; ambient metal, avant-garde death-metal, black metal, brutal metal, death metal, doom metal, experimental metal, funeral-doom, gothic metal, grindcore, heavy metal, industrial metal, melodic metal, power metal, progressive metal, psychedelic metal, Satanic metal, sludge metal, speed metal, symphonic metal, technical metal, thrash metal, and includes musicians from alternative-rock, avant-rock, and hardcore-punk bands. Metal Edition provides readers with an important introduction to metal music’s affinity with demonology, divination, magic, mysticism, Satanism, spiritualism, the occult, and witchcraft.

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Samael Reveals 2009 Touring Plans

Swiss metal act Samael has issued the following update about their 2009 tour schedule:

In January/February S A M A E L will go on a two treks tour across Europe. The first one with Deicide, Vader, Devian and supports; the second one with Keep Of Kalessin and Noctiferia. Here is where and when winter will be the hottest this year:

First trek:
08.01.09: 013 - Tilburg, Holland
09.01.09: Patronaat - Haarlem, Holland
10.01.09: Biebob - Vosselar, Belgium
11.01.09: La Locomotive - Paris, France
12.01.09: CCO Villeurbanne - Lyon, France
13.01.09: Rockhal - Esch/Alzette, Luxemburg
14.01.09: Ika-Longhorn - Stuttgart, Germany
15.01.09: Batschkapp - Frankfurt, Germany
16.01.09: Matrix - Bochum, Germany
17.01.09: Transilvania Live - Erstfeld, Switzerland
18.01.09: Rolling Stone - Milan, Italy
19.01.09: Komma - Worgl, Austria
20.01.09: DK Dubravka - Bratislava, Slovakia
21.01.09: Mega Club - Katowice, Poland
22.01.09: Progresja - Warsaw, Poland More...

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Maroon Posts Unreleased Samael Cover Song

German metalcore/deathcore band Maroon has posted a cover of Samael's "Baphomet's Throne" from 1994 on their MySpace player. The song was recorded during the "The Cold Heart Of The Sun" sessions back in the summer of 2007.

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Samael Recording New Album

Swiss metal band Samael has announced that they are working on a new album to be released in 2009 titled "Above." The band issued the following statement on their website:

"After 20 years we've tried to do an album that would represent what S A M A E L is all about and we did "Solar Soul". We feel now it is the right time to remind the people where we come from and that's exactly what "Above" will do. It is like an enhanced version of our three or four first albums, maybe the missing link between "Ceremony Of Opposites" and "Passage". With the "Era One" project we've tried to work on different influences, with "Above" we striped everything down. It is a metal album through and through."

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Devian Posts 6 New Songs Online

Swedish blackened death/thrash metal band, DEVIAN, has posted 6 songs from their soon to be released second album, "God To The Illfated," at their website.

Featuring former Marduk members Legion (vocals) and Emil Dragutinovic (drums), DEVIAN’s "God To The Illfated" will be available as limited edition CD including a special O-Card packaging, two exclusive audio bonus tracks, and a free band-logo sticker. The tracklisting is as follows:

1. Mask Of Virtue (3:17)
2. Assailant (3:41)
3. The Unspoken (3:45)
4. Saintbleeder (4:41)
5. I'm The Pariah (3:34)
6. God To The Illfated (4:18)
7. Summerdeath (4:31)
8. South Of Halo (5:36)
9. Awaiting Doom (3:55)
10. When The Vultures Have Left (7:02)
11. Reap The Storm (4:01)*
12. Raison D'etre (4:19)*
* bonus tracks only available on the Limited Edition More...

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