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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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"Lux Mundi" Tour Support Acts Announced

After it was recently revealed that Six Reasons To Kill will be joining the upcoming "Lux Mundi" European tour with Samael and Keep of Kalessin, more opening bands have since been announced.

Also appearing as supporting acts on various legs of the "Lux Mundi" tour will be In Vain, Dark End, Minkus, Noctem, and Dead Shape Figure. The promotional poster featuring the dates that each band will support Samael and Keep of Kalessin can be found below.

Finland's Dead Shape Figure also recently appeared on Metalunderground.com's Peter Steele tribute album by offering a cover of the Type O Negative track "Dead Again," with full details available here. More...

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Six Reasons To Kill Added To "Lux Mundi" Tour

Six Reasons to Kill has been added on to the "Lux Mundi" European tour with Swiss metal act Samael and Norway's Keep of Kalessin. The details on the dates and venues for the shows are as follows:

21.09.2011 (GER) Darmstadt / Steinbruch Theater
22.09.2011 (GER) Bochum / Matrix
23.09.2011 (HOL) Dordrecht / Bibelot
24.09.2011 (BEL) Charleroi / Le Coliseum
25.09.2011 (HOL) Nijmegen / Doornroosje
27.09.2011 (FR) Macon / Cavazik
28.09.2011 (FR) Colmar / Grillen
29.09.2011 (GER ) Cottbus / Gladhaus
30.09.2011 (HOL) Groningen / Vera
01.10.2011 (FR) Rennes / Antipode
02.10.2011 (FR) Paris / La Machine
03.10.2011 (FR) Toulouse / Ramier
05.10.2011 (POR) Porto / Hard Club
06.10.2011 (POR) Lisbon / Cineteatro de Corroios
07.10.2011 (SP) Madrid / Caracol
08.10.2011 (SP) Valencia / Durango
09.10.2011 (SP) Barcelona / Salamandra 1

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Samael Announces "Lux Mundi" European Tour

Samael has announced a series of upcoming European tour dates in September and October with special guests Melechesh and Keep of Kalessin. The band will be touring in support of the new album "Lux Mundi" (reviewed here), and the currently announced dates are as follows:

02.09.2011 : Dekompresja – Lódz (Poland)
03.09.2011 : Wiatrak – Zabrze (Poland)
04.09.2011 : Kwadrat – Krakow (Poland)
05.09.2011 : Szene – Vienna (Austria)
06.09.2011 : Exit Chmelnice – Prague (Czech Republic)
07.09.2011 : Randall – Bratislava (Slovakia)
08.09.2011 : 202 – Budapest (Hungary)
09.09.2011 : Euphoria Music Hall – Cluj Napoca (Romania)
10.09.2011 : Jubileina Hall – Sofia (Bulgaria)
11.09.2011 : Block33 – Thessaloniki (Greece)
13.09.2011 : Volxhaus – Klagenfurt (Austria)
14.09.2011 : Menza Pri Koritu – Ljubljana (Slovenia)
15.09.2011 : RnR Arena – Romagnano Sesia (Italy)
16.09.2011 : Blackout – Rome (Italy)
17.09.2011 : Sidharta – Prato (Italy)
18.09.2011 (CH) tbc / tbc
20.09.2011 : Backstage – Munich (Germany)
21.09.2011 : Steinbrucht Theater – Darmstadt (Germany)
22.09.2011 : Matrix – Bochum (Germany)
23.09.2011 : Bibelot – Dordrecht (Holland)
24.09.2011 : Le Coliseum – Charleroi (Belgium)
25.09.2011 : Doornroosje – Nijmegen (Holland)
27.09.2011 : Cavazik – Macon (France)
28.09.2011 : Gillen – Colmar (France)
29.09.2011 : Gladhaus – Cottbus (Germany)
30.09.2011 : Vera – Groningen (Holland)
01.10.2011 : Antipode – Rennes (France)
02.10.2011 : La Machine – Paris (France)
03.10.2011 : Ramier – Toulouse (France)
05.10.2011 : Hard Club – Porto (Portugal)
06.10.2011 : Cineteatro de Corroios – Lisbon (Portugal)
07.10.2011 : Caracol – Madrid (Spain)
08.10.2011 : Durango – Valencia (Spain)
09.10.2011 : Salamandra 1 – Barcelona (Spain) More...

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Hammerfall Announces Festival Appearance

Swedish heavy metallers Hammerfall have announced that they will be participating in the forthcoming edition of the 70000 Tons Of Metal cruise ship festival. The event, which will be an early 2012 affair, will set sail from Miami, Florida to Cayman Islands on January 23rd, 2012 and return four days later. A total of 40 acts are planned to perform on the cruise with new band reveals taking place monthly.

The currently announced lineup is as follows:


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Samael Posts "Luxferre" Video

Swiss metallers Samael have posted a music video online for the song "Luxferre," which is off the band's new album "Lux Mundi" (reviewed here). You can check out the clip below.

Behind-the-scenes footage from Samael's time recording the video is also available at this location. In other recent Samael news, front man Vorph issued a statement about the controversial new Morbid Angel album, which can be read here.

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Musicians Comment On New Morbid Angel Album

Morbid Angel's new album "Illud Divinum Insanus" will be out in less than a week, and Season of Mist has now asked a series of famous names in the metal what they thought of the influential extreme metal act's new opus. The commentary from the various musicians can be viewed below, or you can check out Metalunderground.com's review here.

"The new Morbid Angel album will cause 3rd World War. After June 7th, the extreme metal scene is never gonna be the same again... And I already can't wait the moment I'll be sitting on my sofa listening to 'Illus Divinum Insanus' while the world burns! Ha!" - Nergal, Behemoth.

"No other band in the entire Extreme Metal genre but Morbid Angel would have ever dared to make 'Illud Divinum Insanus'. There are going to be quite a few unimaginative underground purists who think they know better what kind of album Morbid Angel should or should not be putting out, but with 'Illud Divinum Insanus' Trey and David prove that they answer to no one but themselves. It is an incredibly well written, performed, recorded and produced record." - Karl Sanders, Nile.

"One of the best death metal releases since their last album with Vincent. I'm not too much into the techno bits but I am a dude who will appreciate and respect bands doing new things, progressing... So it's all good. Vincent's vocals of course are still as good as they come. And the riffs are definitely there, Trey always delivers. New drummer is killer too!" - Mikael Akerfeldt, Opeth.

"The ultimate voice of death metal is back, as hellish as ever!" - Mikael Stanne, Dark Tranquillity.

"Glad to see Morbid Angel are back! We had our share of criticism when we first incorporated electronic elements in our sound and we know it takes courage and passion to follow one's own stream of inspiration. This time the guitar work is more impressive than ever and those 11 songs are a real 'tour de force'. With this new album they're not afraid to take the hit from the more conservative audience but that's what it means to be extreme!" - Vorph, Samael

"Innovation, wits and a feral 'no compromise' attitude is what brands the greatest of bands. 'Illud Divinum Insanus' is all that and a leap further! Hail Morbid Angel!" - Rune "Blasphemer" Eriksen, Ava Inferi, ex Mayhem. More...

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Onslaught Comments On OST Mountainfest

Onslaught has issued the following announcement about appearing at the upcoming OST Mountainfest in Romania:

"Hi Ladies and Luntaics Hope you're all doing great right now!

"We are extremely stoked to announce that Onslaught will be appearing at the 3 day open air OST Mountainfest in Brasov, Romania on 24th July 2011 along with Samael / Keep of Kalessin / Paradox and 23 other bands.

"Its been a few years since we last visited Romania and we're so looking forward to returning to this fantastic country. We had such an amazing experience and met some truly wonderful people last time around, it was a real blast. Bring it on!"

A list of upcoming Onslaught tour dates can be found at this location.

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Samael Releases Video Shoot Footage

Swiss symphonic black metal act Samael has posted some making-of footage online taken during the band's filming of its forthcoming new music video. The video was shot for the song "Luxferre" in Gothenburg, Sweden with director Patric Ullaeus of Revolver Film Company. You can check out the clip in the player below. "Luxferre" is taken from the new Samael album "Lux Mundi" (reviewed here), and you can also listen to the whole song here.

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Samael Streaming Entire New Album

The new album from Swiss legends Samael, "Lux Mundi," (reviewed here) is currently streaming online in its entirety from today until Friday, May 6th, 2011. Head over to the band's Facebook page to preview the entire album.

You can also read Samael front man Vorph's recent interview about the album with Metalunderground.com at this location, or find a track-by-track break down here.

Samael has the following upcoming festival appearances:

03.07.11 With Full Force Open Air – Roitzschjora, Germany
09.07.11 Seven Festival – Wegorzewo, Poland
23.07.11 OST Mountain Fest – Raznov, Romania
27.08.11 Elsrock Festival – Rijssen, Holland

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Samael Posts New Track "Luxferre"

Swiss metal act Samael has posted a new song online titled "Luxferre," which is the opening track from the band's new album "Lux Mundi." You can check out the song in the player below, or pick up "Lux Mundi" on April 29th, 2011 in Europe or May 3rd, 2011 in the U.S.

A video clip of the band in the studio working on "Lux Mundi" can be viewed here, and Metalunderground.com's review of the new album is available at this location.

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Samael Posts New Song Online

Swiss metal veterans Samael have posted a new song online entitled, "In The Deep." You can check it out now by heading to the band's official Myspace page.

The song comes from the group's forthcoming new studio album, "Lux Mundi," which is scheduled to be released on April 29th. The band recently posted a track-by-track breakdown for the album, which can be found at this location. The album's track listing is as follows:

Let My People Be!
Of War
For A Thousand Years
The Shadow Of The Sword
In The Deep
Mother Night
Pagan Trance
In Gold We Trust
Soul Invictus
The Truth Is Marching On

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Samael Posts "Lux Mundi" Track By Track Break Down

Swiss metallers Samael have posted a track by track breakdown of the band's upcoming album "Lux Mundi." You can check out the commentary from the band below.

"Luxferre" Opening track of the album to set the tone musically and lyrically... it was originally called “More Light!” a reference to “Mehr Licht!” which is believed to be the last words pronounced by German poet Johann Wolfgang von Goethe on his dying bed.

"Let My People Be!" Walking the fine line between anarchy and society while prophesying a new era . Middle tempo track with a haunting chorus.

"Of War" Musically heavy as heavy can be. This is the second time S A M A E L wrote a complete song on the subject of war. "Valkyries'New Ride" (Solar Soul) was more or less directly inspired by the ongoing war in Iraq while "Of War" treats the topic in a general sense.

"Antigod" was the first single released on 19th November 2010. It shows the new album’s direction and gives a taste of what's about to come. Lyrically the song is a firm stand against any kind of religion.

"For A Thousand Years" Heavy middle tempo track which questions our view on immortality. This is actually the full orchestration of the song "Ten Thousand Years" which appears on the "Antigod" single.

“The Shadow Of The Sword” The Quran says “the gates of Paradise are under the shadows of the swords”… This is yet another song against religion and more particularly against monotheist religions, an up-tempo aggressive track with some reminiscence of "Rain" (Passage) as Waldemar (Sorychta) noticed.

"In The Deep" One of the most experimental song on the album, tribal rhythms with a very distinctive guitar riff. It is a trip in the depths of the S A M A E L ‘s soul.

"Mother Night" Probably the heaviest ballad ever written… After the power ballads, the progressive ones, the time is right for some ultra heaviness in that genre…

“Pagan Trance” Part of the song existed for a long time but we’ve never found a way to complete it until today. It’s a ¾ song just as “Antigod” but it is more open and somehow more mellow. The lyrics are about connections between eternal feminine and nature.

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Samael Posts Third "Lux Mundi" Studio Video

Swiss metallers Samael have posted a third video update from the studio online, which features footage of the band working on the upcoming album "Lux Mundi." You can check out the clip below. This clip also features a segment of the new song "The Truth is Marching On."

The currently announced track listing for "Lux Mundi" is as follows:

Let My People Be!
Of War
For A Thousand Years
The Shadow Of The Sword
In The Deep
Mother Night
Pagan Trance
In Gold We Trust
Soul Invictus
The Truth Is Marching On

You can also check out Samael's second studio video report, which is available for viewing at this location.

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Samael Reveals New Album Tracklisting

As previously announced, Swiss Dark metallers SAMAEL has chosen "Lux Mundi" (which translates in English as "Light of the World") as the title for their upcoming album. The band has now revealed the full tracklisting of the band's ninth full-length, scheduled for a May 3rd release in North America:

Let My People Be!
Of War
For A Thousand Years
The Shadow Of The Sword
In The Deep
Mother Night
Pagan Trance
In Gold We Trust
Soul Invictus
The Truth Is Marching On

The "Antigod" EP, featuring a song from "Lux Mundi" is still available as exclusive digital download for North America. You can find it on iTunes or Amazon.com.

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Samael Comments On Upcoming Album

Swiss metal act Samael is set to release the new album "Lux Mundi" on April 29th, 2011. Front man Vorph has now commented on the album:

"We’ve stuffed this album with so many things that it feels like we’ve created a black hole. We might have come full circle after 'Solar Soul' and 'Above' and the option for us was to leave Samael behind or to add a new layer to our legacy, we went for the second option. With 'Lux Mundi' we’ve put tar on our path and now we’ll be able to move further."

Percussionist/keyboardist Xy also stated:

"Lux Mundi started to take shape in 2007. For almost three years, we have reworked those songs, changed things to bring them to maturity before to enter the pre-production process in 2010. This album can be seen as the achievement of what we started with 'Ceremony of Opposites' & 'Passage' or as a new start for Samael."

The band's latest video update from the studio can also be seen at this location.

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Broken Hearts: An Ode To Anti-Love Metal

February 14th is a date that means different things to different people. For some, Valentine’s Day is that special occasion to show someone how much you care, while for others it’s an unfortunate reminder of just how long that unused condom has been stashed in your wallet. For every lucky gentleman who has found the lady he can sexually accost without fear of court mandated harassment classes, there’s that lonely soul who will spend Valentine’s Day with nothing but music out the speakers and a bottle of Jack.

No matter which side you fall on, heavy metal has got a song to match your mood and help you head bang through the gooiest of all the holidays.

Whether any given track is purposefully over the top and funny, depressing enough to make you pull out the eyeliner and candles, or just plain outright disturbing, metal is no stranger to the anti-love song. So for those of you will be spending Valentine’s Day alone, or just simply think the holiday is nothing more than a marketing ploy to sell chocolates and greeting cards, here’s a series of anti-love anthems to get you through the day.

For those who still have a heart and haven't devolved into extreme cynicism, you can also check out our companion listing of pro-love heavy metal music at this location.


Metalunderground.com is no stranger to aberrant sexual behavior, as we have the honor of being home the infamous “I’d put my tongue in her butt” forum thread. The following, um, “tongue-in-cheek” songs are all dedicated to everyone who has ever contributed a post to that thread.

Whether 80’s glam rock parody/tribute act Steel Panther is singing love songs or anti-love songs is a matter of some debate. What could be more loving than each band member’s willingness to sleep with anything that moves, regardless of VD status? Take the particularly touching song “Turn Out The Lights,” in which we are informed that front man Michael Starr is in desperate need of some physical attention, even though his partner actively disgusts him. What’s a horny rock star to do? Look no further than the title for the answer:


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Samael Posts Second "Lux Mundi" Studio Report

Swiss metallers Samael have posted a second video clip from the studio during the band's time recording the upcoming album "Lux Mundi." You can check out the footage below. Samael also commented on the clip:

"The second episode of the studio report has been uploaded! This is other footage from Sergey Ulyanov (who did the 'Black Hole' video) edited with the sound of a new song 'Soul Invictus.' 'Lux Mundi' will be released through Nuclear Blast in Europe and through Musikvertrieb in Switzerland on the 29th of April. In America it will be released on the 3rd of May through Season Of Mist."

The previously uploaded first studio report from the "Lux Mundi" recording sessions can be found here.

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Samael Posts "Lux Mundi" Recording Video

Samael has posted the first in a series of clips online detailing the band's time in the studio recording the new album "Lux Mundi." You can check out the first clip below. The band also commented:

"On a few occasions during the recording of 'Lux Mundi' our friend Sergey Ulyanov (who did the 'Black Hole' video) came to the studio with his camera. He later assembled and edited what he shot and put some of the new songs as background music. That would eventually become a 3 episodes teaser for the new album. So here it is 1/3 "Lux Mundi" studio report."

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Samael Posts New Album Art

Swiss metallers Samael have posted the artwork online for the band's new album "Lux Mundi," which can be viewed here. Front man Vorph commented on the art:

"For the cover artwork of 'Lux Mundi' I envisioned a series of rays starting or ending at the centre of the cover. I wasn’t even thinking about any kind of motives, just black on black using a matte and shining black to make the rays apparent. I spoke about that with Patrick Pidoux (Sludge) who did the artwork of 'Solar Soul' and 'Above' and he came out with that idea upon which we immediately all agree."

Patrick Pidoux added, "I draw a very graphic version of an eye which represents sight, the first human sense able to capture light."

The new album will contain 12 new songs including "Antigod," "Soul Invinctus," "Pagan Trance," "The Truth Is Marching On," "Of War," and "The Shadow Of The Sword." The album will be released in April 2011.

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The Unblackening Of Metal

From the very beginning, heavy metal has been about rebellion against established norms and restrictive social institutions. That theme has never prevented metal from being influenced by the greatest of mankind’s various systems of organized repression, however. Using a guitar and a microphone to express discontent over the actions of parents and governments inevitably led to bands expressing their disgust with the beliefs behind those actions. Whether musicians are singing about it, railing against it, or just simply partaking of it in their free time, religion has an undeniable role to play in nearly every sub-genre of heavy metal.

Plenty of bands have been built up around an anti-religious atmosphere, whether a simple general sentiment or a full-on fervor that drives the music. Despite metal being frequently identified with an anti-religious standpoint, the style has more than its fair share or religious spokesmen. Famous musicians such as Dave Mustaine of Megadeth have never been particularly quiet about their Christian faith, even if they don’t expressly promote it in any given song. Explicitly Christian metalcore acts are also rapidly gaining widespread attention, with groups like August Burns Red taking over Hot Topic and acts like I The Breather touring the U.S.

In general, it would seem the thrash metal world either doesn’t care about Mustaine’s religious affiliation or is willing to overlook it for the sake of the music. Thrash certainly has its share of anti-Christian songs, but it’s a genre that’s more concerned with social issues or an overall aggressive musical feel than anything dealing with supernatural belief systems.

As any fan of metal can easily attest, not all genres are built equal, and what appeals to one metal head is a serious turn off for another. Black metal is easily among the most infamous of all metal styles, having cut its teeth in the early ‘90s across a back drop of church burnings and sensational media stories of power struggles between Satanic leaders. Names like Emperor and Mayhem were starting to make waves and become recognized in the underground not only across Europe, but also in the U.S. and abroad. More...

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