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

Latest Samael News

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Order Of Ennead Added To Winterfest 2009

Order Of Ennead has been added to the huge Winterfest tour which will see them team up with the likes of Deicide, Vader, Samael, Devian and The Amenta for a European tour. The tour is scheduled to begin in January and tour dates will be revealed shortly.

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Devian Announces New Album Title

After their much-lauded debut album “Ninewinged Serpent” in 2007 and a comprehensive European tour with Polish death metal overlords Vader, Sweden’s blackened death/thrash commando DEVIAN, who feature former Marduk members Legion (vocals) and Emil Dragutinovic (drums) in their ranks, return with a second album, "God To The Illfated." "God To The Illfated" will be released in Europe on the following dates:

GERMANY / AUSTRIA / SWITZERLAND / BENELUX: December 12, 2008.
DENMARK / NORWAY: December 15, 2008.
SPAIN / PORTUGAL: December 16, 2008.
SWEDEN / FINLAND: December 17, 2008.
FRANCE: January 05, 2009.
ITALY: January 16, 2009.
UK / GREECE / REST OF EUROPE: January 19, 2009.

Recorded once again at Art Decay Studio with Rickard Kottelin, DEVIAN this time around decided to hook up with Hypocrisy / Pain mastermind Peter Tägtgren for further production duties and the intense mixdown of the album at The Abyss Studio (Immortal, Marduk, Dimmu Borgir, etc.), while mastering was once again taken care of by Peter In De Betou / Tailor Maid Production (Dimmu Borgir, Arch Enemy, Dark Tranquillity, etc.).

Frontman Legion comments on the creation of DEVIAN’s sophomore album:

"'God To The Illfated' is the result of DEVIAN fusing together as its own powerhouse. Having the luxury of making music together with one's best friends made the new songs step up to a whole different league throughout the writing sessions: we all bled everything into the album, everything that we knew was DEVIAN and explored as much new ground as we could. The extensive touring we did last spring showed us what really works for us....jacked up and confident from slaughter on the road we let all the fire from the live-shows translate onto the songs and the recording-sessions 'til we all felt that unbeatable feeling of grand accomplishment. The feeling that we had a really special beast of an album on our hands."

DEVIAN has additionally also being confirmed to appear on the "Winterfest" 2009 tour in January with Deicide, Samael, Vader and label mates Zonaria. See below for all upcoming Devian tour dates: More...

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Amorphis Performs at El Corazon in Seattle, WA

On the night of October 10th, Finnish mythology came to life at El Corazon in Seattle, WA when Amorphis dropped in town. Along with these Finns came Switzerland’s Samael and Virgin Black from down under. Also on the bill were two local Seattle bands, Black Breath and Asema. Black Breath opened the show with some extended groove-metal hardcore and metalcore screaming, pumping energy into the crowd and prepping them for the rest of the other bands. More...

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Virgin Black Announces New US Tour Dates

Australia's death-doom ensemble, Virgin Black, will be hitting the road this weekend for a 20 date North American tour with Amorphis and Samael. Band leader Rowan London offers the following update:

"After a barrage of attention and gift giving from a fine conglomerate of people in Mexico, we're now in New York with our friends at The End Records readying ourselves for what will no doubt be an exhausting but enthralling tour. I assure those coming out to the shows that we'll leave it all on the stage, with every ounce of our being going into our twisted little piece of art." More...

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Leaves' Eyes Cancel Upcoming North American Tour

German gothic metallers, Leaves' Eyes, issue the following explanation for the canceling of their North American tour:

"We are terribly sorry to tell you that our record label (Napalm Records) has decided to cancel our upcoming North American tour. This is due to the fact that the release of our first DVD has been postponed. We really regret this. Moreover, we've tried everything possible to save the tour, however, we now have to face the fact that we cannot change the situation. We wish AMORPHIS, SAMAEL and VIRGIN BLACK all the best for the tour, and we hope to be back in the States and Canada in 2009."

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Century Media Celebrates 20th Anniversary

2008 has become an extremely exciting year in the history of Century Media Records, one of the world's most respected independent homes for heavy music, as the label is celebrating its 20th anniversary!

The company's Anniversary year started off with an extremely successful, first-ever yard sale/party at the Century Media office in Dortmund (Germany) in June, where several hundred guests partied out on exclusive live shows by Angel Dust and Turisas. A video with impressions from the event can be seen at this location. A photo gallery for this event can be viewed here.

To further celebrate this anniversary Century Media Records will release the very special 2CD compilation "Covering 20 Years Of Extremes" on September 15th in Europe and on October 14th in North America. The various artists covers-release includes 32 mostly exclusive recordings and will be available in stores for the price of one CD. Sticking to the "keep it in the family" slogan, CM approached their artists about covering songs from other acts within the label's repertoire and the response from the musicians was overwhelming.

Some choices were obvious and homages to the bands that influenced them, others were inspired picks. This combination ended up leading to a heavily entertaining and truly special final result across all sub-genres of heavy music.

Here is the tracklisting: More...

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Virgin Black Adding Mexico Tour Dates

Australia's VIRGIN BLACK, who are are returning to the United States and Canada this fall to tour with with Finland's AMORPHIS and Switzerland's SAMAEL, are also returning to Mexico for some tour dates as well.

About returning to Mexico, singer/keyboardist Rowan London comments, "Following the amazing response from our previous visit and the almost desperate requests for a return, we proudly announce that Mexico will be included in Virgin Black's 2008 forays in the flesh; meaning, we will be appearing live in Mexico in September. This enhances greatly an already highly anticipated tour of the U.S. and Canada alongside Amorphis and Samael. Bless thy bleeding ears."

The band recently released the album 'Requiem - Fortissimo' (on THE END), the second instalment of a trilogy, an album that exhumes the death/doom vibe of early Paradise Lost and My Dying Bride.

The latest Virgin Black tour dates are as follows: More...

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Leaves' Eyes Announces New Concerts and US Tour

LEAVES' EYES has announced a new show in Holland. Furthermore, the band will headline this year's Wacken Open Air Party Stage with their special "Viking Ship" show, with the whole stage being transferred into a giant Viking ship. Finally, the band also embarks on a full US tour this fall.

Meanwhile, the band is busy to put final touches on the upcoming "En Saga I Belgia" double live DVD, which captures their headlining gig at Metal Female Voices V Festival.

Here are the latest Leaves' Eyes tour dates: More...

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Above Post First Song Online

Swiss electronic metal band Samael have launched a new project titled Above, which they have labeled the "first virtual metal band ever".

Samael stated that "Above was formed on the six of June 2006, it is the fruit of a collaboration between creative minds who wanted to focus on a common project." They described the sound of Above as "Merciless over the top Metal with an intensity rarely achieved."

Above's first song, "Black Hole", can be heard on their MySpace.

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Samael Update European Tour Schedule

More tour dates have been announced for SAMAEL's upcoming tour of Europe with GOTHMINSTER and SYBREED. Dates are now as follows:

April
11 - Dietikon, Switzerland - SoundDock 14
12 - Waterfront - Rotterdam, Holland
13 - 013 - Tilburg, Holland
14 - Zeche Carl - Essen, Germany
15 - Nachtleben - Frankfurt, Germany
16 - Firlej - Wroclaw, Poland
17 - Loch Ness - Cracow, Poland
18 - Planet Music - Vienna, Austria
19 - Alte Spinnerei - Glauchau, Germany
20 - Markthalle - Hamburg, Germany
22 - Centre Culturele - Eloyes, France
23 - Underworld - London, England
24 - Locomotive - Paris, France
25 - Kelder - Amersfoort, Holland
26 - Olympic - Nantes, France
27 - Eloyes, France - Centre Culturele

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Virgin Black Ready To Tour The U.S. Again

Australia’s VIRGIN BLACK are returning to North America this fall with AMORPHIS. The tour begins September 27th, 2008 at Tremont Music Hall in Charlotte, NC. Also on the bill are LEAVES’ EYES and SAMAEL.

About the tour, guitarist Samantha Escarbe comments, "With Fortissimo unleashed, we become ever more focussed and ready to live and breath every moment of this tour. Virgin Black, circa 2008, equals unbridled passion."

The band just released the album "Requiem - Fortissimo" on THE END Records, the second installment of a trilogy, an album that exhumes the death/doom vibe of early Paradise Lost and My Dying Bride albums.

The tour latest tour dates are as follows: More...

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Samael Comments On Tour With Amorphis

SAMAEL is proud to announce their first US tour in nearly five years in support of their latest “Solar Soul” release. As previously hinted at, the band will be making the trek with headliners/labelmates AMORPHIS as well as LEAVES EYES and VIRGIN BLACK. Co-founder, Xy, had this to say about SAMAEL’s return to US shores:

“We haven’t played in the US since our last tour for ‘Eternal’ back in 2003. It has been far too long and the wait is over! We are happy to announce we'll be back in September to present material from not one but two albums, namely ‘Reign Of Light’ and ‘Solar Soul,’ as well as songs off our other records. We're excited about this tour and are looking forward to connecting with our American audience once again!”

The complete tour schedule is as follows:
Sep. 27 - Charlotte, NC @ Tremont Music Hall
Sep. 28 - West Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
Sep. 29 - New York City, NY @ BB Kings
Sep. 30 - Philadelphia, PA @ Trocadero Theater
Oct. 01 - Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance Theater
Oct. 02 - Worcester, MA @ Palladium
Oct. 03 - Montreal, QC @ Foufounes Electriques
Oct. 04 - Toronto, ON @ Opera House
Oct. 05 - Cleveland, OH @ Peabody's
Oct. 06 - Mokena, IL @ The Pearl Room
Oct. 07 - St Paul, MN @ Station 4
Oct. 09 - Spokane, WA @ Big Easy Concert House
Oct. 10 - Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
Oct. 11 - Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theater
Oct. 12 - San Francisco, CA @ Slim's
Oct. 13 - West Hollywood, Ca @ House of Blues
Oct. 14 - Phoenix, AZ @ Brickhouse
Oct. 16 - Ft Worth, TX @ Ridglea Theater
Oct. 17 - San Antonio, TX @ Scout Bar
Oct. 18 - Houston, TX @ Scout Bar

Tickets will go on sale today exclusively through EnterTheVault.com until April 23, at which point they will be made available through all normal ticketing systems.

SAMAEL's eighth album, "Solar Soul," was released in June 2007 via Nuclear Blast Records.

A video clip from the “Solar Soul” track “Slavocracy” can be viewed on YouTube or below. More...

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Amorphis Plan North American Tour

AMORPHIS appear to be planning a North American tour later this year with LEAVES EYES, SAMAEL, and VIRGIN BLACK. The first date to be released is as follows:

September 29 - New York, NY @ B.B. King Blues Club

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Sludge Post New Songs Online For Streaming

SLUDGE, the Swiss extreme metal act featuring SAMAEL guitarist Makro, will make a total of six (out of the nine) tracks from their forthcoming album, "Lava", available for streaming on the band's MySpace page. The first three tracks to be made available are "60 mm", "Carnivore" and "Lava", and can be heard on the band's MySpace page. A further three songs will be made available on Sunday, March 30.

SLUDGE will release "Lava" in April/May via Mighty Music.

The track listing for the CD is as follows:

01. 60 MM
02. Idi Na Hui
03. Lava
04. Carnivore
05. Below (Litanies Of Satan)
06. Monolith
07. Machine
08. Inquisition
09. The End More...

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Sludge Post "60mm" Muisc Video Online

SLUDGE, the Swiss extreme metal act featuring SAMAEL guitarist Makro, has posted the video for the song "60mm", taken from the group's long-awaited new album, "Lava", due in April/May via Mighty Music.

The clip can be viewed here.

"Lava" was produced by Makro, mixed by Serge Morattel (KNUT, NOSTROMO, SHORA), and mastered by Alan Douches (MASTODON, CONVERGE). According to a press release, the album is "dirty, un-commercial, heavy as shit."

With regards to the musical direction of the upcoming CD, Makro previously said, "All we can say is that this is gonna be a bit different, keeping the heavy and dirty feel from our sound, we've been experimenting more things and paths… There's gonna be blood, teeth and the doomest atmospheres we've ever recorded…" More...

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Sybreed Added To Samael's European Tour

Switzerland's futuristic metal band SYBREED has been added to SAMAEL's upcoming tour of Europe with GOTHMINSTER. The dates are as follows:

April 12 - Waterfront - Rotterdam, Holland
April 13 - 013 - Tilburg, Holland
April 14 - Zeche Carl - Essen, Germany
April 15 - Nachtleben - Frankfurt, Germany
April 16 - Firlej - Wroclaw, Poland
April 17 - Loch Ness - Cracow, Poland
April 18 - Planet Music - Vienna, Austria
April 19 - Alte Spinnerei - Glauchau, Germany
April 20 - Markthalle - Hamburg, Germany
April 22 - Centre Culturele - Eloyes, France
April 23 - Underworld - London, England
April 24 - Locomotive - Paris, France
April 25 - Kelder - Amersfoort, Holland
April 26 - Olympic - Nantes, France

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Samael Announce European Dates

Switzerland's SAMAEL has scheduled the following dates:

April 11 - SoundDock 14 - Dietikon, Switzerland
April 12 - Waterfront - Rotterdam, Holland
April 13 - 013 - Tilburg, Holland
April 14 - Zeche Carl - Essen, Germany
April 15 - Nachtleben - Frankfurt, Germany
April 16 - Firlej - Wroclaw, Poland
April 17 - Loch Ness - Cracow, Poland
April 18 - Planet Music - Vienna, Austria
April 19 - Alte Spinnerei - Glauchau, Germany
April 20 - Markthalle - Hamburg, Germany
April 22 - Centre Culturele - Eloyes, France
April 23 - Underworld - London, England
April 24 - Locomotive - Paris, France
April 25 - Kelder - Amersfoort, Holland
April 26 - Olympic - Nantes, France

Support at all shows will come from GOTHMINISTER, except on the Swiss date, where thrash/doom veterans EXCRUCIATION will be SAMAEL's special guests.

SAMAEL's eighth album, "Solar Soul", was released in June 2007 via Nuclear Blast Records.

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Samael Confirmed For Vader's Anniversary Gig

Samael have confirmed their appearance on Vader's anniversary gig at the Stodola Club in Warsaw on August 30th.

The following message was posted on the official Vader web site:

"This is definitely one of those bands that in the 90's together with VADER were fighting in the name of European metal music scene! It was a pretty long negotiation process but finally we succeeded in inviting SAMAEL to Poland in August! It was my big dream, to see them in Warsaw. Their history many times intersected with VADER's history... I will never forget their fantastic appearance on S'thrash'ydlo festival, many years ago. It was a big thing at that time! I also remember very well our crazy trip to Russia... No Internet, only letters, flyers, demo tapes exchanged by mail... what a time! Besides, I have always been a great fan of this band! (Mariusz Kmiolek - Massive Music). SAMAEL still belong to the metal elite. Their recent studio album "Solar Soul" released in 2007 via Nuclear Blast turned out to be a great success of the band. Perfect at a studio, perfect on live, those great musicians guarantee another great show on VADER's anniversary!"

Vader are currently finishing works on their 25-anniversary album, entitled "XXV." The album will be released at the end of May via Regain Records.

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"20 Years Of Nuclear Blast" Trailer Posted Online

A three-minute trailer for the forthcoming "20 Years of Nuclear Blast" two-DVD set can be viewed below. Due on November 30 via Nuclear Blast, the collection — as the title implies — celebrates the 20th anniversary of the German metal label, featuring two DVDs with almost six hours' worth of footage, including 70 promotional clips and a four-part history of the label hosted by DESTRUCTION bassist/vocalist Marcel "Schmier" Schirmer.

The following clips can be found on the "20 Years of Nuclear Blast" two-DVD set:

01. DIMMU BORGIR - Progenies Of The Great Apocalypse
02. IMMORTAL - One By One
03. HYPOCRISY - Scrutinized
04. GOREFEST - The Glorious Dead
05. KATAKLYSM - Manipulator Of Souls
06. BENEDICTION - I Bow To None
07. PUNGENT STENCH - Shrunken And Mumified Bitch
08. BELPHEGOR - Sanctus Perversum
09. NILE - The Language Of The Shadows
10. DEATH - Scavenger Of Human Sorrow
11. MALEVOLENT CREATION - Assasin Squad
12. DESTRUCTION - The Butcher Strikes Back
13. DEW SCENTED - Cities Of The Dead
14. ANTHRAX - What Doesn’t Die
15. EXODUS - Riot Act
16. DEATH ANGEL - The Devil Incarnate
17. I - Warriors
18. SONIC SYNDICATE - Psychic Suicide
19. CLAWFINGER - The Price We Pay
20. CHIMAIRA - Worthless
21. IN FLAMES - Only For The Weak
22. MESHUGGAH - Future Breed Machine
23. SOILWORK - Exile
24. THE DESTINY PROGRAM - Project Hoax
25. SCAR SYMMETRY - The Illusionist
26. THREAT SIGNAL - Counterbalance
27. MNEMIC - Ghost
28. EKTOMORF - Destroy
29. AGNOSTIC FRONT - Warriors
30. ALL SHALL PERISH - Eradication
31. BLEED THE SKY - God In The Frame
32. DARKANE - Solitary Confinement
33. THE DUSKFALL - Trust Is Overrated
34. ONE MAN ARMY AND THE UNDEAD QUARTET - So Grim, So True, So Real
35. WINTERSUN - Winter Madness
36. HAMMERFALL - Hammerfall
37. RIDE THE SKY - New Protection
38. EDGUY - King Of Fools
39. BLIND GUARDIAN - The New Order
40. SONATA ARCTICA - Caleb
41. GOTTHARD - Master Of Illusion
42. RAGE - Full Moon
43. GRAVE DIGGER - Valhalla
44. HELLOWEEN - Immortal
45. STRATOVARIUS - Why Are We Here
46. TAROT - Before The Skies Comes Down
47. THUNDERSTONE - Face In The Mirror
48. COMMUNIC - Conspiracy In Mind
49. THRESHOLD - Slipstream
50. CANDLEMASS - Of Stars And Smoke
51. CATHEDRAL - Corpsecycle
52. NIGHTWISH - Eva
53. AFTER FOREVER - Transitory
54. EPICA - Never Enough
55. ECHOES OF ETERNITY - Voices In A Dream
56. SIRENIA - The Other Side
57. DEATHSTARS - Greatest Fight On Earth
58. SAMAEL - Valkyrie’s New Ride
59. THE KOVENANT - In The Name Of The Future
60. AMORPHIS - The White Swan
61. THERION - Der Mitternachtslöwe
62. CREMATORY - Revolution
63. FARMER BOYS - For The World To Sing
64. PYOGENESIS - Addiction Pole
65. LIQUIDO - Ordinary Life
66. CHROME DIVISION - Serial Killer
67. DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER - Riders On The Storm
68. SUBWAY TO SALLY - Meine Seele Brennt
69. KNORKATOR - Wir werden alle sterben
70. SUCH A SURGE - Mission Erfüllt More...

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Samael Re-releases Due In October

Part of their classic album re-releases, Century Media will put out a new version of Passage and Eternal on October 1st (US releases will follow later). Both albums come as a 28 pages Mediabook with lyrics, new layout, liner notes and bonus tracks. Here is the complete track list for each album:

"Passage" tracklisting:
1. Rain
2. Shining Kingdom
3. Angel’s Decay
4. My Saviour
5. Jupiterian Vibe
6. The Ones Who Came Before
7. Liquid Soul Dimension
8. Moonskin
9. Born Under Saturn
10. Chosen Race
11. A Man In Your Head
12. Exodus
13. Tribes Of Caïn
14. Son Of Earth (re-recording '96)
15. Winter Solstice
16. Ceremony Of Opposites (re-recording '96)
17. From Malkuth To Kether

"Eternal" tracklisting:
1. Year Zero
2. Ailleurs
3. Together
4. Ways
5. The Cross
6. Us
7. Supra Karma
8. I
9. Nautilus & Zeppelin
10. Infra Galaxia
11. Being
12. Radiant Star
13. Ways (alternative mix)
14. Ailleurs (alternative mix)
15. Infra Galaxia (alternative mix)
16. Us (instrumental)
17. The Cross (instrumental)
18. I (instrumental)
19. Ways (drum'n'bass mix)

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