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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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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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Samael Reveals Song Titles

Long running Swiss metallers Samael recently announced their new album will be titled "Lux Mundi" ("Light of the World"). The new album is currently set for a Spring 2011 release. The band has now announced that three of the songs to appear on the upcoming album will be titled as follows:

"Pagan Trance"
"Soul Invictus"

Additional details on the full track listing and release date will be announced as they are made available. In the mean time, you can check out the "Antigod" single via the official Samael MySpace page.

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Samael Announces New Album Title

Swiss metal act Samael has issued the following announcement about the title of the band's new album:

"Samael has chosen 'Lux Mundi' (which translates in English as 'Light of the World') as title for their upcoming album due to be released on spring 2011.

"The album, which took almost three years to be completed, was recorded this summer after the band spend a few days in Germany on pre-production with Waldemar Sorychta. The recording took place on two different locations in Switzerland and the mix has been done by extreme metal specialist Russ Russell in Kettering (England).

"'Lux Mundi' will consist of 10 to 12 new songs including the first single 'Antigod' and the live monster 'Soul Invictus.'"

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Samael Posts New Song, "Antigod," Online

Swiss metal band SAMAEL has posted the track "Antigod" at their MySpace page.

Singer Vorph comments, "Here’s the song we chose to give you a taste of our new album. Sound wise, 'Antigod' stands between the up-tempo tracks and ultra heavy ones of our new recordings. As for the lyrics, we’ve expressed our views on the religious matter before but with this track, we made our position clearer than with any previous song. 'Antigod' doesn’t resume the whole album but it gives you a good idea of what’s about to come…"

The "Antigod" EP [cover art] tracklisting is as follows:

01. Antigod
02. Into The Pentagram (2010)
03. Reign Of Light (Live)
04. Slavocracy (Live)
05. Antigod (Dark Night Remix)
06. Ten Thousand Years

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Samael Comments On New "Antigod" EP

Swiss metallers Samael have issued the following update about the release of new EP "Antigod" as a digital download in North America and as a 7" and CD digipack in Europe:

"S A M A E L fist single 'Antigod' will be release on the 19th of November:

"- With Nuclear Blast in Europe available on 7 inches single (2 tracks), on CD-digipack and digital download (6 tracks).

"- With Season Of Mist in America only available on digital dowload (6 tracks).

"- With Musikvertrieb in Switzerland on 7 inches single (2 tracks) and on CD-digipack (6 tracks)."

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Rotting Christ Comments On Upcoming Tour

Rotting Christ has issued the following statement about the band's upcoming European dates with Samael and Finntroll:

"Time is getting near for the long time announced second part of Rotting Christ’s European tour within the framework of their last very successful album AEALO promotion. This time the band will honorably share the stage with great bands such as Finntroll, Samael, Metsatoll, Nothnegal, and is really anxious to see all you Metal Brothers and sisters in one of the following European destinations."

26 Nov 2010 Biebop-Vosselaar (BELGIUM)
27 Nov 2010 Turock-Essen (GERMANY)
28 Nov 2010 Romein Popodium-Leuwaarden (HOLLAND)
29 Nov 2010 Markthalle-Hamburg (GERMANY)
30 Nov 2010 Meir Music Hall- Braunscweig (GERMANY)
01 Dec 2010 Rockfabrick-Ludwigsburg (GERMANY)
02 Dec 2010 K17-Berlin (GERMANY)
03 Dec 2010 Hellraiser-Leipzig (GERMANY)
04 Dec 2010 Metal Meeting- Lichtenfels (GERMANY)
05 Dec 2010 Masters Of Rock-Zlin- (CHECH REPUBLIC)
06 Dec 2010 Wig Wam-Budapest-(HUNGARY)
07 Dec 2010 Kino Skina- Ljubeljana (SLOVENIA)
08 Dec 2010 Generali Magazzini-Milan (ITALY)
09 Dec 2010 Szene-Vienna (AUSTRIA)
10 Dec 2010 Backstage-Munich (GERMANY)
11 Dec 2010 Kulturfabrik-Kufstein (AUSTRIA)
12 Dec 2010 Z7-Pratteln (HELVETIA)
13 Dec 2010 Ninkasi Kao-Lyon (FRANCE)
14 Dec 2010 Salamandra –Barcelona (SPAIN)
15 Dec 2010 Heineken-Madrid (SPAIN)
16 Dec 2010 Phare-Toulouse (FRANCE)
17 Dec 2010 John Lennon-Limoges (FRANCE)
18 Dec 2010 Eindhoven Metal Meeting-Eindhoven (HOLLAND)
19 Dec 2010 Batschkamp-Frankfurt (GERMANY)

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Samael Signs To Season Of Mist

Swiss metal act Samael has signed to Season of Mist for the release of the upcoming "Antigod" EP in North America.

"We always remember the first time," the band commented, "When we met again with Michael Berberian a couple months ago, we realized that his first step in the music business was to organize a concert for us in his home town, years ago... We have often crossed each other’s path since then and today we’re happy to announce that our new album will be released in America through Season of Mist, home of Morbid Angel, Dillinger Escape Plan, Mayhem and now S A M A E L!”

Season of Mist will release the new Samael EP "Antigod" on November 19th as a digital download exclusive. The track listing is as follows:

1. Antigod
2. Into the Pentagram (2010)
3. Reign of Light (live)
4. Slavocracy (live)
5. Antigod (Dark Night remix)
6. Ten Thousand Years

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Samael To Release "A Decade In Hell" Box Set

Century Media Records is set to release a box set containing all the releases Swiss act Samael recorded for the label. The "A Decade in Hell" set will consist of nine CDs and two DVDs including the following releases: "Worship Him," "Blood Ritual," "Ceremony Of Opposites," "Rebellion," "Passage," "Exodus," "Eternal," "Era One," "Lesson In Magic #1," and "Black Trip." The cover and other details on the set can be found here.

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Mercenary Announces Shows With Finntroll

Mercenary has issued the following announcement about three upcoming live shows with Finntroll, Samael, and Rotting Christ:

"We're proud to announce that we will be playing three shows as special guests with Finntroll, Samael, Rotting Christ and more on the following dates. Show up for a a few oldies and a taste of the new album! Spread the news! Cheers."

The details are as follows:

12/9 Vienna - Szene (Austria)
12/10 Munich - Backstage (Germany)
12/11 Kufstein - Kufa (Austria)

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Samael Announces "Antigod" EP

Swish metallers Samael are set to release a new EP entitled "Antigod" on November 19th, 2010. The cover artwork for the EP can be viewed at this location. The track listing for the EP is as follows:

1. Antigod
2. Into The Pentagram (2010)
3. Reign Of Light (Live)
4. Slavocracy (Live)
5. Antigod (Dark Night Remix)
6. Ten Thousand Years

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Samael Announces Russian Shows

Swiss metal act Samael is currently in the studio recording the follow-up to the band's latest album "Above." Samael has now also announced the following upcoming three headlining shows in Russia:

29.10.10 : Tochka club - Moscow, Russia
30.10.10 : Teleclub - Yekaterinburg, Russia
31.10.10 : Orlandina club - St.Petersburg, Russia

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Samael Enters The Studio

Swiss metal act Samael has checked in with the following update about entering the recording studio:

"Three weeks after coming back from Germany where the band spent some time checking every song with long time partner Waldemar Sorychta ; Xy, Mak, Mas and Vorph are ready to record their new album. The sessions start today (August 10th 2010) and should go on for a whole month. Regular updates will be given through the band’s Twitter."

More details on the upcoming Samael album, which is the follow-up to 2009's "Above," will be announced as they are made available.

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Finntroll Announces European Tour Dates

Finntroll has announced a European tour with SAMAEL (Switzerland), Rotting Christ (Greece), Metsatoll (Estonia), and Nothnegal (Maledives). The tour dates are as follows:

26.11.2010 BE - Vosselaar, Biebob
27.11.2010 DE - Essen, Turock
28.11.2010 NL - Leuwaarden, Romein Popodium
29.11.2010 DE - Hamburg, Markthalle
30.11.2010 DE - Braunschweig, Meier Music Hall
01.12.2010 DE - Ludwigsburg, Rockfabrik
02.12.2010 DE - Berlin, K17
03.12.2010 DE - Leipzig, Hellraiser
04.12.2010 DE - Lichtenfels, Metal Meeting
05.12.2010 CZ - Zlin, Masters of Rock Cafe
06.12.2010 HU - Budapest, Wigwam
07.12.2010 SI - Ljubljana, Kino Siska
08.12.2010 IT - Milan, Generali Magazzini
09.12.2010 AT - Wien, Szene
10.12.2010 DE - Munich, Backstage
11.12.2010 AT - Kufstein, Kulturfabrik
12.12.2010 CH - Pratteln, Z7
13.12.2010 FR - Lyon, Ninkasi Kao
14.12.2010 ES - Barcelona, Salamandra
15.12.2010 ES - Madrid, Heineken
16.12.2010 FR - Toulouse, Phare
17.12.2010 FR - Limoges, CC John Lennon
18.12.2010 NL - Eindhoven, Eindhoven Metal Meeting
19.12.2010 DE - Frankfurt, Batschkapp

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Samael Announces First South American Appearance

Swiss metallers Samael have issued the following announcement about performing at the 2010 edition of the Rock al Parque festival:

"Samael has been invited to play at this year edition of Rock al Parque festival in Bogota (Colombia) on the 3rd of July. This will mark the first step of the band on South America’s soil. The band is currently recording demos for their new album before starting pre-production work. Final recording session will go on throughout the summer."

You can find more information on the festival at this location. Additional details on Samael's new album will be announced as they are made available.

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Arch Enemy Announces Tour Dates With Samael

Arch Enemy have announced they will tour France and Luxemburg in March 2010. Support will come from Samael, No Return, and Dylath Leen. The currently confirmed dates are as follows:

3/27 2010 Aeronef @ Lille (France)
3/28 2010 Elysee Montmartre Fest, Paris (France)
3/30 2010 Ninkasi Kao @ Lyon (France)
3/31 2010 La Laiteri, Strasbourg (France)
4/1 2010 – Rockhal Club @ Luxemburg (Luxemburg)

Arch Enemy vocalist Angela Gossow comments: “Right now we are on tour in the U.S. with Exodus, Arsis, and Mutiny Within. All killer bands!!! You shouldn’t miss out on this awesome package. Last night in NYC was insane! After the U.S. tour we will return to Europe to play some more shows. We are bringing Samael, No Return and Dylath Leen with us! We will reunite with our brothers from Destruction at the Noisegate Festival in Langen, Germany. France is one of our best live markets and it is about bloody time we get to play Paris again! This time we are hell-bound to discover the metal hearts of Lille, Lyon and Strasbourg as well! We are currently working on dates in the UK for April too – with an awesome line-up - which will be announced shortly. Stay tuned!!!"

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Samael Posts "Black Hole" Music Video

Swiss metallers Samael have posted a music video online for the track "Black Hole," which is off their most recent album "Above." The video clip can be viewed below. Samael also issued the following statement about the clip:

"If your favourite video clip from S A M A E L is Baphomet’s Throne you’re going to love the new Black Hole video. It’s black and white with lots of live footage taken from the latest Swiss shows all mixed up with various designs and animations. It has been filmed and edited by Sergeï Ulyanov who happens to be the bass player of Makro’s death/doom metal band Sludge. We’ve tried to come up with something simple which would fit the intensity and aggressiveness of the song. The video is very dense and hard to digest at once… you’ve been warned!" More...

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Divine Heresy Comments On Tour With Moonspell

As was previously announced, Samael have dropped off the upcoming North American tour with Moonspell and have been replaced by Divine Heresy. Also appearing on the bill are Book of Black Earth and Secrets of the Moon.

Commented Divine Heresy guitarist Dino Cazares: "We have been waiting patiently for the perfect touring opportunity to present itself and we couldn't possibly be more pleased to be direct support to the mighty MOONSPELL this fall. This North American tour is exactly what we were looking for as we wanted a chance to perform in front of a lot of new faces that might not have been exposed to our band. This tour marks the kick-off of a massive worldwide touring campaign to support the new 'Bringer of Plagues' album. DIVINE HERESY is better than ever and we are embarking on this tour with only one, simple goal in mind: to annihilate everything in our path. Expect an unrelenting set and if your jaw isn't on the floor when we finish, then we haven't done our job, but that won't be the case. Be sure to come by the merch booth each night to say hello to us all and we look forward to seeing everyone soon. It's certainly been way too long."

The currently confirmed dates are as follows: More...

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Samael Drops Off Moonspell Tour

Switzerland’s Samael will no longer be appearing alongside Moonspell on their North American tour this October/November. Taking their place will be Divine Heresy.

Samael has issued the following statement:

“Unfortunately SAMAEL will not be able come to North America this fall along with MOONSPELL. We’ve checked into every possibility with our booking agent and partners at Nuclear Blast but the financial costs are too deep into the red to make things work. We’d like to apologize to all our fans who were looking forward to seeing SAMAEL live but rest assured that we are looking into coming over again in early 2010. We also want to express our deepest regret to our friends in MOONSPELL.”

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