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From: Sion, Switzerland
Last Known Status: Active
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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.
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.
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
Legion Of The Damned
Keep Of Kalessin
Wolves In The Throne Room
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
On The Top Of It All
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.
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:
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...
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.
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."
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...
Australia's THE AMENTA is teaming up with cyber grind freaks THE BERZERKER for THE SONIC CORRUPTION tour - a dual album launch headlining tour throughout Australia and New Zealand from January to March. That will be just before it, THE AMENTA will be on tour with
VADER, DEICIDE and SAMAEL in Europe. The latest The Amenta tour dates are as follows:
European tour with Vader, Deicide, Samael:
08.01.09 HOL Tilburg O13
09.01.09 HOL Haarlem Patronaat
10.01.09 BEL Vosselaar Biebob
11.01.09 FR Paris Locomotive
12.01.09 FR Lyon CCO Villeurbane
13.01.09 LU Esch/Alzette Rockhal
14.01.09 GER Stuttgart Ika-Longhorn
15.01.09 GER Frankfurt Batschkapp
16.01.09 GER Bochum Matrix
17.01.09 CH Erstfeld Transilvania Live
18.01.09 ITA Milan Rolling Stone
19.01.09 A Worgl Komma
20.01.09 SK Bratislava DK Dubravka
21.01.09 POL Katowice Mega Club
22.01.09 POL Warsaw Progresja More...
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.
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...
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...
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...
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."
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...
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...
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...
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.
More tour dates have been announced for SAMAEL's upcoming tour of Europe with GOTHMINSTER and SYBREED. Dates are now as follows:
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
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...