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Samandriel

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Formed: 2008
From: Edmonton, Canada
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Samandriel News

Below is our complete Samandriel 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.

Samandriel Announces New Vocalist

Samandriel has issued the following announcement about recruiting a new vocalist and posting video clips online performing with the new member:

"Samandriel has found a new male singer in the form of Guy Pettigrew, who hails from Canmore, Alberta! Check out this youtube action for a glimpse of his killer pipes! Expect new material to be hard-rockin, forward thinking and classy metal to the core. To the haters."

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Samandriel Splits With Bassist

Canada's Samandriel has issued the following update about parting ways with the band's bassist Ryan Hopper:

"We regret to inform you folks that Ryan 'Hoops' Hopper, our bassist and one of the founding members of Samandriel has decided to leave the band to focus on school and other pursuits. We are very sad to see him go, and we all wish him nothing but the best. The show on March 2nd couldn't have been a better way for him to go.

"As for the band, it's onward and upward as always. Audition details for prospective bassists to follow shortly. If you or another you know is interested, drop us a line at samandriel@live.com."

For more on Samandriel, head over to the band's official Facebook profile.

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Samandriel Parts Ways With Vocalist

Canadian metal act Samandriel has issued the following announcement about parting ways with vocalist Doneka Reid:

"It is with heavy hearts that we must announce that Doneka Reid is no longer the singer of Samandriel. This will be a difficult change for us to make, but we hope that YOU, the fans will continue to support us through these tough times for the band. We all love you Doneka, and we wish you the very best that you can possibly have.

"With the departure of Doneka begins The Search. If you or someone you know is interested in joining Samandriel as a singer (male or female) please get in touch by sending an email to samandriel[at]live[dot]com and we can discuss an audition. Please spread the word!"

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Pit Stories: The Folk Metal Jig Pit

We've been talking to bands and fans everywhere to get their favorite mosh pit stories. This week Jeff Black, keyboardist for the Edmonton, Alberta-based progressive metal band Samandriel, sends in a short pit story:

I'm normally not one to mosh, but I have a memory that I am particularily fond of. When I was in Europe in summer 2008 I attended Bloodstock Open Air in the UK. Lots of folk/pagan metal bands were playing that year, such as Tyr, Moonsorrow, Eluveitie and Alestorm. During particularly bouncy segments, people in the crowd would form rings by swinging their arms over each other’s shoulders or locking elbows with one another. They would then proceed to dance, sway, or perform some sort of bastardized jig around the circle. Someone in the circle would then break out, and bum rush the person directly across from them and the mosh pit would begin. This would presumably happen when the riffs got heavier or someone got bored, whichever came first. I never heard a name for it, but I call it a "dance pit" or "jig pit." I've never seen it done in North America, and I secretly miss them. Easily the most fun I've ever had in a mosh pit.

Samandriel released “Awakening” on October 15th of this year. It’s currently available for download at CD Baby. You can check out some of their music on the band’s MySpace page.

Check back every Tuesday for more pit stories.

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