Origin: Switzerland
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Samael  


Samael is one of those bands that prefers to follow its own course, rather than latch on to the fashionable style of the day. Their early works are strongly rooted in black metal, but by the time of Ceremony Of Opposites (one of two albums usually regarded as their best), they had forged a dark, almost doomy black metal sound, not terribly complex but haunting and effective. They turned it up a notch with the followup, Passage, with a brighter tone and a slightly increased techno presence. Passage seemed to divide their fan base, many feeling they had lost their way a bit but also many feeling it was by far their best album to date. Though they did record another album after Passage (Eternal, in 1999), the band has kept a rather low profile in recent years, leading some to believe they might have broken up altogether. But in 2004 they re-emerged, with a new album, Reign Of Light, an album which sees the band extending their use of keyboards and electronics, while still retaining the basic dark metal style that is their foundation.

Current Members

Vorphalack

vocals/guitars

Makro

guitars

Masmiseim (Christophe Mermod)

bass

Xy

drums/programming/keyboards

Former Members/Guests

Kaos

guitars

Rodolphe H.

keyboards/samples


Discography



Worship Him 
1991 Osmose
  1. Sleep Of Death
  2. Worship him
  3. Knowledge Of The Ancient Kingdom
  4. Morbid Metal
  5. Rite Of Cthulhu
  6. The Black Face
  7. Into The Pentagram
  8. Messenger Of The Light
  9. Last Benediction
  10. The Dark
  • Vorphalack
  • Masmiseim
  • Xy

Reviews:   Lords Of Metal  Metal Observer 



Blood Ritual 
1992 Century Media
  1. Epilogue
  2. Beyond the nothingness
  3. Poison infiltration
  4. After the sepulture
  5. Marcabre operetta
  6. Blood ritual
  7. Since the creation...
  8. With the gleam of torches
  9. Total consecration
  10. Bestial devotion
  11. ...Until the chaos
  • Vorphalack
  • Masmiseim
  • Xy

Reviews:   Metal Observer 



Ceremony Of Opposites 
1994 Century Media
  1. Black trip
  2. Celebration of the fourth
  3. Son of earth
  4. 'Till we meet again
  5. Mask of the red death
  6. Baphomet's throne
  7. Flagellation
  8. Crown
  9. To our martyrs
  10. Ceremony of opposites
  • Vorphalack
  • Masmiseim
  • Rodolphe H.
  • Xy

Reviews:   Metal Observer 



1987 - 1982 (re-release) 
1994 Century Media
  1. Epilogue
  2. Beyond The Nothingness
  3. Poison Infiltration
  4. After The Sepulture
  5. Macabre Operetta
  6. Blood Ritual
  7. Since The Creation
  8. With The Gleam Of The Torches
  9. Total Consecration
  10. Bestial Devotion
  11. .... Until The Chaos
  12. Sleep Of Death
  13. Worship Him
  14. Knowledge Of The Ancient Kingdom
  15. Morbid Metal
  16. Rite Of Cthulhu
  17. The Black Face
  18. Into The Pentagram
  19. Messenger Of The Light
  20. Last Benediction
  21. The Dark




(EP) Rebellion 
1995 Century Media
  1. Rebellion (new version)
  2. After the sepulture
  3. I love the dead
  4. Static journey
  5. Into the pentagram (new version)
  • Vorphalack
  • Masmiseim
  • Rodolphe H.
  • Xy




Passage 
1996 Century Media
  1. Rain
  2. Shining kingdom
  3. Angel's decay
  4. My saviour
  5. Jupiterian vibe
  6. The ones who came before
  7. Liquid skin dimension
  8. Moonskin
  9. Born under Saturn
  10. Chosen race
  11. A man in your head
  • Vorphalack
  • Kaos
  • Masmiseim
  • Xy

Reviews:   Chronicles Of Chaos  Metal Observer 



(EP) Exodus 
1998 Century Media
  1. Exodus
  2. Tribes of Can
  3. Son of earth
  4. Winter solstice
  5. Ceremony of opposites
  6. From malkuth to kether
  • Vorphalack
  • Kaos
  • Masmiseim
  • Xy




Eternal 
1999 Century Media
  1. Year zero
  2. Ailleurs
  3. Together
  4. Ways
  5. The cross
  6. Us
  7. Supra karma
  8. I
  9. Nautilus & zepplin
  10. Infra galaxia
  11. Being
  12. Radiant star
  • Vorphalack
  • Kaos
  • Masmiseim
  • Xy

Reviews:   Chronicles Of Chaos  Metal Observer 



Black Trip 
2003 Century Media




Reign Of Light 
2004 Regain
  1. Moongate
  2. Inch Allah
  3. High Above
  4. Reign Of Light
  5. On Earth
  6. Telepath
  7. Oriental Dawn
  8. As The Sun
  9. Further
  10. Heliopolis
  11. Door Of Celestial Peace
  • Vorphalack
  • Makro
  • Masmiseim
  • Xy

Reviews:   Chronicles Of Chaos  Sea Of Tranquility  Lords Of Metal  Metal Underground  Metal Observer 



Solar Soul 
2007 Nuclear Blast
  1. Solar Soul
  2. Promised Land
  3. Slavocracy
  4. Western Ground
  5. On The Rise
  6. Alliance
  7. Suspended Time
  8. Valkyries' New Ride
  9. Ave!
  10. Quasar Waves
  11. Architect
  12. Olympus
  • Vorphalack
  • Makro
  • Masmiseim
  • Xy

Reviews:   Chronicles Of Chaos  Sea Of Tranquility  Lords Of Metal  Metal Underground  Metal Observer 



Above 
2009 Nuclear Blast
  1. Under One Flag
  2. Virtual War
  3. Polygames
  4. Earth Country
  5. Illumination
  6. Black Hole
  7. In There
  8. Dark Side
  9. God's Snake
  10. On the Top of It All
  • Vorphalack
  • Makro
  • Masmiseim
  • Xy

Reviews:   Blabbermouth  Chronicles Of Chaos  Sea Of Tranquility  Lords Of Metal  Metal Underground  Metal Observer 



Medieval Prophecy (early demos)  COMPILATION
2009
  1. Into the Pentagram
  2. The Dark (extensive version)
  3. The Third of the Storms
  4. Intro
  5. Messenger of the Light
  6. Knowledge of the Ancient Kingdom
  7. Into the Dark
  8. Sleep of Death
  9. Morbid Metal
  10. Knowledge of the Ancient Kingdom
  11. Blood Ritual
  12. Crown of Evil
  13. Macabre Operetta




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




Lux Mundi 
2011 Nuclear Blast

Reviews:   Lords Of Metal  Metal Underground  Angry Metal Guy 

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