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Sion, Switzerland (1987 – present)

Samael are a long-running Swiss band formed in 1987 in Sion, Switzerland.

Although much of their music from the mid-1990s onwards has incorporated electronic sounds which would best define their genre as , Samael was originally founded as an early 2nd Wave band.

Their first demos presented a slow, doomy style of with raw vocals, similar to that of Celtic Frost. Some of the songs would be included on Worship Him (1991) and Blood Ritual (1992).

Around the time of Ceremony of Opposites (1994), the band started using industrial-styled song techniques, employed by the use of keyboards and (minimalist) acoustic percussion. By this time, they had also left French record label Osmose Productions and signed with Century Media Records.

1995 - The Rebellion ep was released to much acclaim

Their album Passage (1996) saw them gather a larger audience, with the music video for the song “Jupiterian Vibe” getting airplay on MTV’s Headbanger’s Ball.

1998 saw the release of the “Exodus ep”

After the release of Eternal (1999), Samael would not renew their contract with Century Media. In 2004, “Reign of Light” was released through independent label Galactical Records.

In 2006, their album “Era One” was released on Century Media Records. It includes a bonus disc, “Lesson In Magic #1,” which is entirely instrumental and done solely by keyboardist Xy. The album itself was recorded in 2001, and the bonus disc a year later. Both were rearranged and remixed in 2005.

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  • DerisumBand

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    30 Sep 10:11pm Reply
  • BOIA_CHI_MOLLA

    These guys still pushing the boundaries. I remember hearing "Eternal" for the first time....thought it was one the best freakin industrial /metal album and band around. I still think they are! Hails!

    31 Aug 9:11am Reply
  • versionfiv

    blood ritual is the only one i like

    12 Aug 4:32pm Reply
  • Atreidezz

    Words can't describe how much of a masterpiece Quasar Waves is.

    22 Jun 10:39am Reply
  • Mya_Kvlta

    their early stuff was the best easily. the era that influenced some of my favorite bands. really good stuff

    7 Jun 10:00pm Reply
  • dehbeecs

    <3

    28 May 12:42am Reply
  • Wacke666

    Very good band. I'd say I favorize "Eternal", but I like all of their albums. They never made a bad one.

    8 May 9:54pm Reply
  • Laanse

    Both old and new Samael are good, in different ways. My favourites are Ceremony of Opposites and Lux Mundi.

    6 May 6:34pm Reply
  • NicholasBellic

    Heard "Ceremony", "Passage", and "Solar Soul." I liked Passage the best, a balance between the obscure black metal of the past with the industrial of the now. "Ceremony" was second.

    29 Apr 12:10am Reply
  • InkBlack

    So many sites have been suggesting them to me that I decided to finally give them a listen. I fell in love immediately.

    5 Apr 2:28am Reply
  • EmpiresFall666

    Ceremony is still their best, but to me Solar Soul is a close second. There are no weak Samael albums.

    4 Apr 11:39pm Reply
  • Chuzhbogh

    v and still "Ceremony of Opposites" will be their Opus Magnum.

    29 Mar 3:28am Reply
  • manuelgv

    Those crying for the old Samael...it's been 20 years since they changed their sound, might as well get used to the fact that they don't sound like Worship him and won't ever again. Personally I think Passage is one of the best albums crafted by a metal band.

    27 Mar 6:30am Reply
  • Idiots-Rule

    They deserve so much more recognition! [2]

    31 Jan 10:02pm Reply
  • victorsouzast

    despite the great musical change, Samael is still a great band

    31 Dec 2013 Reply
  • crwnthyfrnica

    Great new single from Project Silence, both two tracks are on their youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nxXEq_CWIYU&feature=c4-overview-vl&list=PLqW9BT5nStMR3c4pJmq4QSKsF8fqzr9ml Best dark industrial metal!

    11 Dec 2013 Reply
  • kdeathland

    Old Samael

    2 Dec 2013 Reply
  • schizo_freak

    They deserve so much more recognition!

    1 Nov 2013 Reply
  • MegaDave89

    Discovered they good today,

    28 Oct 2013 Reply
  • Idiots-Rule

    Eternal, Lux Mundi and Passage are their best works.

    27 Oct 2013 Reply
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