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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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  • treeweavermetal


    26 May 1:44pm Reply
  • treeweavermetal

    Ceremony of the Opposites is fucking baller shit. I feel like a bad ass mother fucker when I hear it.

    12 May 5:55pm Reply

    New album any time soon guys? Also any UK tour dates? (if considered for this year at all)

    11 Apr 12:22pm Reply
  • arthur_h18

    worship himmm

    16 Mar 5:08pm Reply
  • idlemute

    Ceremony of Opposites was my first Samael album and remains one of my favorites.

    7 Mar 2:55am Reply
  • Noohmsul

    Ceremony is a f**ing masterpiece, but Lux Mundi is surprisely good !

    24 Feb 3:50pm Reply
  • Gurzociurlo

    Blood Ritual + Ceremony of Opposites, Samael as I like to remember them!

    16 Feb 8:19pm Reply
  • treeweavermetal

    Ceremony of Opposites is killer!

    18 Jan 11:49am Reply
  • AdamBernard

    amazing band!

    30 Dec 2014 Reply
  • ShredsofFlesh

    I absolutely love this band's earlier releases (ie everything up to 'Passage') . Excellent and timeless material !

    29 Dec 2014 Reply
  • DerisumBand

    Hello! We have just finished two songs from our EP - black/gothic metal. We would appreciate if you could provide us with some opinion!

    30 Sep 2014 Reply

    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 2014 Reply
  • versionfiv

    blood ritual is the only one i like

    12 Aug 2014 Reply
  • Atreidezz

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

    22 Jun 2014 Reply
  • Mya_Kvlta

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

    7 Jun 2014 Reply
  • dehbeecs


    28 May 2014 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 2014 Reply
  • Laanse

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

    6 May 2014 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 2014 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 2014 Reply
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