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Samael

Swiss extreme metal group Samael quickly evolved from a run-of-the-mill black metal band into one of the most daring and eclectic sonic explorers of their generation; eager to tamper with their sound by introducing industrial, electronic, and gothic music elements into their formative black and death metal foundations. Formed in the late '80s by brothers Vorphalack (vocals/guitar) and Xytras (drums/programming/keyboards), along with bassist Masmiseim, Samael were initially influenced primarily by first-generation black metal bands such as England's Venom, Sweden's Bathory, and Swiss compatriots Hellhammer/Celtic Frost, as evidenced by their exceedingly raw, self-financed, Medieval Prophecy EP. This brought them to the attention of France's Osmose Productions, which offered to release the band's first full-length album, Worship Him, in 1991. Characterized by spirited but unremarkable black metal graced with only minimal production values, the record did little to advance the band's cause, but a shift into slower-paced, almost doom-like domains for the next year's Blood Ritual better showcased Samael's fast-expanding songwriting range, as well as their first experiments with synthesizer backdrops. After signing with the Century Media label and adding keyboard player Rodolphe H., the group entered the studio with up-and-coming producer Waldemar Sorychta and came away with their most accomplished and distinctive effort yet, 1994's impressive Ceremony of Opposites, which was filled with evil atmospherics and keyboard melodies swirling around churning guitars to create what Samael themselves aptly called "macabre operettas."

The stakes were raised even higher on 1996's groundbreaking Passage, where Xytras (by then simply known as Xy) took over keyboard duties as well as the daunting task of programming all his frequently hyperactive drum tracks. This unconventional mix of black metal brutality and synthesizers resulted in one of the decade's most original extreme metal releases, and was followed by extensive touring, including the band's first American shows. Such was Samael's repute at the time that Xy was called on to produce two albums by labelmates Rotting Christ; but when the drummer rejoined his Samael bandmates to record 1999's Eternal (featuring additional guitarist Kaos), inspiration seemed to be lacking. As would be the case with 2004's belated follow-up, Reign of Light, Samael's increasing obsession with electronic genres like house and trip-hop left little room for the balancing extreme metal elements of yore, and alienated both their record label (which released them from their contract) and primary fan base. But the members of Samael still made only a few concessions to guitar-driven heavy metal on their 2007 return to form, Solar Soul, and it wasn't until their astonishing reversal into pure black metal blasphemy for 2009's Above (initially recorded for release as a side project) that their original supporters had their longtime loyalty vindicated. One thing is for sure, though: this too represented but one facet of the band's schizophrenic persona, and there's little doubt that Samael will continue to explore new musical landscapes as their career progresses. ~ Eduardo Rivadavia, Rovi
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FUCKEN SICK 666!
Really wish they played more of samael's older s**t
Thanks Pandora!
Ahh rekindle the flame!
i like rammstein and samael, they're both good
@BlackRoboto You are American!
I've known Rammstein for years and recently discovered Samael. I actually like them both.
Just read some of the comments and all I can do is lol... Redic comparing bang bands. Each band is a badass in its own respite.
This band f'ing rocks!
thelightofda r k n e s s 1 2 0
Personally, I like both Rammstein and Samael. They don't sound very much a like at all. So, you guys need to man up and stop hating on each other's favourite bands. It'll give the fan base a bad rep. Not to mention show you have no respect for others.
msjann6
1. Kiss your left hand
2. Say your crushes name
3. Say a school day
4. Close your hand
5. Say your name
6. Open your hand and look at it
7. Post this to at least 15 other songs your crush will ask you out the day you said
dude overall the truth is that Samael, Rammstien, and Eisbrecher makes the best genre 4 music ever!!!!!!
I love this band it sounds like oomph!
good song<3
加古いい!!!!(((o ( * * ) o ) ) )
Not bad i like the vocals
the argument between Rammstein and Samael is stupid, there 2 countrys, 2 languages... LEARN THE LANGUAGE AMERICANS
fedoration2
Original megaherz poops on everything. Samael and rammstein are both good so shhh
Why is Rammstein in the same sentence as Samael?!?! Samael is clearly a million times better than Rammstein.
The writer of the bio has his or her facts wrong. Samael was a great black metal band. They were highly creative and their lyrics matched their brand of driving metal sound. I like the fact the group has evolved over the years but they have never been run-of-the-m i l l in any album or CD they have created.
Rammstein is my love, but Samael is my guilty pleasure.
fedoration2
YESS finally added Lux Mundi. I dont understand the hate between Rammstein and Samael fans. Both bands are decent, plus eisbrecher beats both.
What a ridiculous comment thread. gg internets
Cool, Reign of Light reminds me a bit of my fascination with Industrial music in the mid 90's.
very good
Samael makes very interesting music. I like it when a band reaches well outside of their founding genre to bring in elements that you wouldn't otherwise hear in a typical ____-metal album. Good job guys - keep making it heavy and deep.
Interesting group, but unless you are used to such hard, heavy music it's hard to listen to. Overwhelming , the only song I really like is Heliopolis.
Sounds like rabid rat vomiting, maybe Michael Jackson rabid. Looks like him.
Samael and Rammstein shouldn't even be compared as similar artists. The only commonality is the playing of instruments. . . and they're all dudes. WTF people?
re copada
falsefaith66 6
passage was a epic album me and my buddy pre ordered that s**t for europe :) and yes samael blows rammstien away any day
and finally to end with my 3rd post: Mas (bass player) only looks like Michael Jackson in that photo because of the lighting, its also a really old pic you can tell because XY (the drummer) hasn't had hair in over 10 years.
If you listen to Samael sporadically , I can see where you may assume their songs sound the same but actually as you listen to them more often you can tell the differences better. Also they started out as a really heavy Black metal band and then got progressivel y more industrial, so although songs on the same album sound similar to someone who is not well versed in their music, none of the albums may sound the same. Passage is by far the best album the perfect mix of Black and Industrial.
I Love Samael, and I can't stand Rammstein. I hate whenever I play Samael in my car people mistake them for Rammstein. I think they sound completely different, there are 2 major differences 1) Samael sing in English not German, 2) Samael is awesome and Rammstein sucks. If you understand German youi actually hate Rammstein more because they are bad lyricists thats why they are more popular in the US than in Europe.
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psluna2
Samael is unique and interesting. . . i n a good way. I hope Pandora plays more of Samael's songs on my radio stations.

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Black metal running-rhyt h m tight go...>>>>> Thanks Pandora! Keep them coming....
Has anyone else had samael fall out of their rotation? I haven't heard them in a while on here.
stop arguing about Rammenstein vs. Samael on pandora and go get a life!
asynchron
Vash -- "What the f**k are you donig listenign to music that you can't understand anyway? Only idiots do that because "it sounds cool." "

WTF?!?! So I'm not allowed to listen to half of all industrial music because I don't know German, no Laibach (Slovak), half of the whole black metal genre (Norwegian)? I can't enjoy the music? The sound of the language? And if I really want to know, look up a translation of the lyrics?

If you really think that, you're a prick.
Hell yeah, great music, cool vocal style. Originality is the way to go.
have to agree with onyzhawk, above is their best effort in some time and if paying the bills is the motivation then by all means lets pay some f**king rent.
Ok, we are commmenting on Samael here, not Rammstein. Everyone has their own opinion, s**tty as each may be to each other, none are incorrect.
I think Samael are pretty good, I like I like the songs from Eternal more.
I think Rammstein are much better, but them again, I only just discovered Samael. I like both.
onyxrune
3 1/2 stars - (used to be 2 1/2 stars to me)- Their new album, Above, brings them crushing back to the black metal genre. 'Above' is about as intense as black metal can get, matching Dimmu Borgir and Cradle of Filth in sheer sonic brutality (though lyrically not as dark). I like their return to this material, but can't help but believe that it's probably due to renewed sales in black/death metal. I know... we all have bills to pay. Old fans will be quite pleased regardless.
cadaver- based on your limited spectrum of music, not to mention your "taste" in music, I'm guessing that's a baseless assessment on your behalf, kid.
This band is truly amazing. I like Rammstein but Samael is far superior.
the_cadaver
As musicians and composers, Samael is clearly superior. I can s**t out better music than Rammstein after eating a big burrito.

If I based what I listen to on lyrics, I'd be listening to all kinds of garbage.
Cody- The only people who think Rammstein would suck are those who don't know German, and therefore know not what they're singing about. What the f**k are you donig listenign to music that you can't understand anyway? Only idiots do that because "it sounds cool."
In closing- you are the one who sucks, and Rammstein kicks your azzzzz!
I love how heavy Samael sounds. Can't get enough *eye twitches*

Addictive.
the_cadaver
Rammstein sucks compared to Samael.
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