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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

Micheal Locher

vocals/guitars

Drop (Thomas Betrisey)

bass

Xy (Alexandre Locher)

drums/programming/keyboards

Former Members/Guests

Frederick Minuti

guitars

Makro (Marco Rivao)

guitars

Masmiseim (Christophe Mermod)

bass

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
  • Micheal Locher
  • Masmiseim
  • Xy



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
  • Micheal Locher
  • Masmiseim
  • Xy



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
  • Micheal Locher
  • Masmiseim
  • Rodolphe H.
  • Xy



1987 - 1982  COMPILATION
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



Rebellion  EP
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)
  • Micheal Locher
  • 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
  • Micheal Locher
  • Frederick Minuti
  • Masmiseim
  • Xy
1996 Readers' Album #21




Exodus  EP
1998 Century Media
  1. Exodus
  2. Tribes of Caïn
  3. Son of earth
  4. Winter solstice
  5. Ceremony of opposites
  6. From malkuth to kether
  • Micheal Locher
  • Frederick Minuti
  • Masmiseim
  • Xy
1998 Readers' Album #69




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
  • Micheal Locher
  • Frederick Minuti
  • Masmiseim
  • Xy
1999 Readers' Album #27




Black Trip  VIDEO
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
  • Micheal Locher
  • Makro
  • Masmiseim
  • Xy
2004 Readers' Album #64




Aeonics - An Anthology  COMPILATION
2007 Century Media
  1. Exodus
  2. Black Trip
  3. Rebellion
  4. Baphomet's Throne
  5. Telepath
  6. Together
  7. Supra Karma
  8. Jupiterian Vibe
  9. Rain
  10. The Cross
  11. After the Sepulture
  12. On Earth
  13. Moonskin
  14. Worship Him
  15. Ceremony of Opposites
  16. Blood Ritual
  17. Into the Pentagram
  18. Koh-i-Noor
  19. Reading Mind



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
  • Micheal Locher
  • Makro
  • Masmiseim
  • Xy



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
  • Micheal Locher
  • Makro
  • Masmiseim
  • Xy



Medieval Prophecy  COMPILATION DEMO RE-RELEASE
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



Antigod  EP
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
  • Micheal Locher
  • Makro
  • Masmiseim
  • Xy



Lux Mundi  
2011 Nuclear Blast
  • Micheal Locher
  • Makro
  • Masmiseim
  • Xy
2011 Readers' Album #92




Original Album Collection  BOXED SET
2015 Century Media
  1. . Passage
  2. Eternal
  3. Rebellion & Exodus



Hegemony  
2017 Napalm
  1. Hegemony
  2. Samael
  3. Angel Of Wrath
  4. Rite Of Renewal
  5. Red Planet
  6. Black Supremacy
  7. Murder Or Suicide
  8. This World
  9. Against All Enemies
  10. Land Of The Living
  11. Dictate Of Transparency
  12. Helter Skelter
  13. Storm Of Fire (bonus track)
  • Micheal Locher
  • Makro
  • Xy




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