Strictly Limited Dictate Of Transparency 7” Single out Now | Get Your Copy HERE!
Switzerland’s legendary industrial metal force SAMAEL have just released an intense official music video for “Dictate Of Transparency”, taken from their latest full length album Hegemony (2017). The song could hardly fit any better with current times. Also out now is a strictly limited 7’’ vinyl release of the track, also including another track, “Against All Enemies”, taken from the same 2017 standout album.
SAMAEL on “Dictate Of Transparency”:
"'Dictate of Transparency' reflects the zeitgeist of the digital world.
The song is taken from the album Hegemony, and since its release, it manages to even more accurately describe the world we live in.
We do not make predictions, we only make observations.”
The current line up of the band include founding members and brothers Vorphalack (Vorph) and Xytraguptor (Xy), guitarist Drop and bassist Ales. A few other members have been part of the band throughout the years: Rodolph H. (keyboards, 1993–1995), Kaos (guitar, 1996–2001), Mas (bass, 1991–2014) and Makro (guitar, 2002–2018).
Samael is known to incorporate metal, industrial, electronic and symphonic music into their sound and mix it with massive beats, martial rhythms and up-tempo or blast beat. One of the key elements that distinguishes Samael from traditional metal bands is the use of a drum machine in studio and live on stage.
History First years and first two albums, 1987-1993
Although Vorphalack has always played with his friend Pat on drums since April 1987, it was when his brother Xytraguptor first sat behind the drum kit on July 14, 1988 that Samael started as a band. The two brothers recorded and released their first 45Rpm's with two original songs, on side A "Into the Pentagram" and on side B "The Dark" with a cover of Hellhammer's "The Third of the Storm". They played a few shows in Germany, France, Switzerland and Poland, before entering the Taurus studio in Geneva to record their first album. Samael became a trio when Masmiseîm joined the band as bassist. The new line-up played their first show in Poland.
Worship Him (1991) became the first album released by Osmose Productions a year after it was recorded. The band played a series of shows to promote the album, including a short eastern tour with Napalm Death, where it ended with two shows in Moscow.
Samael signed with Century Media and recorded their second album at T&T studio in Gelsenkirchen with producer Waldemar Sorychta. Blood Ritual is released on December 1, 1992, a month later the band embarked on their first European tour with their label mates Unleashed and Tiamat. The 20-date tour ended in Belgium with an indoor festival featuring Fear Factory, Brutal Truth and Agnostic Front, among other bands.
Ceremony of Opposites and Rebellion, 1994–1995
Recorded and mixed in 10 days at Woodhouse Studios in Hagen (Germany) Opposition Ceremony was produced by Waldemar Sorychta and released on February 18, 1994. The addition of keyboards in each song is the responsibility of Rodolph H who joined the band as keyboardist. Some samples could be heard throughout the album and most notably Aleister Crowley's voice in the song "Crown" and the beginning of "The Hut on the Hen's Legs (Baba Yaga)" from Pictures at an Exhibition by Modest Mussorgsky in "Baphomet's Throne". The crunchy and aggressive guitar sound, the orchestration of the keyboards, the metallic sound of the drums and the screaming vocals on top made it a seminal black metal album.
The band was invited by Martin Eric Ain (Celtic Frost) to play the Lucifer Rising convention in Zurich in March, before joining the Full of Hate Festival tour, headlined by Morbid Angel and Cannibal Corpse. A video for the song "Baphomet's Throne" was filmed during that tour. The tour was followed by Samael's first European tour with Grave, Massacra and Therion as support. The same year, the band did their first US tour: 23 dates in 23 days up and down the east coast as support for Cannibal Corpse and continued that tour in Europe for 41 more shows.
February 1995, the band went back into the studio to record the mini album Rebellion. Two new tracks, two rearranged songs and a cover version of Alice Cooper's "I Love the Dead. "Static Journey" were the first songs that Samael recorded with programmed drums. The Rebellion Tour began in Europe with Sentenced and ended with two shows in Mexico.
Passage and Exodus, 1996–1998
The band decided to work with a drum machine after Rodolph left the band. Xy moved from the drums to the keyboards and programmed all the drums parts. Kaos joined the band as second guitarist and the band went back to Woodhouse Studios for a 3 weeks session. The first show with the drum machine and new line up was on 26 June in Z7 in Pratteln (Switzerland) as opener for Kreator, the following day Samael played in With Full Force festival alongside Ministry, Motörhead, and Front Line Assembly. Passage was released on 19 August 1996 and a full European tour followed with support from label mates Moonspell and Rotting Christ. A video was shot in Berlin for the song "Jupiterian Vibe" directed by Andreas Marshall.
Samael co-headlined the 1997 Full of Hate Festival tour with Obituary, Entombed, Crowbar and Strapping Young Lad completed the line up. Later on that year they took part in another tour festival across Germany alongside Kreator, Sodom, Exodus, Grip Inc. and In Flames. That summer the band played for the first and only time at Dynamo Open Air in Eindhoven as well as Wacken, Grasspop, and With Full Force festival. In the meantime Xy released on his own label a neo classical version of Passage under the name Xytras. Exodus mini album was released in April 1998, in June Samael played in Istanbul with Kreator.
Eternal, Black Trip DVD, 1999–2003
Samael performing in 2007
In Montreux (Switzerland) at the Mountain Studios, Samael recorded their new album with rock producer David Richards. The sound and the overall production of Eternal was very much rooted in the 1970s while the approach of the songs was very contemporary. The gap between the opening song "Year Zero" and "Infra Galaxia" or between the Deep Purple sounding "Radiant Star" and the electronic stamped "Ways" is very wide. The band toured in Europe with Grip Inc. and Lacuna Coil before going to the US with Dimmu Borgir, Monstrosity and Epoch of Unlight. The following summer they played with Iron Maiden at Artefact Fest in France.
Early 2002 Kaos departed from the band and was replaced by Makro. With the new line-up, the band played a couple of shows before the Summer Breeze Open Air which became the core of Samael's first DVD Black Trip. In the meantime, Vorph and Xy worked on an electronic project which was released in 2006 under the name Era One. In January 2003 Samael was back on the road with Cathedral and Without Face for the Redemption Tour, the tour then went to the US with Strapping Young Lad and Cathedral as supporting acts.
Reign of Light and Solar Soul, 2004–2008
Reign of Light was recorded and mixed during the summer 2004, first single "Telephath" came with a video and was released in September, the album was out in October. The band toured Europe with support acts Flowing Tears for the first part of the tour and Dagoba for the Scandinavian dates. Samael later supported Oomph! in Germany. The next year, the single "On Earth" which featured a cover of "I Feel you" from Depeche Mode was released. The band played summer festivals in Europe and Switzerland. In Paleo Festival in Nyon (Switzerland) they played before Rammstein, four songs of that performance ended up on a bonus DVD for a special edition of Reign of Light. In Paris, the band received an award from Hard Rock magazine for best industrial album. After a European tour with Obituary the band finished recording their following album.
In March 2007 Samael opened for Iggy Pop in Montana (Switzerland) where they played two new songs for the first time: "On the Rise", and "Slavocracy". Solar Soul was mixed in Sweden by Stefan Glaumann and was released on 1 June through Nuclear Blast worldwide. In July they played with Nine Inch Nails at Rock Oz'Arenes. In March 2008 they were back on the road with Gothminister and Sybreed. During the summer Vorph and Xy went to Sweden to mix with Frederic Nordström a side project that was recorded a long time ago. In September they returned to the US with Amorphis and Virgin Black. After that tour, as the final mastering for the side project was done it was decided that it would become the next Samael album.
Watch “Dictate Of Transparency”HERE:
Above and Lux Mundi, 2009–2014
Recorded in 1999, mixed in 2008, Above was released on 6 March 2009. It was described by the band as a tribute to their metal roots and they listed some of their influences on the CD booklet: Kiss, AC/DC, Venom, Slayer, Iron Maiden, Metallica, Impaled Nazarene, Motörhead, Black Sabbath, Bathory. Faster and more extreme than anything Samael released previously, the album surprised the critics and fans alike but it sent the band on a 90 more dates tour. First in Europe with Deicide, Vader, Devian and The Amenta, then in the US with Carcass, Suicide Silence and Psycroptic, and finally all across Europe with Paradise Lost and Ghost Brigade.
Lux Mundi was co produced by Xy and Waldemar Sorychta, it was recorded in Switzerland and mixed in England by Russ Russel. First the band released a mini album Antigod which featured two live tracks, a remix and new version of the song "Into the Pentagram" from their first album Worship Him (1991). Samael toured in Europe with Finntroll and Rotting Christ in support of that mini album. A video was shot in Sweden by Patrick Ulaeus for the song "Luxferre" (Latin for "light carrier"). On 29 April 2011 Lux Mundi was released. The band later toured in Europe with Keep of Kalessin and Melechesh.
Xy was asked by the city of Sion (Switzerland) to compose a piece of music for a sound and light show to be played in two consecutive summers. Recorded in Prague with 100 classical musicians that piece of music was released on CD under the name Sedunum. In 2013, Samael played the album Passage in its entirety at Inferno Festival Switzerland and at Metal Hammer Paradise in Germany. Bass player and long time Samael member Mas left the band in November 2014, he was replaced by Drop (ex-Sybreed).
Return to the past, 2015–2017
20 years after it was first released, Samael celebrated their album Ceremony of Opposites (1994) by playing the entire album live over 40 times in festivals in Europe and US and with short tours in Canada, Russia and Poland. The fact that the album was performed with a drum machine instead of real drums like it was on the original recording created a polemic within the older fans of the band.
In May 2017 the member of Samael launched a side project W.A.R. (Worship and Ritual), in order to perform their first two, more primitive black metal albums, live. In this group, the original members adopted their old stage names (Vorphalack and Xytraguptor) and Xy returned to playing drums. The first W.A.R. concerts happened in Les Caves du Manoir in Martigny (Switzerland) were the band performed for two consecutive nights.
The new album Hegemony was released on 13 October 2017. Before hand the band released lyrics video for the songs "Angel of Wrath" and "Red Planet", and a video for "Black Supremacy". In early 2018, a video with live footage was released for Rite of Renewal.
Dictate Of Transparency track listing: Side A - Dictate of Transparency Side B - Against All Enemies
SAMAEL are: Vorph - Guitars, Vocals Xy - Keyboards and Programming Drop - Guitars Ales - Bass