Samael Interview

Salut Vorph. and Samael,how do you do nowadays?I hope everything is okay over there!

Nice from you to enquire about us , we’re doing great!


Lets take a fast start with the responses for your latest album “Reign of Light”?Do you content with the reviews so far?And the most important of all;what is your very own review for this new Samael album?

Reviews have been great and more important the people reaction to “Reign Of Light” is overwhelming. I’m not gonna review the album myself, we record something we’re proud of and that’s the most important thing, the rest is bonus…


Is Reign Of Light a concept album or not?

We never did concept album, at least not consciously. If I look back to “Ceremony Of Opposites” for example it might feels today as a concept album as all the songs are tied together and compliment one another. That could also be the case with “Reign Of Light” but I’ll need more time and distance to have a clear view on that.


Samael’s history is not that “monoton” actually,Talking about the bandhistory of  SAMAEL would totally blow up the frames of these pages, but it would interest me what kept  SAMAEL so original over all these years. Is it the will to create something “above everything” or was it more a natural and non-controllable development?

Our personal quests and desire of fulfillment are the roots and fuel of SAMAEL. Every album we record is the end and beginning of something. It took us some time to get to the point where we could release our first CD, and that was already an achievement. From there we’ve developed and re-arranged things to make it as much reflective of our life as possible. We can travel in time just by listening to our previous albums.


Most of the fans hated you,despised you because of the change in your style,but you were always standing strong with the works you offer.So,What are your impressions when you look back in the old days of SAMAEL? Are there things you would better make undone today, or are you proud of everything you have done so far?

There are changes which took time to be accepted. When we switched from live drums to drums machine for example, some people didn’t want us to go that way. Ten years after we actually meet a lot of people who admitted they went back to their previous position and enjoy now our approach of music. I’m sure “Reign Of Light” has what it takes to make our ancient supporters and new ones agreed on the pertinence of our choices. As for my feeling toward our evolution, I have no remorse and no regrets.


On the first three Samael albums, the occult and satanic philospohy played a very important role. It changed on your fourth album “Passage” where you gave the whole concept a more astronomical background. What was finally the reason for that? Have you been bored by this satanic image or was it only time for a change? Which importance have topics like satanism and occultism in general for you today? Do you still have something in common with these ideologies?

On the firsts recordings I was working in reaction of my surroundings, my purpose was to get away from what I considered to be the moral dictatorship of religion. It took me some time to understand that I didn’t have to fight against it, I could just move on and that’s pretty much what I did. I’m no longer looking for confrontation; our whole concept is way more balanced and more efficient in many ways.


A SAMAEL live playlist would be incomplete without classic songs like ‘Into The Pentagram’ or ‘Baphomet‘s Throne’. Can you imagine how many times you already played songs like these? Playing such songs again and again surely becomes boring after some time, but the audience would be disappointed if it couldn’t enjoy the atmosphere of such classics. Do you still have the same feeling as you had in past times when you play songs, for example, from the “Worship Him” era?And when we compare the old gigs with the new ones,which seems more “lively” and exciting?For you has the audience changed in terms energy etc?

We haven’t play “Baphomet’s Throne” for many years and finally brought it back to our set ‘cause we felt like doing so. To me there is as much if not more atmosphere in our newest songs than in the oldest ones. Energy is and stays the main word to describe a good show and we’re well aware of that.


Related with the previous one; It is always the problem that some people come to the show and only want to hear that one song which they like for 10 years. Do you take this into consideration on festivals or headlining shows when you have enough time?

We do have our favorite songs as well even though they change from time to time. First we have to feel comfortable and excited about our set list then we hope our choices will match the ones of the people.


And new recordings? Are you already thinking or working on new material?

We’re currently working on new material. We have a couple of songs ready but we will probably re-work them early next year.


If you’d be convicted to death which kind of it will you choose: death by hanging, electric chair or maybe death by poisoning with some Zyklon?

I’m lucky enough to live in a country where death penalty is obsolete so I won’t have to choose anything on that menu.


Do you read much? What books have you read recently? Do you have any favourite authors?On the other hand,to what extend you ar etaking inspirations from the books you read?(While composing lyrics etc)

I just finished “La possibilité d’une île” from Michel Houellebecq and I’m currently reading “Of Man” from Hobbes. Literature is a good friend of mine, it certainly have an impact of my way of thinking and therefore on the things that I write. Some of my favorite novelists are Matin Amis, Paul Auster, Henry Miller…


What is the name of the band that you hate most?Most of the people are eager to utter their fave bands yet i want to learn the band you hate most?Can you give an honest answer to this question?

To be honest there’s no band that I hate. I tend to listen only to music that I like. I used to think WASP sucked ‘cause they where only KISS wannabes to my point of view, but I never went that far as to hate them.


A last weird question, a question on a personal note. Do you have any pets?If yes,which breed you like most?8if it is a dog,that is)

Well ,sorry but I have no pets.


I think that`s all what I wanted to know for now. Finish this interview quoting the words of a man you admire the most, please!

“Where there is love, there’s no constraint”

(Albert Einstein)


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