The Valaisan group, S A M A E L, are one of those Swiss acts who are not often featured in the press but still manage to enjoy a great international career – especially in the East. What’s more, they are in the process of catching up with other groups such as Celtic Frost in terms of legendary ‘hardcore’ Swiss bands.
Led by the Vorphalak brothers (guitar and vocals) and Xytraguptor (keyboards and drum machines) since 1988, S A M A E L have over the years gone from black metal to industrial. Today the band includes two new members from different groups that have already rocked the floor of many enthusiastic, gesticulating fans: Makro, guitarist with Sludge, whose slides are second to none, and more recently Drop, bassist with MXD.
In 2017 S A M A E L release their tenth studio album, Hegemony, whose latest single, Black Supremacy, describes their endorsement of the dark forces that pass through them, a track full of saturated guitars and a sustained electronic pulse. We find the group empowered by beautiful production and omnipresent industrial sounds. A record almost five years in the making, born of a new collaboration with Swedish producer Stefan Glaumann, known for his work with Rammstein.
Signed since January 2017 to the biggest extreme music label, Napalm Records, the group continue to impress their audience, including Laurence Vinclair, long-time fan and programmer at the Lausanne Docks venue, where they performed in early November: "It was a great concert, full of Valaisans. S A M A E L are still here thirty years on. I am impressed by the freshness of their motivation, for example, agreeing to go to the other side of the world, like Colombia, for a single date ». The band seem to have found the means of perpetuating their powerful formula, especially live, where they’ve managed to hold onto all the bombast we expect of them: a dark opera flirting with a wall of sound.
S A M A E L, Black Hegemony (Napalm Records)