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"Samael" are a long-running Swiss dark metal band formed in 1987.

Although much of their music from the mid-1990s onwards has incorporated electronic sounds which would best define their genre as industrial metal, they are also notable as an early dark metal band and innovator for post-black metal styles.

Their first demos presented a slow, doomy style of thrash metal with raw vocals, similar to that of Celtic Frost. Some of the songs would be included on ''Worship Him'' (1990) and ''Blood Ritual'' (1992), which was assisted in distribution with the help of late guitarist Euronymous (Øystein Aarseth) of the Norwegian black metal band Mayhem.

Around the time of ''Ceremony of Opposites'' (1994), the band started using industrial-styled song techniques, employed by the use of keyboards and (minimalist) acoustic percussion. By this time, they had also left French record label Osmosis Records and signed with Century Media Records.

Their album ''Passage'' (1996) saw them gather a larger audience, notably thanks to the video for the song "Jupiterian Vibe" getting airplay on MTV's Headbanger's Ball.

After the release of ''Eternal'' (1999), Samael ...

years active 1987 - Present
country Switzerland
music genre Dark Metal (Heavily supported with electronic elements)
Thrash Metal Early works
current members Vorph(alack)
Makro (musician)
past members Rodolphe H
Pat Charvet
website Official Band Site
license: GNU FDL
source: Wikipedia