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Samael - Rebellion (8/10) - Switzerland - 1995

Genre: Black Metal
Label: Century Media
Playing time: 34:46
Band homepage: Samael


  1. Rebellion
  2. After The Sepulture (New Version)
  3. I Love The Dead
  4. Static Journey
  5. Into The Pentagram (New Version)
  6. Static Journey**
Samael - Rebellion
What we have here is an EP by SAMAEL, released just after "Ceremony Of Opposites". While at first listen, you may come to think that it was recorded during the same sessions, but this release was recorded a little over a year later. However, not a whole lot had changed. They have kept virtually the same sound from their previous effort. Vorph sounds the same, Xytras is still pounding away behind the drum kit, the guitars have the same tone and quality as before, and the keyboards are still ever present. So, suffice it to say, I think that if you liked "Ceremony Of Opposites", then you should like the one new song on this release.

"But Josh!" you all think, "There are six tracks up there! Are you blind?"

No, I'm not blind. Yes, there are six tracks, but only one new song. "Rebellion" is the lone new song here, and a good one at that. However, the rest of the disc is made up of little extras that may or may not please fans. First, we have a cover of an Alice Cooper-song, which is rather well done.

Second, we have two songs that were originally found on the first two albums, and have been re-recorded with current production and line-up. "Into The Pentagram" is very well done, and superior to the original, but "After The Sepulture" just doesn't have that oomph found on the original. Not a bad song, I just like the original better.

Finally, we have an instrumental track by the name of "Static Journey"…which contains no instruments that I can hear! Yep! Our first industrial SAMAEL-track! It's really quite good! Cold. Mechanical. It rather suits the band. However, some may be turned off by it, claiming its lack of Metal-qualities. I scoff at ye who do so, but I'm only one person. Listen for yourself to see if it's your cup of tea. And as a bonus, there is a…well…BONUS-track found on this disc. It consists of a bass guitar intro, accompanied by what sounds like an accordion, followed by several versions of "Static Journey" with some sort of vocals. Overall, a great EP, and I would recommend it to at least 8 or 9 people! :)

Joshua Drover

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