Samael – Luxferre

A couple of years ago a friend-of-a-friend, a photographer, sent me a handful of promo CDs. He’d picked them up on various photo assignments and thought that I might like to hear them. In many cases he already had the albums.

If you’ve never seen a promo CD, they are very much like the finished article except that the artwork is cut down to a cardboard sleeve and the songs are split up across 99 tracks.

That makes it very difficult to rip them to MP3. Not impossible, but it certainly makes you think twice: do you really want to spend the next three days splicing together 99 tracks to reconstruct the original 11 tracks?

I thought not.

I didn’t want to do it either so I bought three of the albums, and passed a few of the others on to someone else. I bought:

In the Talmud, a record of rabbinic discussions about ethics, law, philosophy, customs and history dating from between 200 and 500 CE, Samael was an important archangel, an accuser, seducer and destroyer. In Jewish lore seemingly one of his most important roles was that of angel of death. Importantly, however, he remained one of the Lord’s angels despite his penchant for wanting men to do evil.

Samael is also the name of a Swiss metal band, formed in 1987 in Sion, variously labelled as industrial metal, (second wave of) black metal, industrial black metal, symphonic metal, and electronic. And I rather like their variety of syncopated back beats and over-driven keyboards!

The YouTube video above is the opening track from their new album Lux Mundi.