||After a long wait from a 1996 release, Samael
comes back with an inferior album to any of their previous ones. Samael
"Eternal" the latest release for the band has left me with
a sour taste in my mouth. Once a premier death metal band has now
changed into an industrial band, with a lack of music quality and
lack of direction. Their last full length album, "Passage"
hinted at a change, but their 1998 release of an EP "Exodus"
showed a definite change in their future, a change which I consider
an improper one. Many bands have changed their sound, some improving
majorly. But, Samael, is on the opposite side of that. There is not
much of this album, if any, that is reminiscent of their works from
the early 90's. A rating of 73, might sound high, but its their past
that connects to their future. There are 12 songs from this Century
Media release, that will hit the stores on September, 14th. "Year
Zero" was the only song that caught my attention on this CD,
a song that has some qualities of their past. The song "Being"
was the point of the album which took me to the extreme; to not like
this album. The album name "Eternal" does not fit the CD.
Nothing is eternal on this album, and I hope this sound does not last
eternally, or they will loose many of their fans. Those people that
are big Samael fans may enjoy this album, and may want to catch them
on their current tour with black metal giants Dimmu Borgir. You can
be sure to hear some old stuff from Samael, and you can be assured
of a great show from Dimmu Borgir.