Album number 7, "Solar Soul," has taken
another energetic plunge into Industrial soundscapes. Samael's
ever-progression seemed to have taken off from “Passage” and
worked it's way outward from there. Once an obscure dark, black metal band
have basically become a dynamic dark metal quartet. Frontman Vorph still
resides mostly in death metal range on the vocals, but the remaining music
has an upbeat feel similar to bands like Rammstein, Paradise Lost and Crematory.
Where the rhythm section used to present almost all guitar with a separate
lead riffing overdub, now you have mostly electronic rhythms with lead riffing
overdub. A change, but not a bad one. Samael have filled the gaps nicely
from album to album it seems. Still dark, yet unmistakably upbeat. All 12
tracks behold nice melodies and grooves with some post-black metal referrals.
This would be a strong follow-up to the slightly lesser "Reign of Light"
album, a bit more comparable to "Passage", but as organic as "Ceremony
of Opposites". A brilliant album!
Reviewed By: Thomas Mitchell