WOM Features – Samael / Visigoth / In Vain

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SAMAEL reveal live video from record release show in Lausanne Switzerland

SAMAEL resurrected black metal in the early 1990s with the landmark debut “Worship Him”, introduced symphonic black metal in 1994 with the classic “Ceremony of Opposites” and pioneered industrial metal with “Passage” in 1996. They released multiple critically acclaimed albums like “Reign Of Light”, “Solar Soul”, and “Above” during the Millennial years, ended with “Lux Mundi” in 2011. After a break of six years, SAMAEL came back with a big bang, only to prove they are still way too relevant nowadays to be called “just another band from the past”. Their latest output “Hegemony” was released on October 13, 2017 and hit the charts all over Europe!

This past Fall the band played a couple of select shows around the release of their new album, one of them in the picturesque town of Lausanne in their home country Switzerland, surrounded by die-hard-fans, family, and friends! They captured that very special night with a live performance video of one of their newest songs “Rite of Renewal”!

SAMAEL about the video:
“This is the first song from «Hegemony» that we presented live and it became an instant classic. The video was shot in «Les Docks» in Lausanne during the first show that followed the release of «Hegemony», it was latter edited by Sergey Ulyanov who previously worked on other visuals for us. The song itself is a mid/up tempo track that shows a more technical side of our music. The dynamic is kept by altering fast and dense parts with open and heavy ones until the grand final with super heavy riffs and apocalyptic keyboard parts. What better title for a song than «Rite of Renewal» to start a new year? 2018 here we go!”

Watch SAMAEL perform “Rite of Renewal” live in Lausanne’s Les Docks below:

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VISIGOTH launches new single, ‘Outlive Them All’, online

On February 9th, Salt Lake City’s traditional metal champions VISIGOTH will release their sophomore album, ‘Conqueror’s Oath‘, via Metal Blade Records. For a preview of ‘Conqueror’s Oath‘, the new single ‘Outlive Them All’ can be watched below:


In Vain is pleased to release their new music video for the track ‘Soul Adventurer’, featuring special guest Matthew Kiichi Heafy from Trivium and In Vain’s guest drummer Baard Kolstad from Leprous and Rendezvous Point.

Matthew has made a video with his thoughts on the process behind the collaboration and says: “In Vain is one of my favorite modern bands in Metal. To be able to do vocals on their latest video single ‘Soul Adventurer’ was an honor. Be on the lookout on January 26th for their upcoming record Currents.”

Video director Troll Toftenes shares his thoughts on the creative process:
“In Vain’s powerful anthem Soul Adventurer takes the listener on a journey through inner spaces of abstract time and focused thought. Imagine an epic mental adventure confined by the strains of physical coma, a place of vast exploration while at the same time standing completely still. I pictured this paradoxical state of mind a deep dark place where gloomy shadows were constantly being bombarded with blindingly bright bursts of light, like flashes of intense neural activity jolting through a hibernating brain. Images of distant memories are flowing through and mixing up with present sensory input, creating a confusing yet coherent mesh of visual context. We wanted to showcase the striking performing presence of the band, so we placed them in the middle of this subconscious rollercoaster ride, creating all the visual effects on location and in camera, to further enhance the sensation of an altered reality and an abstract state of mind.”




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