SAMAEL “Solar Soul” /Ltd. Digipack CD/



The seventh full-length album by the legendary Swiss Symphonic/Electro Industrial/Black Metal band.
From crude Black Metal to finessed Industrial Electronics, Samael's long and not always smooth career path has left many fans upset and stranded by the roadside - especially due to the erratic qualities of 1999's Electro Metal hangover "Eternal" and the radical Trip-Hop departures of 2004's otherwise impressive "Reign Of Light".
With their seventh longplay, 2007's "Solar Soul", the Swiss quartet appeared to be striving to achieve some kind of historical balance between all of these disparate styles. As a result, numbers like "Promised Land", "Valkyries' New Ride" and the title track see the band re-injecting some of the analog Metal elements of early-day efforts into its still thoroughly digital aesthetic, thus rendering those songs at once inventive and worthy of a good headbang.
"Solar Soul" features a wide range of Electronic Synth effects and keyboard melodies to conform to Black Metal. Add that, a lead and rhythm guitar, and, insert onomatopoeia, you have Metal with a contemporary vibe, at times showcasing a Pop-esque groove. The intention is not only to put the melody of our forefathers in practice, but to inject catchiness and harmony of vocals vis-a-vis leads.
Nuclear Blast GmbH, 2007 (NB 1898-0). Made in Germany. First press.


Tracklist:
1. Solar Soul 03:44
2. Promised Land 03:57
3. Slavocracy 03:30
4. Western Ground 04:06
5. On the Rise 03:51
6. Alliance 03:40
7. Suspended Time 03:44
8. Valkyries' New Ride 03:53
9. Ave! 04:15
10. Quasar Waves 03:36
11. Architect (Bonus Track) 03:52
12. Olympus 04:39
Total playing time: 46:47

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