Samael
Antigod


3.0
good

Review

by TerraIncognita USER (9 Reviews)
November 22nd, 2010 | 20 replies | 6,988 views


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The song "Antigod" kicks ass, but the rest is just filler.

1 of 1 thought this review was well written

Samael have definitely had a polarizing career. They began as a mid-paced black metal band that specialized in creating a rhythmic groove that the genre wasn’t really known for. They eventually found that they could enhance that groove by including industrial elements (most notably a drum machine). This actually lead to one of their most revered albums, Passage. Instead of just sticking to their unique style, though, they pushed further into the industrial genre; alienating a large amount of their fans in the process. In 2009 Samael surprised everybody by releasing the most aggressive album of their careers – an album that mixed the speed and atmosphere of black metal with the rhythmic pulse of industrial metal. This lead to the obvious question: Was Above a one-time deal or were Samael back in the metal genre for good? While Samael’s new EP, Antigod, can’t really answer that question definitively, it’s at least a good tentative “yes”.

The new song, “Antigod,” sounds like it could have been lifted directly from Passage. It is the kind of rhythmic, industrialized black metal that the band used to do so well. It features the pounding percussion, thick orchestral synths, and Vorph’s long-missed growl that made Passage so great. That song is followed up by the band’s second re-creation of the song “Into the Pentagram.” That song was originally found on the band’s debut and subsequently re-done on their Rebellion EP. This version of the song has been given the band’s industrial treatment – replacing the live drums of the first two versions with a drum machine and additional synths – and while it is great, it lacks the dark atmosphere of the Rebellion version. The EP is rounded out by two live tracks, a remix, and an all-synth finale. The live tracks are both taken from the band’s industrial era, but they’re much more powerful live. The remix of “Antigod” isn’t terrible, but it’s not really great either. It lacks the power and heaviness of the original, and is actually a bit grating due to the thin drum sound and distorted vocals. The all-synth track, “Ten Thousand Years,” is completely boring and was probably better off never being placed on the album. The orchestral synths sound cheap and dated (think along the lines of Mortiis’ earliest stuff), and the track just doesn’t seem to go anywhere.

Antigod’s title track is a great surprise since it truly does provide the back-to-roots feel that we were initially promised with Above, but it’s not enough to make this EP necessary for the average fan. The band’s decision to re-record “Into the Pentagram” is a questionable one, despite the fact that it still turned out alright. The live tracks show that the band is still pretty kick-ass and heavy in a live situation, but the decision to end with an underwhelming synth track was probably not the greatest idea. Overall, whether you choose to listen to this EP or not, know that “Antigod” (the song) is a great return to the band’s roots and hopefully it is a sign of things to come, but the rest of the EP isn’t really worth the effort for all but the most committed of fans.



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Willie
Moderator
November 22nd 2010



15900 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Hopefully their signing to "Seasons of Mist" is a good hint of things to come. This EP seems to imply that it will be.

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
November 22nd 2010



5987 Comments


new Samael material, swell.....

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Willie
Moderator
November 22nd 2010



15900 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

It's nothing to get excited over, but it makes me excited for the new album.

MeatCurtains
November 22nd 2010



209 Comments


Any news on the when their newest one is coming out, Willie?

Willie
Moderator
November 22nd 2010



15900 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

No. They just barely signed with Seasons of Mist and released this EP. I'm sure it's not going to be long, though.

MeatCurtains
November 22nd 2010



209 Comments


Well, I hope it's better than Above, which was disappointing, to say the least.

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
November 22nd 2010



8321 Comments


They started writing material for the new LP even before this EP was released so I'm pretty sure it's gonna be in early 2011.

They eventually found that they could enhance that groove by including industrial elements
Lol, how do you "enhance the groove" by adding industrial elements? Otherwise, solid review.

Willie
Moderator
November 22nd 2010



15900 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I liked Above, it just wasn't the album they told us it was going to be. I like all of their music, though (Eternal was kind of a letdown).

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
November 22nd 2010



8321 Comments


Yeah I liked Above too so I'm gonna get the new one when it drops.

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
November 22nd 2010



5987 Comments


It's nothing to get excited over, but it makes me excited for the new album.

Yeah

Those days where EP's were used to declare a shift on a band's way of doing things has passed with no return..

Hawks
November 22nd 2010



35402 Comments


Nice review man. I was never really too interested in this band.

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Willie
Moderator
November 22nd 2010



15900 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

You might like their older stuff. Specifically, you might like Passage and Ceremony of Opposites.

Hawks
November 22nd 2010



35402 Comments


Yeah I've heard some stuff from their older albums and thought it was pretty good. I might end up listening to a full album sometime in the near future.

Spec
November 22nd 2010



27102 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Pretty boring TBH.

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Voivod
Staff Reviewer
November 22nd 2010



5987 Comments


Passage is classic.

Ceremony of Opposites is just great.

Willie
Moderator
November 22nd 2010



15900 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I'd have to agree ^^^

Hawks
November 22nd 2010



35402 Comments


Ugh god dammit I'm gonna download Passage right now since you guys have me interested now.

FatChickIrl
November 22nd 2010



4096 Comments


Above was win so im definetely getting this bitch

Willie
Moderator
November 23rd 2010



15900 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This isn't anything like Above. Actually, none of their albums are like Above.

Zion
December 25th 2010



812 Comments


But Willie, Above was a "return" to their "roots"... still chuckling about that announcement. "Antigod" isn't even really that interesting, though it is better than 90% of the shit they've been releasing over the years since Passage. I'm not expecting much out of the forthcoming LP.



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