Reign Of Light Review

artist: Samael date: 01/21/2008 category: compact discs
Samael: Reign Of Light
Release Date: Feb 8, 2005
Label: Nuclear Blast America
Genres: Goth Metal, Industrial Metal, Symphonic Black Metal
Number Of Tracks: 12
Reign of Light may still not be what aficionados of Ceremony of Opposites, or even Passage-era Samael, would wish to hear, but there's also no way to accuse the band of selling out given its return to more metallic fare.
 Sound: 9
 Lyrics: 9
 Overall Impression: 9
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overall: 9
Reign Of Light Reviewed by: Skullshrinker, on january 21, 2008
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Sound: Samael's Eternal album was released in 1999. Five years after, in 2004, Reign Of Light was released. This album is the beginning of a new era for Samael. Let's begin with the sound: it's very modern, a bit electronic, and Vorph's and Makro's (Samael's new guitarist) guitars are powerful. But the real surprise is in the music itself. On this album, we can hear a mix of electronic/industrial metal and oriental music. So on "Moongate" or "Inch'Allah", for example, we hear oriental intruments. But Reign Of Light remains a metal album, and some songs are quite hard ("Reign Of Light", "As The Sun"). // 9

Lyrics: On Reign Of Light, Vorph's vocals are more natural than on Eternal. He also sings in several ways, from a metal voice ("Reign Of Light") to a voice which sounds a bit rap ("As The Sun"). Some of songs are about destiny or spirituality ("Moongate", "High Above"), others on different topics: religion ("Inch'Allah"), trip ("On Earth"). Vorph doesn't sing like on Samael's early releases, now his vocals are more melodic, so is the music. // 9

Overall Impression: After five years of silence, Samael came back in 2004 with a very good album which is Reign Of Light. Maybe it's Samael's best release, but it sounds really good. To my mind, the most impressive songs on Reign Of Light are "On Earth", "Reign Of Light" and "As The Sun", but they all rule. Samael will release Solar Soul in 2007, which sounds like Reign Of Light, but is a bit less oriental-influenced. Finally, I think that Reign Of Light won't be enjoyed by Samael's early fans (I want to speak of those who prefer Worship Him or Blood Ritual); but those who don't know this band from Switzerland can easily enjoy this record. // 9

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