|Review: Samael - Worship Him|
Label: Osmose Productions
Year released: 1991
Genre: Black Metal
Review online: August 8, 2020
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Rated 4.33/5 (86.67%) (9 Votes)
I first heard of Samael some 20-odd years ago and by then they had already changed their style to... well, whatever electronic/industrial stuff they decided to play when they steered away from black metal. So, I never bothered with them. I've been reading old issues of Slayer Magazine and came across a review of their first demo tapes and also an interview, which prompted me to check out their debut.
This was 1991 and Worship Him sounds like the black metal of that time to some extent. It's raw and kind of minimalistic, but not like one of those bands that sounded like they recorded their music in the bathroom. The album is rather slow paced, speeding up a little here and there but overall the guys kept it going slow and that gives the album a bit of a creepy vibe, especially with those croaky vocals that sound anything but approachable. Despite the aforementioned raw music, the band managed to sneak in some melody in there. Nothing pretty, quite the contrary, but this is just not some dudes chugging along and not knowing how to play. The occasional more traditional riffs are few and far between, but they do sound pretty cool and fit right in. Worship Him is different from a lot of black metal albums of the time despite sharing the same basic ingredients, so that was an interesting discovered even though I'm almost 30 years late. ;)
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