SAMAEL: First 'Lux Mundi' Studio Webisode Released

The first in a series of webisodes featuring behind-the-scenes footage from the making of "Lux Mundi" (which translates as "Light of the World"), the new album from Swiss industrial black metallers SAMAEL, can be viewed below. Due in April via Nuclear Blast Records, the CD will contain 12 new original tracks, including "Antigod", "Soul Invinctus", "Pagan Trance", "The Truth Is Marching On", "Of War" and "The Shadow Of The Sword". The album cover artwork was created by SLUDGE drummer Patrick Pidoux, who previously worked with SAMAEL on 2007's "Solar Soul" and 2009's "Above".

Commented SAMAEL guitarist/vocalist Vorph: "For the cover artwork of 'Lux Mundi' I envisioned a series of rays starting or ending at the centre of the cover. I wasn't even thinking about any kind of motives, just black on black using a matte and shining black to make the rays apparent. I spoke about that with Patrick Pidoux, who did the artwork of 'Solar Soul' and 'Above' and he came out with that idea upon which we immediately all agree."

Added Pidoux: "I drww a very graphic version of an eye which represents sight, the first human sense able to capture light."

"Lux Mundi", which took almost three years to be completed, was recorded last summer after the band spent a few days in pre-production in Germany with with longtime collaborator Waldemar Sorychta (MOONSPELL, LACUNA COIL, TIAMAT, GRIP INC.). The actual recordings took place in two different locations in Switzerland and the mix was handled by extreme metal specialist Russ Russell in Kettering, England.

Released on November 19, 2010, "Antigod" shows the new album's direction and gives a taste of what's to come. Lyrically, the song is a firm stand against any kind of religion.

"Soul Invictus" (roughly translates in English as Invincible Soul) is a word play with the Sol Invictus used by the Romans. They were seeing the sun (sol) as an eternal and glorious form of life and they revered it as such. SAMAEL drew a parallel with the sun and the soul on a few occasions in the past ("As The Sun", "Solar Soul") The song was played during the latest European tour and it soon turned out to be one of the highlights of the set, becoming a crowd anthem on the spot.

SAMAEL's last full-length CD, "Above" (2009), entered the German Media Control chart at position No. 99.

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