Sonic Excess conducted an interview with frontman Vorph of Swiss extreme metallers SAMAEL on March 24, 2009 in Denver, Colorado. Watch the chat in two parts at this location."Above", the new album from SAMAEL, entered the German Media Control chart at position No. 99. Audio samples of all 10 tracks that appear on "Above", are available on Amazon.co.uk. In a recent interview with Beyond the Dark Horizon, Vorph stated about "Above", "It is like an enhanced version of our three or four first albums, maybe the missing link between 'Ceremony of Opposites' and "Passage". With the 'Era One' project we've tried to work on different influences, [and] with 'Above' we stripped everything down. It is a metal album through and through. . . 'Above' is a little bit of a tribute to our early years as a band and to our first influences. If you listen to our two last albums, you can tell our roots go beyond that but 'Above' is a good résumé of what pushed us to start playing music in the first place."