Samael is a heavy metal band formed in 1987 in Sion, Switzerland.
Although much of their music from the mid-1990s onwards has incorporated electronic sounds which would best define their genre as industrial metal, they are an early 2nd Wave black metal band and an innovator for post-black metal styles.
Samael released several demos, including an extremely rare demo titled Medieval Prophecy. Their first demos presented a slow, doomy style of thrash metal with raw vocals, similar to that of Celtic Frost. Some of the songs would be included on Worship Him (1991) and Blood Ritual (1992).
Around the time of Ceremony of Opposites (1994), the band started using industrial-styled song techniques, employed by the use of keyboards and (minimalist) acoustic percussion. By this time, they had also left French record label Osmose Productions and signed with Century Media Records.
Their album Passage (1996) saw them gather a larger audience, with the music video for the song "Jupiterian Vibe" ...