Reign Of Light
8/10/2005 - Review by: Ken Pierce
Samael - Reign Of Light - 2005 - Nuclear Blast
The CD has a solid production and on second and third listens I felt that it also falls into the Gothic genre a little bit. It is unique enough to be able to be played in a club that caters to that kind of clientele and I truly think that they would enjoy it. There are times when the CD has a dark and brooding nature to it and that is often suitable to those types of Gothic environs. The packaging is also something that stands out as the jewel case has a foil embossed cover as a slipcase for over the plastic. It is nice looking. The interior booklet has lyrics for all of the tracks. I can safely recommend this to people who find music along the lines of Rammstein and perhaps even Theatre Of Tragedy enjoyable.
-- Ken Pierce 07.30.05
6/9/2005 - Review by: Troy Cole
Samael – Reign Of Light – Nuclear Blast 2005
After years of disputes with label Century Media and claims that they were not able to produce the music they wanted, Samael began trying to find another label. Finally after fulfilling the contract from Century Media, they signed with Nuclear Blast. Now they could produce the music they wanted, but the question remained after 6 years did anyone else want it?
The answer to the question is NO. Not one self respecting Samael fan should like this album. In fact to be honest if you want to remain a Samael fan DO NOT listen to this album. If you think Samael and Rammstein should be in the same league then this is the album for you. If you are fan of Blade movie soundtracks you will get a great enjoyment out of this. Either way if you are a fan of Samael all you can take away from this is a bitter taste of what is to come, farewell masters of evil.
‘Reign Of Light’ should have been the return we all wanted Samael to make but instead is comprised of more useless synth than ‘Eternal’. Every song that has promise is ruined by this element. Even with the addition of guitarist Makro this pales in comparison to any previous release due to the fact it is overpowered by industrial sounds. Besides synth, there are a lot of tribal rhythms and horrible backing vocals. If that is not enough lets examine some of the great song writing. ‘Moongate’ offers lines that stand out such as “How many nights will we spend together…” and “How many times will we go together…”. ‘High Above’ offers pleasing lines such as “Our bodies play their favorite game” and “I’m gonna take you higher baby…”. The most nerve racking part for me is in ‘On Earth’ Vorph begins “Before we could talk we were singing / Before we could run we were dancing” then starts naming off different places on earth. When he reaches Mexico he pronounces it meh-he-co, not only is he not from Mexico he sounds totally foolish saying it like he is.
It seems Vorph still has the vocal talent to pull off masterful works like ‘Ceremony Of Opposites’ but instead he opts for this upbeat techno synth pop dance metal crap. I don’t maybe I’m deep rooted in the past with this band but I think you get the point here. It would be easy to expect this to climb club charts. So grab your glow sticks, acid, and favorite same sex partner to dance the night away in a techno dream.
Congratulations Samael true Blasphemy in all it’s splendid glory!!
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