This is a review of another recording from Switzerland's Samael which also showed the beginnings of their industrial black metal and the album was originally released in 1996 and called "Passage" which was re-issued in 2021 by MDD Records.
A very dark yet heavy sound starts off the album along with some keyboards a few seconds later which also gives the music more of an atmospheric feeling. All of the musical instruments on the recording also has a very powerful sound to them along with some spoken word parts also being utilized at times.
Vocals are in between black metal screams and growls while the music also has its symphonic moments. All of the drum beats are also programmed along with the riffs also adding in a decent amount of melody along with some elements of doom metal also being added into the slower sections of the songs.
Touches of industrial can also be heard quite a bit throughout the recording along with one track also adding in some tribal style beats which also gives the music more of an shamanistic mixture as well as all of the songs also sticking to either a slow or mid tempo direction and when clean vocals are utilized they also add in some influences of goth metal. The production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover Occultism, Spirituality, Philosophical and Scientific themes.
In my opinion this was another great sounding recording from Samael and if you are a fan of this band, you should check out this re-issue. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Rain" "Jupiterian Vibe" "Moonskin" and "Born Under Satrn". 8/7 out of 10.