Above (Samael album)

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Samael - Above.jpg
Studio album by Samael
Released 6 March 2009 (2009-03-06)[1]
Studio Little Rock Studio, Switzerland
Genre Black metal, industrial metal
Length 38:30
Label Nuclear Blast
Producer Xy
Samael chronology
Solar Soul
Lux Mundi
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[2]
Rock Hard 9/10[3]
Sputnikmusic 3.5/5 stars[4]

Above is the eighth studio album from the heavy metal band Samael, released on 6 March 2009 by Nuclear Blast.[1]


Earlier in 2009 the band began promoting a virtual death metal band from their Myspace profile. The band was called "Above" and featured computer-designed band members in a virtual world, whose lyrics and songs were written by Samael. Later through Myspace, the band announced that they would be taking their side-project Above and turning it into their newest Samael album.

Commenting on the album, Vorph said:

"After 20 years, we've tried to do an album that would represent what SAMAEL is all about and we did 'Solar Soul'. We feel now it is the right time to [remind] the people where we come from and that's exactly what 'Above' will do. 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; with 'Above' we stripped everything down."[5]

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Vorph; all music composed by Xy, except "Dark Side", music by Vorph.

No. Title Length
1. "Under One Flag" 3:41
2. "Virtual War" 4:04
3. "Polygames" 3:56
4. "Earth Country" 3:55
5. "Illumination" 3:31
6. "Black Hole" 3:36
7. "In There" 4:01
8. "Dark Side" 2:57
9. "God's Snake" 4:07
10. "On the Top of it All" 4:42
CD Digipak and LP bonus track
No. Title Length
11. "Black Hole (Verso Mix)" 3:34


The track "Dark Side" is a reworked version of "The Black Face" from the album Worship Him.



Technical personnel[edit]

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (2009) Peak position
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[6] 99


  1. ^ a b "Samael - Cover artwork and new track revealed". nuclearblast.de. Nuclear Blast. 5 January 2009. Retrieved 16 October 2016. 
  2. ^ Rivadavia, Eduardo. Samael: Above at AllMusic. Retrieved 20 December 2009.
  3. ^ Blum, Tobias (2009). "Samael: Above". Rock Hard (in German). Rock Hard Verlags- und Handels- GmbH (262). ISSN 1437-8140. Retrieved 16 October 2016. 
  4. ^ Spencer, Trey (9 March 2009). "Review: Samael - Above". Sputnikmusic.com. Retrieved 3 July 2011. 
  5. ^ "Samael: Above Side Project Changes to the New Album". Metal-Temple.com. December 1, 2008. Archived from the original on March 2, 2009. Retrieved August 16, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Longplay-Chartverfolgung at Musicline" (in German). Musicline.de. Phononet GmbH. Retrieved 16 October 2016.