Ceremony of Opposites

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Ceremony of Opposites
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Studio album by Samael
Released February 18, 1994
Recorded January 1994
Genre Black metal
Length 35:58
Label Century Media
Producer Waldemar Sorychta
Samael chronology
Blood Ritual
(1992)
Ceremony of Opposites
(1994)
Rebellion
(1995)

Ceremony of Opposites is the third album by Swiss extreme metal band Samael.

This is their second release with Century Media Records after leaving French label Osmose Productions. Although the band's subject matter was similar to previous releases (references to Aleister Crowley, Satanism and blasphemy), it also showed their first signs of interest in industrial music, a direction that they would take on future albums.

It was produced by Waldemar Sorychta, who also worked on recordings by Lacuna Coil, Tiamat, Moonspell and others.

In 2005, the album was re-issued with their 1995 Rebellion EP.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Rock Hard (de) 9/10[2]

In 2005, Ceremony of Opposites was ranked number 284 in Rock Hard magazine's book of The 500 Greatest Rock & Metal Albums of All Time.[3]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks by Vorph and Xy.

  1. "Black Trip" - 3:19
  2. "Celebration of the Fourth" - 2:53
  3. "Son of Earth" - 3:58
  4. "'Till We Meet Again" - 4:11
  5. "Mask of the Red Death" - 3:04
  6. "Baphomet's Throne" - 3:30
  7. "Flagellation" - 3:41
  8. "Crown" - 4:06
  9. "To Our Martyrs" - 2:37
  10. "Ceremony of Opposites" - 4:39

Personnel[edit]

  • Vorph – Guitar, vocals, arranger
  • Masmiseim – Bass
  • Xy – Drums, arranger
  • Rodolphe H. – Keyboards, samplers
  • Carsten Otterbach – Artwork
  • Mussorgsky/Ravel – Sampling
  • Waldemar Sorychta – Producer, engineer, mixing
  • Siggi Bemm – Assistant engineer

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ceremony of Opposites at AllMusic. Review by Eduardo Rivadavia. Retrieved August 16, 2012.
  2. ^ Wendel, Kai. "Rock Hard review". issue 82. Retrieved 1 June 2013. 
  3. ^ [...], Rock Hard (Hrsg.). [Red.: Michael Rensen. Mitarb.: Götz Kühnemund] (2005). Best of Rock & Metal die 500 stärksten Scheiben aller Zeiten. Königswinter: Heel. p. 99. ISBN 3-89880-517-4.