Worship Him

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Worship Him
Cover of Samael's first album, "Worship Him".png
Studio album by Samael
Released April 1, 1991
Recorded Taurus Studio, Switzerland, March 1990
Genre Black metal
Length 41:15
Label Osmose Productions
Producer Claude Lander, Samael
Samael chronology
Medieval Prophecy
Worship Him
Blood Ritual
Blood Ritual & Worship Him reissue
Century Media's 2001 double album reissue of Blood Ritual and Worship Him
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 2.5/5 stars[1]
Rock Hard 8/10 stars[2]

Worship Him is the first full LP from the Swiss heavy metal band Samael. Released in 1991, it was the first-ever release from Osmose Productions, an independent French metal label. Worship Him is considered a milestone in the development of second wave black metal.

Background and recording[edit]

Released on April 1, 1991, Worship Him was the first full length album released by the newly formed Osmose Productions.[3] Vorphalack, Samael's guitarist and singer, described the experience of recording the album with Claude Lander:

Musical style and influences[edit]

Samael's initial influences were Slayer, Bathory, Venom and early Possessed, plus NWOBHM acts Motörhead and Iron Maiden.[4] Hellhammer were also hugely inspirational.[5] Vorphalack claims that when he heard Apocalyptic Raids he thought:


Terrorizer magazine's first "Black Metal Special" issue recognized Samael as one of the early second wave of black metal bands that were "highly respected, influential and, most importantly, had their own unique sound."[7] Worship Him had a significant impact on the early Norwegian black metal scene. Euronymous of Mayhem was a big supporter of the band. Although he never offered Samael a deal with Deathlike Silence Productions label, Euronymous regretted not releasing Worship Him, which he deemed an outstanding record.[8] Another key figure in the early Norwegian black metal scene, Fenriz of Darkthrone fame, deemed Worship Him as a classic black metal album. The musician included the song "Into the Pentagram" as part of his own The Best of Old-School Black Metal compilation. Fenriz stated in the CD booklet the said song is "Samael's answer to Hellhammer's 'Triumph of Death'".[9] Of Samael's early sound, he said the following:

Decibel magazine inducted Worship Him to their "Hall of Fame" on their #118 issue.[10]

Track listing[edit]

  • All songs written by Vorphalack, except where noted.
  1. "Sleep of Death" – 3:45
  2. "Worship Him" – 6:30 (Xytraguptor, Vorphalack)
  3. "Knowledge of the Ancient Kingdom" – 5:06
  4. "Morbid Metal" – 4:56
  5. "Rite of Cthulhu" – 2:02
  6. "The Black Face" – 3:31
  7. "Into the Pentagram" – 6:47
  8. "Messenger of the Light" – 2:42
  9. "Last Benediction" – 1:23 (Xytraguptor)
  10. "The Dark" – 4:29


  • Vorphalack: Vocals, Guitars, Bass
  • Xytraguptor: Keyboards, Drums, Percussion


  • Arranged and produced by Samael
  • Recorded at Taurus Studio, Switzerland, March 1990
  • Recorded and mixed by Claude Lander


  • Fenriz. (2004). Fenriz presents... The best of old-school black metal. United Kingdom: Peaceville Records.
  • Patterson, Dayal. (2013). Black metal: evolution of the cult. Port Townsend: Feral House.
  • Strachan, Guy (2005). The boys from the black stuff: a brief history of black metal, part two: in the name of the lore. Terrorizer, 128: 37.


  1. ^ Worship Him at AllMusic
  2. ^ Rock Hard
  3. ^ a b Patterson (2013), page 80.
  4. ^ "SAMAEL Frontman: 'We Wanted To Do A More Stripped Down Metal Album'". Blabbermouth.net. 21 February 2009. Retrieved 2015-11-09.  External link in |publisher= (help)
  5. ^ a b Patterson (2013), page 77.
  6. ^ Patterson (2013), page 78.
  7. ^ Strachan (2005), pages 37.
  8. ^ "Interview with Euronymous taken from Bad Faust Mag". Panzer Division. Retrieved 2015-09-21.  External link in |publisher= (help)
  9. ^ Fenriz (2004), page 7.
  10. ^ "Samael - "Worship Him"". Decibel Magazine. 6 November 2014. Retrieved 2015-09-20.  External link in |publisher= (help)