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  • Audio CD (February 12, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Deluxe Edition, Original recording reissued
  • Label: Century Media
  • ASIN: B0011WMHXE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #333,933 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Rain
2. Shinning Kingdom
3. Angel's Decay
4. My Saviour
5. Jupiterian Vibe
6. The One Who Came Before
7. Liquid Soul Dimension
8. Moonskin
9. Born Under Saturn
10. Chosen Race
11. A Man in Your Head
12. Exodus
13. Tribes of Cain
14. Son of Earth
15. Winter Solstice
16. Ceremony of Opposites
17. From Malkuth to Kether

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They truly can make black metal an exciting thing.
Viktar Kanasevich
The songs are all well written and interesting and two have very nice piano playing in the background the whole time.
B. Frey
Its is incredible to see how Samael manipulates different styles of music.
Igor Alekseev

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A. Tamez Elizondo on April 8, 2001
Format: Audio CD
This CD was the last cry from what Samael used to be. Now, with their raw combination of techno and metal, one is left with basically nothing of what this band once was. (There might be people who like new Samael, though) Even here we can see a few traces of the metamorphosis Samael was about to go through; but fortunately for some of us, it was left minimal.
This CD shows the classic standards Samael is so well known; the epic sound of keyboards and guitars, misanthropic lyrics, etc. But there is a stronger line of it all in here. My only complain is the song Jupiterian Vibe, the middle segment should not have been there.
To be sincere with you, I bought this CD solely for Xytras' bonus CD of neo-classical interpretations of the songs from the first CD, and I most say: Wow! Xytras is a fantastic neo-classical player and that piano sounds epic and haunting at best, I actually find myself listening to it more that to Samael's "Passage" CD instead!
A good departure of old Samael.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Viktar Kanasevich on April 4, 2004
Format: Audio CD
I always have been interested in Samael's music and the impressive Ceremony Of Opposites has got me more and more into them. and then i've got this album. They truly can make black metal an exciting thing. They mix awesome orchestration, beautiful melodies, great musicianship and brutal black metal all in one. this is one of the greatest black metal albums out there.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By TomC8481 on May 5, 2005
Format: Audio CD
This has to be one of the best albums I have ever heard. This album has Samael shifting from the mid-paced black metal of their youth to a slightly more electronic and definitely more mature sound. While Ceremony of Opposites had a kind of digital-hard edge to the guitars, on Passage, the band has a totally organic sound, everything is how it should be and you could never imagine it without any of the layers.

The guitars are mixed right up front along with the keyboards to create a sound not heard on any other contemporary metal bands, black or otherwise. The intensity of the guitars, drum machine and keyboards, along with Vorphalack's vocals, are very well produced, and only rival Strapping Young Lad's City album in my book. The texture of the keyboards goes from melodic to ferocious, with subtle electronica hints here and there throughout the album, but not enough to draw any conclusions from.

The lyrics have shifted from the juvenile fascination with satanism in their early releases, to more of an open-ended exploration of society, religion and self. A song like Moonskin would have never been seen in the days of Blood Ritual or Ceremony of Opposites, but does not seem at all out of place on this album.

To those who enjoyed the earlier releases from this amazing band, this album will not disappoint, and in fact might be the highlight of the band's career. Those looking for a more electronica-based approach might be disappointed by the metal nature of this record, but shame on them for not supporting Samael from the beginning!

To me, Passage, along with the Exodus EP, are the most significant releases from this band, and some of the only to truly epitomize the black metal "keyboards+metal" sound to it's full extent.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By flaviolius on January 12, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Metal, so to speak, is not my usual music of choice -- I'm an industrial fan through and through. I'd never even heard of Samael until a coworker brought it in and blasted it in the stockroom during lunch. I went and bought "Eternal" the next day, thought it was OK....then I found "Passage." Good Lord! sums up what I have to say. Samael finds new ways to define the word "intense." From the wall of guitar noise to Vorph's gutteral, almost inhuman shouts (much like the electronically distorted vocals of industrial I know and love) to the smashing percussion and scattered electronics...talk about being hit with a sonic sledgehammer. These guys are as vicious as it gets, and at the same time, Passage is a meticulously crafted piece of metal art. The guitars and synths fit together in a seamless way I've not heard previously, making each song a finely tuned engine of force. As for the lyrics....I've never heard lyrics that inspire such a feeling of otherworldliness (especially "Rain", "Jupiterian Vibe", and "The Ones Who Came Before"), much like the effect of reading Lovecraft. One gets a sense that Samael has indeed stepped beyond the threshold of this world and brought back knowledge the rest of us can only dream of. Another favorite of mine is the eerie, almost faerie-tale-like "Moonskin". Other reviewers have noted the bonus Xytras CD, and it is phenomenal -- it's what Claus Larsen (aka Leaether Strip) wanted to do when he recorded Serenade for the Dead (and, in my opinion, failed). Talk about Danse Macabre....Xytras is Mozart's Evil Twin. Korn, Fear Factory, Rammstein... these bands are anemic in comparison to the aural assault and other-dimensional lyrics of Samael.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Infragalaxia on February 19, 2001
Format: Audio CD
By many, Passage is considered Samael's pinnacle of success. First of all, the line-up had undergone some changes. Rodolphe decided to leave the band, and Xy took over on keyboards. This leaving the band without a drummer, they decided to experiment with a drum computer instead of a live drummer. Kaos was also added on guitars to make it easier to play the two guitar parts on albums, and especially live. Xy programming all the intricate drums and the keyboards which almost take a primary role on this album, shows his immense musical talent. Samael also completely abandoned their earlier black metal themes. A very industrial and almost techno-sounding album, Passage revealed a completely new genre in metal, which cannot be described as anything else than just Samael'. With heavy, wicked riffs blending seamlessly with the multi-layered keyboards and ambient, this album is a true classic. Vorph's voice also changed, still containing the mighty and rasp sound of earlier work, but expressing more feeling and softness. The tracks are also very varied, with the sad, eautiful piano melodies of Angel's Decay and Moonskin, to the fast and powerful riffs of Rain and Jupiterian Vibe, to the new-age ambient feel of Liquid Soul Dimension; this album has it all. A true landmark of metal music. [...]
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