SAMAEL Splits With Bassist; Announces Replacement

Tuesday, 24th February 2015

Venerable Swiss industrial metal troupe SAMAEL have parted ways with bassist Christophe “Mas” Mermod and have replaced him with Thomas “Drop” Betrisey (ex-SYBREED).

Says SAMAEL in a statement: “The ever-growing success of Mas’ lightshow company and his numerous jobs as light engineer has led to the hard decision to take different paths.

“We’re excited to announce the recruiting of Drop as our new bass player. Drop has already played a few shows with SAMAEL as a fill-out musician last year and now we’re happy to welcome him as a permanent member of the band. Over the past decade, Mas has been responsible for the light show of numerous bands, including CARCASS, ARCH ENEMY, AMON AMARTH, DIMMU BORGIR, IN FLAMES…We wish Mas lots of success and satisfaction in the years to come and thank him for all the great time we spent together!”

SAMAEL’s latest album, Lux Mundi (English-language translation: “Light Of The World”), was released in April 2011 via Nuclear Blast Records.