'Grebbeberg': a battle put into audio-hell by Sammath, extreme Metal becomes more epic
Sammath started out as a Black Metal band formed by Jan Kruitwagen by the end of 1993,
after Jan moved from Australia back to The Netherlands. Jan was very much inspired
by 80’s Thrash and Australian metal. The first demo 'Zwaardbroeders bij de Bergengte'
(Brothers of the Sword at the Mountain Pass) came out in 96 and lead to German Folter
Records signing Sammath. The first album 'Strijd' (Battle) was unleashed in 1999.
In 2001 Sammath developed into a live band, bassist Ruud Nillesen joined at this point. Since
then, five more albums have been released and many live shows were played.
Sammath signed to Hammerheart Records in 2013 and released the furious 'Godless
Arrogance' album. Soon after, in 2016, Wim van der Valk (Inquisitor, Centurian) joined
the band on drums and Sammath turned into the powerful three-piece war machine it is
today. All in the band started to play a larger role in arrangements of the music. After the
release of the second album on Hammerheart 'Across the Rhine is only Death' well
received live shows in Germany, Serbia, Romania and Russia took place.
The upcoming 7th album, once again set in the horror of World War II, tells the story of
Kruitwagens great-uncle who perished in the forgotten battle of the 'Grebbeberg' in 1940.
A fitting title for an album showing Sammath at its peak. 30 years of experience in
songwriting comes together in a perfect storm. Like a war hammer to the head,
is Black Metal which beats you into submission. It simultaneously provides the soundtrack to
battle preparation and the triumph of victory in battle, all in a very ugly way. No matter
how grand and unforgettably poetic folkloric depictions of Hell are, there is little prose
aimed at the Underworld anywhere near as horrifying as the theater of war among men. No
excuses, no reamping, no recording drums or guitars in segments. Blood, sweat and
breathing extreme metal. 'Grebbeberg' sees the band perfect the style they were
on their previous two albums. A dynamic, tremelo filled glorious return to 90s Black Metal
with a great strong production.