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 eighties 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 label 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 played. Sammath signed to current label 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 seventh album, once again set in the horror of World War II, tells the story of Kruitwagen’s great-uncle who perished in the forgotten battle of the Grebbeberg in 1940. A fitting title for an album showing Sammath at its peak. Thirty years of experience in songwriting comes together in a perfect storm. Like a war hammer to the head, Grebbeberg 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 championing on their previous two albums. A dynamic, tremelo filled glorious return to nineties-styled black metal with a great, strong production.

Grebbeburg will be released on June 23rd.