After sixteen years, longtime Samael guitarist Marco “Mak” Rivao has decided to leave the group to do something different. The leave seems more heartfelt and definitely amicable as the band have accepted his decision. The group decided to recruit bassist Drop to play guitar while they will look for a new bass player.

Read Mak’s statement below:


As some of you might know I ve spent the last 16 years playing guitar for Samaël.

During those years I had the chance to meet lots of lovely people/fans, which in some cases turned into friendships, and so this statement goes to all of you.

I’ve always been a fan of Passage, Rebellion, Ceremony of opposites and when I received a phone call in 2002 from Samaël asking me if I’d like to join the band, it felt like an honour and also a chance to make a living out of music.

All together we’ve shared a great amount of good times and I d like to thank everyone of you for making these moments real.

Samaël is Vorph and Xy’s story and I’ve been mostly a live interpreter for their music, and I’d like to thank em too for offering me this opportunity.

Now it is time for me to do something different and so I am leaving Samaël.

Vorph, Xy, Drop and all of the outstanding crew members I’ve worked with during those years are like family to me and so it shall remain.

Thanks again to all of you for making these past years such an awesome journey with Samaēl!

Take care, Mk”

Samael shared the following:

Mak is leaving S A M A E L. The band regrets this, but accepts his decision and we wish him all the best for his future endeavors. From now on Drop will take over the guitar duties in S A M A E L and a new bass player will be announced shortly.”


Drop expressed his thoughts:

It is with a twinge of regret that I am telling you that my bro Marco Rivao is leaving Samael…

It was an honour for me to play with him for the past 3 years.

I fully understand and respect his decision and I know the future will be bright on his musical journey.

From now on I’ll leave my bass in order to take the lead guitar duties in Samael. The new bass player will be announced shortly.

Love you Mak !!”

[via Ghostcult]