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5th March 2017

jools green
Jools Green


Gnosis is the fourth album from Belgian Epic Black Metal band Saille, another concept album like two of its predecessors, 'Ritu' and 'Eldrich', but this time "exploring the world of the Promethean ideal and its Luciferian counterpart".

Saille have seen a line-up change since 'Eldrich' with band founder and keyboard player Dries Gaerdelen stepping back to a more managerial position, handling bookings etc, thus reducing the line-up to a five-piece. There is also a noticeable sound difference between 2014s 'Eldrich' and this latest release and it is unlikely this is totally a reflection on Dries' departure but more of a general direction progression on the part of the band.

It's darker, more honed and sharper with a consistent brutal intensity that I do like yet it still retains that epic symphonic edge. The haunting strings on 'Before The Crawling Chaos' are just sublime, but what I like the most are the vocals, harsh throughout and well delivered, just balanced with a few chorals.


As much as 'Eldrich' was a great album, it could be classed as a bit too flowery in places but here on 'Gnosis' all of those aspects have been addressed and the result is a much more brutal onslaught, guaranteed to stimulate the senses of the most demanding listener. It's a superb listen.

Saille guitarist Reinier Schenk told us:

"This album explores a multitude of historical, mythological and fictional sources that tell us about the strife for knowledge and its potentially devastating consequences. We also visit several creation myths and scratch the surface of Aleister Crowley's Thelema.

"The concept was born during research into Russian composer Alexander Scriabin and his works. His 'Prometheus: The Poem Of Fire' didn't serve as a direct source for the lyrics, but it lit the fire that made us venture into above topics."

Benei ha'Elohim
Pandaemonium Gathers
Genesis 11;1-9
Before The Crawling Chaos
Thou, My Maker
Magnum Opus
1904 Era Vulgaris

'Gnosis was mixed and mastered at Hertz Studio in Bialystok, Poland by the Wieslawscy brothers (Behemoth, Decapitated, Vader). The Belgian artist Jean-Philippe Sonnet of Threadbare Artwork was commissioned for the complete design and artwork and the album is out now on code666.




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