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Following the stellar "Eldritch" album (reviewed here), Saille's follow-up release "Gnosis" is on the horizon for a spring release, and today we're premiering a new track from the impending full-length album.
Check out "Genesis 11:1-9," the fourth track cut off this nine song concept release, in the SoundCloud player below.
For those not familiar with the Bible, the chapter and verse segment in question deals with the tower of Babel, in which the biblical deity takes offense to the people of the world working together towards a common cause and building a structure that could reach heaven (presumably he's not happy about skyscrapers or space stations either, but as of yet hasn't shown up to confuse our languages and cast us far and wide for those offenses).
In addition to sporting a darker, more powerful sound, "Gnosis" sees some lineup shifting within the Belgian symphonic black metal group, which is now operating as a five piece. Saille frontman Dennie Grondelaers explains about the writing process and lyrics:
"With 'Gnosis' (Greek for 'knowledge') we venture into the world of the Promethean ideal and its Luciferian counterpart. This album explores a multitude of historical, mythological and fictional sources that tell us about the strife for knowledge and its (potentially devastating) consequences.
1. Benei ha'Elohim
2. Pandaemonium Gathers
4. Genesis 11:1-9
5. Before the Crawling Chaos
7. Thou, My Maker
8. Magnum Opus
9. 1904 Era Vulgaris More...
Belgian symphonic black metal act Saille announced the fourth studio effort will be entitled "Gnosis." The album's release date will be announced soon.
"Gnosis" contains 9 tracks of epic black metal. Song titles set to appear on the effort include "Benei ha'Elohim" (based on the Book of Enoch - Man mixes with fallen angels, who gift them with knowledge and children), "Pandaemonium Gathers" (inspired by Paradise Lost (Milton) - Satan convinces his fallen comrades to take revenge for being expelled out of heaven), and "1904 Era Vulgaris" (after The Book of the Law (Crowley) - A brief description of some of the basic concepts of Crowley's Thelema).
Comments guitarist Reinier Schenk: "Our previous cd 'Eldritch' was a good album, but we felt it had to be darker, we had to bring Saille to another level. The logo has been modified as a statement; the 'curls' were removed, both in style and music. The listener can expect a more defined Saille, with an own identity. The tracks are more compact and powerful, meanwhile referring to the feel of our 2nd CD 'Ritu,' but more intense and extreme this time."
The new album also depicts Saille as a five-piece for the first time. Founding member Dries Gaerdelen decided to leave the band to focus on the bookings. Drummer Kevin De Leener states: "The orchestral part will remain an important part of Saille, but there will be no keyboard player on stage anymore."
Concerning the recording of the drums for this album he says: "Well, it is definitely faster, which I think is awesome, and finally I am very satisfied with the natural sound of the drums on this record." More...
Belgian symphonic black metal group Saille just checked in with this update about a change in guitarist:
"Much to our regrets, our guitarist Jonathan is leaving Saille. Surely we're sad about this.... No spectacular story behind this, no fights or disagreements: After years of faithful service to Saille, Jonathan is longing to explore other horizons with his musical skills. Nothing more, nothing less and of course we will keep an eye on his future endeavours.
"As a logic result of our previous announcement, we have to introduce you to our new guitarist. We welcome Collin Boone in our midst, a young trooper with a history in Asatru and Herfst. We are thrilled to have this highly talented guy in the band and besides that, we found out he knows how to party, to make us laugh and to top it off, he likes a beer or two. He will share the stage with us for the first time at Summer Breeze!"
If you love symphonic black metal but haven't heard Saille yet, do yourself a favor and check out this criminally unknown band. The track "Carcosa" even made the heavy metal listening playlist for my sci-fi horror novella "Empty." More...
Metal and gaming scribe Ty Arthur (xFiruath of Metalunderground.com/GameSkinny) today unleashes his debut novel “Empty” via Mirror Matter Press.
Following a string of short story anthology appearances, this long-awaited standalone sci-fi / horror tome is now available at Amazon here.
Down-on-his-luck, stuck performing punishment duty in the lower levels of the Penrose, Junior Engineer 3rd Class Hansen wants nothing more than to see the wreckage of a newly discovered ship dating back to man's earliest deep space explorations. The engineer is about to get his wish, and in the process come face-to-face with a long-dormant horror waiting patiently for the perfect vessel. What he'll uncover in the darkness will threaten to consume him, body and soul.
Arthur had this to say about his inaugural solo work:
“While the themes of 'Empty' draw heavily from personal experiences, it should come as no surprise that extreme metal was a major inspiration for me, and there wasn't a single moment of writing when I didn't have the headphones on, exploring the outer reaches of space through music. Special thanks in particular are due to Augury, Ne Obliviscaris, and Stagnant Waters for the epic and discordant tracks that acted as a soundtrack to those writing sessions.
“Although on the surface 'Empty' is about horrible things discovered out in the depths of space, I think metal fans in particular will be able to identify with the main character and underlying story dealing with the isolation of being different and separated from the herd.
“In the same way the music propelled me forward and inspired my writing, I hope one day 'Empty' inspires a metal band to write a sci-fi album so it can all come full circle.”
The author's recommended listening playlist to go along with a reading of “Empty” consists of: More...
It's been awhile since we heard from Belgian epic black metal band Saille, and now the band has release a new music video for "Aklo," taken off the "Eldritch" album release late last year via Code666 Records (reviewed here).
The video was shot under the auspices of Sam Velghe and recorded last May. Velghe comments: "As always I try to visualise the atmosphere and feel of a certain song in my videos. A song like 'Aklo' wants to be recorded and edited in a basic, raw way without the use of tripods, sliders or steadycam. The song dynamics are reflected in the energetic movement of the band members and the backlight enhances the dark and emphasises the song.
"The additional slow motion parts contribute to the mystery of 'Aklo' and the story behind the lyrics. This video is all about performance, but in a different way than Saille is usually seen, with lightshow and bigger stages. This is pure, raw and dark, as the song, as it should be."
Upcoming Saille tour dates include:
9th Aug - Bloodstock Open Air (UK)
22nd Aug - Tattoofest (NL)
29th Aug - Headbangers Desaster Fest (AT)
5th Sep - Occultfest (NL)
12th Sep - Solarfall Fest (NL)
27th Mar - Dark Easter Metal Meeting (DE More...
With the release of new album "Eldritch" imminent (check out our review here), epic black metal outfit Saille just unleashed a brand new lyric video for "Eater Of Worlds."
Based on the classic horror novel "It" by author Stephen King, "Eater Of Worlds" is probably the most dynamic song on the forthcoming album.
"This song has a mix of aggression, melancholy and epicness," comments keyboardist Dries Gaerdelen. "Especially with the real recorded trumpets and strings. These really add to the quality of the song together with the rawest screams on any Saille album so far from Dennie Grondelaers. This one is a joy to play live and we're eager to bring it to the stages." More...
Belgian epic black metal outfit Saille is only a few weeks away from releasing brand new record, "Eldritch," which will hit the shelves on November 10th via Code666 Records. Be sure to check out our review of the symphonic black metal beast over here.
Over the last few weeks the band has been offering fans insight into the recording process via a series of studio videos. Check 'em all out below.
“‘Eldritch’ differs quite a bit from our two previous albums,” keyboardist Dries Gaerdelen begins. “We wanted the new songs to be more guitar oriented and more edgy, so we worked on the songs in a different way than we used to. Guitar players Reinier Schenk and Jonathan Vanderwal started writing the songs from a guitar perspective adding the keyboards and drums later on. On our two previous albums ‘Ritu’ and ‘Irreversible Decay’ the songs were created the other way around.” More...
Earlier this month Belgian epic black metal band Saille revealed details for a forthcoming record titled "Eldritch," which will be released on November 10th via Code666 Records. The band has since released a teaser video and offered some further insight into the album, discussing the writing, recording and artwork. Check it out below.
“‘Eldritch’ differs quite a bit from our two previous albums,” keyboardist Dries Gaerdelen begins. “We wanted the new songs to be more guitar oriented and more edgy, so we worked on the songs in a different way than we used to. Guitar players Reinier Schenk and Jonathan Vanderwal started writing the songs from a guitar perspective adding the keyboards and drums later on. On our two previous albums ‘Ritu’ and ‘Irreversible Decay’ the songs were created the other way around.
“Our new drummer Kevin De Leener had a big impact on the creation of this album, as his input from a drummers perspective was higher than we're used to. These factors, songs being based on drums and guitars, form a solid base for haunting melodic black metal songs.
“We started writing the new songs immediately after the release of our second album ‘Ritu’ (2013). This gave us more time for the pre-production process, which made everyone more prepared and focussed. After the recording of the drums, bass and guitars, we chose again to record some real classical instruments. We have recorded violin, cello and trumpet as we have done on our previous albums; new to ‘Eldritch’ are the introductions of the oboe and a great stage piano. Recording these instruments isn't the easy way, but it sure adds to the atmosphere we wanted to create.
“All of the lyrics on ‘Eldritch’ were written by Saille's vocalist Dennie Grondelaers and are based on horror literature, both classics, turn-of-the-20th-century and modern stories & books. The lyrics explore the pure nature of horror as conceived in different times and media. They complete the songs by adding in horror, the untouchable and the uncomfortable in an organic and unforced way. More...
Saille today reveals details for a brand new concept album, featuring 9 tracks and 55 minutes of epic black metal in which the band explores several well known masterpieces of classic and modern horror literature.
"Eldritch" is Belgian sextet's third album and follow-up to the "Irreversible Decay" and "Ritu" albums (reviewed here) released in 2011 and 2013 respectively. The album is due out November 10th via Code666 Records, and the track listing will be as follows:
03. The Great God Pan
05. Cold War
06. Eater of Worlds
07. Red Death
The "Eldritch" recording sessions were once again supervised by Reinier Schenk, who prepared all songs for the final mixing and mastering by Klas Blomgren (SW), known for his work with Svart, the project of Shining's bass player Draug.
The band commissioned England’s Colin Marks of Rain Song Design for the cover art, who is most noted for his work with bands such as Strapping Young Lad, Exodus, Scar Symmetry, and Suicide Silence to name a few. More...
The Eindhoven Metal Meeting is very proud to announce that with the addition of In Solitude, Valkyrja, Thanatos, Skyforger, Dust Bolt, The Committee, and Miasmal, the line-up for this year's edition - set to take place December 12 & 13th, 2014 at the Effenaar venue in Eindhoven, The Netherlands - is now complete.
The Dutch all-female death metal band Sisters Of Suffocation will also perform on Friday, December 12th at the official after party at the Dynamo Club together with the cover-bands Mercyfull Fake and Forever Twisted. Entrance is free with an Eindhoven Metal Meeting ticket!
The full festival billing is as follows (in alphabetical order): More...
Belgian black metal band Saille has issued the following announcement about parting ways with the band's bassist:
"Today we have painful news... our bass player Didier Vancampo is leaving Saille and it was an extremely difficult decision to make.
"The past months he has been struggling to combine his personal life with Saille and at some point choices have to be made.
"We part as friends, no bad words: Didier is a cool guy and deserves respect for the years he spent with us. Of course we wish him nothing but the best in life and we will support him in all his future endeavours."
Saille is also gearing up to release third full-length "Eldritch," which follows sophomore release "Ritu" (reviewed here).
The Eindhoven Metal Meeting is very happy to welcome Asphyx, Carach Angren, Cripper, and Funeral Whore to lineup for this year's edition, set to take place December 12 & 13th, 2014 at the Effenaar venue in Eindhoven, The Netherlands. The festival billing is shaping up as follows (in alphabetical order):
At The Gates
One Tail, One Head
The Vision Bleak
The Eindhoven Metal Meeting is very happy to welcome U.S. death metal band Morbid Angel again at this year's edition, set to take place December 12th & 13th, 2014 at the reputable Effenaar venue in Eindhoven, The Netherlands.
The band will play the "Covenant' album in its entirety, followed by a shorter best-of set list. Also exclusively confirmed are Swiss atmospheric black metallers Bolzer! A few more bands will be announced soon. The festival billing is shaping up as follows (in alphabetical order):
One Tail, One Head
The Vision Bleak
Belgian melodic black metal act Saille has set "Eldritch" as the title of the band's third full-length album, which follows sophomore release "Ritu" (reviewed here).
The CD is currently being recorded and cover artwork will be created by Dutch designer Negakinu. Saille vocalist Dennie Grondelaers comments: "We have created what we hope will be a step up from 'Ritu'. A tight concept with the right audial and visual stimulation, our most interesting lyrics to date and the best songwriting thus far. Saying that we're excited would be an understatement."
The album will again be released by Code666/Aural Music on November 10th, 2014 accompanied by a Belgian releaseshow. The band will also perform on Eindhoven Metal Meeting 2014. Regarding the new Saille album title, Grondelaers says:
"Since the beginning of storytelling man has been fascinated with the fearful, the uncanny and the weird. Things that go bump in the night. Things that in their very nature can best be described as 'Eldritch.' More...
Unleashed, One Tail One Head, Sinister, The Vision Bleak, Cruachan, Saille, and Evil Invaders are the latest bands to have been confirmed for this year's Eindhoven Metal Meeting festival.
The festival is set to take place December 12 & 13th, 2014 at the reputable Effenaar venue in Eindhoven, The Netherlands. More bands will be announced soon. The festival billing is shaping up as follows (in alphabetical order):
At The Gates
One Tail, One Head
The Vision Bleak
The organizers of the Tongeren Metal Fest have checked in with the following statement:
"With much pride and without further ado we would like to announce the final bands for Tongeren Metal Fest, Belgium's newest metal festival set to take place Saturday 12th of April 2014 at De Velinx in Tongeren.
"Newly announced classic heavy metal act Angel Witch will surely set Tongeren aflame during this exclusive performance. The energetic thrashers Prematory and local death metal squad Predatoria will open this unholy night! The full line-up is as follows:
"A brand new festival teaser can be viewed below. Tickets can be bought through this location and cost €13 in presale. This festival is the follow-up to De Velinx's annual metal festival 'Metaal Paaskabaal', which featured artists like Hail Of Bullets, Ostrogoth, Gama Bomb, Paul Di'Anno and many others. The Tongeren Metal Festival artwork, created by Dries Gaerdelen, was inspired by the tale of Ambiorix and highlights the festival's macabre mascot." More...
"Tephra" is the official new live video from Belgian melodic black metallers Saille. The track comes off the band's debut album, "Irreversible Decay," which was released in March 2011 on Code666 records.
The footage was recorded on August 17th, 2013 at the Metal Méan Festival in Belgium and features Sarah Vlerick on violin. Check it out below.
The band's sophomore album entitled "Ritu" (reviewed here) was released on January 18th of 2013 via Code666 Records. Catch the band live on these dates:
29/11/13 Black Winter Fest @ Beta, Copenhagen
12/04/14 Tongeren Metal Fest @ de VELINX, Tongeren
"Blood Libel" is the new official video from Belgian black metallers Saille, who were previously covered in the symphonic black metal edition of our "Unearthing the Metal Underground" column. "Blood Libel" is the opening track for Saille's second album “Ritu” (reviewed here), released on January 18th, 2013 via Code666 Records.
The video was directed by Nicolas Daenens, who previously worked with the band on the "Plaigh Allais" video two years earlier. "Blood Libel" was shot in the region known as "Meetjesland" in Belgium, both in the woods and in an abandoned church. Check it out below.
Saille front man Dennie Grondelaers also comments: "The video of 'Blood Libel' is a somewhat liberal interpretation of the track on our latest album. It tells the story of William of Norwich, a young kid from the 12th century (1132 - 1144) that was found murdered in cold blood. A murder for which the Jews were falsely accused." More...
Heavy music has been steadily evolving since its first major appearances, from slow moving doom to blistering fast thrash and onto the most brutal death metal. Somewhere after figuring out corpse paint and freezing cold riffs somebody decided extreme metal could include unexpected elements like string instruments, keyboards, and other orchestral leanings. The symphonic and the extreme collided, and somehow it worked out.
Now some 15 - 20 years later bands are still finding ways to meld together these two styles, but for symphonic black metal junkies the pool of available talent isn’t as wide as with other sub-genres. You’ve likely heard everything from Dimmu Borgir and Old Man’s Child a hundred times over, blazed through the couple of Dragon Lord releases, imported all those Opera IX CDs, and are done working through the Carach Angren back catalog…so what now?
We’ve previously taken a look at a few symphonic black metal acts as well as other heavily atmospheric bands, but there’s still more underground groups worth checking out if you need more orchestral influenced black metal.
This Belgian outfit is on the verge of releasing second album “Ritu” in January 2013 (reviewed here), which follows the debut “Irreversible Decay” album. The album focuses on different rites of various cultures and mythologies, including a dose of Lovecraftian rituals with songs like “Haunter of the Dark” and “Fhtagn.”
For more info on the album, check out our interview with the band just after the recording process was finished. Get acquainted with Saille’s version of symphonic black metal through songs off both albums, available below.
The official lyric video for "Haunter Of The Dark," a new song from Belgian melodic black metallers Saille, can now be seen below. The track comes from the band’s second album “Ritu,” which will be released on January 18th, 2013 via Code666 Records.
The follow-up to 2011's "Irreversible Decay" was produced and mixed by Reinier Schenk (Gorath, Fleshmould) and mastered by Tom Kvålsvoll (1349, Dimmu Borgir, Keep Of Kalessin). Cover art comes courtesy of Polish digital landscape artist Michal Karcz. Our recent interview with the band about the upcoming album can also be read here.
Commented Saille frontman Dennie Grondelaers: “Haunter of the Dark is based on two Lovecraft-stories. The first one, ‘The Haunter of the Dark’, covers the larger part of the lyrics. The second, ‘The Case of Charles Dexter Ward’, is the story from which the unpronounceable intro and intermezzo originate. It’s about a man who, while exploring a long abandoned church, unknowingly summons an avatar of a malign god named Nyarlathotep. The following days describe his futile attempts to escape the horrible faith he called upon himself.” More...