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Saille Checks In To Explain Upcoming Second Album

After last year's "Irreversible Decay" full-length, Belgian symphonic black metal act Saille has now wrapped up recording a follow-up album to see release in early 2013 through Code666 Records.

Just as the band finished work on the new album, guitarist Reinier Schenk filled us in on what went into this upcoming disc of aggressive black metal, and when we can expect to find out more details on the release.

Read on to find out about Saille seeing the return of a familiar face to the lineup, and discover the themes that will permeate the demonic and Lovecraftian lyrics meant to "leave the listener with a sense of unease."

xFiruath: You recently announced the return of former front man Jonathan Vanderwal – how did he end back in the band and is he taking part in the current recording sessions?

Reinier: Yeah, that was something special. Jonathan belongs to the core of Saille, no doubt about that. He did the guitars and vocals for the first album, but he didn’t want to do both on stage. After a while he felt unhappy in his role as a front man. Here’s where Dennie came in. Coincidentally, the other guitarist besides me couldn’t keep up with the band and left. Since Jonathan and I were already recording the guitars for the 2nd album there was no need for searching…he could slide in immediately.

xFiruath: How far along is the new album at this point and how has the recording process gone?

Reinier: The new album is ready and we sent it to our record company Code666. The recording sessions went quite smooth and the mix as well. The entire album was recorded and mixed within 10 weeks. Those were 10 weeks of hard work for all of us, but we were on it and focused.

xFiruath: How are these new songs differing from the previous album “Irreversible Decay?”

Reinier: It sounds better overall, there’s more power in both the sound and the final mix. The songs are heavier, darker compared to our debut. We made faster songs, but slower ones as well. As a whole, I guess it’s more aggressive and at times it leaves the listener with a sense of unease.

xFiruath: Does the new album have a firm title or release date yet?

Reinier: It will be released in the third week of January 2013. Artwork, track list, and title will be announced in the early November.

xFiruath: When were these songs written, and how does Saille’s recording process work?

Reinier: We got this thing started in February of this year. We didn’t have something really, just some bits and loose parts; not even enough for 1 song. Dries (keyboards) started making stuff and Jonathan and I added guitar parts, then Dries combined and puzzled some more and so forth. After some of these stages the songs were adjusted and finalized. During the recording process we still were adjusting and adding ideas. We had 4 months before the recordings started. The recording process was a lot easier compared to the writing process. We did the standard order of drums first, then guitars, bass, and vocals. Afterwards all of the additional instruments were recorded.

xFiruath: What do the lyrics and themes deal with on this album? I saw through a studio video that the band seems to have received a call from a certain underwater dwelling great old one...

Reinier: The main theme throughout the entire album is “rites from different cultures.” The lyrics are more demonic too now, our new front man Dennie took care of that task. Therefore you’re absolutely right too……some Lovecraft-chants are passing by every now and then.

xFiruath: What does Saille have planned as far as live shows in the upcoming months?

Reinier: In November we’ll take off for a long list of gigs, which contains concerts in Belgium and Holland and a little tour as support of Negura Bunget. It’s getting busier and busier and the new album has not even been released yet! We’re looking forward to it.

xFiruath: Tell me about your local music scene – how is metal doing there and do you play hometown shows often?

Reinier: The local metal scene is rising again, which is a good thing naturally. We’re playing a lot in our own little country of course, but since all of us are living in different areas we have different hometowns to attend.

xFiruath: Are the members of Saille involved with any other projects?

Reinier: Not so much, at least not anymore. Most of us quit their other bands to focus mainly on Saille, it’s a busy band and there’s not much time left. Only Gert, our drummer is still active in In-Quest.

xFiruath: What bands/albums are you listening to lately, and what are you looking forward to that’s still coming out this year?

Reinier: I have been listening to Moonloop , the latest Nile and Ogen in the past week. I have no idea whatsoever what’s coming out in the next months, but anything I like I will buy immediately. I have a large CD collection.

xFiruath: What else would you like to say?

Reinier: Watch our videos, check out our music and if you like what you hear: buy the albums and come to our gigs. It’s the only way a metal band can survive. Thanks for the intie!

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Ty Arthur is a freelance writer who writes for both entertainment and technical instruction sites. An avid fan of many different forms of metal, he has been involved in reviewing music for several years and is currently a contributing editor for Metalunderground.com

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