Saille - Gnosis (Code666)
Release date : March 13th, 2017
The fourth album of the prolific Belgian Black Metal quintet of Saille is a concept album exploring the world of the Promethean ideal and its Luciferian counterpart. Taking inspiration from the Symphonic Black Metal that followed the Second Wave of Black Metal, Saille’s sound is closer to Windir, Dark Funeral, and Emperor than Dimmu Borgir even if they still have a clean sound and the backing of a Polish production of the Hertz studio (Behemoth, Decapitated, Vader).
With time I generally grew tired of this mix of genres and clean production sound that reminded me of Blinded By Faith. This is a good album from Saille but in the present state of Metal I found it to be a bit on the side of a long album and not much refreshing. Everything is executed perfectly and it is almost too perfect in its whole but the genre doesn’t appeal to me anymore.
With all that said, Gnosis is a monolith of an album and it will please many metalheads that are Marduk and Dark Funeral fans. Their music has this quality in execution and raw beauty that few bands are capable of. However, this reviewer kind of felt like he is not listening to a new album but a twenty years old classic of the bands that may have influenced Saille to make music.