Power of Metal.dk Review

Style: Symphonic Black Metal
Release date: 10 November, 2014
Playing time: 55:27

Saille is a black metal band from Belgium and their latest "Eldritch" marks their 3rd full-length release.  The theme of the album is vastly influenced by classic horror literature, a great deal of which were derived from the works of H.P. Lovecraft. The setting as well as spoken parts within the album reveals that there is an epic being told.

From my standpoint Saille evolved since Ritu, its predecessor. Although Ritu is a more powerful album with better compositions for the most part, one must acknowledge the fact that the production was crafted and polished a little better in "Eldritch". This album contains long structures, most of which proceed to become 6 to 7 minutes in length. The sound depicts a horrific theme which possesses just the right dark atmosphere to bear out their theme and is quite consistent with the always present creepy atmosphere in each song that makes the album flow very well.  The eerie sounds were accomplished with the presence of acoustic guitar, cello, trumpet, violin and keyboards. At times they have progressive riffs and more than a few bits of lead on the guitar which allots an incredibly melodic arrangement. The deliverance of the drums and vocals were no object of ridicule here; they intensified the album to sound and appear more brutal.

After listening to "Eldritch" I have to say that this review is a disapproving one. The end result is that I became uninterested with the album - lengthy songs with nothing spectacular to offer. It sounded very promising at first but each song just mirrored each previous song as the album progressed, as if listening to the same piece over and over again. So much potential to be great but it did not cut it for me.

01. Emerald
02. Walpurgis
03. The Great God Pan
04. Aklo
05. Cold War
06. Eater of Worlds
07. Red Death
08. Dagon
09. Carcosa
Label: Code666
Distribution: Future PR
Artwork rating: 83/100
Reviewed by: Haydee G.
Date: 6 November, 2014
Website: www.saille.be