SAILLE - Eldritch

Saille - Eldritch

9 songs
55:56 minutes
***** **
Code 666


Saille is actually a letter from an ancient Irish alphabet, but it is also the name of a Belgian black metal band that has been founded in 2008. They have been quite busy, considering that they released three longplayers between 2011 and 2014. The current record is titled Eldritch and is dealing with spiritual and occult topics inspired by H.P. Lovecraft.

It becomes obvious quite fast that the Belgians have no intentions of reinventing the genre. The material is very decent, but too often things sound a little too familiar. They switch between fast and slow parts, yet occasionally the breaks feel a little awkward. The vocals give no reason for complaint though, changing from shrieks to clean performance. Saille are rather inclined towards symphonic black metal with orchestral arrangements, reminding of pioneer bands like Dimmu Borgir and Cradle Of Filth, the usual suspects, if you will. Some of the songs are a little longer, occasionally there are spoken word and folk parts, but other than that the band is offering a rather typical kind of black metal. Eater Of World, for which the band made a video clip, is one of the longer tracks and surprised towards the end with a brass section.

It should be mentioned that the recording sessions for Eldritch were partly funded by the Belgian ministry of culture. If you know who to ask, it is apparently not so hard to find financial support in Belgium.

When all is said and done, Eldritch is a good album. Nothing more, nothing less! The listening experience was pleasant from beginning to end, but I can’t truly say that this is an essential genre record. I recommend Saille to distance themselves musically from the overpowering influences and be more prone to risk. This may be the hard way to choose but will certainly pay out in the end.

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