Saille : Irreversible Decay

They Say :- Saille was founded by keyboard player Dries Gaerdelen in May 2008. Wanting to create the music he was fond of (symphonic black metal with a threatening feel, in the style of Tartaros, Limbonic Art and Keep of Kalessin) Dries started writing several songs of which some contained remnants of Dries’ former band Mortifer. It was thus a logical choice to cooperate with former Mortifer vocalist/guitar player Jonathan Vanderwal. After contacting drummer Gert Monden of In-Quest and text-writer Filip Dupont of Gorath, the further development of songs could proceed. With the help from ReinieR of Fleshmould/Shumcot studio and several other musicians the recordings for the first album “Irreversible Decay” started at the end of 2009. Due to the complexity of the music and layered structure of the guitars and keyboards, the recording and mixing of the album took several months. Irreversible Decay was finalised in September 2010. At first, Saille was only intended as a studio project, during the process it became clear the music should be brought to life. Therefore a live band was formed adding Didier Vancampo and Yves Callaert to the original recording line-up.

We Say :- There is a fair amount of decent Black Metal, of various flavours, coming out at the moment. Fen’s Epoch set the standard for the others to beat and hot on it’s heels comes the debut offering from Belgian band Saille.

Now it seems that Black Metal bands don’t just get together to play music, oh no. Epoch apparently “draws the listener into a windswept and desolate landscape, bereft of hope” and not to be outdone Saille is a project set up to explore “the beauty of destruction”….

And you know what, Irreversible Decay is an excellent example of modern symphonic black metal. It swings between atmospheric acoustic guitar passages and full on raging black metal fury effortlessly. There are the requisite folk-ey influences here but less so than, for example, Fen or Negura Bunget.

The album opens with an instrumental that can honestly be described as pleasant, and which sets the stage for the inevitable explosion of noise. The production is excellent, clear but not over produced as the band have steered clear of the murky, dirty sound favoured by many of their peers.

The mark of an album like this is how well the quiet and the noisy bits sit alongside each other and I have to say that Saille have got the balance just about spot on. It’s not a constant wall of black metal noise but instead has enjoyable quieter passages which make Irreversible Decay more accessible.