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Saille
Gnosis
Type: CD
Company: Code666
Release: 2017
Genre: Black
Reviewer: David Loveless
Published: 4/25/2017
Heavily influenced by Emperor, best Black Metal album of 2017 so far
Since their inception, Saille has consistently released some of the best Black Metal albums around. Hailing from Belgium, they have just released their fourth full-length called Gnosis. This album is light-years ahead of previous efforts as it is more guitar-driven and relies less on symphonic keyboards and is overall heavier than its predecessors. Also in this release, Saille has taken a page from Emperor’s playbook and has added a layer of technicality to it. Although I’ve not heard any band as ever being described as Technical Black Metal, Saille (as well as late-era Emperor) surely fits the description.

Gnosis simply destroys from start to finish, with every song sounding unique and full of riffs, savage drumming, thunderous bass, and excellent vocals. The production is extremely well done and every instrument (as well as the vocals) sound equal in the mix. Who says that great black metal only has to have crappy production? Some standout tracks include Pandaemonium Gathers, Genesis 11:1-9, Prometheus and 1904 Era Vulgaris.

Saille is slowly but surely making their mark on the Black Metal scene. If they keep releasing albums like this, they will be the band to beat before too long. Gnosis is definitely a standout release of 2017 and currently in my top-5 metal albums of the year so far. Do yourself a favor and support this awesome band by picking up Gnosis and hear what true black metal is all about!
About this Writer:
David Loveless // Dave's early introduction to Metal was listening to records by Black Sabbath and Kiss. Discovering Metallica's Master of Puppets on record at the local public library turned his world upside down. After spending nearly 24 years in Japan and expanding his love for the International underground metal scene, Dave (and family) now resides in the US. The savage brutality of Extreme Metal brings out the "Grim Gaijin" in him.

Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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