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Saille - Irreversible Decay

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Posted: 02/18/2011 | Comments: 3 | Rate:

Belgium's Saille have managed to do something that hasn't happened often in years, keep me interested in a Symphonic Black Metal record. "Symphonic" is a word I have come to loathe and avoid. My first assumption upon hearing that band description would be the same boring keyboard techniques that have been employed to death by legions of bands that saturated the genre with filth. That is not the case with Saille's "Irreversible Decay".

ReinieR of Fleshmould/Shumcot studio, who plays bass and guitar on the record, did a great job with the production. The production qualities on this album suit the band well with all of the layers being audible and doing a great job at creating atmosphere. None of the instruments stand out above the rest, and in the case of Saille this is not a bad thing. The musicianship is quality across the board. They really nailed a good sound with this record, and while it's a bit polished and lacks the rawness I typically desire in Black Metal, I would encourage them to keep doing whatever they did in the studio.

Dries Gaerdelen's keyboards add a nice blend of atmosphere over the songs, and never take away from the music, which would typically be the case with keyboards in Black Metal. The drums are the standard fair of blast beats and pulverizing rhythm, the guitars typical of Black Metal, and it is all pulled off with a tightness that other bands should aim to achieve. I'm interested in seeing how the songs translate to a live setting, but if they can pull it off as well as the record sounds, Saille is definitely a band to look out for when they come to your town.

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good review. i like this band too despite also ruing most symphonic black metal
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