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- Queen Of Time
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- Codex
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- I Loved You At Your Darkest
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Saille – Gnosis (2017) - Review

Band: Saille
Album title: Gnosis
Release date: 13 March 2017
Label: Code666

Tracklist:
01. Benei ha'Elohim
02. Pandaemonium Gathers
03. Blôt
04. Genesis 11:1-9
05. Before The Crawling Chaos
06. Prometheus
07. Thou, My Maker
08. Magnum Opus
09. 1904 Era Vulgaris

Gnosis is the fourth album from the Belgian symphonic black metallers Saille and is set to be released on 13th March by the label Code666. Saille brings with this new offering pure fascination, it captures and hold one's attention from the beginning until the end of the journey. Gnosis is a concept album which explores the Promethean ideal along with its Luciferian counterpart.

Saille comes along since 2008, their debut album named Irreversible Decay was released in March 2011 by the same label. A nice start, yet in "construction" and due that sounded a bit crude for those more radical. The second album, Ritu, had a much more obscure presence and Saille's third album Eldritch, released in 2014, had a very rich concept.
 
Saille has been building a solid career since its inception, it is undeniable the complete dedication and immersion of its members into this beautiful project as whole. Gnosis was mixed and mastered at Hertz Studio in Bialystok, Poland by the Wieslawscy brothers (Behemoth, Decapitated, Vader), who did a perfect job. Jean-Philippe Sonnet from Threadbare Artwork, was responsible for the design and beautiful artwork.

Each track is unique, bringing avant-garde elements mixed with pure black metal. The symphonic side blends just perfect. The shift that happens time to time in the flow of energy in the songs will not allow you to lose your attention over it. All instruments are in a harmonic equilibrium. You'll find high levels of drum work, that switch from groovy parts to heavy fast rhythms. Fast paced double bass patterns, rich and thicky. Nervous guitars and synth works that mixes homogeneously and of course, the vocals. For an apprentice of the occult arts, particularly those aimed at the origins of mankind, I was completely mesmerized by the vocals. For me it was like listening to the voice of a "fallen". Expressing all the pain and rage caused by the unrighteous penalty inflicted on those who dared to rebel against tyranny. The lyrics kept me completely drowned into the flight. Yes, this album is a real flight to endless cliffs of ancient realms. I don’t have a favorite track, I loved them all, I loved the whole album!
 
"Benei ha’Elohim", opens the album in a straight direction to the hills of rage of a fallen. A strong dark presence is inflicted upon the listener. Perfection! "Pandaemonium Gathers", "Blôt", "Before The Crawling Chaos" and "Prometheus" stand out as energy catalysts for me. The final track ends a journey of knowledge in a way so intense that it will be impossible for your soul not to be touched and ignited by the flame of the fallen. Lovers of Dimmu Borgir and Emperor can't let this masterpiece unnoticed. Well, I really believe that for any of us, don't matter the metal subgenre some are attached, this album is a "must have". Thank you so much for this album Saille, I really enjoyed it, and it will certainly be in my private collection.

Review written by: Felin Frost
Rating: 10/10

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Band: Ugasanie
Album title: Eye Of Tunguska
Release date: 22 September 2015
Label: Cryo Chamber

Eye Of Tunguska is certainly Ugasanie’s most refined album to date. The drones, synths and field recordings of nature as well as other unearthly sounds, all flow together perfectly. Eye Of Tunguska is quite complex without ever feeling cluttered or noisy. We are told that Ugasanie was inspired to write this album by “A strange incident (which) took place in the 1990s in late autumn in the taiga. Not far from the epicenter of the Tunguska meteorite impact site. A group of students went hiking to see this legendary site. They lost their way after they decided to spend the night in one of the winter huts built by hunters of the land. Their mutilated bodies were later found near an old abandoned geological base with radiation burns.” Ugasanie paints a vivid picture here of the darkness and pure terror felt by these hikers as they experienced a potential alien or government abduction and their ensuing deaths. Ugasanie always amazes with his use of atmosphere coupled with a compelling plot. Eye Of Tunguska brings more of what we love of Ugasanie in a quite different manner than previous albums. While the sounds may be more subtle, the overarching story appears to better plotted than ever. Eye Of Tunguska is highly recommended for those who love dark ambient with sci-fi and/or polar isolation elements, not to mention a bit of horror-scape.

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