This is a review of a split album between Seattle, Washington's Ah Ciliz and Italy's Chiral both bands which have also been featured before in this zine with the album being released in November by Hypnotic Dirge Records and called "Origins" and we will start off the review with Al Ciliz a band that plays an atmospheric form of black metal.
Their side of the split starts out with nature sounds and bell's before going into more of a heavier and melodic musical direction while the faster sections of the songs bring in a great amount of tremolo picking and blast beats which also gives the songs more of a raw feeling along with the vocals being mostly grim black metal screams.
All of the musical instruments on their side of the recording have a very powerful sound to them while the solos and leads are done in a very melodic fashion along with clean playing also being added into certain sections of the recording and the songs also bring in a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts, atmospheric synths and acoustic guitars can also be heard briefly as well as an instrumental.
On this recording Al Ciliz plays a style of atmospheric black metal that is very progressive while also adding in some cascadian touches, the production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover solitude, sorrow, nature and ancient civilization themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Al Ciliz and if you are a fan of atmospheric black metal, you should check out their side of the split. RECOMMENDED TRACK "People Of The Stars".
Next up is Chiral a solo project continuing his atmospheric approach to post black metal.
His side of the split starts out with ambient style synths before going into a very fast and raw musical direction which also uses a great amount of tremolo picking and blast beats while the solos and leads are done in a very melodic and modern style and all of the musical instruments sound very powerful.
Throughout his side of the recording you can also hear a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts along with the second track being very long and epic in length and also introducing acoustic guitars onto the recording as well as some grim black metal screams and clean vocals and the songs also bring in a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts.
Chiral creates another recording that remains true to the atmospheric style of post black metal from previous releases, the production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover solitude, pain and introspection themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Chiral and if you are a fan of atmospheric post black metal, you should check out his side of the recording. RECOMMENDED TRACK "Queen Of The Setting Sun".
In conclusion I feel this is a very great sounding split and would recommend it to all fans of atmospheric black metal. 8 out of 10.