This is a review of a split album from Italy's HaatE and Chiral called "Where Mountains Pierce The Nightsky" and we will start off the review with HaatE a 1 man project that plays black/dark ambient.
Nature sounds start off his side of the split before adding in ambient style synths that also uses a variety of many different sounding keys which also takes the music into many different directions and after awhile you can hear some electric guitars in certain sections of the recording along with some grim black metal screams.
All 3 of his tracks are very long and epic in length and while you can hear some black metal elements in the music the main focus is more on an atmospheric ambient sound that also gets more organic sounding as the album progresses and the music starts going into a different direction on the last track and also brings in drones while the main focus remains on an ambient sound.
HaatE continues the black metal influenced dark ambient sound that was presented on his previous full length as well as adding more atmosphere into the sound and the production sounds very dark and powerful.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from HaatE and if you are a fan of black and dark ambient, you should check out his side of the split. RECOMMENDED TRACK "Crystal".
Next up is Chiral a 1 man band that has been featured recently in this zine and plays a very raw and progressive form of black metal.
Wind sounds and synths start off his side of the split giving his music and atmospheric and dark ambient feeling and his only song on the split is a 20 minute long track and after a minute guitars are added into the music and the song starts going into more of a black metal direction along with some blast beats and grim screams.
When guitar leads are utilized they are in a very distorted and melodic direction and the atmospheric parts mix in with the heavier sound and when acoustic guitars are added into the song they take the music into more of a progressive direction while the song still is rooted in black metal for the most part.
Chiral brings in a lot of diversity on this track taking a raw style of black metal and mixing iit in with progressive and ambient music to create a very original sounding song, the production sounds very dark and raw while the lyrics cover darkness and nature themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording and if you are a fan of raw and progressive black metal, you should check out his track.
In conclusion I feel this is a very great sounding split and if you are a fan of ambient and black metal, you should check out this split. 8 out of 10.