Review from IYE Zine

December 14, 2017
From: IYE Zine
Published: December 11, 2017

Devo ammettere che c’è stato un momento, in passato, in cui ritenevo che gli split album fossero uno spreco di risorse, soprattutto per le band già attive da tempo, ritenendoli eventualmente un mezzo utile per far conoscere realtà emergenti.

La qualità crescente di questo tipo di uscite, la frequente cura immessa nei formati e l’abilità delle label coinvolte nell’abbinare le band, mi ha fatto da diverso tempo ricredere ed è quindi con enorme piacere che mi ritrovo a parlare di questo Origins.
Lo split in oggetto vede all’opera Ah Ciliz e Chiral, due realtà simili per approccio al black metal ma differenti a livello di approdo.
Ah Ciliz è un progetto dell’omonimo musicista di Seattle che ha già alle spalle diversi lavori su lunga distanza di grande spessore, in virtù di una proposta che mette in mostra un black metal atmosferico e dalle naturali venature cascadiane, non solo per il titolo del primo brano. La novità in quest’occasione è la consegna del ruolo di lead vocalist ad un altra persona, nello specifico Boris Iolis, che gli appassionati di doom conoscono quale bassista degli ottimi Marche Funebre.
Il musicista belga si rivela un bel valore aggiunto con il suo buonissimo screaming lasciando al mastermind il solo compito di tessere le proprie trame,  prima incalzanti in Cascadia, poi quasi carezzevoli nello splendido strumentale Moonlight in Night Season e infine melodicamente irresistibile (il lavoro chitarristico nel finale è davvero notevole) in People of The Stars, brano che più di tante parole riesce a descrivere pienamente quali siano le qualità compositive di Ah Ciliz.
Di Chiral abbiamo già parlato diverse volte in passato, trattandosi di un progetto italiano con il quale l’omonimo musicista piacentino sta dimostrando ormai da diversi anni il proprio spessore artistico, confermandolo con questi due brani, il breve ma intenso A Feeble Glare of Autumn ed il lungo (oltre un quarto d’ora di durata) Queen of The Setting Sun, che prende le mosse da un liquido post black per incresparsi con forza nella fase centrale, lasciando che la seconda meta ritorni a quelle atmosfere evocative che sappiamo essere naturalmente nelle corde di questa sempre più convincente realtà.
Ecco spiegato perché questo split album, dietro al quale c’è un’etichetta che propone lavori sempre di grande qualità come la Hypnotic Dirge (qui in collaborazione con la Throats Productions), merita di finire stabilmente tra gli ascolti di chi ama le forme di black metal più oblique e meno scontate.

Rating: 7.5/10
Reviewed by: Stefano Cavanna    
 

Review from Infernal Masquerade Webzine

November 22, 2017
From: Infernal Masquerade Webzine
Published: November 22, 2017

Joining forces with Throats Productions, today we have Hypnotic Dirge Records unleashing another brilliant release filled with Atmospheric Black Metal goodness. “Origins” is a split release between USA’s Ah Ciliz and Italy’s one-man outfit Chiral. Featuring a total of five crushing tracks, we are left with great impressions from both of this promising bands.

Opening with Ah Ciliz, the band unleashes the raw power...

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Review from Indy Metal Vault

November 8, 2017
From: Indy Metal Vault
Published: November 7, 2017

If it feels like it’s only been a few months since we last heard from Italian one-man black metal project Chiral, that’s because it actually has only been a few months since we last heard from Chiral. It was just this past June, after all, when our friends at Fólkvangr Records reissued the one-man project’s gorgeous 2016 record Gazing Light Eternally on cassette with newly recorded bonus track “The Gazer’s Throne,” and...

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Review from Toilet Ov Hell

November 8, 2017
From: Toilet ov Hell
Published: November 7, 2017
(Mini-review)

Ah Ciliz is yet another duo from the land of carbs, and boy do they throw a happy marinara sauce over everything! A stereotypical-bell-cutting-through-wind theme kicks off the split before bursting into one of those uncommonly upbeat black metal tremolos. Minus the fluffy vocals, I get a strong Astronoid vibe from them. The drumming could be a little tighter, but the gritty vocals and melodic guitar play off each other i...

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Review from No Clean Singing

November 3, 2017
From: No Clean Singing
Published: November 2, 2017 

As the seasons change, and the colors of autumn leaves briefly flare like blood and fire, only to be sapped of life and scattered by cold winter winds, it’s not uncommon for our thoughts to turn darker as the days become grayer. Daily tribulations seem magnified, grim memories push back to the surface, reflections on what might have been crowd away hopes of what might be. At such times, some of us search for music that catches t...

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Review from Noizze

November 1, 2017
From: Noizze 
Published: October 31, 2017

An ice cold sky oppressively weighing itself down upon us. The night could never feel colder than when ringing out over the wastelands of Europe, Black Metal takes its evil standing. Chilling through your ears. Black Metal lends itself to experimentation and atmosphere in a way like no other Metal genre. Italy doesn’t exactly get the most attention when it comes to Metal or Black Metal, even. Ah Ciliz and Chiral are up and comers from Ita...

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Review from Metal Wave

October 29, 2017
From: Metal Wave
Published: October 28, 2017 

Gli Ah Ciliz e i Chiral, due realtà nazionali e non, dedite al black metal, danno vita a questo split album dividendosi in totale cinque brani contornati da una splendida artwork che fa da cornice al disco. Ad aprire le danze dello split il duo degli Ah Ciliz, band formatasi come progetto iniziale nel 2008 e con all’attivo diverse uscite tra demo, split, e full lenght, che ci presenta tre stupefacenti brani il cui effetto oscuro e ma...

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Review from Dutch Metal Maniac

October 23, 2017
From: Dutch Metal Maniac
Published: October 23, 2017 

On November 6th, the record labels Hypnotic Dirge Records and Throats Productions are releasing a new split together. Origins, as it is called, will contain music from the atmospheric black metal bands Ah Ciliz and Chiral. I already know Chiral's music, but this will be my first time listening to Ah Ciliz. Curious! 

Ah Ciliz started in 2008 as a solo project of Elmer, but nowadays Boris Iolis takes care of Ah Ciliz's vocals. You ...

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Review from GBHBL Reviews

October 23, 2017
From: GBHBL Reviews
Published: October 20, 2017 

Out on November 6th 2017, atmospheric post black metal band, Chiral will release a split album with atmospheric black metal band, Ah Ciliz. The split, entitled ‘Origins’, will be out via Hypnotic Dirge Records and Throats Productions.

Ah Ciliz get the album started with a trio of icy cold, dripping in dark atmosphere tracks. Cascadia has all the harder elements that will get a black metal fan excited but also includes plenty of me...

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Review from Headbangers Music

October 23, 2017
From: Headbangers Reviews
Published: October 19, 2017 

 I’ve covered a few splits over the course of the last few months, and they’ve all been fantastic, oddly enough. It seems that 2017 has been a great year for all types of albums from full-lengths to splits, and I recently found out about another of the latter that peaked my interest, to say the least. I’ve been a fan of Chiral ever since his first full-length album, but this time his partners in crime are the US duo of Ah...

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