Review from ZWaremetalen

March 1, 2018
Review from : ZWareMetalen
Published: February 27, 2018

Het is al even geleden dat ik iets van Hypnotic Dirge Records mocht reviewen. Dit label presteert steeds sterker – althans qua releases – en eindigde met Obitus’ Slaves of the Vast Machine hoog in mijn jaarlijst in 2017. De split die ik nu wil bespreken verscheen eind 2017 en bevat een Amerikaanse en een Italiaanse atmosferische blackmetalband.

De eerste band op deze split is Ah Ciliz. Deze atmosferische blackband heeft een zekere romantische depressie over zich die teruggebracht kan worden naar Frans/Duitse nature black. Qua speelwijze zit er een post-blackrandje aan vast, maar even zeer een ingetogen, melancholische wolk doom. Misschien is de Belgische frontman Boris Iolis (March Funèbre) hiervoor verantwoordelijk, misschien ligt het aan de transparante productie. In ieder geval erg sfeervol en doorleefd.

Drie nummers voor Ah Ciliz, twee voor Chiral. Chiral brengt een nog uitgesprokener post-blackmetalgenre, dat getypeerd wordt door veel hoogtonig leadgitaarwerk en doffe drums zonder agressie, maar waar de weemoed vanaf spat. Chiral mikt duidelijk op liefhebbers van Cascadian black, onaangetaste lo-fi post-black met nature/anarcho-trekjes. Het hoeft allemaal niet zo strak te zijn, zo lang je de wind maar hoort waaien en je je de watervallen kunt voorstellen ind e verte. Enkele kosmische bliepjes moeten zorgen voor het astrale element.

Een fijne kennismaking met twee bands in dit genre. Nu bekijken wat het vervolg is voor beide creaties. Ik zet mijn geld in op Ah Ciliz.

Reviewed by: Bart Al Foet

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 qui...

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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

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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 Released: November 6, 2017
500 Copies
Genre: Atmospheric Black Metal