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Chiral - Gazing Light Eternity

I’m a big mark for Chiral’s work. This one man Italian emotion machine has been churning out heart wrenching atmospheric black metal for a few years now, from the rudimentary beginnings of ‘Abisso’, through the glorious realisation of the genre in ‘Nightsky’. His new release, ‘Gazing Light Eternity’, is going to out at the end of October, and is yet another evolution in Chiral’s sound.

Divided into four parts, ‘Gazing Light Eternity’ is a deft mixture of soothing dark ambient and soaring black metal. Opening with ‘The Gazer’, which builds a cold lonely riff into a murky, depressive rhythm which gradually becomes infested with gloomy melodies. Chiral always love to build that darkness, allowing the songs to breathe, expand and soar with aplomb. Everything is done with care and attention, so even the most rasping, savage moments seem positively beautiful. That’s only the first track as well, but it encapsulates everything that I love about the band.

The classic black metal guitar tone never gets lost either. Sure there’s many moments of tranquil calm, wth acoustic guitar or ambience taking over, but the vintage guitar buzz is mostly prevalent. That’s a highlight, because sometimes the ‘black metal’ part of atmospheric black metal can get lost. ‘The Haze’ is for the most part gloomy dark ambient, with melancholic samples and acoustic guitar throughout. ‘The Crown’ combines the mournful piano we’ve encountered before with harsh, slow black metal that hypnotises you with images of lost forests in fog, or drizzling skies. Ending it with a frenzied, fiery blasting session into soulful lead guitar is perfect.

Closing with the ethereal ‘The Hourglass’, Chiral have done it again, producing another piece of black metal not afraid to show its naked pain, emotion and will to be different. Expertly written and performed, this sits well in their discography and confirms their presence as my preferred choice of atmospheric black metal listening.

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If you follow the Killchain, you’ll know that we are big fans of Italian atmospheric black metallers Chiral. The work crafted on each of the releases, from debut demo ‘Winter Eternal, through the scathing ‘Abisso’ into the pastoral shades of ‘Where Mountains Pierce the Nightsky’ and the ghostly ‘Night Sky’. Each piece has evolved the sound, and it is an evolution that almost mirrors the change of Alcest from black metal into atmospheric powerhouse. New EP, ‘Snow//Heritage’ has a lot to live up to… It’s out March 22nd.

‘Snow//Heritage’ opens with a Woman is the Earth cover, ‘Sage Moon’, which is a piece that oozes a blackened grandeur. It is enthralling in its bleak simplicity, a torrent of vintage black metal riffs pour over a gloomy place, and does justice to the original. The warm acoustics of ‘Now Her Weeping’ is something that Chiral have done before and done well. There’s little thats particularly ‘evil’ or ‘dark’ about it, but there’s a beautiful wistfulness about it that really gives it that melancholic feeling. It’s an obvious tribute to the pagan folk that help to inspire the work that Chiral do.

The gloom continues on the delicate ‘Nowhere the Kingdom Fell’, which bleeds into the frosty ‘Whiteness’, a song that has a huge amount of variety, scale and most important for me, emotional investment. Each haunting chord, every thunderous blastbeast, every buzzing tremolo riff is designed to elicit a response from you, and by Thor it does. It is very hypnotic, with the dense thrumming of the riffs overlaid with murky choral vocals and epic ambience.

Another hit from Chiral for me. For each release, the song writing becomes more complex, the atmospheres grow more layered and the black metal fades a little. Maybe Chiral will leave it behind altogether, or re-embrace it on their next release. Whichever they decide, the talent for penning melancholic, stirring pieces of art will remain, and Chiral will remain essential in the atmospheric black metal wave we are currently experiencing.

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I did a full genre by genre breakdown last year, and while I’ll try to put that together in the next few days, I thought I ‘d start with my overall favourites. I spent 2015 listening to a shitload of independent, underground stuff, and a lot of older stuff. My favourite non-2015 record of the year was ‘British Steel’, closely followed by Accept’s superlative ‘Balls to the Wall’. It was clearly a classic metal year.I’ve also not heard anywhere near as many of the records I wanted to. So there’s probably been a few good ones you’re wondering why are missing. Tell me, so I can find them!

I’m adding a late disclaimer to this; at point of writing I haven’t heard the new Baroness record. It’d probably be in here, but its not fair to these other great records to stick it in just because I’m guessing how good it is.

10. Zgard – Totem: A Ukrainian windswept masterpiece of folky black metal. ‘Totem’ proved that while fellow countryman Drudkh has perfected the style, there are still bands that can challenge the supremacy. Majestic.

9. Paradise Lost – The Plague Within: What can be said? Yorkshire doom lords return with one of this year’s finest pieces of gothic misery. Proof that you can always rely on the old guard to bring it.

8. Plague Rider – Paroxysm: Only EP to make this list, English tech death stars Plague Rider makes this kind of mind bending death metal look easy. I cannot wait to hear what is coming next.

7. Islay – The Angels Share: German melodeath underground heroes Islay have written one of 2015’s most impressive records. ‘The Angels Share’ is an odyssey, owing debts to At the Gates and Amon Amarth, but always remaining their own.

6. Heathen Beast – Trident: One of India’s brightest hopes, and one of their most talented acts, Heathen Beast bring to you scathing, black metal with enough unique ethnic touches to make them stand out and be instantly recognisable.

5. Chiral – Night Sky: In a year where Sivjr Yar pushed him close, Chiral brought out my favourite black metal of the year. Epic in scope, majestic in execution, and truly heart-wrenching at points, ‘Night Sky’ is how atmospheric black metal should be done.

4. Undersmile – Anhedonia: A scorching, dynamic slab of proper British doom. Melancholy and bleak, but always vital and alive. ‘Atacama Sunrise’ is one of my favourite songs of this year, and it is my top doom record of 2015.

3. Shrapnel Storm – Mother War: In a year of epic death metal, Shrapnel Storm’s album kept getting played. Maybe it’s satisfying my craving for more Bolt Thrower, I don’t know, but maybe its just because it is a crushing machine of riffs and death. Love it.

2. Necrocosm – Damnation Doctrine: In any year where there WASN’T a new Nile record, this would have been my top record. I love the complexity, the unhinged savagery but also the supreme melodic flair with which these guys kill. ‘Damnation Doctrine’ needs to be the death metal record you hear this year

NUMBER ONE: Nile – What Should Not Be Unearthed: I love Nile. I love everything they do. I loved this album before I heard it. But then I did. I heard how Karl Sanders and co had brought their signature sound to yet more intricate, punishing and most importantly GREAT death metal. Writing songs for themselves should be what they do more often, we are all just lucky to hear it.

Did I miss anything essential? Please let me know and I hope you seek out and support all the artists here.

 

Anything designed, written and crafted by my good friend Teo in Chiral is going to be alright with me. He’s proven repeatedly that he can create some of the most evocative, windswept atmospheric black metal today, and his new record ‘Night Sky’, is out September 10th. I’ve been lucky enough to get a promo in advance to listen, and by the dark gods he’s done it again

Opener ‘My Temple of Isolation’ is a perfect example of how Chiral’s music works so well. Stirring acoustic guitar mingles with harsh black metal, creating a memorable backdrop for a raspingly melancholic vocal performance. ‘Night Sky’ is truly vast in its scope, taking influence from Wolves in the Throne Room and Opeth in equal measure. Chiral is starting to leave behind the trappings of modern black metal and forge his own path, his own interpretation of the riff.

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‘Nightside I: Everblack Fields’ is a roaring cascade of icy riffs and a gloomy ambience underlying enhances the mood. ‘Night Sky’ is a journey through ghostly atmospherics and jarringly harsh black metal. Think of it as a blizzard in the great white North. There’s times for raging torrents of icy riffs, and times where the ambience is like quietly falling snow. Each track highlights these parts well, from the haunting, keyboard led soar of ‘Nightside II: Sky Wonder’ through the bleak ‘The Morning Passage’ into stunning closer ‘Beneath the Snow and the Fallen Leaves’.

Just another triumph for one of Italy’s finest. Chiral taps into that primal beauty of nature and channels it through each ethereal keyboard line, each razor riff and every atmospheric moment in his music. ‘Night Sky’ is a piece of glorious beauty, and should be high on everyone’s end of year lists.

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‘Sed Auiis’ is the newest split release from Sixsixsix Music, featuring one band I know very well (Chiral) and two I am less familiar with. I trust, knowing Steve at Sixsixsix, that the black metal will be of a high quality, so I’m looking forward to what this sounds like.

Nebel Uber Den Urnenfelder (Fog Over the Urnfield according to Google translate, please let me know if I’m wrong) open up this six track effort with the first of their two contributions, ‘Asche uber dem Leidensweg’. This is a menacingly raw slice of black metal, with a very depressive feel to it. It is all chainsaw riffs and naked fury, balanced by delicate acoustics which enhance that sense of mourning. ‘Ein Riss im ewigen Kreis’ exudes that similar atmosphere, foreboding but bare for us all to see. The bar is set high for Eternal Spell and Chiral to aim for.

Eternal Spell are Chilean and are a solo project spitting out raucous blackened thrash punk fury, ‘Black Mysticism’ being prime raw Venom worship. ‘Forces of Occult’ is the better track I think, with some cool Celtic Frost style grunts and a relentless assault. It’s dripping with classic proto-black metal moments, and the vibe it gives off is totally addictive!

Now to my good friend Chiral. I’ve yet to be disappointed with anything Teo has produced with Chiral, and his two contributions are more of the same high quality black metal. ‘Queste Voci Ch’Eclissano la Luce Part I’ is a pulsing slice of Emperor-esque savage beauty, from the slow melodies of the intro to the howling rage of the main riffs. The acoustic interlude leaves a final minute of ‘Nightside’ style frost, scything through your veins. ‘…Part 2’ has dashes of Dissection’s melodic flair, and has some wonderfully evocative guitar leads at the beginning and in fact throughout. A swaying tribute to the coldest of black metal’s kings, Chiral has once more proven that black metal burns bright.

In conclusion, I’d say this split is definitely worth getting a copy of. You’ve got atmospheric depressiveness, vintage blackened speed metal and soaring icy black metal greatness, all in the space of 6 tracks. What more could you want!?

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Chiral became a great discovery for me last year. I really got into their Abisso demo thanks to Steve at Sixsixsix Music recommending it to me, and have since followed them very closely. Mainman Teo has graciously answered some of my questions about the band, metal in general and the Italian scene.

Hi Teo, thanks for doing this for me!

Hey Sandy, it’s a pleasure to be interviewed by you.

What’s your history in the metal scene? Which bands got you really interested?

Oh, I see we start nicely. That’s the first time that someone asks me these questions.
So, if I can say that I have a real history in the metal scene probably everything started the first time I listened to Opeth’s ‘Master’s Apprentices’. It was probably 2006, when I was 15. At that time I had never heard nothing like growls and double kick drums. I was definitely struck by them. And after that my interest in extreme metal music grew exponentially…and is still growing impressively, and it probably won’t never stop!

So I said Opeth caught me at the very beginning. But other bands that helped me get inside the extreme metal world were: Shape of Despair, Cynic, Death, Bloodbath and The Black Dahlia Murder.

Where did the genesis for Chiral come from?

I started with Chiral in February 2014 when I released my demo “Winter Eternal”. All the tracks in the demo were recorded between October and December 2013, but at that time I wasn’t sure what I was gonna do with these recordings, not yet. And the name takes inspiration from the TV series “Breaking Bad”.

What is the main lyrical and musical inspirations behind Chiral?

Lyrically I’m inspired mostly by my life, my fears and my thoughts. Musically I’ve wide inspirations. They go from classic Swedish death metal to atmospheric black metal, from electronic music to fusion. But my major influences probably are Opeth, Wolves In The Throne Room, The Pat Metheny Group, Dissection and Porcupine Tree (early years).

You’re a one man project, does that make life easier or harder as a recording artist?
Well, of course it could be harder when you have to record each and every part on your own. But you know what, I’m happy this way because I have the ultimate freedom to work over my music. And if I do something good it’s my credit, but in the case I do shitty things well, there’s no one to blame but me.

I’ve been a big fan of yours since your Abisso demo came out, has your songwriting methods changed since your original demo? It’s a lot different from your 20 minute track from your HaatE split?

I won’t say that my songwriting method has changed. You know, I don’t have a precise “modus operandi”, I like working in different ways each time.
For example, Abisso was written and recorded entirely before I got any lyrics. All the music were already stuck into my brain, and when it came to record the instruments I knew already what to do, precisely. Then I wrote the lyrics afterwards, shaping them to the music. For example “Everblack Fields of Nightside”, the one included in the split with HaatE, things have been quite different. I started working on a single synth riff, and I built the whole track from there.
I was recording each riff and part when it came to my mind. It has been a sort of work in progress. Nothing were set in stone and every idea I had could be a good point to work on and elaborate new ideas, riffs, melodies and loops. And yes, there’re a lot of loops and samples in that song.

You’re rereleasing Abisso with two new tracks, tell us about that, what’s the newer material like?
Yes, Abisso it’s going to be out with two new songs. The first one, called “Atto Finale: Di Notte, Cielo e Solitudine” it’s going to be the final act of the Abisso concept. A song I left behind in the original tracklist of the demo, but I decided to include in this ultimate release because, you know, I needed a sense of closure towards this album. That track is a long mid-paced suite. With a lot of synth stuff, and it could kind of remind you the track I included in the split with HaatE.

The other one is a bonus track, and it has nothing to do with the album concept. This song is called “Death’s Dominion” and I released it as a digital-only single on my Bandcamp page. (https://chiral27.bandcamp.com/track/deaths-dominion) This song has been written in the very beginning of 2014, when I was still working on my first demo “Winter Eternal”. This is my personal tribute to the amazing Swedish death metal scene.

Your split with HaatE was a meeting of two very distinctive styles, is the whole dark ambient scene something you’re a fan of?

Honestly? No I’m not. Hahaha
I mean, I like some ambient stuff and I love certain ambient releases, but most of them really bore me. You know, too often the “ambient” label is simply an excuse to throw away awful and senseless music, this is just my opinion of course. Otherwise some ambient releases are simply unbelievable. Like some Solar Fields’ works, latest Wolves in The Throne Room album and the ambient records crafted by Ulver or Lustre for example. Yeah, that’s the ambient music I’m a fan of.

Are there any good underground Italian bands that the rest of us should know about?
I’m not listening to many Italian acts these days, but if you ask for a suggestion and you want to know a bunch of bands from Italy, these are my favourites. The ones you must know.
– Chaos Plague (amazing prog death metal, they’re going to release their first full-length).
– Earth And Pillars (a brand new act that has crafted a rather good atmospheric black metal record).
– Solitude Project (depressive black rock/metal, check their split with Vita Odiosa).
– Korrigans (folk/black metal, their “Ferocior Ad Rebellandum” album is astonishing).
– Monumentum (you probably already know this one, a pillar of Italian dark music).
– Ornaments (instrumental sludge/doom, probably my fav Italian band).

Ok, that’s it. Hope I suggested you something you would enjoy.

When you’re not doing metal, what do you like doing in your spare time?
Well, more than a half of my day is spent working. I work as lathe turner. In my free time I like watching movies, hiking and drinking beer with friends. Especially I love dark beers. And of course I also listen to tons of music.

You recently did a kick ass cover of Emperor’s Toward the Patheon for a cover compilation. Will it see the light of day sometime soon?
Thanks, yes I did that cover and I enjoyed a lot recording that amazing Emperor’s masterpiece. But unfortunately I think that this compilation thing just failed. I don’t know how and why but the person who was arranging the comp just…disappeared. That’s a shame.

You are part of The Somber Lane Blog, tell me how that came about?

Yes, I started “The Somber Lane” with my fellow Andrea “Rizzo” who shares with me a great passion for music. We both love discover underground artists and bands and share them with our friends. So we decided to start this little blog to do so.

We try to be very professional in running “The Somber Lane” because we firmly think that this is the only way we can emerge amongst a ton of other blogs and also as a form of respect towards the artists we get in touch with.

So, if you feel to take a look at our small “somber” blog, follow this link then: https://somberlanemusic.wordpress.com/

Finally, please use this space to plug your band, your blog or anything else you want!
Ok, thanks. So, if anyone would like to follow my projects these are the main links you have to reach out:
Chiral website: http://chiralitaly.wix.com/chiral
Chiral Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ChiralItaly
Chiral Bandcamp: https://chiral27.bandcamp.com

The Somber Lane blog: https://somberlanemusic.wordpress.com/

Cheers man, appreciate your time!
Thanks a lot Sandy, and great work with your blog!

A new split from two great Italian bands, both of which I’ve reviewed here recently. HaatE are a dark ambient project, and Chiral are more atmospheric black metal. Before I get started on the music however, that album art. Man, it’s stunning. I contacted Teo from Chiral and he told me it’s a place in Austria he visited. Add that onto the list of ‘metal places I want to go’.

HaatE take up three tracks on this split, two of which we’ve reviewed before on their ‘As the Moon Painted Their Grief’ debut. The new track, ‘Crystal Pathway’, takes a solemn keyboard led start, weaving a gloomy melody through thin waves of buzzing atmospherics. There are swells of synth every so often, and a mournful melody layers on top of the fuzzing background around the four minute mark. It’s soothing, if slightly menacing, particularly when a crackling voice appears from the gloom briefly. ‘Crystal’ follows that with what feels like Wolves in the Throne Room style black metal atmospheres, but lacking the harder edge. ‘When the Moon Painted Her Grief Pt.1’ is ominous, rumbling and forboding ambience.

Now to Chiral’s contribution. This is what I have been personally looking forward to when I heard about this release; twenty minutes of new Chiral, and it’s all one single track! ‘Everblack Fields of Nightside’ takes all that Chiral do in the way of epic, windswept black metal fury and cranks it up to ten. I don’t like to review long tracks bit by bit, as I think it should be heard in one. A rumbling, moody intro gives way to a scything tremolo riff, and from there we are taken on a blackened odyssey through worship of some of the finest names in dark metal. The howling, spirit from the depths of Burzum. The measured atmospherics of Wolves in the Throne Room. There’s even touches of HaatE’s ambient influence creeping over from the other tracks in places. There’s moments of blastbeat annihilation, and moments of contemplation. It’s masterful.

In short, pick this up. Wherever you can find it. The Chiral track is worth the price alone, and if you haven’t heard anything of HaatE, then there’s no better time to start.