Chiral – Gazing Light Eternity (Atmospheric Black Metal CD review)

Chiral

Chiral – Gazing Light Eternity

This Italian one-man band, (yes another Italian extreme metal act), specializes in the morbid creation of atmospheric black metal with plenty of blackened emotions only brought about by mental anguish and death.

“Gazing Light Eternity” is four tracks of emotionally penned black metal adding up to 40 minutes of some ethereal synth passages topped-off with agonized, raspy vocals, and guitars coming in at you like an army of sword wielding warriors from the infernal depths of the abyss. There maybe only four songs on this album, but due to its length of songs clocking in at an average of eight minutes, this is music not written for the faint of heart.

As disturbing as their album title sounds, “Gazing Light Eternity” conjures up eerie images of a world of forlorn spirits in eternal decay. “Part III The Crown”
is the only vicious style of black metal hell unleashed here, more in the vein of early Darkthrone and Craft.

However, some of the more ambient, eclectic style of black metal here takes some influences from French avant-garde black metal maniacs Blut Aus Nord. This aspect of Chiral’s music creates feelings of internal trepidation and moments of confusion. Some of this confusion can be experienced on the weird synthesizer and spoken dialogue arranged number “Part II The Haze”, which is definitely the most ethereal song out of the four tracks featured on this album.

Last but not least, I can say a lot more about this avant-garde release, but it will do no justice, as “Gazing Light Eternity” is sure to ensnare the listener emotionally, in this wild ride of sorts. Sarjoo Devani

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