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Solus / Vrag: Awakening of the Hungarian Witch Woods

February 24, 2016
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Waking witches and condemning your soul to an eternity of anguish and hell fire are Solus and Vrag. Both bands hail from Hungary and both bands specialize in abyssal atmospheric and utterly dark black metal. The first four songs belong to Solus and the last two belong to Vrag. Each band is blasphemous in their approach and make you feel as lonely and isolated as possible. Each song is doused in melancholy and set ablaze with isolation. Neither song is lacking in the atmosphere department as that courses through the veins of this entire split.

Pure, raw and unfiltered black metal also courses through the veins of this split as each band plays in the strain of traditional black metal. Each of the six songs sounds as though it belongs in the nineties. The production is filthy and purely raw as though it was just dug up from a damp grave.

Solus and Vrag bring enough abyssal atmosphere with them to choke a horse. All throughout the split you feel as though you wandered into a forest in which you can never come out. A heavy fog sets around you and everything grows dim until all that you can see is utter darkness. Each band makes you feel as though there is no one left in this world but yourself and you feel skin piercingly cold and entirely isolated.

Both bands establish the fact that they can play at a completely blistering pace and slow it down when needed. Vrag more than Solus plays at a slower tempo to allow a creeping dark atmosphere set in, but both bands can kick it up a few notches when needed to add that blistering black metal sound in the mix as well.

The darkness that protrudes from this split is deadly and it hits you directly in the chest. There is no shortage of disparity here either and if you enter this listen with a positive outlook, you won’t leave the same way. Vrag and Solus shatter all delusions of bliss and positive light and replace it with abyssal sounds and corrupt you with a bleak darkness.

During the listen of this split you get nothing but unfiltered black metal and each band plays with a pure intensity. Each riff is dissonant and each scream is filled with anger and contempt. The musicianship throughout is spot on and is as fuzzy and dissonant as you would wish it to be.

Awakening of the Hungarian Witch Woods is blackened to the core and invites you in to share its isolation and darkness. This is a split that is crafted that is a fan of black metal and a fan of atmosphere, and between these two bands you get more than your fair share of both.

 

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