This is a review of a split album between Hungary's Solus and Vrag called "Awakening Of the Hungarian Witch Woods" which was originally released in 2013 and re-issued in 2015 as a joint effort between Fekete Terror Productions and Neveheard Distro and we will start off the split with Solus a solo project that has had some of his music reviewed before by this zine and plays an ambient form of black metal.
His side of the split starts out with a very dark and atmospheric ambient sound that is done by synths and starts mixing in with more of a raw style of black metal that also uses a great amount of grim screams and all of his tracks are very long and epic in length and all of the musical instruments have a very powerful sound to them.
Some of the riffs also utilize melodies at times and one the second track the music speeds up a bit and also brings in a small amount of blast beats and the songs also bring in a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts and when guitar solos and leads are utilized they are very dark and melodic sounding along with one of the tracks bringing in a brief use of clean playing and their is also a cover of Marblelog's "Uttalan Utakon" while on the last song he teams up with Vrag, the production sounds very dark and raw while the lyrics are written in Hungarian and cover nature, philosophy and death.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Solus and if you are a fan of atmospheric and ambient black metal, you should check out his side of the split. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Eltemetze" and "Velunk Er Veget".
Next up is Vrag a solo project that plays a very atmospheric form of black metal.
His side of the split starts out with nature sounds and after a few seconds the music starts adding in more of a raw yet melodic black metal sound along with some solos and leads that also use a great amount of melody and you can also hear a very modern atmospheric style being brought into the song structures.
When vocals are brought into the music they are grim black metal screams and both of the tracks are very long and epic in length and also remain true to a very slow musical direction, the production sounds very dark and raw while the lyrics are written in Hungarian and cover darkness, nature and mysticism.
In my opinion Vrag are a very great sounding atmospheric black metal solo project and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out his side of the split. RECOMMENDED TRACK "Avarlelek 1".
In conclusion I feel this is a very great sounding split and I would recommend to all fans of ambient and atmospheric black metal. 8 out of 10.