Roel de Haan : The Hungarians of Hænesy deliver a surprising debut album with ‘Katruzsa’; self-released but more professional than many of their peers operating under a record label’s flag. Hænesy plays atmospheric black metal in a way thaqt may not be completely original or innovating, but with enough zest and conviction to impress still. Of course that the actual songs are well structured and played, helps quite a bit. Combining tremolo picked riffs like we know from bands like Manetheren, Wolves In The Throne Room and even Der Weg Einer Freiheit, with emotive parts that invoke visions of raw wilderness and mountains; ‘Katruzsa’ feels comfortable and familiar without being a direct rip-off. In the background subtle nuances are the icing on the cake. The vocals are the typical depressive black metal wailing screams which may not be everyone’s cup of tea, it does lend the music a certain primal aspect which I like. ‘Katruzsa’ is a surprisingly good debut and recommended for fans of the aforementioned bands. Hænesy is a name to keep in mind for future releases.