Negură Bunget

Five years after the well-received release of "Vîrstele pămîntului", Romanian masters of Black Metal NEGURĂ […]
By Erika Kuenstler
February 25, 2015
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Five years after the well-received release of "Vîrstele pămîntului", Romanian masters of Black Metal NEGURĂ BUNGET are back with their seventh full-length album "Tău". Due for release at the end of this month, this album is not only available in the usual formats, but also comes as a limited edition dual CD, complete with DVD and artbook. And if you're after something really special, there's the stunning hand-carved wooden box version, limited to just 50 pieces. But with such turbulent lineup changes over the last few year, many fans have been wondering what this would mean for the music itself.

The album starts off with "Nămetenie", recently released as a music video. This begins with a hauntingly simplistic but beautiful intro ethereally woven by pan flutes and whispered voices, perfectly matching the mysterious shrouded mountains portrayed in the video. Then the Black Metal influences kick in, and you are immediately swept away by their sheer shattering power. The new vocalist, Tibor, fits in perfectly, bringing in a varying style that seems to flawlessly fit in with the instrumentation, effortlessly flowing from harsh to clean vocals and back again. Perhaps one of the most outstanding tracks on this album is "Izbucul galbenei" with its chuggy riffs and immensely heavy guitar sound that hits you like a torrential flood. The song is very intricate, with a myriad of layers that combine into a beast of a melody, and will undoubtedly be spectacular to witness live. This is followed by the very Folky "La hotaru cu cinci culmi", with the variation between tracks ensuring that the album remains fascinating to listen to throughout. "Tărîm vîlhovnicesc" is also one of the highlights of "Tău", with a fast-paced galloping melody intertwined with slower and more melancholic parts. "Împodobeala timpului" is a bit of a strange song however, combining crushingly heavy passages with very Folky tunes. This is accentuated all the more by a hurdy gurdy and female vocals, playing off against screeching guitar solos; definitely a very unique song that might take some getting used to. And finally we come to the last track, "Schimnicește", a dark and transcendental track that is awash with stormy emotions before drawing to a close and fading out, bringing the listener back full circle.

Clocking in at just over 50 minutes, "Tău" remains true to NEGURĂ BUNGET's unique style of Black Metal amalgamated with heavy Folk influences. The sound oft ranges from majestic all the way to sepulchre, taking the listener on a journey that can go from tranquil to turbulent in the blink of an eye.  With this release NEGURĂ BUNGET makes it clear that they are still very much on top of their game. They have remained true to their exceptionally distinctive sound, and have if anything taken a step back towards their roots, with the nature-inspired elements shining forth through all else. Whilst this may perhaps not be my favourite NEGURĂ BUNGET album of all time, it is undeniably a strong release, and one many fans will undoubtedly love.

9 / 10

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"Tău" Track-listing:

1. Nămetenie
2. Izbucul galbenei
3. La hotaru cu cinci culmi
4. Curgerea muntelui
5. Tărîm vîlhovnicesc
6. Împodobeala timpului
7. Picur viu foc
8. Schimnicește

Negură Bunget Lineup:

Negru - Drums, Percussion
Tibor Kati - Vocals, Guitars, Keyboards
OQ - Guitars, Vocals, Keyboards
Petrică Ionuţescu - Pipes, Horns, Pan flute
Ovidiu Corodan - Bass

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