Friday, February 27, 2015

Negură Bunget "Tau"

Country: Romania
Genre(s)Progressive/Black/Folk Metal
LabelLupus Lounge / Prophecy Productions
FormatCD, vinyl, digital
Release dateFebruary 27, 2015 (EU), March 03, 2015 (ROW)
1. Nămetenie (10:16)
2. Izbucul Galbenei (6:29)
3. La Hotaru Cu Cinci Culmi (4:11)
4. Curgerea Muntelui (5:24)
5. Tărîm Vîlhovnicesc (6:39)
6. Împodobeala Timpului (6:11)
7. Picur Viu Foc (5:09)
8. Schimnicește (6:08)

Negru – Drums, Percussion
Tibor Kati – Vocals, Guitars, Keyboards
OQ – Guitars, Vocals, Keyboards
Petrică Ionuţescu – Pipes, Horns, Pan flute
Ovidiu Corodan – Bass
Rune Eriksen (ex-Mayhem) - guitars on "Impodobeala Timpului"
Sakis Tolis (Rotting Christ) - vocals on "Tarim Vilhovnicesc"

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.
 Read the full review by Erika Kuenstler at metal-temple.com


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