Negura Bunget - _Maiastru Sfetnic_
(Bestial Records, 2001)
by: Pedro Azevedo (
The darksome Transylvanian trio have returned, and this time they seem to have realised a great deal of their potential. They have clearly been busy since I interviewed them [CoC #47], judging by the spirit they managed to imbue _Maiastru Sfetnic_ with, in terms of both music and packaging (hand-made black digipak). During its six tracks, which add up to nearly an hour, _Maiastru Sfetnic_ can take you on a journey through grim mountains and chasms -- and misty forests as well, or something would be seriously amiss in the record's black metal spirit. You may need to be in a very specific frame of mind to fully enjoy this, but that's precisely the key to the album's essence: the atmosphere and feeling it contains; the way the stripped-down guitars, drums and occasional basic touch of keyboard all gel into cold, majestic compositions drenched with a primordial, mystical feeling. The abstract vocals further contribute to this rather unique result that transcends objective musical value. Negura Bunget won't be winning any awards for outstanding technical prowess, but they do manage to balance spontaneity and execution so that it hardly harms the album at all. A very impressive record that definitely seems to contain a lot of belief and dedication.
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