Negura Bunget - _'N Crugu Bradului_
by: Pedro Azevedo (
Large chunks of dew-dripping atmosphere surround the metallic sections
on _'N Crugu Bradului_, the new full-length album by Romanians Negura
Bunget. This is a band that takes great pride in the knowledge they
possess about their country and their ancestors, a band that seems to
truly feel the natural forces around them, and it all shows in their
music. In fact, even though Negura Bunget have again worked hard to
create a remarkable package for their CD and the sound quality is
quite good, _'N Crugu Bradului_ is still a decidedly uncommercial
record. _'N Crugu Bradului_ is divided into four untitled tracks, each
ranging from twelve to fifteen minutes in length, and comes with a
multimedia section that is well above average. Negura Bunget's brand
of mystical black metal comes across as very spontaneous and
unconventional, and at times even almost ethereal. Had the playing
been somewhat tighter and my rating would have been higher; yet I
realize that extra tightness might actually reduce the enjoyment
others will derive of this album's spontaneous, natural feeling. _'N
Crugu Bradului_ is definitely not an album for everyone's ears, but
those who manage to fully immerse themselves in the sheer atmosphere
this record possesses will be well rewarded for it. It's a very unique release.
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