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Negură Bunget + Grimegod - TĂU Tour Europe 2013
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Immortally rising from the spirituality of immortal lands, Negură Bunget began their journey through the universe of Black Metal in early 1995, with Hupogrammos (guitars/vocals/keyboards) and Negru (drums). The duo’s first demo, From Transilvanian Forests, was recorded at Magic Sound Studio in Bucharest, November 1995, and released at the end of the same year, under the band’s original name, Wiccan Rede. The release of this demo was preceded by the band’s first live performance, in Buzau (June 1995) and was then followed by concerts all around Romania.
Once their conceptual perspective shifted towards the exploration of the universe and spirituality of their ancestors, the band’s name changed to Negură Bunget. The new approach became clearly evident on the debut album, Zîrnindu-să, released by the newly founded Romanian label Bestial Records (late 1996).
December 1998 brought Negură Bunget’s second release, Sala Molksa, a mini-album also released by Bestial Records. Sala molksa introduced the band’s third official member, Spurcatu, on guitars/bass. The 4 tracks unveil a much more straight-forward sound, complex, aggressive, atmospheric, fast - The Music of Transilvanian Spirituality. The band played in July 1999 at the Open Hell Festival in Volyne (Czech Republic).
Măiastru sfetnic is the third opus of Negură Bunget. The album was released by Bestial Records in 1999 in a special digipak format (designed and handmade by Negură Bunget). More than 56 minutes, yet only 6 epic tracks, united in haunts, evilness, descent, atmospheres, speed and aggression… displaying the band’s vision on how a Black Metal-based world should have looked like.
Măiastru sfetnic also brought the band a 3-album contract with Italian label code666 Records. A new track was recorded specially for code666’s compilation Better Undead Than Alive, and the band’s first video was shot for the same track (Văzduh) in the mountains of Transilvania.
‘N crugu bradului album, the first one to be released by code666 Records, can be seen as a spiritual endeavor though the essences of the Transilvanian traditional spirituality. Just 4 tracks, symbolizing the evolution of a year’s 4 seasons, yet 54 minutes of conceptual Black Metal. The album was released in February 2003, and got positive reviews all over the media, making the band better known on the international scene.
In April/March 2004 Negură Bunget embarked on its first European tour, with gigs in Portugal, Germany, Belgium, Slovakia and Hungary. In the following summer the band also played at Under The Black Sun Festival in Germany and on Wanted Festival in Hungary. Finally, few gigs in Romania ended the year.
2005 saw the release of the limited edition Inarborat Kosmos MCD. With lyrics in English, the 4-track EP offers an apparently traditional Black Metal, but turned complex by intricate and slightly chaotic guitar sounds, which have by now become a landmark of the band’s constant quest for the proper rendition of Transilvanian Spirituality. The CD also contains a multimedia section with 2 live recordings. A second European Tour followed in October-November 2005, in anticipation of the following album, OM. 23 gigs all over Europe showed the band live potential is no less than its studio one.
OM is finally released by code666 Records in November 2006 in a special double digipak edition featuring a CD and a full DVD. With OM Negură Bunget proposes once again a new complete opus, focused around the symbolism and signification of one unitary concept. Romanian language offers a vast and complex signification: OM means MAN (the human being), but OM is also the main contemplative state for elevation in traditional esotericism.
A new extended European Tour took place in April/May 2007, with the band performing more than 40 concerts throughout the Europe. Another tour was done at the end of 2007, focused more on Netherlands and Germany. In October 2007 Negură Bunget signed a contract with German label Lupus Lounge / Prophecy Production followed by the release in 2008 of the early Negură Bunget albums on a special digipak edition. A live DVD was also recorded at the beginning of 2008 and is planned to be released by Prophecy Productions in early 2011.
The begging of 2008 marked yet another European tour for Negură Bunget, this time along The Vision Bleak and Farsot. This was followed by a Romanian Tour in April. In the summer of 2008 Negură Bunget played some of the most important Metal Festivals: Wacken Open Air and Summerbreeze, and also Artmania Festival, Kaltenbach Open Air, Rockmania Festival, Paalisare Rock Fest. Another extended European Tour was completed in October/November 2008.
The work on Măiestrit, a re-interpretation of the original Negură Bunget album Măiastru sfetnicwas finalized before the end of 2009, and the album was released in March 2010, by Prophecy Productions.
Soon after the band started to work on a new album, entitled Vîrstele pămîntului, which was completed on seclusion in the wilderness of the mountains. Vîrstele pămîntului (Ages of the Land/ Earth) is as the title suggests an album about ages, about places of the earth and places of the spirit, about bounds transcending
worlds. It’s an album about embracing your destiny, about choosing and consciously assuming a way of life. The album was released by code666 Records in March 2010, in a special handmade woodbox edition, and immediately got some amazing review across the media. A full European Tour, entitled Spirit of the Land
followed in March/April/May 2010, with 50 gigs across Europe, presenting the new materials.
2010 was one the most intense year in the history of Negură Bunget. Two albums released, followed by a long European tour as headliners (Spirit of the Land Tour), another tour in autumn (Black Trolls Over Europe - 10 dates), some festivals in between (including Hellfest) and a lot of work, all make this year special and unforgettable. Figures for 2010: 72 gigs played, 2 European Tours as headliners, more than 50.000 km of driving by van, 66 answered interviews, more than 10.000 CD’s sold.
2011 marked 15 years of Negură Bunget, so the band activities celebrated this anniversary. April brought the release of the Live DVD - Focul Viuand of the MCD - Poartă de dincolosymbolically marking the end of the 10 years cooperation with Code666 Records. April also meant a tour along Norwegian legends Enslaved. Some summer festivals were played - Exitand Party San. The second part of 2011 saw the band on the Transilvanian Legacy Tour, traveling through Europe and Romania, playing more than 35 dates. In 2011 Negură Bungetstarted developing its most ambitious project, The Transilvanian Trilogy, a complex musical and visual trilogy.
2012 was another busy year for the band. March brought Negură Bungeton Paganfest Europein an amazing line-up along Eluveitie, Primordialand Solstafir. April/May was time for the very first US and Canadian tour - almost 40 dates were set for this amazing endeavor / Transilvanian Legacy. Some summer festivals followed. The first part of the visual / musical trilogy was developed and a complex production and recording process started.
Some media recognition - the band was voted Best Romanian Metal band in 2012 by www.metalhead.ro, Romanian leading metal Portal and Metal Artist of 2012 by www.czb.ro.
The 2013 started again intensely, with a complete reset of the band studio and live concept, meant to take the Negură Bunget on some brand new paths. A small tour in spring, some festivals in the summer, all prepared for an intense end of the year, with the band performing over 70 gigs in 3 months, throughout 3 different tours (including an extensive one with Greek legends Rotting Christ).
TĂU, the first part of the Transilvanian Trilogy is finally seeing the light of day in 2014. Negură Bunget prepared an extensive promotion for it, including an European spring, followed by one in US and Canada in May and June.
With more than 500 live appearances up to date, Negură Bungetis eager to unleash the power of their Black Metal, promoting its musical and spiritual vision and, as always… The Transilvanian Spirituality.
From Transilvanian Forest (demo) - self-released, 1995
Zîrnindu-să (CD) - Breath of Night Records, 1998
Sala molksa (MCD) - Bestial Records, 1998
Măiastru sfetnic (handmade digipak) - Bestial Records, 2000
‘N crugu bradului (handmade digibox) - Aural Music/Code666 Records, 2003
Inarborat Kosmos (digi MCD) - Aural Music/Code666 Records, 2005
CD BOX - re-edition of the first 3 CD’s - Negura MUSIC, 2005
OM CD/DVD (double digipak) - Aural Music/Code666 Records, 2006
Măiestrit (digipak, artbook)- Lupus Lounge/Prophecy Productions, 2010
Vîrstele pămîntului (digipak, handmade woodbox)- Aural Music/Code666 Records, 2010
Poartă de dincolo (digi MCD) -Aural Music/Code666 Records, 2011
Focul Viu - Live DVD (DVD, 2CD) - Lupus Lounge/Prophecy Productions, 2011
Gînd a-prins (EP, vinyl) - Lupus Lounge/Prophecy Productions, 2013
Grimegod was created in the autumn of 1991 by Tibor (vocals) and Hoit (guitar) and was considered the first doom death band in Romania . Between 1992-1993 Do (guitar), Cipri (bass), Gabor (tobe), Andy (clape), Aniela (female vocalist) joined the band and Grimegod performs several concerts.
In 1994 the first demo of the band “Never Come Back” is released and over 500 copies are sold. In the same year, Grimegod participates in the legendary TV show IMN from TVR and wins second place with the song “Godless Cry”. This song also entered the top positions of HMM and VoxPopRock magazines. In 1995 the first self produced album “Under the Sad and Silent Sky” is released and is sold in over 1000 copies. With this album the band definitely writes a page in the history book of the Romanian underground metal scene. In the same year the band takes part in TopT, SamFest, MetalFan festivals and wins a prize at each one of them. The following album “Dreamside of Me” by Bestial Records is issued in 1997. The album is sold in over 1500 copies, becoming the best sold Grimegod album.
In 1998 the band is reduced to 3 members because of the lack of perseverance of the other members and so the drum machine era begins. This will extend over a few years. “The Darkside”, an experimental album is issued containing old songs wrapped differently. This work does not meet the expected success. Several concerts take place but in an odd formula including beside the members, Tibor, Hoit and Tilo, a drum machine and a computer. Grimegod reaches outside the Romanian borders performing at festivals in Hungary joining bands as Sear Bliss or Nevergreen.
The next album “With Broken Wings” by Bestial Records is issued in the year 2000 following the same experimental pattern. In 2002 the formula is reestablished with a drummer so the drum machine trend disappears for good from the Grimegod history. Next, in 2004 Grimegod issues 2 new songs on the Arad Rock Evolution compilation by Taboo Records. In the same year, Grimegod band opens the Mystic Circle concert. In the following years, specifically in 2006 the band issues “Cosmar Prefabricat” and opens a Tiamat concert.
In 2007 Hoit (guitar) decides to leave the band leaving Tibor the only founding member in the band. Grimegod performs that year in Greece at Metal Healing festival on the same stage with Destruction, The Haunted and Pentagram. In 2008, Grimegod performs in a mini-tour with Crossover ( Greece ) and Krepuskul (Ro). During the summer of 2008 the band opens the Crematory and Lake of Tears concerts. In the same year Grimegod begins the recording for the new “Roads” album.
Recently, in 2009 Hoit (guitar) rejoins the band and celebrating 18 years of existence, the band starts an anniversary tour. This same year the first album “Under the Sad and Silent Sky” is re-mastered but never produced. In 2010 the anniversary tour continues until Hoit (guitar) and Ted (drums) leave the band. Their place is filled with success by Alex (drums) and Jet (guitar).
In 2011, the band finishes recording the album "Wrong Roads". Vartan (drums) took over the place of Alex. Since then, the band had several concerts in this new arrangement, participating in Romania's finals for Global Battle of the Bands. At the start of 2012, Jetu (guitar) left the band, Gabi taking over the rhythm guitar parts.