A powerful dark presence of an intense nature, connected with the local nature and with its spirit, ascending and descending, shaping through the clouds of the present. You can sometimes feel it is there, but you cannot grab it. Only your clean mind and soul can came close of its presence. From the very beginning we shaped ourselves into relating with it, so that is now part of us. That's how we understand Negura Bunget.
Negura Bunget is a black fog coming from a deep dark dense forest. The name tries to picture somehow the kind of atmosphere, both musical and spiritual we'd want to create through our music. It has also a symbolical nature, standing for the inexpressible parts of our ideology. The two words are also from the Tracic substrate of the Romanian language (the oldest one, containing about 90 words) as the interest for our local history and spirituality is something of crucial importance and meanings for us as a band.
Immortally rising from the spirituality of immortal lands, Negura 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 Negura Bunget. The new approach became clearly evident on the debut album, Zîrnindu-sa, released by the newly founded Romanian label Bestial Records (late 1996).
December 1998 brought Negura 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.
Maiastru sfetnic is the third opus of Negura Bunget. The album was released by Bestial Records in 1999 in a special digipak format (designed and handmade by Negura 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.
Maiastru 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 (Vazduh) 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.
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.
OM is released by code666 Records in November 2006 in a special double digipak edition featuring a CD and a full DVD. With OM Negura 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.
In October 2007 Negura Bunget signed a contract with German label Lupus Lounge / Prophecy Production followed by the release in 2008 of the early Negura 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.
In the summer of 2008 Negura 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 spring of 2009 bought new challenges for the Negura Bunget. Founding member Hupogrammos, along Sol Faur left the band, and a new line-up was formed, featuring Corb on guitars and vocals and Spin on guitars. The first gigs in the new line-up followed soon after, including Graspop Metal Meeting, MetalCamp, Brutal Assault Festival, Hole in the Sky Festival.
The work on Maiestrit, a re-interpretation of the original Negura Bunget album Maiastru sfetnic was finalized before the end of 2009, and the album was released in March 2010, by Prophecy Productions as the last material of the old line-up.
Soon after the band started to work on a new album, entitled Vîrstele pamîntului, which was completed on seclusion in the wilderness of the mountains. Vîrstele pamîntului (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.
Some new line-up changes took place after the tour, guitarists Corb and Spin being replaced by Urzit and Fulmineos.
Two new European Tours (ones as Headliners and one as special guests of the Norwegian legend Enslaved) the completion of the live DVD, entitled Focul Viu, as well as a brand new MCD mark 2010 as the most intense year in the history of the band.
With more than 400 live appearances so far, Negura Bunget is ready to unleash the power of their Black Metal, promoting its musical and spiritual vision and, as always… The Transilvanian Spirituality.