Negură Bunget - Măiestrit review
|Release date:||March 2010|
01. Vremea Locului Sortit
02. În-Zvîcnirea Apusului
03. A-Vînt În Abis
04. Al Locului
06. Plecăciunea Morţii
07. A-Vînt În Abis [acoustic version]
08. Plecăciunea Morţii [acoustic version]
This album evokes a myriad of responses from me, ranging from shaking my head glumly wondering what might have been to being outright violently "Bitter SMASH!" angry.
If you've leaped forward and seen the final score I've given the album, you are probably wondering how that lines up with my introductory statement.
It goes like this.
Negură Bunget were a lot like a seven course meal at a fine dining establishment. The opening courses were good, of increasing quality and constantly hinting at and tantalizing you for the dish yet to come.
2006 saw this band unleash the main course of this feast, OM, upon as all... and it was a masterpiece. It was an absolutely astounding and amazing album. The band had evolved from just another run of the mill black metal project into a unit capable of transcendent work.
"Nothing is fucked? The god damn plane has crashed into the mountain!"
And just like that the band imploded. The primary participants and creative forces left. The name should have died, instead the drummer, Negru, carried on with it... despite the absence of critical creative forces.
The reason I find Măiestrit so evocative is because it's the "dessert" to follow the feast that was OM. The last morsel, the last new taste it looks like we will get from the core band.
Oh, and it's evocative because it is also a jawdroppingly wondrous album.
Măiestrit was pulled from the ashes of the now-imploded band. It was a reworking of 2000's Maiastru Stefnic, with which the band was apparently thoroughly dissatisfied. Not a "modernization", which oft produces mediocrity (see: Dimmu Borgir or Exodus), but re-envisioning the entire thing, lock, stock, and barrel. The tapes of these re-recordings were assembled and released.
Măiestrit is not as sophisticated as OM was, but of course they were originating from a more primitive starting point, even if re-working the release. The songs are "epic" in approach, with the shortest being six minutes, and many dragging into double digits. The "epic" approach also applies to the music therein, so the tracks unfold and build before you... so the length is not a negative. They rely on tremolo riffing to build and maintain an atmosphere which envelopes the listener.
The usage of traditional folk instruments is not as prevalent as it was on their prior/final album, but listeners will undoubtedly notice the off the wall "Alien Ghost" whistling noise on the second track. I have no idea what makes that sound... it almost sounds like something that would be used for sound effects in a Scooby-Doo episode, but it somehow works.
Perhaps the coolest tracks are the two which close out Măiestrit … acoustic* reinterpretations of "A-vint In Abis" and "Plecaciunea Mortii". Both are simultaneously peaceful, eerie, and haunting. They are the dessert and the after-dinner wine. The very last tastes of an exquisite meal.
Hope you enjoyed 'em, as this kitchen is now closed. GTFO. You don't have to go home but you can't stay here.
Sure, it's re-opening under new management soon enough... but without the two head chefs, can it hope to compare?
As they say, parting is such sweet sorrow, so I guess we should be grateful they were able to give us at least one final taste. And a sweet... and sorrowful... last bite it is.
* err, mostly acoustic.
||Written on 05.05.2010 by BitterCOld has been officially reviewing albums for MetalStorm since 2009.|
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