Negura Bunget
OM


4.5
superb

Review

by username345 USER (52 Reviews)
May 19th, 2008 | 103 replies


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist

Review Summary: An incredibly atmospheric yet complex album.

While the first track of ‘Om’ is a very stereotypical and unimpressive ambient black metal album intro, that is as far as the black metal clichés go on this album. From the moment the second track starts you know what you’re listening to is very special.

Complex, melodic and atmospheric are the best words to describe ‘Om’. While many black metal bands feel the need to create simple riffs and repeat them hundreds of times, the riffs here are all very complex and progressive. Negură Bunget manage to add progressive influences to their black metal sound without sounding at all gimmicky or cheesy. The two styles compliment each other perfectly, complex yet managing to retain a very hypnotic black metal atmosphere.

And atmosphere is something ‘Om’ has plenty of. The production is perfect, which is very impressive as the band did it all themselves. It gives a distant but not too quiet sound as if it was recorded in a giant cavern. The production stops it from getting past a certain heaviness so despite the complexity of the music it is still quite accessible for a non-black metal fan.

Keyboards back the guitars, but mostly stay in the background so never overpower the music, instead just adding to the atmosphere. Often the black metal stops for lengthy keyboard led ambient sections. Some of the shorter songs are completely ambient led by keyboards with just vocals or chimes over them.

Flutes, pipes and traditional Romanian instruments also appear occasionally and give a nice folky feel to the album, but again stay more in the background so they never sound cheesy like a lot of folk metal does. The section near the end of ‘Cunoaşterea Tăcută’ which has a flute playing a melody over an otherwise ordinary black metal base is one of the most beautiful and atmospheric moments of any black metal song I’ve ever heard.

‘Om’ isn’t repetitive like a lot of black metal either. Before a riff becomes even slightly boring, it will be changed for something else or the song will suddenly change direction completely. ‘Om’ is full of inventive twists and turns like this so you never know which direction a song will go in. At one moment it may be in the middle of a pure black metal section complete with blast beats and tremolo picked riffs, the next in an ambient section with an odd twisted guitar melody over it. Despite the constant changing, none of the songs here seem at all rushed.

The drumming plays a big part in allowing the abrupt changes in sound to run smoothly. Although there are some standard black metal blast beats in places the drumming is often just as inventive as the weird melodies, and is never at all boring. Sometimes the percussion becomes almost tribal, played on what sounds like bongos.

The vocals are also very good. While it’s mostly in a typical black metal style, it’s more varied than most. Sometimes the vocals change almost into a death metal growl and clean vocals are also often used. Occasional chants are also used in a way slightly similar to early Ulver or Agalloch. While I’m not sure exactly what’s being sung as it’s all in Romanian, from what I’ve gathered it avoids the cheesy Satanism and is mainly about nature, forests and other such Black Metal topics.

There’s not a lot to criticise here, but there is definitely some filler and parts do drag on slightly. However, the rest of the album is so great you probably won’t even notice.



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username345
May 19th 2008


594 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I'm surprised this hasn't been reviewed already (unless it was lost in the database crash that is)

Anyway, here's 'Cunoasterea Tacuta' for anyone interested:
http://youtube.com/watch?v=h8wB7emt6ig

Slaytan
May 19th 2008


1186 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Got this album a couple of days ago. It's pretty good.

jrowa001
May 19th 2008


8750 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this sounds cool. you should check out this band Dekadent

Tyler
Emeritus
May 19th 2008


7926 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Album is great, review is good enough I guess. This is one of the few black metal albums that the usually bullshit "atmosphere" actually plays a pivotal role. Like, there's an actual atmosphere to this album, it's not the stupid "cold" and "distant" shit most fans pretend is on their horribly produced bm albums. This Message Edited On 05.19.08

AngelPhoenix
May 20th 2008


2764 Comments


This does sound pretty good from what I heard off their myspace. Their atmosphere is convincing and engaging in a similar manner to Ulver's old bm albums.
Would ya'll say this is their best?

Tyler
Emeritus
May 20th 2008


7926 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is nothing like Ulver's old BM albums. Maybe Bergtatt a little.
This is great but 'n Crugu Bradului might be better.

AngelPhoenix
May 20th 2008


2764 Comments


Right, I wasn't saying that, just saying how Ulver (like with Bergtatt) was able to create a strong, convincing atmosphere very easily and naturally. These guys did the same thing for me first track I heard.
And in that case I will check out both

jingledeath
May 2nd 2009


7104 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

forgot how good this was

Hawks
May 2nd 2009


35838 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I haven't listened to this in at least a year. I need to listen to this again and also check out some other albums by this band.

rasputin
October 14th 2009


14550 Comments


so i've just finished Esarul De Lumini and this isn't anywhere near as good as i thought it would be. maybe it will pick up but right now i'm drowning in synth.

Lucid
Contributing Reviewer
April 3rd 2010


7026 Comments


this is great

Ghostechoes
May 1st 2010


1353 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This album is AMAZING.

DeafMetal
October 2nd 2010


8588 Comments


not bad

Digging: Ja Rule - Pain Is Love

Edwin
October 6th 2010


1399 Comments


Was really excited to hear this but I'm a bit disappointed after a few listens. Hopefully a grower.

Hawks
January 19th 2011


35838 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Probably because it's awesome.

FatChickIrl
February 4th 2011


4096 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Really good

foreverendeared
February 4th 2011


14678 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Love these guys, still haven't heard this one yet, though.

FatChickIrl
February 4th 2011


4096 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

its amazing

FatChickIrl
February 4th 2011


4096 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

one of the best atmospheric albums fucking ever

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
February 4th 2011


18737 Comments


Their newest is really good too, you should check it out.

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