Negura Bunget
OM


4.0
excellent

Review

by MiloRuggles USER (4 Reviews)
June 22nd, 2019 | 14 replies


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist

Review Summary: *inhales* CINEMATIC BLACK METAL

Andrei has just found his mother's corpse in a lush forest clearing. Being a man whose frontal lobe is somewhat less developed than our own and having never encountered civil society, he begins bellowing unintelligible things at the forest surrounding him as if it's somehow to blame for her death. Andrei's primitive brain may not be capable of solving modern Romania's myriad political and economical woes, but he's more than capable of registering surprise when the forest begins to respond to his senseless yelling in earnest. The gurgle of a nearby brook morphs into a complicated series of overlapping sloshes and trickles, building in volume until it seems as if an invisible creature's lips are somehow within breathing distance of both of his ears, whispering, “There are billions of stars in the universe, and your insignificant and insufferable excuse for an existence within this damp, dying forest has bestowed upon you a perspective so utterly minute in the grand scheme of creation that your death will mean precisely nothing to any living creature. Especially now that the one form of 'intelligent' life you've ever known is reduced to a decaying cadaver. Plus, you smell really fucking bad. Come submerge yourself in my depths, and if you never surface again I won't judge you.

Wolves close in on the clearing, and they are ready to fucking riff.

TITLE CARDS

NEGURA BUNGET PRESENTS

IN ASSOCIATION WITH UNIVERSALLY UNDERFUNDED PICTURES

A PANOS COSMATOS JOINT

OM

Fuck yeah! Are you feeling that? I've got goosebumps. Anyhow, that's how this album kicks off, and it's wild. What happens during the rest of OM?I dunno, man, but there's fucking monks chanting somewhere and I'm pretty sure I just heard a herd of cows wander by with those little bells around their necks.

In essence, OM sounds like a B-film of the highest caliber. The sound design and keyboard atmospherics were made on equipment that definitely doesn't sound expensive, yet lands in a realm of surreal terror only slightly undercut by melodrama. The keyboards are loud in the mix and often panned outside of the work of the rest of the band, making it feel like they're strangling the black metal excursions into submission. Somehow, instead of making the end product sound like what it is (self-produced forest metal; a form of musical alchemy that either creates or is created by white, skinny, sweaty, basement-dwelling, neckbeard-sporting weirdos), it manages to work in a way reminiscent of a Goblin soundtrack to a giallo film.

Should I mention that the band is actually good as well?The two credited guitarists for this album- who are apparently named Sol Faur and Hupogrammos for reasons that I'd love to hear their parents attempt to justify- actually seem to be having fun on their instruments, which I'm told is a rarity in the genre. Every song that contains guitar has some kind of fun rhythmic idea or entertaining technique employed for at least a passing section, providing a diverse performance which allows the riffier moments to really shine. I'm about 90% sure that the drummer is just having an epilectic fit sprawled across his kit during De Piatrr, but I'm glad they got it on tape and I hope that he (Negru, of course) is doing okay now. The bass performance on Cel Din Urmr Vis seems to suggest that [K]Ermit was actually allowed to be in the room as the band were writing songs, which may be a controversial decision to all of you bassists (meaning those that are discriminatory towards bass-players) out there. There are also some instruments on this album which might not even have names yet, I'm not sure, but it seems as if they're being played well?There's even a shift in scene on Hora Soarelui where our hero meets some pharoahs or gauchos or some shit, and everyone stops for a quick dance. It's a little left-field, but I think that Andrei deserved some levity in his life after everything he went through.

In conclusion, smoke some mad doinks, pop yer cans on, and hit play on this bad boy. Even if you don't enjoy yourself, you'll be able to brag to your friends about how you do drugs on your own and listen to alternative music. People really love it when you incessantly rave on about that.

And now, for a review summary entirely in adjectives for all of the left-brainers out there: atmospheric, otherwordly, ethereal, dynamic, trashy-in-a-good-way, fun, grimdark, worldly, angry, tranquil, attractive, sporty, and mildly priced. Buy one today.


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username345 (4.5)
An incredibly atmospheric yet complex album....

REUS (5)
Transcendent mystics of the Transilvanian forests, conjure the archaic prophecies of their heritage ...



Comments:Add a Comment 
clavier
Staff Reviewer
June 22nd 2019


951 Comments


very glad you're doing more reviews

Digging: for your health/Shin Guard - Death of Spring

MiloRuggles
June 22nd 2019


38 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks! This one was kind of an accident that happened overnight.

Azog
June 22nd 2019


193 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

*inhales* CINEMATIC BLACK METAL



Nailed it.

JohnnyoftheWell
Contributing Reviewer
June 22nd 2019


15555 Comments


Wolves close in on the clearing, and they are ready to fucking riff.

Should I mention that the band is actually good as well?

There are also some instruments on this album which might not even have names yet, I'm not sure, but it seems as if they're being played well?

Pos'd.

Digging: bloodthirsty butchers - Kocorono

Nocte
Contributing Reviewer
June 23rd 2019


9653 Comments


Bump

Pos'd

zaruyache
June 23rd 2019


21122 Comments


People really love it when you incessantly rave on about that.


edit: i have no idea what this comment is in reference to.

MiloRuggles
June 23rd 2019


38 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

@zaruyache lol drunk commenting? It's a quote from the second to last paragraph of my review

zaruyache
June 23rd 2019


21122 Comments


that makes a lot more sense

ramon.
Contributing Reviewer
June 25th 2019


3157 Comments


got a hearty guffaw from this one; kino, truly
band rips too

MiloRuggles
June 25th 2019


38 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Good to hear! I had way too much fun with it. This is essentially the only part of their catalogue I've touched outside of some weird compilation I had at some point in time.

oltnabrick
June 25th 2019


37144 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

their first two albums are actually great. you should check them

Digging: xanopticon - Liminal Space

MiloRuggles
June 25th 2019


38 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Shall do! What didn't you like about this one?



Also, do you mean Zîrnindu-să and Sala Molksa? Discogs had some kind of weird claim about what was their first 'proper' release or some such shit

Papa Universe
July 3rd 2019


22234 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

if you make it up to ten or so reviews by the end of the summer, I predict you'll be the next 'contributing reviewer'



negura POSet

MiloRuggles
July 5th 2019


38 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks! Golly, I'm blushing. And shivering, as it's winter where I'm at. Nevertheless, I'm picking up what you're putting down, despite not really knowing what that title entails.



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