25th January 2016 – New album – ZI
We are happy to announce our new album will be entitled ZI (“day”/”say”). As the second part of the Transilvanian Trilogy, ZI will focus on the human elements, on the traditions, practices and beliefs that shaped the spiritual horizon of the local inhabitants. The album will be released later this year by Prophecy Productions on some special editions we are already developing.
16th January 2016 – anniversary logo concept
The present artworks were created by Daniel Dorobantu. Graphical contextualisations of the new logo, the images offer a glimpse inside the process of the visual evolution for the new album coming out later this year
14th January 2016 – Veneration of the Dead Festival
We are happy to announce Negura Bunget will perfom at Veneration of the Dead Festival in Rotterdam, on March 27th. We are preparing a special setlist for the festival, focusing on the OM album, as this year we celebrate 10 year since it’s release.
4th January 2016 – Statement 2016 – 20 years Negura Bunget. 10 years OM. New album.
2016 is a very special year for Negura Bunget, as several celebrations are coming to turn. We’d like to take this moment to look back on our past, take some reflections and share them with you, and then see what future lies ahead of us. For sure, we would have been nothing without you, the people that helped and supported us over the years. We’d like to thank you for everything, and let you know that our commitment to Negura Bunget is stronger than ever!
Firstly, in 2016, we celebrate 20 years of existence as a band (well, 21 if you count the one year we existed under the Wiccan Rede name). Then 2016 also marks 10 year since the release of our album OM. That has been undoubtedly the album that changed our path forever. Alongside with the 20 years celebration and 10 years of OM celebration, we will also have a new album to present, which makes this a triple anniversary! As we always saw different elements going hand in hand to create a wider picture, we are preparing a generously layered experience for you in the year to come.
The current line-up of the band, consisting of Gabriel Mafa / Negru on drums, Tibor Kati on vocals and guitars, Adrian Neagoe / Oq on guitars and vocals, Petre Ionutescu on traditional instruments and Ovidiu Corodan on bass and vocals is for sure one of the strongest we have ever had. In the 3 years that we’ve been together we performed more than 250 gigs all over the world, and started the most ambitious project in Negura’s history – The Transylvanian Trilogy. 2016 will see the second part of the trilogy finished and released.
But before we get to that we have a series of re-releases coming along. Aural Music will release a special edition of the OM album, with some extra elements never seen before. Blood Music is also releasing another edition of the OM vinyl. Prophecy Production will also release some special limited vinyl editions of our early albums (some never released before on vinyl), as well as a special collector box edition with lots of extras.
Along all these releases we will also have a wide array of additional elements produced to celebrate the history of the band, including graphic and visual creations, merchandise, old video and audio footages, and lots of other surprises.
The summers & autumn of 2016 will be for sure a very special period for us. We are working on a special series of events to celebrate this triple anniversary, with a special set-list including old songs that we rarely played live, as well as brand new ones we never performed before.
We would also like to acknowledge that we are at a changing point in our evolution where past, present and future arc and influence each other throughout time. Anybody is bound to make mistakes, and we have certainly done enough of them in the 20 years we existed as a band. We’d like to take this opportunity to sincerely apologize for any of the wrongdoings that we might have made, willingly or unwillingly. If there’s anybody that feels we can make up for something, please get in touch, we are here to make amends for everything. At the same time if someone feels they may have mistreated us in any way, you can consider it fixed. We are here to start something new, past be past, bygones be bygones.
2nd January 2016 – New Instagram
We have a brand new Instagram page. Please follow us there for more visual experiences!
28th December 3015 – Negura Bunget Statement 2015
Now that we are coming to the end of 2015, it is time to take a short look at what we did this year. For the first time we passed the 100 gigs in a year limit, an accomplishment that we came close to a few times before, but never achieved it. This year we performed no less than 127 gigs, travelling over 100.000 km by van throughout the entire Europe and North America! It was a tremendous stretch in terms of endurance, planning and logistics, especially considering we worked everything out by ourselves, and we are very proud we were able to make it happen.
We started the year with the release of our TĂU album in March, an album that got an overwhelming response from you, our audience, and the media, an album released in two spectacular limited editions (the 72 pages art book, and the handmade wood box).
Shortly after we embarked on our lengthiest tour ever along Europe, with 80 dates spinning around the continent, from Greece to Sweden, Poland to UK, Denmark to Malta, Finland to France, Lithuania to Italy or Spain to Romania. We had our share of thrills along the tour, got our van broken twice, equipment stolen, members getting sick and going home, we performed in a 5 members line-up, then 4, then even 3… yet no obstacle managed to stop us. We took each provocation as a challenge, and emerged stronger than ever at the end. Overall, it was an amazing experience that we feel have been privileged to undertake and share with you.
We completed the year with a 44 dates tour in North America, which only took things to another level in terms of experiences and thrills. With several members indisposed, and singer Tibor Kati denied the US visa, we started the tour with only two full members of the band (drummer Negru and bass player / vocalist Ovidiu Corodan). But with the help of our tour partners Johann and Andri from Dynfari we managed to pull out some special performances. We’ve travelled all across the Northern American continent playing and enjoying the natural elements, in an experience that enriched our horizons to further depths. We had the chance to also visit Mexico for the first time, and although we haven’t played there, we met so many friends and found so much enthusiasm that we are determined to make that happen as soon as possible!
We also performed in Iceland for the first time this year, with the help of our friends from Dynfari. As a last experience of the North American tour it was for sure a memorable one.
Finally, we ended the year with a couple of performances in Romania, including one at the Top T Festival, the place where we performed for the very first time back in 1995. It felt like coming full circle. Unfortunately, these last performances have been on the aftermath of a terrible tragedy that hit the Romanian metal scene, which made us all re-think our priorities and paths.
How did we emerge from all these experiences? More humble and grateful for the amazing opportunity we have been given! You can be sure we’ll work even harder from now on in order to continue this endeavor and take it to new levels. Thank you all for coming along with us on our amazing ride!