1st January 2017 – new beginnings.
As another year in the history of the band, the 20th, comes to an end, we take a look back, but also a look ahead to what we have coming in 2017. 2016 was a busy year for Negura Bunget, but 2107 announces to be even more intense.
The triple anniversary (20 years Negura Bunget / 10 years OM / new album ZI) took us on a roller-coaster of special moments, releases, performances in 2016.
In September, we released the new album ZI – the second part of the Transilvanian trilogy. To complete the musical experience of the album we developed a complex visual dimension as well, which included the ZI – movie concept, our highest visual achievement yet.
Hand in hand with the release of the new album we performed an extended Anniversary European Tour, with 49 gigs across the continent, of which 38 gigs were in a row (a premiere even for us).
Around the release of the new album we also developed a crowdfunding campaign meant to help us expand the promotion of our music on a proper world tour. Thanks to your generosity the campaign was a success, and our plans have now good chances to be fulfilled. We have been working on those for years and we are now close of unveiling the first details.
We’ll start the new year with some writing sessions for the new album we have been already working on after completing ZI.
Then in spring we’ll embark on a tour focused on Northern Europe, on places we couldn’t make it to on the 2016 European Tour.
In April/May we’re returning to North America extending further our Anniversary tour. Beside USA and Canada, we hope to visit and perform in Mexico as well this time, circling the entire continent.
In the summer of 2017 we plan to finalize our must ambitious project ever, The Transilvanian Trilogy with something truly special.
Finally, the last part of the year we’ll dedicate to completing our Anniversary World Tour, hoping to visit some faraway places we haven’t reached before: Asia and Australia.
Again, none of the things we achieved or plan to achieve would be possible without you, the people that helped and supported us over the years. We are forever grateful to you all for making our amazing journey possible!
We’ll announce the details for our plans gradually, starting in the first days of the new year, so please tune in. May 2017 bring you the inspiration and the force to channel into action. Negru / Negura Bunget
23rd September 2016 – anniversary tour / crowdfunding campaign.
As some things come to an end, others just begin… Our crowdfunding campaign ends today, but our European only begins! It’s a special anniversary one, not be missed.
We’ve already raised 105% of our goals with the campaign, so we can’t tank enough to all the people that supported us in this project. There are still some cool items left: https://igg.me/at/negurabungetZI
1th September 2016 – ZI movie concept released.
We are happy to unveil the most complex visual creation we ever did, in the form of the ZI short movie concept:
Directed again by our friend Daniel Dorobantu.
New album ZI is out September 30. Pre-orders:
– custom editions, signed versions: https://igg.me/at/negurabungetZI
– regular editions: http://www.negurabunget.com/webshop/
27th July 2016 – new album ZI out September 30
Negura Bunget’s new album, “ZI” (English for ‘Day’ or ‘Say’) is the second part of the group’s ambitious “Transilvanian Trilogy”, released on the heels of 2015’s celebrated album, “TAU” (English for ‘Your’ or ‘Thy’), a record accurately hailed as “earthshaking” as it focused on unique native, natural landscapes and the mystique, legends, lore and meanings behind them.
In creating its most luminescent recording to date, Negura Bunget has further immersed itself in the traditions and practices of local Transilvanian inhabitants, exploring their connection with nature, and the way this relationship has shaped spiritual horizons. Within this framework, “ZI” closely examines the core of the most important traditions and rituals connected with the well-being of this community. Life events such as funeral ceremonies, soil tillage, and human growth and evolution (i.e. youth to teen to man to warrior, through to outcast) are spotlighted, in what is undoubtedly some of the most heady, thinking-man’s metal produced in recent memory.
Musically, “ZI” builds upon the hallmarks of Negura Bunget’s impressive catalog; the juxtaposition and interweaving of grim black metal elements, ambient soundscapes and acoustic counterparts based on native Romanian folk music, giving life to panoramic atmospheres, intensity and power unequaled in the band’s rich discography.
An impressive musical statement and crucial bridge between root-bearing beginning and impending finale of the trilogy (scheduled to be released in early 2018), “ZI” is a mystical, tension-building recording that mirrors the size and scope of the deep forest fog for which the band is named.
– custom editions, signed versions: https://igg.me/at/negurabungetZI
– regular editions: http://www.negurabunget.com/webshop/
15th June 2016 – new album completed
The new Negura Bunget album ZI is now completed! It is undoubtedly a major step for us and we are keen to start sharing with you the many layers of this release.
11th March 2016 – anniversary gigs
The first anniversary shows we’ll perform will take place next week in Brasov, Cluj and Bucharest. More will follow soon. Please check our live page for all the details.
12th February 2016
Mental travelers, building landscapes. Screen capture from upcoming visuals.
8th February 2016 – OM album 10 years anniversary edition.
The 10 years anniversary edition of the OM album will be released by Aural Music on March 11th. It will be a spectacular double digipak edition featuring along the OM album also the Inarborat Kosmos EP, both re-mastered for this special occasion. You can pre-order it already on our brand new webshop, along the OM double vinyl edition released by Blood Music.
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!