Gabriel Mafa / Negru – drums / percussion / dulcimer / horns
Tibor Kati – vocals / guitars / keyboards / programming
Adrian Neagoe – guitars / vocals / keyboards
Petrică Ionuţescu – pipes / trumpet / traditional instruments
Ovidiu Corodan – bass
Daniel Dorobanţu – visual
A powerful spiritual energy, connected with the local land and nature, its spirit, ascending and descending, shaping through the clouds of the present. It’s like a fire burning in the depths of the mountain – you have to dwell through all the rocks to reach its warmth. You can feel its presence, but you cannot grab it. Only your clean mind and soul can come close of its presence. From the very beginning we shaped ourselves into relating with it, so that is now part of us. That’s how we understand Negură Bunget. Negură Bunget is a black fog rising from a deep dark dense forest. The name tries to picture symbolically the kind of spiritual and music atmosphere we want to create. The two words come from the Tracic substrate of the Romanian language (the oldest one) as a natural connection with the local history and spirituality.
From Transilvanian Forest (demo) – self-released, 1995
Zîrnindu-să (CD) – Breath of Night, 1998
Sala molksa (MCD) – Bestial Records, 1998
Măiastru sfetnic (handmade digipak) – Bestial Records, 2000
‘N crugu bradului (handmade digibox) – Aural Music, 2003
Inarborat Kosmos (digi MCD) – Aural Music, 2005
CD BOX – re-edition of the first 3 CD’s – Negura MUSIC, 2005
OM (double CD/DVD digipak) – Aural Music/Code666, 2006
Măiestrit (digipak, artbook) – Prophecy, 2010
Vîrstele pămîntului (digipak, earthbox) – Aural Music, 2010
Poartă de dincolo (digi MCD) – Aural Music, 2011
Focul Viu – Live (DVD, 2CD) – Prophecy, 2011
Gînd a-prins (EP, vinyl) – Prophecy, 2013
TĂU (digipak, artbook, DVD, vinyl) – Prophecy, 2015
Negură Bunget began its journey in early 1995. The first demo, From Transilvanian Forests, was recorded in November 1995 and released under the band’s original name, Wiccan Rede. The release of this demo was preceded by the band’s first live performance, in Buzau (June 1995) and was then followed by concerts all around Romania.
Once the conceptual perspective shifted towards the exploration of the universe and spirituality of their ancestors, the band’s name changed to Negură Bunget. The new approach became clearly evident on the debut album, Zîrnindu-să, released by the newly founded Romanian label Bestial Records (late 1996).
December 1998 brought Negură Bunget’s second release, Sala Molksa, a MCD also released by Bestial Records. The 4 tracks unveil a more complex sound, aggressive, atmospheric, fast – The Music of Transilvanian Spirituality.
Măiastru sfetnic is the third opus of Negură Bunget. The album was released in 1999. More than 56 minutes, yet only 6 epic tracks, displaying the band’s vision on how a Black Metal-based world should have looked like. Măiastru sfetnic brought the band a 3 albums contract with Italian label code666 Records. A new track was recorded specially for code666’s compilation Better Undead Than Alive, and the band’s first video was shot for the same track (Văzduh) in the mountains of Transilvania.
‘N crugu bradului album, the 4th opus of the band can be seen as a spiritual endeavor though the essences of the Transilvanian traditional spirituality. Just 4 tracks, symbolizing the evolution of a year’s 4 seasons, yet 54 minutes of conceptual Black Metal. The album was released in February 2003, and got positive reviews all over the media, making the band well known on the international scene. In April/March 2004 Negură Bunget embarked on its first European tour. In the following summer the band also played Under The Black Sun Festival in Germany and Wanted Festival in Hungary.
In 2005 the band released the MCD Inarborat Kosmos. A second European Tour followed in autumn 2005, anticipating the new album, OM. 23 gigs all over Europe showed the band live potential is no less than its studio one. OM is finally released by code666 in November 2006 in a special double digipak edition (CD/DVD). With OM Negură Bunget proposes once again a new complete opus, focused around the symbolism and signification of one unitary concept. Romanian language offers a vast and complex signification: OM means MAN (the human being), but OM is also the main contemplative state in traditional esotericism. A new European Tour took place in April/May 2007, with more than 40 concerts throughout the Europe. Another tour was completed at the end of 2007.
In October 2007 Negură Bunget signed a contract with German label Lupus Lounge / Prophecy Production, followed by the release in 2008 of the early Negură Bunget albums. A live DVD was recorded at the beginning of 2008 and planned to be released by Prophecy in early 2011. The beggining of 2008 marked another European tour for Negură Bunget, this time along The Vision Bleak and Farsot. This was followed by a Romanian Tour in April.
In the summer of 2008 Negură Bunget played some of the most important Metal Festivals: Wacken OpenAir and Summerbreeze, but also Artmania Festival, Kaltenbach Open Air, Rockmania Festival, Paalisare Rock Fest. Another extended European Tour was completed in October/November 2008.
The work on Măiestrit, a re-interpretation of the original Negură Bunget album Măiastru sfetnic was finalized before the end of 2009, and the album was released in March 2010, by Prophecy Productions.
Soon after the band started to work on a new album, entitled Vîrstele pămîntului, which was completed on seclusion in the wilderness of the mountains. Vîrstele pămîntului (Ages of the Land) is as the title suggests an album about ages, about places of the earth and places of the spirit, about bounds transcending worlds. It’s an album about embracing your destiny, about choosing and consciously assuming a way of life. The album was released by code666 in March 2010, in a special handmade woodbox edition, and got some amazing review across the media. A full European Tour followed in March/April/May 2010, with 50 gigs across Europe, presenting the new materials.
2010 was an intense year – two albums released, followed by a long European tour as headliners (Spirit of the Land Tour), another tour in autumn (Black Trolls Over Europe), some festivals in between (including Hellfest) and a lot of work, all make this year special and unforgettable. Figures for 2010: 72 gigs played, 2 European Tours as headliners, more than 50.000 km of driving, 66 answered interviews, more than 10.000 CD’s sold.
2011 marked 15 years of Negură Bunget, so the band activities celebrated this anniversary. April brought the release of the Live DVD – Focul Viu and of the MCD – Poartă de dincolo symbolically marking the end of the 10 years cooperation with Code666 Records. April also meant a tour along Norwegian legends Enslaved. Some summer festivals were played – Exit and Party San. The second part of 2011 saw the band on the Transilvanian Legacy Tour, traveling through Europe and Romania, playing more than 35 dates. In 2011 Negură Bunget started developing its most ambitious project, The Transilvanian Trilogy, a complex musical and visual trilogy.
2012 was another busy year for the band. March brought Negură Bunget on Paganfest Europe in an amazing line-up along Eluveitie, Primordial and Solstafir. April/May was time for the very first US and Canadian tour – almost 40 dates were set for this amazing endeavor – Transilvanian Legacy.
Some summer festivals followed. The first part of the visual / musical trilogy was developed and a complex production and recording process started. Some media recognition – the band was voted Best Romanian Metal band in 2012 by www.metalhead.ro and Metal Artist of 2012 by www.czb.ro.
The 2013 started again intensely, with a complete reset of the band studio and live concept, meant to take Negură Bunget on some brand new paths. A small tour in spring, some festivals in the summer, all prepared for an intense end of the year- The EP gînd a-prins was completed in autumn and the band performed over 70 gigs in 3 months, throughout 3 different tours (including one with Greek legends Rotting Christ). Some media recognition again – the band was voted Best World Metal band in 2013 by www.metalhead.ro and Best Romanian Metal Band in 2013 by www.maximumrock.ro.
2014 meant again lots of touring and studio work.
TĂU, the first part of the Transilvanian Trilogy – a personal exploraltion of the band homeland natural element – finally saw the light of day in 2015, is some amazing editions, including a compex 72 pages artbook with DVD and bonus CD. Negură Bunget prepared an extensive promotion for the new album, including an European Tour in spring, followed by one in US and Canada in autumn, over 120 gigs all together.
With more than 750 live appearances up to date, Negură Bunget is eager to unleash the power of their Black Metal, promoting its musical and spiritual vision and, as always… The Transilvanian Spirituality.