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Negură Bunget is a black fog coming from a deep dark dense forest

Sunday Morning, the sun is shining, could be time for some Gin/Tonic related warm dance music. But I did quite the opposite, I went for some dark, folk inspired, tribal Black Metal, Negurã Bunget from Romania. They sounds just like I would imagine, they would have made Rock music, in Transylvanian Iron Age, if they had the tools to do so. Negurã Bunget means, “Black foggy forest” in archaic Romanian. That is just how it sounds.

Drummer Negru explains :
Negură Bunget is a black fog coming from a deep dark dense forest. The name tries to picture somehow the kind of atmosphere, both musical and spiritual we’d want to create through our music. It has also an esoteric nature, standing for the inexpressible parts of our ideology. The two words are also from the Tracic substrate of the Romanian language (the oldest one, containing about 90 words) as the interest for our local history and spirituality is something of crucial importance and meaning for us as a band.

Negură Bunget formed at the end of 1994 as a duo, they had a number of changes in personnel over the years, latest founding member guitarist and vocalist Hupogrammos, left the band in 2009 to form another project called Dordeduh.
Dordeduh – Dojana

Opeth – unspoiled beautiful, youthfully brutal

“Masters of Darkness” Part 3

Today Opeth have changed a lot since they were formed back in the mid 90’s.
But in this context of Scandivavian darkness, I will focus on the Opeth sound we hear on the early albums, they created between 1995 and 1996, their debut “Orchid”, and “Morningrise”, this is the virgin Opeth, unspoiled beautiful, youthfully brutal.

From Orchid

Orchid, was the closest Opeth would ever come, to the sound of the Black/Death Metal scene, But even so, Orchid combines influences from acoustics folk music and Jazz music, with death metal/heavy rock. As well as having both clean and growled vocals.

From Morningrise

On Morningrise, Opeth, or rather vocalist Åkerfeldt, leans a bit more towards clean vocals than on Orchid, but the album is otherwise still very dark, and continues the feel of the debut, though perhaps a bit more complex and experimental. The album contains only 5 tracks, all more than 10 minutes long.

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Happy New Year ! – playlist. Track 2

Ok, now lets try something a little faster, who is ready to rock, and who is not. This music may not be as happy as the first track, but hey, life is more than sun, sand and gin tonic.

Kvelertak is a metal band from Stavanger, Norway. The track is from their 2nd album Meir, released 25/3 2013, Kvalertak has made it big on the international metal scene, even though they have chosen to keep the vocal in their local tongue, the Viking invasion is not over.