Hupogrammos Disciple's - guitars / vocals / panpipe
Negru – drums
Sol Faur Spurcatu - guitars
extra line-up for live appearances:
Ermit – bass
Iedera – keyboards
Ageru Pămîntului - percussions / xylophone / panpipe
Alin Drimus – pipes Immortally rising from the spirituality of immortal lands, Negură Bunget began their journey through the universe of Black Metal in early 1995, with Hupogrammos Disciple’s (guitars/vocals/keyboards) and Negru (drums). The duo’s first demo, From Transilvanian Forests, was recorded at Magic Sound Studio in Bucharest, November 1995, and released at the end of the same year, 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 their 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, Zirnindu-sa, released by the newly founded Romanian label Bestial Records (late 1996). The album was also recorded in Magic Sound Studio and its 8 tracks displayed nothing but pure Transilvanian Black Metal, conveying a sense of deeper personal involvement. The album was later released on CD by U.S. label Breath of Night Records. The release of the album was followed again by concerts all over Romania.
December 1998 brought Negură Bunget’s second release, Sala Molksa, a mini-album also released by Bestial Records. The new material was recorded during June-August 1998 in Show Factory Studio, Timisoara. Sala molksa introduced the band’s third official member, Spurcatu, on guitars/bass. The 4 tracks unveil a much more straight-forward sound, complex, aggressive, atmospheric, fast - The Music of Transilvanian Spirituality. The band played in July 1999 at the Open Hell Festival in Volyne (Czech Republic) beside Avenger, Silent Stream of Godless Elegy, Root, Maniac Butcher.
Măiastru sfetnic is the third opus of Negură Bunget. The album was recorded at Bilutza Studio in Timisoara in June 2000 and released in a special digipak format (designed and handmade by Negură Bunget). More than 56 minutes, yet only 6 epic tracks, united in haunts, evilness, descent, atmospheres, speed and aggression… displaying the band’s vision on how a Black Metal-based world should have looked like. New gigs followed, in Belgrade (SB), Budapest (HU), Bucharest, Szombor (SB), with bands such as May Result, Stone to Flesh, Christian Epidemic, Ahriman... Măiastru sfetnic also brought the band a 3-album 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.
In June 2002 Negură Bunget entered again the Magic Sound Studio to record their forth album, the first one to be released by code666 Records. 'N crugu bradului 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 the most conceptual Black Metal. The album was released in February 2003, and got positive reviews all over the media, making the band better known on the international scene.
In April/March 2004 Negură Bunget did its first European tour, with gigs in Portugal, Germany, Belgium, Slovakia and Hungary. In the following summer the band also played at Under The Black Sun Festival in Germany and on Wanted Festival in Hungary. Finally, few gigs in Romania ended the year.
2005 saw the release of the limited edition Inarborat Kosmos MCD, the band’s first material to be recorded in their own studio, Negura Music. With lyrics in English, the 4-track EP offers an apparently traditional Black Metal, but turned complex by intricate and slightly chaotic guitar sounds, which have by now become a landmark of the band’s constant quest for the proper rendition of Transilvanian Spirituality. The CD also contains a multimedia section with 2 live recordings.
A second European Tour followed in October-November 2005, in anticipation of the following album, OM. 23 gigs all over Europe showed the band live potential is no less than its studio one.
With more than 150 live appearances so far, Negură Bunget feels ready to unleash the power of their Black Metal, promoting the new album and, as always… The Transilvanian Spirituality.
OM,> www.negura.com ). 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 for elevation in traditional esotericism.
The band is also preparing to re-record entirely the Măiastru sfetnic album, for a very special release through Negura MUSIC.