Album 0197: Negură Bunget – OM

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Release Date: 2006
Genre: Black Metal

Tracklisting:

1. Ceasuri Rele (Dark Hours) (03:07)
2. Ţesarul De Lumini (Weaver Of Lights) (12:48)
3. Primul OM (The First Human) (04:22)
4. Cunoașterea Tăcută (Silent Knowledge) (07:12)
5. Înarborat (Rooted) (06:22)
6. Dedesuptul (The Underneath) (06:39)
7. Norilor (Of The Clouds) (03:00)
8. De Piatră (Of Stone) (05:36)
9. Cel Din Urmã Vis (The Last Dream) (10:04)
10. Hora Soarelui (Sun’s Circle Dance) (05:56)
11. Al Doilea OM (The Second Human) (02:04)
12. Văzduh (Air) (06:04)

Total Length: 01:13:14

Ceasuri Rele is a very atmospheric intro, it works very well, and I love the rising volume during the last minute. Ţesarul De Lumini has an insanely good buildup, the song gets heavier and heavier while always keeping an air of familiarity and never straying too far from being melodic. Just a great, big song. Primul OM is another mostly atmospheric track, but with a bit more presence than the intro. The tribal horns and random percussion sounds (I can’t even figure out what to call them) are insanely cool.

Cunoașterea Tăcută wastes no time getting into the heavy stuff, and the mix of vocal types is enjoyable. The picked guitar notes halfway through is freaking awesome, and the use of folk instruments just helps add to the atmosphere. Simply a very cool song overall. Înarborat has some amazing vocal moments, and again the percussion is great. The horn or whatever at the beginning is genius as well. Dedesuptul isn’t quite as remarkable as the previous tracks, but still enjoyable, and has another really neat clean guitar section.

Norilor is a fantastic little instrumental, feels more like an orchestral piece and it is super cool. De Piatră doesn’t contain the uniqueness of the previous track, but it’s still a good song. Cel Din Urmã Vis is a larger song, I kind of feel similarly about it as I did the last track. It has some nice twists and turns but isn’t my favorite track. Hora Soarelui has an amazing main riff, and there are some woodwinds and everything is great again.

Al Doilea OM is a calm ending to the main part of the album. Just some nice low vocals to bridge things out. Văzduh is a fairly neat bonus track, doesn’t really match the greatness of the rest of the album. Overall, I still don’t fully understand all of this album, but it is a strong, unified album at least, and there is something for everyone to enjoy. I think the only thing that really puts me off is this feeling every once in a while of things being cobbled together, like they weren’t fully prepared.

Final Rating: 8.5/10

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