NEGURA BUNGET present their breath-taking swansong "Zau" to the world.
This captivating, deep, and multi-layered final part of the Romanian's "Transylvanian trilogy" was hanging by a thread. When the creative mastermind and driving force behind NEGURA BUNGET, drummer Gabriel "Negru" Mafa suffered a terminal heart-attack on March 21, 2017 his tragic passing seemed to dictate that his grand vision of a metal-anchored musical interpretation of Romania's beautiful landscapes, traditions, and myths as well as his homeland's spiritually was doomed to remain as unfinished as Beethoven's 10th symphony. Yet the veteran musicians that had been with Negru in the final incarnation of NEGURA BUNGET's ever-changing line-up were not prepared to give up let his vision slip into unheard obscurity. By sheer luck, Negru's drum tracks for "Zau" had already been laid down and recorded before the band's final tour. All the sketches, demos, and rehearsal room recordings that they had been working on were painstakingly gathered, and each band member respectfully filled in the gaps in the same way as they would have done with the remaining co-founder of NEGURA BUNGET still alive; in utter dedication to the original idea. The result of this labour of love is "Zau", the stunning culmination and climax of NEGURA BUNGET's musical evolution and the "Transylvanian trilogy".
On this album, the traditions of black and dark pagan metal have been completely fused with elements from Romania's rich musical heritage. Rich textures and epic cinematic passages make way for fragile and tranquil moments to be superseded by furious outbreaks. Just like the ever changing nature of Romania's Banat and Transylvania, "Zau" captures the colours and moods of the turn of the seasons in these lands and brings ancient legends to live.
"Zau" is NEGURA BUNGET's lasting testament and legacy and a fitting tribute to Gabriel "Negru" Mafa, R.I.P., who will live on forever in this music.