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Nordvargr – Awaken (CD)

Nordvargr – Awaken

WTF: weird tautological fibrillation, aka. great dark music”
Ancient Beliefs rating 10/10 (genre: Post Black Metal, Dark Ambient)

01 Awaken 04:24
02 Cellardweller 05:00
03 Kretslopp 08:14
04 Lament 02:46
05 Natt 06:16
06 Hascimh 04:04
07 Sulphur Mist 07:01
08 Seeds Of Blood (Act 1-1) 16:51

* Eibon Rec. & Code666 Rec. 2002
* Swe Avantgarde Darkwave Ambiental
* Significance: One of the most important dark ambient releases.

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Negura Bunget – Zirnindu-sa (CD)

Negura Bunget – Zirnindu-sa

“Probably the first good atmospheric black metal full length Romania’s”

* Bestial Records MC 1996, Breath Of Night CD 1998
* Romanian Black Metal
* Significance: The first outstanding Romanian black metal release. Atmospheric rude yet melodic with archaic lyrics.

Ancient Beliefs rating 10/10 (genre: Black Metal)

This album still remains for me the most preeminent release of Negura Bunget. Recorded in twenty hours the result it is a direct, pure black metal effort, one of my favorite release of the genre.

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Negura Bunget – Maiastru Sfetnic (CD)

Negura Bunget – Maiastru Sfetnic (Ro / Bestial Rec. 2000) – Black Metal.

* Bestial Records 2000
* Romanian Black Metal
* Significance: The most dim-dark NB release.

Ideology: 10/10; Style & Sound: 9.5/10

This is a release of maturity, a new scale towards artistic fulfillment. A line to fit a certain shape: black metal art in unique approach – a step forward close to that “Universal Transcendent Concept of Black Metal\” – to quote Negru. And it is indeed by means of both musical and ideologically.

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Bands Lexicon

GOD (RO)

GOD (RO)

Releases:
“Iconografic (Your Eye) (Demo 1994)”
“Iconografic II (The Eye of Superior Knowledge) (Demo 1995)”
“Iconografic III (The Antropomorphic Image) (Demo 1996)”
“From the Moldavian Ecclesiastic Throne (Full-length 1997)”
“A Perennial Spleen / Iconografic & Apotropaic (Split with Dies Irae 1997)”
“Sublime (Full-length 1998)”
“Aura (Full-length 2002)”
“Hell & Heaven (EP 2006)”

Official Page: http://www.myspace.com/godthehorde

Band(s) Alike / Related: Bucium (RO)

Origins & Connections: band comes from Romania

Activity Periods & Styles: active since 1993 and plays gothic-doom with archaic themes. The band released a few demos, 2 full length albums and a split until 1998. Around 2000 some important member changes put the band on-hold. The year 2002 was a come back year for the band by releasing a new album and also the year when two members moved to Portugal: the band leader Castor (Costel Lapusneanu) and later also his brother Gelu (Eugen Lapusneanu). Again a period of inactivity until 2005/2006 when an EP was released with members from Portugal. In 2011 the band played live at OST Mountain Festival.

Best Musical Skills: vocals and keyboards

Short Bio & Review: GOD is one of the oldest and most appreciated metal band from Romania. It was created in 1992 – 1993 (first under the name VOMA) by Lapusneanu brothers, Constel and Eugen. In 1994, 1995 and 1996 they released 3 demos ‘Iconografic I, II, III’ and had a lot of live activity and won at numerous festivals for their live performance. At that time in their music they incorporated a violin. In 1997 the first full length was released ‘From the Moldavian Ecclesiastic Throne’ a great underground album that gave the band also European recognition. ‘Sublime’ was released in 1998, the music style changed a bit towards a lighter metal approach but still a great success. Then followed a period of uncertainty, with members departing or moving in Portugal. ‘Aura’ was released during these uncertain times, and until 2005 – 2006 (with the release of ‘Heaven and Hell (EP)’ the band had little activity. To note that since then the band plays from time to time live. In 2011 they were playing at OST Mountain Festival, Busteni, Romania.

Additional Info: To note that Castor (Costel Lapusneanu) runs a tatoo studio. GOD’s musical themes contains also Christian (orthodox) elements.

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Negru Voda (SWE)

Negru Voda (SWE)

Releases:
“Negru Voda / Third Eye – An Impulse Of Fear / Raudive Experiments (full-length 1994)”
“Voodoo Killers (full-length 1995)”
“Dark Territory (full-length 1998)”
“Des Esseintes / Negru Voda – Split (10″ EP)”
“Dobruja Region (full-length 2004)”
“Våld De Luxe (full-length 2011) ”

Official Page: http://www.myspace.com/valddeluxe

Band(s) Alike / Related: Fractaled (RO)

Origins & Connections: comes from Sweden. The project name Negru Voda represents the name of the founder of Wallachia (lower Romania) around 1290. Negru Voda can be translated as Black Prince.

Activity Periods & Styles: since 1992 plays industrial noise

Best Musical Skills: machinery industrial rhythms

Short Bio & Review: Peter Nyström started Negru Voda in late 1992, as a side-project to Megaptera, where he would be free to follow through on all of his musical ideas without compromise. Heavily influenced by pioneering electronic and industrial acts like Test Department, S.P.K., Laibach, Cabaret Voltaire, The Klinik, Front 242, Controlled Bleeding and Severed Heads, The Negru Voda sound is based on strong rhythms and analog sounds, various electronic gear and field recordings of various origin. It is by no means polished or refined, but rather throbbing raw lo-fi noise in all it’s uncompromising glory. Having worked for nearly 13 years at the steelworks in his hometown of Oxelösund, Peter is more than familiar with the real industrial noise of one of Scandinavia’s largest steelworks. Negru Voda has released a couple of full-length albums as well as a few split and collaboration albums. In 2011 a 3 disc compilation was released with new and re-mastered material.

Additional Info: Peter is also involved in other projects like: Instant Cold Commando, Obscene Noise Korporation, Negru Pvlse.

Ancient Beliefs Band Rating: 8 /10

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Prohod (RO)

Prohod (RO)

Releases:

“Hotarul Imbrelor” 2013 (CD-R lim. 100)Official Page: https://www.facebook.com/prohodband

Band(s) Alike / Related: GOD (RO), Sorgnatt (RO)

Origins & Connections: Band from Sibiu, Romania. Some members play also in Warchant band.

Activity Periods & Styles: Band formed in 2012 and plays atmospheric death-black with Romanian archaic touch created by flute and violin.

Best Musical Skills: composition & guitars

Short Bio & Review: The debut album Hotarul Imbrelor reveals an interesting and complex atmosphere. Although the composition and interestingness goes well with the concept, the band does have potential also for live events hopefully they will find an adequate drummer.

Additional Info: Released by Totemic Forest, artwork by Kogaion Art.

Ancient Beliefs Band Rating: 9 /10

Music Sample: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UO_e45rrTYM