NEGURA BUNGET — the Romanian band that incorporates elements of black metal, progressive metal, folk metal and dark ambient — has issued the following update:
"We regret to announce that NEGURA BUNGET is forced to cancel its participation on the SATYRICON tour from December.
"The whole tour plans are poorly fixed for the moment, and the organizer has been doing some strange arrangements concerning NEGURA BUNGET, announcing us then canceling us from gigs without being informed, so we are now forced to cancel our participation.
"We made a lot of sacrifices to make this tour happen for us, so we regret doing this, but at the same time the way things are happening, it would just be a waste of energy for something that doesn't look to happen in good conditions.
"For all the people who wanted to see us, we announce now officially that we will be doing a full European tour in spring next year, promoting our new album, 'Vîrstele Pamîntului', as well as the soon-to-be-released live DVD, 'Focul Viu', and 'Maiestrit' — our 'Maiastru Sfetnic' album re-recording.
"We hope to see you all there under better circumstances."
NEGURA BUNGET's new album, "Vîrstele Pamîntului" (English translation: The Ages of the Land/Earth), is tentatively due in early 2010. The group states in a press release, "'Vîrstele Pamîntului' is an album about embracing your destiny, about choosing and consciously assuming a way of life. The earth is where we came from and where go back into, the one from above and beyond us. Understanding and respecting it is understanding yourself, your purpose and destiny.
"'Vîrstele Pamîntului' is an album about places of the earth and places of the spirit, about bounds transcending worlds.
"The work on the album is scheduled to be completed on a seclusion NEGURA BUNGET will take into the wilderness of the mountains in the following weeks, to concentrate solely on the work for this album, which will be a landmark for its future evolution. There is also a very special packaging for the album in work. More details about this will be revealed soon. You can expect another handmade, natural and organic concept extending from the music through visuals and packaging."
NEGURA BUNGET recently recorded a new song for inclusion on Code666 Records' compilation "Better Undead Than Alive II". Entitled "Cumpana (Balance/Ordeal)", the track was laid down at Negura MUSIC studio and is the first composition to be written by the band's new lineup:
Corb - Guitars/Vocals
Spin - Guitars
Gadinet - Bass
Inia Dinia - Keyboards
Ageru Pamanatului - Vocals/Pipes/Percussions/Xylophone
Negru - Drums/Percussions
Fan-filmed video footage of NEGURA BUNGET's performance at this year's edition of the Hole In The Sky festival (a.k.a. Bergen Metal Fest X) — which was held August 25-29 in Bergen, Norway — can be viewed below.