Roel de Haan : Negura Bunget has been active for many years now but up until now their name never became quite known. This seems logical on one hand, the music isn't catchy and it's black metal. On the other hand, this band really deserves more attention than they've received as yet. In any case the Romanians have outdone themselves musically with 'Om'. The material is very hard to characterise still it is without a doubt black metal. Negura Bunget succeeds in creating an individual sound, which is an excellent achievement. I gathered some points of reference to serve the unprepared reader. The songs are usually quite long and offer stretched arrangements that may induce a hypnotising effect.
Within this a lot of room is reserved for strange melodies, which are reminiscent of Burzum and Drudkh, and keyboards supporting the guitars and providing a heavenly atmosphere. Vocally a wide array of styles is used, from screams, to cries and spoken word to normal clean vocals or even chanting. The transitions in the music are very fluent so the diversity can be grasped easily. 'Om' is a very good, innovative and original black metal record which will leave the fans craving for more.