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SEEING THE WOOD FROM THE TREES

NEGURĂ BUNGET HAVE DELIVERED ‘ZI’, THE SECOND PART OF THEIR TRANSYLVANIAN TRILOGY. TERRORIZER TRAVELS TO TIMIșOARA TO SPEAK WITH NEGRU FROM THE ROMANIAN METALLERS ABOUT ITS CREATION AND THE FUTURE

We are sitting in beautiful Timișoara in the company of Gabriel Mafa, better known as Negru, drummer and spiritual leader of the Romanian institution that is Neguru Bunget. As the sky gradually turns from rainy grey to sunny and clear, so does ‘Zi’, the band’s new album, a profound reinvention of the band’s sound that we were gracefully invited to come listen in advance, stretching from within its thickly atmospheric cocoon and gradually turning into something more than itself, something that feels like more than music. Especially here, surrounded by a mixture of old buildings and resplendent nature, eating some mititei and washing them down with the deliciously menacing pálinka fruit brandy, the connection between these sounds and the land and people that originated them is nearly palpable – like Wardruna, for instance, have the ability to transport us back to a chilly Norwegian fjord, so too Neguru Bunget can drop us in the middle of a Transylvanian forest if we close our eyes and let ourselves go. The band has long had a deep connection to these roots (special editions of their past records have even featured little tree branches and dirt from this area, among other things), but this might just be the biggest musical leap they’ve made towards reproducing that sort of atmosphere in a strictly musical way.

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There are only a handful of bands that I absolutely love, have really made a massive impact in my life and, ultimately, don’t let me down when it comes to live shows, recordings or attitudes to life. The Dillinger Escape Plan are one of those bands and it’s an honour to have them grace the cover for the second time while I steer the good ship Terrorizer. I have fond memories of TDEP – from the first time I Interviewed them for another metal magazine in their early days, right through to the last show I recently saw of theirs at the Old Blue Last in London at the tail end of the Summer. Always faultless, it’s safe to say they are going out on a high and while few bands will ever step up to the plate like Dillinger do every night, their legacy and recorded output will last forever, and for that we should be thankful. Kevin Stewart-Panko first interviewed them for these sacred pages, so it was only right that he should interview them one final time. I hope you enjoy his (and the bands’) words and do crank out their new album at the same time – it’s nothing short of breathtaking. Until next month… Darren Sadler
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