It may seem a little early to be making concert plans for next year, but it’s not every day that Negură Bunget graces us with their presence. Actually, if you hail from North America, you’ve never had a chance to see the band in your homeland because this upcoming jaunt will be the band’s first ever.
The woodsy Romanian black metal band, that recently underwent some pretty major lineup changes, (with only drummer Negru remaining) have managed to maintain their greatness despite a whole bunch of new faces now carrying the banner. Sol Faur and Hupogrammos have gone onto to form a new band Dordeduh, leaving Negru to move on with his restocked band. Negură Bunget released a new album “Vîrstele Pămîntului” last year (it’s wonderfully rustic and jagged), and before that, they offered up “Măiestrit,” a reworked version of their 2000 cult classic album “Măiastru Sfetnic” that went over pretty big with their audience. It’s about as must-have as the source material.
The tour, which will culminate in an appearance at the 10th annual Maryland Deathfest, will include Eclipse Eternal, Wolven Ancestry and The Way of Purity. Sponsorship comes from Metal Maniacs (I write for them), Terrorizer, BWBK, Archaic North and Beyond the Dark Horizon. It’s an incredibly stellar lineup anyway, and it’s made even more special by this rare treat of seeing Negură Bunget in the flesh.
In a release sent by the band’s North American publicist, Negru offered these thoughts about the monumental tour: “We are happy and proud to finally announce our North American tour plans for 2012. It has been a long time since we’ve been planning this, and we’ll do our best to create out of this an overwhelming spiritual experience both for us and the audience attending the concerts.”
Below are the dates/venues confirmed so far:
4/21/2012 – Montreal, Quebec @ The Katacombs – http://www.coopkatacombes.com
4/22/2012 – Quebec City, Quebec @ L’Agitee – http://www.agitee.org
4/24/2012 – Montcon, New Brunswick @ The Manhattan – http://www.themanhattanbarandgrill.com
4/27/2012 – Toronto, Ontario @ Hard Luck Bar – http://www.hardluckbar.com
4/28/2012 – Detroit, Michigan @ The Token Lounge – http://www.thetokenlounge.com
4/29/2012 – Chicago, Illinois @ Reggie’s Rock Club – http://www.reggieslive.com
5/2/2012 – Calgary, Alberta @ The Distillery – http://www.distillerypub.com
5/4/2012 – Kamloops, British Columbia @ Pogue Mahones Pub – http://www.poguemahonekamloops.com
5/6/2012 – Seattle, Washington @ El Corazon – http://www.elcorazonseattle.com
5/19/2012 – San Antonio, Texas @ Bonds 007 Rock Bar – http://www.myspace.com/sa_bonds007
5/24/2012 – Charlotte, North Carolina @ Tremont Music Hall – http://www.tremontmusichall.com
5/25/2012 – Baltimore, Maryland @ Maryland Deathfest – www.supremebrutality.com
For more on the band, go here: http://www.negurabunget.com/
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