The wonderful thing about many Romanian bands is that the lyrics, which come from the bottom of their hearts, are sung in the language of the country, which, however, might be detrimental to some people who are not powerful in the Romanian language. But an album about the history of Romania unfolds only an authentic and, above all, dense atmosphere. The Romanian lyrics on "Voievozii" can convince you of their penetrating suppleness, even if you do not understand the lyrics, because the partial vocal lines are perfectly suited to the musical overall concept.
Atmospheric keyboard sounds and a spoken (longer) quote from Neagoe Basarab make the moody prelude before the first guitar riffs and also the violins, which play a key role in the Romanians, reveal a nearly epic title track after more than a minute Into a folkloristic exuberance. Neagoe Basarab, Prince of Wallachia from 1512 to 1521, wrote one of the earliest and most important works of Romanian literature, called "Invataturile lui Neagoe Basarab catre fiul sau Teodosie" (The Teaching of Neagoe Bazarab to his son Theodosie) , In which he discusses topics such as philosophy, diplomacy, morality and ethics. It is for this work that input comes mentioned quote.
With rocking guitar riffs, powerful double-bass drums and the typical BUCIUM violins describes the second song "Basarabii" the roots of the powerful family of Basarab, ascended from the later Neagoe Basarab, While "Sorbul Apelor" - corresponding to the lyrical context - were once again powerful in terms of speed from warriors, who were preparing for an important battle against the Ottoman Empire, which invariably entered the country, in the waters of the Danube, and so strengthened the victory in battle To the end of the song with double-bass drums, guitars and the violins to duel.
Only the following three songs, the tempo is again throttled slightly and works with "Maria Doamna (Raresoaia)" - a beautiful hymn to the wife of Stefan cel Mare (Stephen the Great), the prince of Moldova (Stefan cel Mare Belonged to Mircea cel Batran, Iancu de Hunedoara and Michael the brave as one of the most important rulers of the forerunners of present-day Romania, to which today Romanian nationality is attributed.) - the real highlight of the album: "Zalmoxe". This song, which is dominated by elegiac violin and bass melodies, is dedicated to the historical figure of the Zalmoxe, who was a deity or religious leader under the rule of King Burebista, who created the first centralized state of Dakia 2,000 years ago Of today's Romania and Moldova. Here the song in dramatic-rousing style is musically and vocally wonderful voices and deeply touching to the extreme, so that with me more than once of the body curl in pleasure tingling and chicken skins to back up and run down.
The crowning glory is the on Fifteen-minute epic "Rovine 1394", in which the battle for Rovine was told in 1394, when Mircea cel Batran, with an army of 10,000 men, struck an Ottoman invasion of 40,000 men. The galloping rhythms of the middle of the song describe the attack waves up to the atmospheric silence, in which only the violins, the guitar and the bass can be heard, in order to impressively boost the ending of the song with a well-played battle cry of an army .
BUCIUM have made an impressive debut with "Voievozii", which has been presented very well in terms of content and with a rich production - mastered the album by the way in Franky Winkelmann's (GURD) Little Creek Studio - and completely convinced. Jens Pohl for metal.de