When I heard that Negru from Negura Bunget was doing a side project that focused on Romanian/Slavic Folk music, I was intrigued. I wasn’t expecting a Folk Metal band, so when I heard the actual music I wasn’t surprised to find that this isn’t Metal at all. Din Brad is a mixture of Slavic Folk performed using traditional instruments and synth pieces that are reinterpretations of traditional songs. The result is a bit hit or miss. Some of the tracks are dark and atmospheric, kind of like Lord Wind or Wojnar (though not NS like those bands). Others are bland and lacking the same atmospheric qualities. I would have preferred a more integrated approach. If Negru had incorporated the dark atmospheric keyboard stuff in with the traditional songs, this might have been an amazing album. As it stands, Dor is very schizophrenic. On one hand, it wants to be Dark Ambient like the aforementioned Lord Wind and Wojnar. On the other hand, it wants to be a straight-out Folk album in the traditional sense. If this had started out as that straight-out Folk album and gradually morphed into the Dark Ambient material, it might have worked out better. With the Folk stuff interspersed with the Dark Ambient bits, it never gains any consistency. Maybe Din Brad’s next album will be better. This one is okay, but I had expected far more from this band.
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