The unsavoury departure of Hupogrammos and Sol Faur from Negura Bunget served as quite a blow for fans of the Romanian act in 2009. Allegedly, the duo wished to disband Negura Bunget and thus left when drummer Negru wanted to continue. The resulting collaboration of their exit was Dordeduh.
Releasing a short EP titled ‘Valea Omului’ in 2010, the pair began their new musical endeavour and finally, after a three-year wait, debut full-length ‘Dar De Duh’ is here. The pair have chosen to resume the numerological concept they began for each record with Negura Bunget – continuing on from 2006’s ‘Om’.
In contrast to the dominantly atmospheric EP offering that only gave us glimpses of their heavier tendencies, Dordeduh have shown us their beefier edges with complete unrestraint. Those who thought the duo would stretch themselves to include more ambience are right to a certain extent. However, while Dordeduh make full use of tribal percussion and airy keyboards, they aren’t too keen on pushing it too far. There’s an equal appreciation of chunkier metallic riffage in similar vein to label-mates Secrets of the Moon, classic tremolo that reminds of their old Negura exploits and even a tad progressiveness (albeit a lot darker than traditional prog) in some verses.
The spirits they wish to reincarnate with this primal ritual is channelled through the strength of ‘Dar De Duh’. It’s a grower in every sense. No doubt it will take even the most seasoned of Negura Bunget fans to appreciate the way this strange puzzle fits together. But when they do, they reap the rewards of a sound clearly matured with fresh ideas. Dordeduh aren’t afraid to layer their spring-cleaned folk vocals over the top of the heady riffage and occasional blastbeat mix, or even hesitant to try isolated campfire chants, as the epic 16-minute opener ‘Jind De Tronuri’ shows. But while the duo carefully decorate the heavier sections in this way, they also have purely ambient folk moments that shine through with full use of acoustic guitar and pan pipes. The melodic and organic sound clumps together on ‘E-an-na’ before unleashing into a grand metallic cacophony of black metal and djembe percussion on ‘Calea Rotilor De Foc’. Great stuff. Hupogrammos and Sol Faur are back and it’s a pleasure to hear what direction they have carved from what was a pretty ugly situation that everyone will be happy to put in the past.
Dar De Duh is out now on Prophecy / Lupus Lounge.
You’ll like this if… the pine-scented forest gives you chills upon the dawn’s early light!