MARȚOLEA

Pagan Black Metal • Romania
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Marțolea is a one-man Romanian black/folk metal act consisting of Alin Drimus (Negura Bunget). In 2009 the debut demo, Gâlmele Întunericului, was released. The debut full-length, Noaptea Dihãniilor, was released in October of 2010.

Both of these releases can be downloaded for free from Marțolea's official website.

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MARȚOLEA Noaptea Dihãniilor album cover 3.83 | 5 ratings
Noaptea Dihãniilor
Pagan Black Metal 2010

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MARȚOLEA Gâlmele Întunericului album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Gâlmele Întunericului
Pagan Black Metal 2009

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MARȚOLEA Noaptea Dihãniilor

Album · 2010 · Pagan Black Metal
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Top-Notch Black/Folk... For Free!

Alin Drimus, the mastermind behind Marțolea, is surely among one of the most unstoppable creative forces in modern black/folk metal. Noaptea Dihãniilor is not only an excellent album, but it is also strikingly original and unique. What's even more impressive is that Alin Drimus handles everything on Noaptea Dihãniilor, from the compositions to the performances and production. You may recognize his name from his work with Negură Bunget, but I can assure you that Marțolea will become a frequent reference point in modern folk/black metal for two main reasons - it's generously offered for free from Marțolea's website and, more importantly, it's frickin' awesome! This album will take some time to sink in, but after many listens, I can assure you it was worth every single one. If you like black/folk metal, missing out on Noaptea Dihãniilor would be a huge mistake.

The music on Noaptea Dihãniilor is very unique. Although it's firmly rooted in black metal, there are plenty of folk influences and the vocals are almost entirely clean. The wooden flute is one of the leading instruments here, with other unconventional instrumentation used frequently as well. All in all, Alin Drimus creates his own boundaries with Marțolea, and I have an infinite respect for him and his creative approach. The atmosphere on Noaptea Dihãniilor is generally dark and bleak. Listening to this album in a forest (or other natural setting) is highly recommended from me. Alin Drimus plays every instrument on Noaptea Dihãniilor, and does a damn good job at that. He's mainly known for his work with woodwinds on Negură Bunget's Om, but his guitar talents are also especially notable. The vocals took some getting used to (for me, at least), but I couldn't imagine the album any other way now. Most of the album can be considered a "grower" - only a few parts grab you at first listen, but over time Noaptea Dihãniilor can prove to be a stellar release.

The production is raw, but leaves plenty of room for atmosphere and clarity. This is the perfect sound for any folk/black metal album.

Conclusion:

I wasn't sure what to expect when approaching Noaptea Dihãniilor, but it turns out that my ears were graced with one of the most unique and enjoyable black/folk metal albums out there. Marțolea is an excellent one-man-act, and I have only positive things to say about this debut full-length album. It's available for free download from Marțolea's official website, even though, regardless of price tag, this is something worth taking a listen to. 4 stars are well deserved for this amazing outing from Alin Drimus. I strongly encourage any folk/black metal fan to check this one out.

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