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Tengger Cavalry,a Mongolian Shaman Pagan Metal Band,armed with lot's of heavy metal elements and Traditional Mongolia Folk Music and Shaman Religion Music elements,make heavy metal music more magical and mysterious. Using Horse-Head Fiddle,Tibet and Mongol Throat,Buddhist Bell,and Metal Elements. This one-man band is heavily influenced by Mongolian cultures. In Mongolian Shamanism, Tengger (also spelt Tengeri) is the High Lord, Father of the Welkin.
They released their first EP 长生天铁骑 in December 2009 and followed up with a full-length album entitled Blood Sacrifice Shaman in September the next year (2010). The record was quickly spread among the metal crowd internationally with the band actively promoting it in internet forums and music blogs.
On January 7th 2011, the one-man project performed the first time live with the help of a couple of friends, at the 13 Club in Beijing.
In July 2011, the band got reviewed in German metal magazine Legacy.
In September 2011, Japanese Metal Radio station "Rock Drive" introduced the band and their song 铁骑谣 was included in the Painkiller Magazine no. 43.
With their second and third release in November 2011 (as a double album) the band achieved the success to be recognized on the landscape of Pagan Metal. Both Tengger Cavalry's first and double album got attention in foreign and domestic media. In the words of Invisible Oranges:
Whereas much of today’s folk metal comes from areas where such culture, both in terms of the metal scene and the folk traditions, does not originate (i.e. Celtic metal from Germany and Argentina, Norwegian black metal from America, sludge metal from Hungary, etc.), Northeast Asia has a regional identity that frequently aligns with the much-prided traditions of China and Mongolia. Tengger Cavalry is a prime example of this. This band is a lean, mean fighting machine of a type that could have only come out of China; so great is its blending of an original metal sound with folk traditions of a type not usually heard in the West.
Also music blogger MTV Iggy discovered the band:
The entire subgenre of viking metal doesn’t make half as much sense as any one song by this band. Take the way the traditional horse head fiddle matches the thrash speed guitar on “Galloping Steeds” off the recently released double disc album Cavalry Folk. Or take the way throat singing melts into the doomy riffs on the title track from the 2010 debut album Blood Sacrifice Shaman. It’s a combination made in heaven, er, the spirit world.
The Daily Rock mentions:
In the end, Tengger Cavalry succeeds because of the image they invoke. As a Mongolian-by-way-of-China band who manage to tip the balance of folk metal squarely into the metal realm, it is impossible to hear them without conjuring images of the great Khanates of old. This is the secret to the greatness of the regional metal scenes: the ability to instantly visualize images upon hearing the music. Norwegian black metal brings to mind infernal rituals, Florida death metal a swamp festooned with human organs, et cetera. Metal is in large part about a sense of place, and Tengger Cavalry use this to full effect. It may not be the greatest music ever recorded, but it is instantly recognizable, and for that in itself, in this age of carbon internet copy, that is all that matters.
In December, with the release of the double album, they also got included in the 110 Chinese rock song charts of 白驹. Furthermore, foreign media The Daily Rock introduced Blood Sacrifice Shaman. Also the Dutch magazine Lord Of Metal recommended Blood Sacrifice Shaman.
Blood Sacrifice Shaman - 2010, September
The Mantra - 2011, November
Sunesu Cavalry - 2011, November
Tengger Cavalry - 2010, March
Articles & Interviews
- A short CD review on Beijingdaze.com
- Invisible Oranges on the band, November 2011
- MTV Iggy on the band, December 2011
- Interview with Tengger Cavalry (2012), by Rock in China, February 2012
- ↑ "Tengger Cavalry". Tengger Cavalry myspace-Blog (2010, August 22).
- ↑ "Tengger Cavalry". Metal-Archives.
- ↑ Allmetalforums thread
- ↑ ShmiT (2011-10-16). "Tengger Cavalry - Blood Sacrifice Shaman (2010)". Retrieved on 2012-02-04.
- ↑ Invisible Oranges Editor (2011-11-15). "Tengger Cavalry – Blood Sacrifice Shaman". Retrieved on 2012-02-04.
- ↑ Beverly Bryan (MTV Iggy) (2011-12-13). "TENGGER CAVALRY’S BLACK METAL FOR PAGAN HORDES". Retrieved on 2012-02-04.
- ↑ The Daily Rock (2011-11-15). "Review: Tengger Cavalry – Blood Sacrifice Shaman". Retrieved on 2012-02-09.
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