Today we are starting a new set of articles in collaboration with Rock In China and Azchael, the mind behind the black side of the great rock wiki of the Middle Land. Each article will introduce us to the work of a band specially selected by Azchael. Azchael will tell us why we should listen to their music and at the end of the article you’ll find the link to the page of the band in Rock In China. We are enjoying it already, we hope you do too.
Tengger Cavalry is a project consisting of actually one man called Nature who is also the vocalist of Beijing thrash metal band Hell Savior. Active since 2009/2010, the project has made their first major impressions with their album Blood Sacrifice Shaman released on Dying Art Productions in September 2010. The record got distributed through a variety of music download blogs online, and it is no big surprise that the two successor records The Mantra and Sunesu Cavalry got a lot of attention including a mention on MTV Iggy. Mixing metal elements with Mongolian traditional music Tengger Cavalry has achieved in the eyes of many what others have not: putting China on the landscape of pagan metal.
This interview to Nature was done via email on January 6th of 2012
Azchael: Can you please introduce yourself and the band?
Nature: Hello, I am Nature. Tengger Cavalry is a folk metal band and pagan folk band. We take Mongolian folk and Chinese folk into heavy metal, hoping to make the folk metal belonging to China.
Azchael: Which instruments are you using? Which brand or manufacturer?
Nature: Horse head fiddle, tovshurr, khoomii, guitar, bass, harp jew, etc.
Azchael: What inspires you for your music?
Nature: Legends of the normadic, primitive folk music, pagan folk
Azchael: MTV Iggy said about your music: “The entire subgenre of viking metal doesn’t make half as much sense as any one song by this band.” As you are not playing about Vikings but more in the Mongolian area, do you consider your music part of Viking Metal?
Nature: I like viking music very much, folk metal such as Ensiferum, they really perfectly combine their traditional music with heavy metal. Their methodogy is really appreciated. But Tengger Cavalry focuses on the culture that belongs to Asian primitive folk.
Azchael: From where do you get your lyrical themes for the songs?
Nature: Our culture, history, and the beauty of nature
Azchael: I noticed that you started shortly after your first album to promote the music online in various metal forums. Where did you promote your music and what was the international reception?
Nature: Oh, I forgot. My friend gave me lists of metal forums, so I tried to introduced my work
Azchael: As a one-man band it’s difficult to perform live. Did you already play live or plan for it?
Nature: Yes we made one time, and now we have new players for live performances.
Azchael: What do you think of Voodoo Kungfu, one of the few Chinese bands that is really mixing Mongolian music and metal?
Nature: I used to be their guitarists, playing guitar for them for one year. I think their music focuses on more diverse music, not mongolian. You can hear many cultural sounds from them.
Azchael: Having just released a double album in November 2011, how do you distribute your music? Is it free for download on bandcamp or anywhere else?
Nature: We sell it online or by postsystem. We have been successfully sold our album to UK, USA, Netherland and Norway.
Azchael: Since when are you working together with Dying Art Productions? I remember Dying Art Productions to be one of the few online mailorders that always used English on their website.
Nature: Since 2009 I think
Azchael: What are your plans for 2012?
Nature: I hope we can bring you perfect live shows
Azchael: What do you think of Rockinchina.com?
Nature: Great work ! Rockinchina helps people realize what we do now
Azchael: Thanks for the interview.
Tengger Cavalry’s albums are available for overseas shipping, they have also reached American grounds.
Further information on Tengger Cavalry at Rock In China.
And about Tengger Cavalry album Blood Sacrifice Shaman.