Last Friday, Mongolian folk metal group TENGGER CAVALRY released their new Mountain Side EP, which can be ordered here. Today, the band is revealing a brand new music video for the title track “Mountain Side”, which features live performance footage- psychedelic style. Watch the video now via Noisey: http://noisey.vice.com/blog/
Frontman Nature Ganganbaigal states, “This is our very first music video and it really represents the band’s musical and cultural ideas behind the scene!
The “Mountain Side” video is actually directed by Uljmuren, TENGGER CAVALRY‘s morin khuur player, who has an extensive television background in his native China. Ganganbaigal adds, “Before Uljmuren came to the US, he was a TV show and film director in Inner Mongolia in China. He participated in more than 200 episodes of TV show production. His TV show was very popular among the Mongolian community in China. The show discussed controversial conflicts between modern society and nomadic life. He also went to professional music school in Beijing and participated in multiple rock/metal bands.”
TENGGER CAVALRY was recently awarded a Bronze Medal for “Mountain Side” as part of the Global Music Awards.
The Mountain Side EP features re-orchestrated versions of popular TENGGER CAVALRY tracks, as well as completely new music accented by acoustic, instrumental and remix versions. The EP also features bonus live tracks and folk recordings. In particular, the re-recording of the band’s already popular track “War Horse” still features the traditional Mongolian throat-singing that TENGGER CAVALRY is known for, but has now been completely re-composed and re-recorded to include influences such as Mongolian traditional folk, Native American tribal music, and cinematic film landscapes.
Mountain Side EP track listing:
2. Mountain Side
3. War Horse (2016 version)
4. Mountain Side (acoustic)
6. Mountain Side (Club Mix)
7. Krutaya Gora
8. Mountain Side (Instrumental)
9. Bonus-Tengger Cavalry (live)
10. Bonus-Folk Jam 01
11. Bonus-Folk Jam 02
TENGGER CAVALRY will hit the road in support of the Mountain Side EP this spring! See below for a full listing of currently confirmed tour dates. More dates will be announced soon!
TENGGER CAVALRY U.S TOUR DATES:
5/14 – Naugatuck, CT @ Cooks Cafe
5/15 – Philadelphia, PA @ Kung Fu Necktie
5/17 – Indianapolis, IN @ 5th Quarter
5/18 – Chicago, IL @ Subterranean
5/20 – Kansas City, MO @ Riot Room
5/22 – Denver, CO @ 3 Kings
5/24 – Seattle, WA @ Highline
5/25 – Portland, OR @ Ash St. Saloon
5/26 – San Francisco, CA @ Elbo Room
5/27 – San Diego, CA @ Brick By Brick
5/28 – Los Angeles, CA @ Viper Room
5/29 – Phoenix, AZ @ Pub Rock
5/31 – Austin, TX @ Dirty Dog
6/1 – New Orleans, LA @ Siberia
6/2 – Asheville, NC @ Mothlight
6/4 – New York, NY @ Webster Hall
Keep an eye on www.tengger-cavalry.com for more show information and updates.
Nature Ganganbaigal and TENGGER CAVALRY have been turning heads in the music world since the band’s inception in 2010. In 2014, Ganganbaigal released his Mongolian New Age album To Where Tengger Leads Me. The album won a bronze medal from Global Music Awards and a nomination from Hollywood Music in Media Awards. In 2015, Nature moved to New York City from China and re-located the band with brand new American members. Last year, the band released a new album, Blood Sacrifice Shaman, out via Metal Hell Records and available for streaming here.
TENGGER CAVALRY blends the nomadic music tradition of Central Asia with heavy metal music, creating the unique music genre mentioned above, Mongolian folk metal.Nature Ganganbaigal performs multiple Mongolian nomadic instruments including Mongolian horse-head fiddle Morin Khuur, Mongolian flute, Tibetan horn, Mongolian guitar (Tovshuur) and other instruments native to the region. He is also able to sing using the ancient Mongolian singing tradition of Khoomei, also known as throat singing or overtone singing. After the release of four studio albums in Europe and United States, TENGGER CAVALRYhas become known as one of the most unique, innovative and exciting metal bands in Asia.
“A combination made in heaven, or, the spirit world.” – MTV
“How do you make metal heavier? Add some traditional Mongolian music.” – CNN
“An internationally recognized rock band” – Huffington Post
“Expressive scene of pagan culture.” – The Guardian
“They’re flying the banner of heaven.” – Noisey
“Ready to truly unleash Mongolian folk-metal on the rest of the world.” – TeamRock
“Evoking the bittersweet solitude of a lone rider.” – Chicago Reader
“Sounds bad ass.” – Metal Injection
“Packed with memorable moments” – Terrorizer
“The leading Mongolian folk metal band in the world.” – Sputnikmusic
TENGGER CAVALRY original line-up is:
Nature Ganganbaigal – performs multiple Mongolian nomadic instruments including Mongolian fiddle Morin Khuur, Mongolian flute, Mongolian guitar (Tovshuur) and other instruments native to the region. He is also able to sing using the ancient Mongolian singing tradition of Khoomei, also known as throat singing or overtone singing.
Drummer, Josh Schifris – Josh has been drumming since the 4th grade and has been gigging fairly heavily since the age of 17. Having formed Thrashole, he has also played with Lesch Nyhan and Entropy (who are currently preparing for an LP release) as well as Tengger Cavalry. He has opened for legendary bands like Negura Bunget, Lich King and Philm.
Bass, Alex Abayev – Coming from a strong extreme death metal background, Alex performed with renowned metal acts such as Immortal and Cephalic Carnage. His Central Asian heritage also gives him the talent to capture the spirit of the nomadic folk.
Ethnic fiddle, Robert McLaughlin – Growing up with a close relationship with Tuva people in USA, Robert studied the Tuva fiddle Igil, Tuva throat singing and Tuva language. He is also a real shaman and practices spiritual acts.
Morin Khuur, Uljmuren – is a professional Morin Khuur fiddle player from Inner Mongolia, China. He majored in Music Recording back in Beijing and formed multiple rock bands in the Beijing rock scene. He is also a professional film producer.
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