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Sound Of The Rag­ing Steppes

TENGGER X CAV­ALRY A five-band in­tro­duc­tion to China’s metal un­der­ground

A splen­did idea in the­ory and prac­tice, Sound Of The Rag­ing Steppes com­prises two songs apiece from five metal bands, all hail­ing from north­ern China. We should be more than used to metal’s global pres­ence by now, but there’s some­thing un­de­ni­ably fas­ci­nat­ing about hear­ing heavy mu­sic that has evolved in a geo­graph­i­cal con­text so alien to our own. Earnest an­thro­po­log­i­cal in­trigue aside, it also helps that all five bands have dis­tinct iden­ti­ties and sounds that ex­hibit only a slen­der debt to West­ern blue­prints. The thun­der­ous folk-metal at­tack of Tengger Cav­alry, the band be­hind this project, will be fa­mil­iar to many, and both Lib­er­a­tion and Nan de­liver in­trigu­ing, fresh metal hy­brids, but it’s Sin­tas’s wonky, scat­ter­shot art-rock and Suld’s epic pomp that stand out most strongly. The per­fect in­tro­duc­tion to one of metal’s fi­nal fron­tiers.

FOR FANS OF: Or­phaned Land, Fin­ntroll, Alien Weaponry

DOM LAW­SON

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