Unsurprisingly for such a huge territory, China boasts a fairly sizeable metal scene and Tengger Cavalry are one of its leading lights, this album being the Western release of the band’s second album, originally issued last year.
Tengger Cavalry: Sunesu Cavalry
Exotic yet familiar folk metal from China
The group’s sound draws on the country’s heroic, sword-wielding, horse-riding past in an almost identical fashion as pagan metal bands have done in Europe. Nor do the similarities end there – there’s the incorporation of ethnic elements, a penchant for clean, acoustic tones and, of course, the high-energy and epic approach to the songwriting.
In that sense, it’s a strangely familiar listen and, without research, one might easily mistake it for some folk metal from another land altogether. Aided by a suitably sizable production, Sunesu Cavalry makes for an exciting and engaging listen; upbeat yet aggressive and throwing in plenty of catchy hooks alongside the music’s more textural elements.