“Wolf Totem,” by Tengger Calvary – Mongolian Folk Metal
Country of origin: China
Genre: Mongolian, Folk Death Metal
Themes: Tengrism, Shamanism, Mythology
In Mongolian shamanism, Tengger (also spelt Tengeri) is the sky-father, lord of the celestial sphere.
I’ve posted a song from this band before, and now I’m posting another because that’s just how good these guys are. Tengger Calvary’s music evokes the raw power of ancient armies on horseback riding across the vast Manchurian Steppe. The band links their music to a traditional Mongolian sound by their use of throat singing – a unique type of vocals in which two different pitches are produced at the same time. This style of singing was developed by the Mongolian people as part of an animistic belief set. Animism is the belief that objects of nature have their own spiritual power. Throat singing takes this a step further by imitating the sounds of nature itself.
In addition to achieving the ambiance and feeling of Mongolian Shamanism, the band’s musicians also implement their own death metal technicality, in terms of powerful guitar solos and heavy drums. Tengger Calvary successfully combines elements of Folk and Death metal in a way that doesn’t feel forced or synthetic. If Genghis Khan and his armies rose from the dead and started playing metal – this is pretty much what it would sound like.
Of course there is also the obvious fact that there are not that many folk metal bands in the world that write songs about Mongolian Spirituality and Myth, so these guys are truly a gem.
TENGGER CALVARY LINKS
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This entry was posted on December 18, 2014 by Metalgaia. It was filed under Folk Metal/Folk Music, Mongolian, Music and was tagged with calvary, Chinese, death, folk, metal, mongolia, shaman, tengger, totem, wolf.
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June 3, 2015 at 12:55 am
If you haven’t already, you should see the movie, Mongol. I don’t think it’s very historically accurate, but it’s a great movie. Temudgin’s relationship with Tenggerr is a major plot point and the score has a lot of what I think is throat singing. Borte is my favorite character.
July 8, 2016 at 2:35 pm