Cian Bi - Tengger Cavalry
- Tengger Cavalry
- Release date:
- February 23, 2018
- Napalm Records
Cian Bi have around 15 numbers, which is 3-4 numbers too much. There is not quite enough variation between the 15 numbers, to feel that they are all equally entitled to have been allowed to be on the album. And then there is truly a hit on the album. Most of the 15 numbers are, as such, quite fine. They are very well-composed and very well produced, and it really is managed Naturre to get the ancient folk instruments merged nicely into the more 90'erinspirerede Grain-like riffs. But what is missing is therefore really something magic, and it did also on the previous slice. So in almost all ways Cian Bi a (better) sequel to Die on My Ride, where one might have wished, hoped and dreamed of a sequel to the Cavalry in Thousands or Ancient Call. So to cut through clearly: Cian Bi is a really nice folk-metal disc with a unique sound, that really fine mixes 90's ermetal with Mongolian folk music, but when you know what Tengger Cavalry has supplied, therefore a tad disappointed. For how fine and splendid Cian Bi , so it is not a mysterious and magical masterpiece, the four chinese album is it. Unfortunately.
4-2 to China
Cian Bi (pronounced Sjan Bi) is the name of the first and oldest nomadestamme in Asia. Since Tengger Cavalry have always had roots in the asian (primarily Mongolian) folk music, said frontman Naturre, that this ancient tribe was an obvious inform for their sixth album. When one discusses and analyzes the Tengger Cavalry, discusses and analyzes it in the same place Naturre itself. He is the undisputed front man, and there is no doubt that the band is his. He has previously stated that Megadeth was a great source of inspiration to pick a guitar up, but it seems that he also has learned how to deal with a band of Mustaine.
In many ways, there are two versions of Tengger Cavalry. There are the Tengger Cavalry, which existed before the Naturre moved to the UNITED states, and the Tengger Cavalry, who found, after that he moved to the UNITED states. Back in Beijing created the band its first four plates, all of which have a much more obvious asian sound than the two created in New York city. The four from Beijing sounds quite clear as Mongolian folk music will be interpreted through the heavy metal, while the two "american" album sounds like heavy metal, that has some Mongolian folk instruments in the background. In particular, it was extremely evident on the previous album, Die on My Ride, to Naturre very much wanted to embrace the classic western heavy metal rather than the asian sound. There is, however, a much more serene balance of Cian Bi, and it seems to Naturre has found out how he exactly want to mix the two elements, and the result is also quite close to being a 50/50 blend.
Besides lydfordelingen is the clearly biggest difference between the asian and the american album and theme of the music. The first four all have a huge focus on classic nomadeværdier, such as shamanism, horses, family, etc., while the us album (including Cian Bi) is about racism, stereotypes, gender roles, pride, and, in general, a string of topics and themes, which fills much of the western world in the year 2018. In addition, the songs remain in English (up to the previous album, Die on My Ride, all the texts in chinese), which is understandable, now that the band is living in the UNITED states, but it removes a lot of the mystery and magic of Tengger Cavalry. Be preserved, a large part of it is still sung by throat singing, which helps to maintain the asian illusion, but nevertheless, it is clear that the writing of texts in English, yes, it is not completely Naturres largest force yet. For example, the text is to "Ride into the Graves and Glory (War Horse 2)" basically the same as for the "One Day Back" by Nik & Jay and it's never a good thing in my book.
>> Check the songs and lyrics here