TENGGER CAVALRY – Blood Sacrifice Shaman

Rating

Incredibly energetic, fast paced gallops through ancient plains, accompanied by bands of singers and fiddlers? Not your average day trip in the metal world. I’ve seen quite a few people auto-cringe at the mere mention of the words “folk” and “metal” together these days, which means the proverbial bar for this genre is pretty high right now. I don’t think Tengger Cavalry have any issue standing out from the crowd though. With a strong focus on traditional Mongolian elements paired with a ripping background, they’ve created a real adventure of an album.

I found Blood Sacrifice Shaman especially shines in its moments of harmonic simplicity and focus. It’s fun throughout, with variations between epic, romantic, adventurous ups and enthralling stripped-down breakdowns. There’s a certain controlled splendour that comes through the tones of the low, calm melodic leads (standout track “Horseman”), creating a truly distinctive pairing with the incredibly used throat-vocals. Some of my favourite moments on tracks like “Rootless”, and “The Wolf Ritual” had me coming back repeatedly. A shining, positive energy permeates this great collection of tracks, and a few bonus re-released tracks are included to give listeners a taste of the evolution of the act. Truly engrossing, atmospheric and uplifting.

Metal Hell Records

8.5 Rating