There’s Metal Here? Vol. 4 – Mongolia

Stretching deep into Volume 4, I promised a little venture up into the mountains, and so we are travelling to MONGOLIA for this installment. A remote place, ideal for creating some of the heaviest and most inspiring metal…well, that’s the theory anyway. Word has it that the Mongolian music scene is thriving, ranging from more traditional folk arrangements through hard rock to boy bands to hip hop. Not bad for a sparsely-populated country. But we are here to examine the metal content of Mongolia, and there are at least 6 METAL BANDS kicking around this place, all coming from the capital city Ulan Bator, so let’s take a look at what we can find.

Hurd
Also written as Хурд, Hurd are the most famous Mongolian hard rock band (not quite metal, but they have distorted guitars at least!) They’ve been rocking since ’97 and seem to have developed quite a following in their own country, judging by the concert videos. I have no idea what this song is about, but it sounds awesome and catchy. More videos are up on their website.

Ayasiin Salhi
In a complete jump of style, Mongolian death metal sounds a bit amusing coming from these guys. 3 albums out so far since 1984, maybe there was a hiatus or something, but in any case watch the video for a bit, at least until the vocals arrive…And the less said about Alphabet Of Death, the better.

Tortured Voice
Now THIS is the metal I expected to come from Mongolia. Cold, harsh and bleak black metal from this one-man project, soon to release his second demo. No YouTube tracks I’m afraid, just a link to his MySpace which has one 9-minute track up. Vocals aside the track is pretty good, not going to irritate any fans of depressive black metal any time soon.

I would show you others, but they are either pretty bad or miniscule in information, but there are a few other bands out there if you feel like searching (YouTube is always a good option, needless to say). Next time we travel almost down under to unearth some cool-looking stuff amidst the forests and mountains of a relatively small space…

3 responses

  1. hi there, I’m now in Ulaanbaatar, went today to the State Departement Store and found the latest album of Ayasiin Salhin and bought it🙂 while research for their webpage and possibilities for live gigs I found your blog. I’ll watch it for sure during my travel now.
    Did you find any club in UB playing rock or metal?
    Cheers
    Simu

    September 12, 2011 at 4:03 pm

    • Hallo Simu, ich freue mich darauf, dass Sie dieses Blog gefällt Ihnen! Ich hab leide keine Ahnung über die Möglichkeiten der Konzerten für die Gruppen, die ich gezeigt habe, aber wenn Sie Ayasiin Salhin beim Konzert sehen dann könnte sie mir gerne Bescheid sagen =)
      Ich kann mich ja vorstellen, daß Ulaanbaatar ein oder zwo Rock-Klubs hat! Vielleicht könnten Sie ein Einheimischer fragen, einer mit langen Haaren😉
      Tschüss!
      Angel
      (‘Tschuldigung bei meinem Deutsch, fahre ich bald nach Österreich und muß es mal üben!)

      September 14, 2011 at 7:44 pm

  2. As a general rule Mongolian metal bands are undetectable on the web (Hurd doesn’t even have a website anymore). The Hurd song you posted here is good, but definitly not metal. Chono from their first album however…
    One metal band I found on youtube is Sinners Saint. Their song Guren has better grunts (in my opinion) than these black/death bands. But that video is the only thing on the internet I could find from them (if this kind of metal-isolation continues I will seriously contact the mongolian ministry of culture).
    Although not a metal band I think Altan Urag is word mentioning. I tend to describe them as an Mongolized Apocalyptica, throat singing meets drums and distorted morin khuur. Surprisingly this band is represented on all forms of social media.

    December 6, 2012 at 8:52 pm

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