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.
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.
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.
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…