Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Yngizarm (英吉沙) - "For The Motherwolf" [2006]

Artist: Yngizarm
Title: For The Motherwolf
Label: Autumn Floods Productions
Genre: Atmospheric Black Metal
Country: China
Release date: 2006
Size: 35 mb

Track list:
  1. 引曲 (Intro)
  2. 山川 (Mountains)
  3. 为狼王 (For the Motherwolf)
  4. 阴山 / Border Mountain
Yngizarm is yet another one-man black metal project from China - more specifically, southwest China, near the rim of the Tarim basin. That region is really on outskirts of the world, but a lot of suprisingly good music comes from there! The man behind Yngizarm uses the moniker "Bloodfire", and he also is a member of Hellward, Midwinter, Varuna and Zuriaake. I haven't heard any music by Hellward, but all the 3 other bands are just great. So does Yngizarm.

As far as I know, "Yn Gizarm" means "new city" in Uyghur language (so it's probably an equivalent to the Russian "Novgorod"). In Chinese it is written 英吉沙 ("yingjisha" in pinyin), but I have no idea what it means (the Google Image search returns a lot of photos of knives for this query, though). The lyrics on this EP seem to be inspired by nature and Uyghur history & mythology. I don't know for sure, but Yngizarm is probably Tengrian, like Tengger Cavalry. The only other Tengrian black metal band I know are Darkestrah - formerly from Kyrgyzstan, now relocated to Germany. Tengrianism is a pretty interesting system of beliefs, so I'd like to hear much more Tengrian metal... but the countries in that area are extremely poor (especially Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan), and rock/metal music is almost unknown there.

Many people have compared this EP to Emperor's album "In The Nightshade Eclipse", and I'd agree with them. Not as original as Tengger Cavalry's first EP, though, but still very good.

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