Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Uran Bator - "Butsalgah" [2013]

Artist: Uran Bator
Title: Butsalgah
Genre: EBM, Ethno-Industrial, Breakbeat
Country: Russia
Year: 2013

Track List:
  1. Maadai Kara
  2. Kargyraa
  3. Khookhoo Namjil
  4. Jelmeigen Sagal
  5. Ooskus Uul
  6. Valambay
  7. Barbannadyr
  8. Bool
  9. Chokyr At
One more Asian-themed album, but this time it's not metal. Uran Bator is a new side project of IVAN[Ъ]MAN (also known for Стройбат), influenced by both industrial/EBM and Mongolian/Tuvan/Folk music. If I'm not mistaken, all the lyrics on "Butsalgah" are in Tuvan, and they tell a story set in the alternative universe where the ancient Mongol Empire is armed by nuclear weapons. The idea is very interesting, but "Butsalgah" isn't without its flaws: the cover art looks cheap, and I didn't particularly like the "industrial" component of Uran Bator's music. However, I still think it's one of the most original and innovative releases of 2013.

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