After one month of voting, nearly 6,000 votes cast and countless sharing across all social media platforms by us and nominees alike, the time has come to announce the winners of the GMA Awards 2019.
But before that happens, there will be a change to how the nominees are cast. For 10 months of the year we will be running a series of rounds from which the 10 finalists will be recognised for the annual event.
The system will work as thus: nominees elected in the month of January are voted for in February... February nominees voted in March, etc and finishes with nominees in October being voted for in November - the finalists will then be voted for across the month of December and into early January 2021; finishing 8th January 2021.
Now that's put out into the open, we can finally reveal the winners of the GMA Awards 2019.
Release Of The Year
Best Live Act
Breakthrough African Metal Band
Breakthrough Asian Metal Band
Breakthrough European Metal Band
Breakthrough UK Metal Band
Breakthrough North & Central American Metal Band
Breakthrough Oceanian Metal Band
Breakthrough South American Metal Band
Breakthrough International Metal Band
Festival Of The Year
Music Video Of The Year
Global Metal Ambassador 2019
* Later withdrawn by request of nominee.
The Mongolian Hunnu-Rock phenomenon, The Hu, who combine traditional Mongolian instrumentation and throat-singing with modern heavy rock has released “The Great Chinggis Khaan” the third single and music video from their upcoming debut album, 'The Gereg', out September 13 via Eleven Seven Music.
You can pre-order “The Gereg” digitally HERE and on CD or Vinyl HERE.
Following the viral online success of their previous videos for “Wolf Totem” and “Yuve Yuve Yu” in December 2018 - which combined have over 40 million views to date - “The Great Chingiss Khan” marks the first official video release from the band in 2019. In February of this year in minus 30-degree weather, the band travelled to Burkhan Khalduun, the birthplace of Chinggis Khaan, to film this epic video. The video shares the story of Chinggis Khaan as he is portrayed in Mongolian culture, an inventor and a founding father of the country, rather than the worldly view of him as a warrior and conqueror.
Watch “The Great Chinggis Khaan” in the video here
The Hu was recently heralded as Cultural Envoy of Mongolia by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Mongolia in a special ceremony live-streamed on MNB World, which can be seen here.
Band member Jaya (Jaw harp, Tsuur, Flute & Throat Singer) commented:-
“Representing Mongolian artists, we have become a Cultural Envoy of Mongolia. It is a great moment for us. We are very happy. We understand that as an envoy, we are responsible for sharing our cultural heritage with the world.”
The Hu had their first performance in Ulaanbaatar, the band’s home town in June 2019. The group then travelled to Europe and the UK for a sold-out 23-date summer tour including performances at several major festivals including Download Festival, Rock Im Park, Rock Am Ring, Tons of Rock and more.
They will next embark on their inaugural North American tour for three months from September 11 to December 7 which includes stops at Aftershock Festival (Sacramento), Riot Fest (Chicago) and Los Rageous (Las Vegas). The anticipation for the upcoming shows has received an astounding response with two shows having been immediately moved to higher capacity venues (Milwaukee, Denver) and a sold-out show in San Francisco.
The Hu stands for the Mongolian root word for human being, inspiring their original style of music that they call “Hunnu Rock.” The band pull Inspiration from the Hunnu, an ancient Mongolian empire better known as The Huns in western culture. Their music is deeply embedded with their ancient culture, even integrating old Mongolian war cries and poetry into their lyrics.
The group was founded in 2016 in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia by their producer Dashka, along with band members Gala, Jaya, Temka, and Enkush. Together they create rock music with traditional Mongolian instrumentation such as the Morin Khuur (horsehead fiddle), Tovshuur (Mongolian guitar), Tumur Khuur (jaw harp), guttural throat singing built around the pillars of heavy rock: distorted guitars, bombastic drums, and aggressive rhythms. All four members have earned bachelor’s or higher degrees in classical music and have gained several years of touring experience throughout Asia and the Pacific Rim.
The Hu is:
Gala: Lead Throat Singer and Morin Khuur
Enkush: Lead Morin Khuur and Throat Singer
Jaya: Jaw Harp, Tsuur, Flute, and Throat Singer
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Global Music Award-winning nomadic folk metal group Tengger Cavalry - created and led by frontman and creator Nature G - are one of the most unique and innovative acts in modern music. To date, the band has earned international praise and attention from the likes of Billboard, CNN, The Huffington Post, The Wall Street Journal and countless others.
As an artist who came to America with the sole purpose of cultivating his art and who ultimately found rapid success in the metal underground, Nature was blind-sided by a contractual dispute in 2017, that in his eyes, put all of his hard work to survive as an artist trying to "make it" in a new country in jeopardy. Nature G recently admitted publicly via his social media that in December of that year, he almost took his own life in a suicide attempt - the pressure became too much. After surviving this attempt, Nature immediately realized that he couldn't give up on his life, or his art, no matter what stood in his way.
Today, Kerrang! shared a very personal, exclusive interview with Nature G regarding his struggles with mental health and retaining his artistic freedoms. In conjunction with this interview, Nature explains that his consistent artistic approach of melding traditional folk elements of his nomadic culture with modern heavy metal has led him to return to his homeland of China multiple times since 2017 - each time aiding the healing process.
Read the exclusive interview here, and check out a new music video for the track "My Sky", filmed during one of his recent visits to his homeland, in which Nature learned even more about his nomadic roots and the true origins of some of today's most popular Mongolian tales: https://www.kerrang.com/features/how-a-suicide-attempt-helped-tengger-cavalrys-frontman-rediscover-his-musical-dreams/
Nature G says:-
"It has been almost two years since the incident. I witness many people struggling with very similar situations all the time. Hopefully by talking about it, we can bring more light to the issue and people will no longer feel alone when it comes to dealing with it."
Tengger Cavalry will release their new album, Northern Memory, on May 10, 2019. The album can be pre-ordered here.
The band recently announced four festival performances in Europe and North America as well - see below for a full listing and learn more via www.facebook.com/pg/tengger0cavalry/events.
June 7 - Aalborg, Denmark @ Studenterhuset - AR&M Festival
June 18 - New Haven, CT @ International Festival of Arts & Ideas
June 28/June 29 - Brande-Hörnerkirchen, Germany @ Hornerfest 2019
August 17 - Baltimore, MD @ Metro Gallery - Maryland Folk Metal Fest V
Tengger Cavalry ("the army of the sky god" in Mongolian) blends the nomadic musical traditions, instrumentation and warrior spirit of Central Asia with the aggression and power of heavy metal. The group was founded by Nature "G" Ganganbaigal, who sings using the ancient Mongolian tradition of Khoomei (more commonly known as throat-singing) and plays multiple native instruments, including the Morin Khuur (an ancient fiddle), the Tovshuur (a Mongolian guitar) and the Mongolian flute.
Following Nature G's relocation to America five years ago, Tengger Cavalry has successfully completed several tours and two sold out performances at New York City's prestigious Carnegie Hall.
In the studio, meanwhile, the group's output has been prodigious - since forming in 2010, they've released six full-length albums, two EPs and numerous singles, including unique cover interpretations of metal classics. In January, Megadeth's Dave Mustaine retweeted the group's cover of "Symphony of Destruction," while the previous month, the official Motörhead Facebook page reposted their rendition of "Fight."
Earlier this year, Global Music Award-winning nomadic folk metal group Tengger Cavalry turned heads with the release of their sixth album, Cian Bi, via Napalm Records. Now, the band is thrilled to announce their upcoming return to Carnegie Hall’s stunning Weill Recital Hall in New York City (154 W 57th St.) for a special performance on Thursday, September 20. The performance will begin at 8:00 PM and tickets start at $30. The performance will feature traditional nomadic musical techniques and instruments such as throat singing, Mongolian long song, and Morin Khuur. Visit this link for more information.
In celebration of this performance announcement, Tengger Cavalry have revealed a brand new music video for their track “Redefine”, cut from Cian Bi. The video acts as an artistic interpretation of the message that Tengger Cavalry’s music often represents – raising awareness for the preservation of Mongolian culture in the face of modernization and overall culture conflict. Watch the video now, exclusively via Heavy Consequence, Consequence of Sound’s brand new metal vertical: https://consequenceofsound.net/2018/08/tengger-cavalry-redefine-music-video/
Frontman Nature G explains in description of the video:-
“As core members of Tengger Cavalry and traditionally trained Mongolian folk musicians, both Wulijimuren and I immigrated from China to New York City several years ago. Being stripped away from the Nomadic Grassland and stepping into the very industrial and multi-cultural world of the Big Apple, we’ve both faced challenges of progressing and preserving the traditional Nomadic culture in our lives and in modern day. Unlike Viking trends, Nomadic culture still exists upon the Grasslands and horse riding landscapes in Northern China and is facing great danger in the face of modernization and industrialization from the South. This video represents the mixed challenge we, as Tengger Cavalry, are facing every day. It’s a video about cultural conflict, homeland, modern culture, progression and inner strength.”
Cian Bi can be ordered via iTunes, Amazon, and/or Google Play, and streamed via Spotify.
In January, Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine retweeted the group's cover of “Symphony of Destruction,” while the previous month, the official Motörhead Facebook page reposted their rendition of “Fight.”
Tengger Cavalry has been praised by top media outlets such as Metal Hammer, Terrorizer, Billboard, CNN, The Huffington Post and countless others.
TENGGER CAVALRY is:
Nature G - Vocals, Dombra, Production, Composition
Wulijimuren - Morin Khuur
Greg Baker - Bass
Pat Reilly - Guitar
Randy Tesser - Drums
Mongolia's Tengger Cavalry unveil details of new album 'Cian Bi'; out February 2018 via Napalm Records
Nothing is impossible! Tengger Cavalry teach the greatness of every sound symbiosis: With a mighty mix out of Mongolian overtone singing and violin empowered folk metal these New York mind blasters create something special and unique. And here it is: Tengger Cavalry's sixth record and Napalm Records' debut titled 'Cian Bi', set to be released on February 23rd 2018!
'Cian Bi' stands for the name of an ancient nomadic tribe that immigrated into Northern China to merge cultural differences. The band's nomadic fighting spirit helps to fuse unworldly cultures in harmony - and that's the spirit! With their music as a deputy: Distorted guitars and doublebass-blast beats hit this very own singing style out of Central Asia. With the Mongolian horse-head fiddle aka Morin khuur these extremes got stick together to a thrilling sound you have never heard before. This is innovation supremacy!
Now Tengger Cavalry unveiled their stunning album artwork and the track list of 'Cian Bi'.
Nature G, mastermind and creative spirit behind Tengger Cavalry, comments:
"In this album, we used the concept of the Cian Bi tribe, to express the idea of multi-culture development, acceptance of diversity and individual freedom. We believe that through individual choice and identity freedom, each of us can decide who we want to become and embrace every culture around the world as one nomadic tribe - human tribe.“
Coming as CD and Digital Download, 'Cian Bi' is now available for pre-order HERE!
Just recently, Tengger Cavalry released a first lyric video for the track 'Ritual And Redemption'. Dive into the unique nomadic folks sounds of Tengger Cavalry and check it out right HERE!
In support of their brand new album 'Cian Bi', coming out February 23rd 2018 on Napalm Records, the nomads Tengger Cavalry will be heavily hitting the road next year again, stay tuned for more news and upcoming tour dates soon!
Bands that take on a "theme" often end up pigeon-holing themselves, releasing album after album with the same overarching concept and sound. When it came time to write and record their upcoming full-length album, Die On My Ride, Global Music Award-winning nomadic folk metal group Tengger Cavalry recognized the opportunity to expand on their celebrated exotic sound and lyrical explorations of tradition, history and warfare by delving into more personal, topical themes of racial discrimination, identity, equal rights and freedom.
Die On My Ride, which is scheduled to hit stores on June 2, 2017 via M-Theory Audio, delivers the potent, inimitable metal-meets-Mongolian / Central Asian world music sound that diehard Tengger Cavalry fans have come to know and love, while incorporating fresh styles and concepts that a whole new fan-base will enjoy. Listen to the brand new title track, "Die On My Ride", via lyric video now at MetalInjection.net:
"Die On My Ride is a rather different album than all of our previous releases," states Tengger Cavalry mastermind and frontman Nature G.
"This album reaches a more personal place for us. We discuss personal struggle surrounding identity conflicts, racial discrimination and individual freedoms. I think an important part of existing in modern society is learning to accept one another for who we are and embrace our differences, and to look beyond that to find a deeper connection between each race or ethnic group. Coming from a different place and walking the line between the Mongolian music world and American music world is sometimes challenging for me. I see all kinds of stereotyping and people throwing hatred, prejudice and judgement at one other because of arrogance, insecurity or simply a lack of understanding. This creates a huge identity conflict for individuals. These concepts make up a lot of what this album is about. Being yourself, pushing past judgement from others, being strong and fighting for your individual freedoms."
Nature G continues, "Musically, I intentionally tried to incorporate more clean vocal choruses, semitones and western minor scales, rather than stick just within our traditional Mongolian folk style. We also incorporated piano to add a more emotional element to the songs."
Die On My Ride was self-produced at Nature G's production studio Raiding Media, and is available to pre-order now in both physical CD and vinyl format via M-Theory Audio or digitally via the band's Bandcamp page. Die On My Ride is Tengger Cavalry's first album available in vinyl format, as well as their first album to be released with M-Theory Audio - the new label recently launched by Marco Barbieri, former president of Century Media Records and Nuclear Blast America.
Die On My Ride will be supported by a North American tour and performances at several European summer festivals. Further details will be revealed in the coming weeks.
Tengger Cavalry - the nomadic Mongolian folk metal group whose exotic sound has been praised by outlets ranging from Metal Hammer and Terrorizer to Billboard and CNN - has signed with M-Theory Audio. The band's new album is expected to be released in June and will be supported by a five-week North American tour and performances at several European summer festivals. Further details will be revealed in the coming weeks.
M-Theory Audio is the new label recently launched by Marco Barbieri, former president of Century Media Records and Nuclear Blast America.
Barbieri says, "Tengger Cavalry is one of the most unique new bands, and I've been impressed how Nature Ganganbaigal and the group developed themselves to this point independently. By teaming up with an old friend, Dawn Robinson, as management and now working with us at M-Theory Audio, I'm excited by the upward possibilities the future holds and the fun and breakthroughs possible with their themes and great music."
Tengger Cavalry frontman Nature Ganganbaigal adds, "To work with Marco, who was an integral part of Century Media, and M-Theory Audio is Tengger Cavalry's greatest honour. We are excited to bring on our next 'raid' together with the mighty M-Theory!"
Global Music Award-winning Nomadic Mongolian folk metal group Tengger Cavalry are feeling Pokémon fever with the recent buzz around Pokémon Go and Pokémon Sun and Moon. Naturally, the only cure for this fever was to record a cover track! Tengger Cavalry just dropped a Mongolian metal-style cover of the Pokémon Gym Battle Theme, which you can hear now via Metal Injection. Listen here: http://www.metalinjection.net/latest-news/yes/pokemons-gym-battle-music-gets-the-nomadic-metal-cover-it-deserves-thanks-to-tengger-cavalry
Right now, you can pre-order Tengger Cavalry's upcoming kAAn EP via Bandcamp, where you can also stream a new track "Wasted". The band surprised fans with the EP announcement late last month. The album will be available next Monday, December 12, and fans should expect a new music video for the title track coming soon. Pre-order kAAn and stream "Wasted" here: https://tenggercavalry.bandcamp.com/album/kaan-ep
Tengger Cavalry will perform one of their only local shows this winter at Saint Vitus Bar in Brooklyn, NY on Friday, December 16 at 8:00pm. The band will be joined by Tungsten, Entropy and Goblin Hovel. Click here to purchase tickets.
This show follows the band's recent honorary performance at the 29th Annual Chinggis Khaan Memorial Ceremony in Princeton, NJ, a conference dedicated to the legendary Mongolian.
Mongolia's Tengger Cavalry to perform at 29th annual Chinggis Khaan memorial ceremony in Princeton, NJ this Saturday, November 5th
Global Music Award-winning Nomadic Mongolian folk metal group Tengger Cavalry are thrilled to announce their upcoming acoustic performance at the 29th Annual Chinggis Khaan Memorial Ceremony, taking place in Princeton, NJ at the NJHA Conference and Event Centre this Saturday, November 5 at 1:00pm. The band's set will include new songs and fan favourites and will begin at 4:00pm.
The Chinggis Khaan Memorial Ceremony, which is presented by the Chinggis Khaan Memorial Foundation and Mongol American Cultural Association, is one of the biggest conferences dedicated to the legendary Mongolian ruler in the United States. The event will also include a Mongolian-American cuisine reception in honour of all of the day's musical performers. For more information, please visit the Mongol American Cultural Association website.
Tengger Cavalry frontman Nature Ganganbaigal states:-
"We are greatly honoured to perform at this event! The Chinggis Khaan Memorial Ceremony is a historical and academic event that has been held for 29 years state-side and people from all over the world gather together to celebrate the greatness of the Khaan. There are always traditional performances and literature readings, and even a shaman summoning ritual of Chinggis Khaan's spirit. To play at such event, alike no other commercial gig, is so meaningful to us on cultural and religious levels."
Global Music Award-winning Nomadic Mongolian folk metal group Tengger Cavalry recently reissued two of their earlier albums originally released in 2013 and 2014, re-composed and instrumented. 2013's The Expedition was reissued as Cavalry In Thousands, and 2014's Ancient Call was reissued as Hymn Of The Earth. Both albums are available via Bandcamp now.
Each reissue features brand new melody compositions, vocal lines and re-recorded guitars. Tengger Cavalry frontman Nature Ganganbaigal states,
"It has been years since I recorded the original versions of these reissue records. My life has changed a lot since then, and musically, I've changed too. I wanted to embrace more of the traditional music roots. I felt the original songs that I wrote years ago had the potential to be modified and improved, so I transformed the texture and melody, replacing death growling with throat singing, etc. The reissues represent the taste and status of this present moment of my life - my experiences, my emotions - bound with grassland."
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