Chinese folk metallers Nine Treasures from Hulunbuir of Inner Mongolia have recently released their self-titled new work. This new band was formed in the end of 2010 with the ambition to present a unique version of folk metal, influenced by their local music tradition and culture. Two years later, in 2012, their debut album “十丈铜嘴 – Arvan Ald Guulin Hunshoor” was out via Mort Productions, making a great first impression, at least to those who listened to it! In December 2013 Nine Treasures released their second full-length album “Nine Treasures“, this time independently.
Nine seems to be a very important number for the band, since except for their name, it is also the number of songs in each of their albums so far. Something tells me their future works will include 9 songs too. “Nine Treasures” lasts for a little over 35 minutes and all of its songs have the band’s very personal sound! Their music moves between mid and fast rhythms, creating a very enjoyable, up-tempo, enthusiastic and happy mood. Nine Treasures have managed to make the perfect marriage of traditional Mongolian music with folk heavy metal and rock, in an absolutely tight result! They have a very good production and a mainstream approach in their sound, with rich orchestrations and great powerful guitars. Their vocals have obvious influences from traditional Mongolian throat-singing, giving a unique ethnic color in their compositions. They also use local folk instruments, like balalaika and the amazing “morin khuur”, which is identified by UNESCO as one of the Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity! The band combines all these folklore elements in surprising harmony with the metal instruments, like they were always meant to be together! Of course all lyrics are in their native language speaking about Mongolian folklore.
Nine Treasures is a hidden gem of Chinese ethnic metal, waiting to be discovered. Folk metal fans who’d like to listen to something fresh, original, authentic and at the same time qualitative and well produced, shouldn’t miss this band! “Nine Treasures” is self-released in a very deluxe oversized digipak (16X16cm) in slipcase. It includes a band poster, an 8-page booklet with all lyrics written in Mongolian script and a very big pin. I don’t know how good distribution will this CD get later, but for now you better contact directly the band, or search it on eBay. For start, you can check their official pages below and listen to their wonderful music.