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Nature Ganganbaigal

To Where Tengger Leads Me

Review by Gary Hill

Not everything here is progressive rock. However, some of it certainly fits. Beyond that, the general merging of musical concepts is progressive in itself. This is an unusual set. The mix and range of sounds is arguably unlike just about anything else. It’s well worth a chance if you have a sense of adventure when it comes to music.

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Track by Track Review
The Expedition

This piece really starts the journey in style. There are some vocals in the mix at times, but presented more as instrumentation. The cut features world music, jazz, rock and folk. It’s all woven into a fast paced jam that’s quite proggy, really.

Legend on Horseback
There is almost a Celtic air to this, but overall it’s not altogether different from the opener. This one definitely lands in the territory of prog rock.
Galloping Steeds
I really like the throat singing on this cut. The song has a lot of world music in the mix. Yet, it’s also still definitely a rocker. It’s fast paced, energized and very cool.
From Far Away
There are no big changes here. Instead we get another tasty slab of world music based instrumental sounds. This is a nice merging of prog and fusion in a lot of ways.
The Ritual
This is definitely different. It is trippy and spacey in a lot of ways. There is definitely a soundtrack music kind of vibe. At times it’s a bit creepy, too. I like this one a lot.
The Gobi Road
This is a shorter, but quite dramatic piece with a lot of symphonic elements at play.
Golden Horde
I love this cut. It has a lot of percussive presence early. It works out into a great combination of world music sounds with progressive rock and more.
Symphony of Steel, Pt. 1
World music merges with progressive rock, symphonic elements and fusion on this stunning rocker..
My Horse, Far in the Distance
The melodies on this are great. The song develops from mellower to more involved sounds. It’s a strong number, but not a big departure from the bulk of the set.
Hymn of the Earth
This is much more purely world music than it is anything else. That said, it’s still quite energetic. It does wander toward fusion later, too.
Symphony of Steel, Pt. 2
This is one of the strongest pieces here. It’s quite symphonic and rather like soundtrack music. At the same time it has some trippy rock elements.
Homeland Song (Feat. NanDin)
He saved the best for last. With real vocals, this is the most purely rock oriented piece here. It’s a powerhouse that at times reminds me just a little of Kate Bush. It’s great stuff start to finish. It’s also the best choice to close the disc in style.
 
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