Tang Dynasty (band)
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Tang Dynasty performing in 2004.
|Genres||Progressive metal, heavy metal, folk metal, art rock|
|Associated acts||Budaoweng, Black Panther, Breathing, White Angel, The Micro-organists, Spring and Autumn|
|Past members||Zhang Ju|
Singer and rhythm guitarist Ding Wu, bassist Zhang Ju, and Chinese-American guitarist Kaiser Kuo co-founded Tang Dynasty in early 1989. Kaiser left shortly after to return to America. Liu "Lao Wu" Yijun took his place and, according to Kaiser, went on to become China's first "guitar hero." In 1991, the band released its metal/rock version of "The Internationale" in Chinese.
Tang Dynasty rose to fame with their eponymous debut album, released in December 1992. The album officially sold about 2,000,000 authentic copies throughout Asia and abroad, not counting the multitudes more of infringing copies. Their sound is part progressive rock and artistic metal and part traditional Chinese vocal technique. The lyrical poetry and musical arrangements meant to hearken back to the glorious days of ancient Chinese civilization; in particular, the art and cultural epitome of Chinese history as popularly represented by the era of the Tang dynasty.
Bassist Zhang Ju died on May 11, 1995 when his motorcycle collided with a truck on the Zizhuqiao freeway overpass in western Beijing. Gu Zhong became bass player, but in August Liu left the band. Co-founder Kaiser Kuo rejoined as guitarist in August 1996.
The band's 1998 release Epic was their second album, seven years after their debut record. Kaiser again parted company with Tang Dynasty in June 1999 and later formed another well-recognized metal/rock band, Spring and Autumn (Chunqiu). Kaiser was replaced by former Iron Kite frontman Yu Yang, and then by young guitar virtuoso Chen Lei in late 2000. After some more member changes, Liu rejoined the group in 2002.
Tang Dynasty released their third album Romantic Knight ("Langman Qishi") in mid-2008, featuring "Feng Shan Ji"[clarification needed] as the album's lead track. Kaiser appeared in the Western documentary by Sam Dunn, Global Metal, released that same year.
In January 2009, Liu announced his second departure of the band due to "personal reasons"; he is now working with an Austrian neo-classical rock artist on an album stated to be out by 2010. Vocalist Ding is currently filling the spot of the second guitarist. In February 2010, Ding Wu announced that the band was preparing for the fourth release that due out later in the year.
- 2000 - 演义单曲纪念珍藏版 (Epic (single))
- 2010 - 沉浮 (Ups and Downs)
- 90 Modern Music Concert (1990) - "谁都希望"; "粉雾"
- China Fire I (1992) - "飞翔鸟"
- A Tribute to Teresa Teng (1995) - "独上西楼"
- Goodbye Zhang Ju (1997) - "月梦"
- True Love Forever (2000) - "花儿为什么这样红"; "明月千里寄相思"
- Gift - "春蚕"
- "Interview: Kaiser Kuo (Chunqiu, Tang Dynasty)". DeathMetal.org. October 17, 2008. Retrieved March 31, 2017.
- Kaiser Kuo: Biography
- Tang Dynasty Band for 2008 New Album Ethnic Prog Art Rock, Culture Express
- Review of Global Metal Archived 2016-03-09 at the Wayback Machine.
- http://ent.newssc.org/system/2009/01/17/011480367.shtml (in Chinese)
- Culture Express variety show hosted by Ji Xiaojun, featuring Tang Dynasty in studio for upcoming new record
- Tang Dynasty page from Rock in China site
- "Kaiser Kuo, Tang Dynasty, Spring and Autumn", from China Beat radio program