Article written by Bob Makin, @ReporterBMakin
The Hsu-nami / “Hsu-nami” (http://www.hsu-nami.com/)
Now here is a very interesting band. Formed out of Ramapo College in 2005, the instrumental progressive metal of Hsu-Nami is led by Jack Hsu, who rocks on the erhu, a two-string Chinese violin.
Seven years in the making, The Hsu-nami’s all-star third release, a 10-song self-titled affair, augments original members Brent Bergholm on guitar, Derril Sellers on bass, John Manna on drums and longtime keyboardist Dana Goldberg with a variety of monster Asian players, including Sylvia Jiaju Shen of the New York Chinese Cultural Center. Shen’s pipa (a Chinese lute) mixes things up nicely on “The Great Race,” as does a snippet of the hard rock section of Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody.”
Chelsea Symphony cellist Hwa-Chow Oliver Hsu is no relation to the band’s founder, but also is among the guests on several tracks, including the stirring “Black Tortoise,” the hauntingly epic “Dragon King of the North Sea” and “Reincarnation,” a bending beauty that also features violist Andy Lin of the New Asia Chamber Music Society. Hsu also enlisted the internationally renowned Japanese-American flutist-drummer Kaoru Watanabe, formerly of the drum ensemble Kodo. Watanabe plays the shakuhachi (bamboo flute) on the driving “White Tiger’s Tail,” as well as the Jethro Tull-meets-Marco Polo journey of “Ride the Open Seas.”
The only vocal on “Hsu-Nami” is the gorgeous, nonlyrical accompaniment on “Celestial Wolf” by none other than Sumie Kaneko, an acclaimed jazz singer-songwriter who also contributes the shamisen, a three-stringed Japanese lute, alongside Hsu’s blazing ehru and Bergholm’s rocking guitar.
Similar to Mannheim Steamroller, The Hsu-mani is even better, especially on this new release, because they rock harder, and with all the guests, are just as classical-oriented. “Hsu-Nami” also is less metal-minded than 2007’s “Entering the Mandala” debut and 2009’s “The Four Noble Truths.” Hopefully, this record will be supported by a tour or at least an all-star concert, but no plans have been made yet.
We would like to announce that the self-titled Hsu-nami album is finally released! you can support us artists by buying the digital album on iTunes, CDbaby and you can also stream it on Spotify, Apple Music, Tidal and all the streaming services that’s out there.
Buy the new album to support the artist!!
or you can stream the album on:
Apple Music Link:
Check out Interview with Jack Hsu, (frontman of The Hsu-nami) about their new album. special thanks to Ho Chie to set this up!
See Link Below:
Click link below for the album review:
Link Below is clips of Hsu-nami live over the years, premiering for the new album “Hsu-nami” (2016) video edit by Max Zettler:
Also, you can pre-order the album on iTunes today, (you can preview over 1 minute of music per songs there) see the album at link below:
Make sure to reserve your iTunes digital copy!! The official album releases date on June 30th 2016!!
02 The Great Race
03 The Black Tortoise
04 The Heart of the Azure Dragon
05 Celestial Wolf
06 White Tiger’s Tale
08 Ride the Open Seas
09 Dragon King of the North Sea
“If someone were to ask me to pick ONE album to listen to throughout the rest of my life – this could very well be THE ONE I’d choose.” -Sleepingbagstudios
Thanks to Sleepingbagstudios for an amazing album review! (or should I say album “preview”?)
click on the link below to read the full Hsu-nami 2016 album review:
We are very excited to announce that New album “Hsu-nami” (2016) iTunes pre-sale will begin on June 7th 2016. So far the pre-release review for the album are unbelievable and we can’t wait to have everyone listen to it!
Make sure to save the date on your calendars and reserve your iTunes digital copy on Tuesday June 7th!
* *status update 6/7/16 you can pre-order the album on iTunes today, click on the album at link below: