Tang Dynasty (唐朝, tángcháo, Tang Chao), is a Chinese rock and heavy metal band from Beijing. He includes in his movements ethno-rock and progressive metal. The band is often accredited as the first Chinese rock band to switch to heavy metal.
Tang Dynasty becomes popular with his first album A Dream Return to Tang Dynasty (1991-1992). The album officially sells two million copies in Asia. In 1991, the group publishes its version metal / rock version of L'Internationale.
Bassist Zhang Ju died on May 11, 1995 after hitting a motorcycle truck on the Zizhuqiao highway west of Beijing. Gu Zhong becomes the bass player, but Liu Yijun leaves the band in August. Founding member Kaiser Kuo, a Chinese-American who will form the groups Ding Wu and Zhang Ju in 1988, joins them as a guitarist in August 1996.
Their second album, Epic, was released in 1998, seven years after their first album. Kuo again separated from Tang Dynasty in June 1999 and later formed the Spring and Autumn (Chunqiu) group. Kuo is replaced by former Iron Kite singer Yu Yang, and is joined by guitarist Chen Lei at the end of 2000. After some training changes, Lao Wu joins the group in 2002.
Tang Dynasty released his third album Romantic Knight (浪漫 騎士, Làngmàn Qíshì) in 2008. Tang Dynasty appeared in Sam Dunn's documentary, Global Metal, later in the year. In January 2009, Lao Wu announces her departure, again, for "personal reasons" ; he will later work with an Austrian neoclassical rock band. The singer Ding will replace him as second guitarist. In February 2010, Ding Wu announces a fourth album for the year>