The Hu brings hunnu rock to the heavy metal forefront


There is a band from Mongolia that is taking the metal world by storm and changing the face of a genre and they are called The Hu.

Metal music is amazing. It truly comes in all shapes and forms. We love music here at 1428 Elm (if you couldn’t tell by our coverage of Ghost, Twin Temple, Dance with the Dead and more) and there is an upcoming band that’s taking the metal world by storm.

It’s a Mongolian heavy metal band called The Hu and it will awaken the throat-singing, nomadic warrior spirit inside of you while making you want to hunt with an eagle. Ready your ears because you are in for a hell of a ride.

If there ever was music to hype you up and get your ready for battle, it’s The Hu. These metal music makers use traditional Mongolian instruments like the Morin Khuur, Tovshuur, Tumur Khuur and throat singing to give their music something that no one has heard before. They call their style “hunnu” rock because the base word for human in Mongolian is “hu.” If you have always liked the energy build of black metal but aren’t a big fan of screaming, this is the band for you.

The band formed in 2016 but are set to release their first album this year after it was delayed in 2018. They have two singles out as of right now, “Yuve Yuve Yu” and “Wolf Totem.” I listen to a LOT of music and “Wolf Totem” is one of the most bad ass and epic songs I’ve heard in a while.

So, why do I think this band deserves a lot more attention? Is it because the lead throat singer bears an odd resemblance to my husband? No, but it is weird. The music by The Hu makes you feel…strong. It’s strange but when you listen to it, something bubbles up inside that makes you want to…ride a horse.

I love what I am seeing from The Hu so far. The music is insanely good and the history is fascinating. The imagery in “Wolf Totem” is awesome because Mongolians were known to hunt and travel by horse and in the video, they travel by “metal horse” or motorcycle.

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Everything about this video and this band is art. The combination of throat singing and the traditional instruments plus the building of the drums is so haunting and sweeping. It will give you goosebumps. It’s a really spiritual experience done by extremely trained musicians.

I will call it now — The Hu is going to really take off. This band will bring the rich culture and history of Mongolia to the forefront. Their logo is a winding snow leopard, which is the symbol of the ancient Mongolian people.

Everything about these guys is just artistic, strong and intense. If you haven’t checked out The Hu, I suggest you do so. They are doing a European tour with a few stops in the US, which you can check out on their website. Bands like Ghost and The Hu are changing the face of metal and what people think metal is and I cannot wait to see what they will do.

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Dig the progressive black metal movement? What do you think of The Hu? Let us know in the comments!