The Hu (2016-present): a Folk Metal band from Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.
ongolian band The Hu formed in 2016 under the membership of Galbadrakh Tsendbaatar (a.k.a. Gala; morin khuur/throat singing), Nyamjantsan Galsanjamts (a.k.a. Jaya; tumur hhuur/tsuur/throat singing), Enkhsaikhan Batjargal (a.k.a. Enkush; morin khuur/throat singing) and Temuulen Naranbaatar (a.k.a. Temka; tovshuur/backing vocals) to perform Mongolian folk music to a heavy metal backing utilizing traditional Mongolian instruments, including the Morin khuur, Tovshuur and Mongolian style throat singing, calling their style "hunnu rock", hu inspired by the Hunnu, an ancient Turkic/Mongol empire (known as Xiongnu in western culture).
The band came to notice in late 2018 with the release of videos for Yuve Yuve Yu (Translation: "How Strange") and Wolf Totem, had together garnered the act over 100 million views by February 2021. On 11 April 2019, Wolf Totem reached 1 on Billboard's Hard Rock Digital Song Sales, making The Hu the first Mongolian musical act to top a Billboard chart. Yuve Yuve Yu reached 7 on the same chart.
The act's debut album, The Gereg would arrive in 2019 "Gereg" being is the term used for a diplomatic passport from the time of Genghis Khan.
In October of 2019, the band released a new version of Yuve Yuve Yu, featuring new vocals by Danny Case (of From Ashes to New). A month later Black Thunder/Sugaan Essena was featured in the video game Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order. December of 2019, the band released a remix of Wolf Totem, featuring Papa Roach lead vocalist Jacoby Shaddix for featuring in the horror film The Retaliators. December of 2020 saw the act release a cover version of Metallica's Sad but True.
The Hu performing at 'Rock im Park' 2019.
Photo by: Stefan Brending
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