Mongolian heavy metal band The HU delight Australian fans with ancient instruments and throat singing

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The band showcases traditional Mongolian instruments as well as throat singing to the delight of their legions of fans, most of whom don’t even understand Mongolian.
HU flew to Australia as part of their five-month Black Thunder tour which spans North America, Europe, Asia and Oceania, with scheduled festival appearances at Coachella, Lollapalooza and at Download Festival.

The Mongolian band performed at sold-out concerts in Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Sydney, promoting their new album ‘Rumble of Thunder’.

Credit: The HU Facebook page

The band’s core values ​​are on full display in the new album with deeply meaningful and uplifting lyrics. HU released the single “Sugaan Essena” for Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Ordera video game produced by Disney, Lucasfilm, EA and Respawn Entertainment.

They say they have a special connection to Australia, with some of the album material coming together during Australia’s 2020 lockdown, when they were stuck in New South Wales for over two months. Therefore, HU expressed their thanks to the Sydneysiders during the concert.
The Sydney concert was preceded by chants of “Hu! Whoa! Huh!” from the audience, then the group yelled “Australians, are you ready?” from the scene.
The concert hall was filled with a wide range of ages and nationalities.
“Our music travels heart to heart, mind to mind. Our message is about the importance of respecting and loving our ancestors and parents, and protecting mother nature,” Enkhuush, Lead Morin Khuur and Throat Singer told SBS Mongolian.
The HU Enhuush and Odko

Enkhuush and Odko right after interviewing SBS Mongolian.

He says the group sang about all the positive things their ancestors had brought to the world.

The Hus donated their T-shirts with the members' signatures to Lantuun Dohio Australia.  /NPO dedicated to the protection of children/

The Hus donated their T-shirts with the members’ signatures to Lantuun Dohio Australia. /NPO dedicated to the protection of children/ Credit: Lantuun Dohio Australia Facebook Page

For example, the band named their debut album, The Gereg, after a diplomatic passport used at the time by the famous warrior Chinggis (Genghis) Khan.

Similarly, they say this album was a symbolic “passport” to the world for the band to share their music and Mongolian history and culture.

The first two music videos, “Yuve Yuve Yu” and “Wolf Totem”, immediately went viral, garnering over 100 million views.

“Yuve Yuve Yu” (What’s Happening?), is about Chinggis (Genghis) Khan, the founder of the Mongol Empire, which became the greatest empire in human history.
The song also mentions how it was meant to bring nations together with the music video featuring dramatic scenes of Mongolian landscapes.
In fact, The HU took a special 5,000 km off-road trip to western Mongolia to shoot the music video there in the mountains and sand dunes.
“We always try to show our fans how beautiful Mongolia is,” the HU group members told SBS Mongolian.
Since the release of their album, the group has been number 1 on the Billboard World Albums Chart, number 1 on the Top New Artist Albums and Top 5 Globally on the Hard Rock Music Album Charts (US, Canada, UK, etc.) .
The group told SBS Mongolian that their core values ​​are on full display in the new album, along with deeply meaningful and uplifting lyrics. HU released the single “Sugaan Essena” for Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Ordera video game produced by Disney, Lucasfilm, EA and Respawn Entertainment.
Hunnu Rock, a totally new style
HU dubbed their rock brand “Hunnu” after the Hunnu Empire that existed from 200 BCE until the mid-400s CE.
It combines heavy metal rock and Mongolian throat singing and traditional instruments including the morin khuur, a two-stringed bowed instrument (horse head fiddle); the tovshuur, a three-string guitar; and the tsuur, a type of wind instrument with bass and rock drums.
Far from being in opposition, the mixture of Eastern and Western styles produces a unique sound. For example, throat singing goes perfectly with heavy metal rock.
This kind of singing emanates not only from the throat but also from the mind, according to the band’s throat singer, Enkhuush.

One of the main instruments of Hunnu Rock is the morin khuur, which has only two strings and is made of horsehair.

The HU Enkhuuh

Morin Khuur is designed to be played while seated, but the HU player stands upright with the instrument suspended from straps. Credit: The HU Facebook page

HU, an ambassador of Mongolian culture and passionate about sharing all aspects of Mongolian culture and way of life, does not only play Mongolian music according to the band’s drummer, Odko.

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