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INTERVIEW | The Hu Bring Metal Laced with Mongolian Folk to Fuji Rock 2022

Fusing a Western metal and rock sound with the deep growls of Mongolian throat singing and a smattering of traditional Mongolian musical instruments, The Hu are a truly unique band. 

The viral music videos for songs such as “Yuve Yuve Yu” and “Wolf Totem” offer a glimpse of both modern life in the capital of Ulaanbaatar and the awe-inspiring backdrops of Mongolia’s untouched mountain ranges — a powerful image that comes coupled with lyrics about embracing modern life while respecting the traditions of the past.

The Hu formed in 2016 and quickly found an audience overseas, with the band and their 2019 debut album The Gereg infiltrating the Western music scene, thanks to a loyal metal fan base, but brandishing their Mongolian cultural identity as their killer weapon. 

Collaborations with members of Papa Roach, Halestorm, and From Ashes to New followed, reinterpreting The Hu’s sound with English lyrics,…

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