The Hu

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The Hu
The Hu performing at Rock im Park 2019
The Hu performing at Rock im Park 2019
Background information
OriginUlaanbaatar, Mongolia[1]
GenresMongolian folk, heavy metal
Years active2016–present[1]

The Hu (stylized as The HU) is a Mongolian folk rock and heavy metal band formed in 2016.[1] With traditional Mongolian instrumentation, including the Morin khuur, the Tovshuur, and Mongolian throat singing,[2][3] the band calls their style of music "hunnu rock", hu inspired by the Hunnu, an ancient Mongol/Turkic empire, known as Xiongnu in Mongolia. Some of the band's lyrics include old Mongolian war cries and poetry.[4][5]


Two videos on YouTube released in late 2018, "Yuve Yuve Yu" (28 September) and "Wolf Totem" (16 November), had together garnered over 100 million views by February 2021. On 11 April 2019, "Wolf Totem" reached No. 1 on Billboard's Hard Rock Digital Song Sales, making The Hu the first Mongolian musical act to top a Billboard chart. In addition, "Yuve Yuve Yu" reached No. 7 on the same chart while "Wolf Totem" debuted at No. 22 on Billboard's Hot Rock Songs chart.[1]

On 17 May 2019, The Hu met Mongolian President Khaltmaagiin Battulga, who congratulated the band for their accomplishments in promoting the country.[6] On 6 June 2019, the band released the lyric video for their third single "Shoog Shoog".[7] In June and July 2019, they performed twenty-three concerts in twelve European countries. The band released the music video for their fourth single "The Great Chinggis Khaan" on 23 August 2019.[8]

The Hu released its first album on 13 September 2019. The album's title is The Gereg,[9] which is the term used for a diplomatic passport from the time of Genghis Khan. The Gereg was internationally released under Eleven Seven Records.[10] The band embarked on their first North American tour from September 2019 through December 2019. On October 4, the band released a new version of "Yuve Yuve Yu", featuring new vocals by Danny Case of From Ashes to New.[11] In November, their song "Black Thunder"/"Sugaan Essena" was featured in the video game Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order.[12] On 13 December, the band released a remix of "Wolf Totem", featuring Papa Roach lead vocalist Jacoby Shaddix.[13] This version will be featured in the upcoming horror film The Retaliators.[14] On 1 May 2020, a remix of "Song of Women" featuring Lzzy Hale of Halestorm was released online.[15]

On 27 November 2019, The Hu were awarded the highest state award for Mongolia, the Order of Genghis Khan, for promoting Mongolian culture around the world.[16] On 28 June 2020, The Hu uploaded their COVID-19 relief effort fundraising concert on YouTube. In an interview before the concert, the band stated they plan to release their second album in 2021.[17] On 3 December 2020, the band released a cover version of Metallica's "Sad but True".[18]

In 2020, The Hu were selected as one of 53 artists to participate in Metallica's 30th anniversary album, the Metallica Blacklist.[19] For the album, The Hu provided a cover of "Through the Never" and the album was released on 1 October 2021 although The Hu's version of "Through the Never"[20] was published on Apple Music and Spotify on 10 September 2021. All of the profits of the album are being donated to various charities, with each band providing a cover being able to choose which charity the profits from their song are being donated to. The Hu chose to donate all of the profits from their song to The Giving Day Charity Fund.[20]

In September and October 2021, the band returned to North America for "The Hun Tour",[21] which was their first live performance since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, featuring a mix of songs from The Gereg and their unreleased new studio album.[22]



  • Galbadrakh "Gala" Tsendbaatar – morin khuur, throat singing (2016–present)[23]
  • Nyamjantsan "Jaya" Galsanjamts – tumur hhuur, tsuur, throat singing (2016–present)
  • Enkhsaikhan "Enkush" Batjargal – morin khuur, throat singing (2016–present)
  • Temuulen "Temka" Naranbaatar – tovshuur, backing vocals (2016–present)

Touring members[edit]

  • Jambaldorj "Jamba" Ayush – guitars, backing vocals (2019–present)
  • Nyamdavaa "Davaa" Byambaa – bass, backing vocals (2020–present)
  • Unumunkh "Ono" Maralkhuu – percussion, tumur khuur, backing vocals (2019–present)
  • Odbayar "Odko" Gantumur – drums (2019–present)

Former touring members[edit]

  • Batkhuu Batbayar – bass, backing vocals (2019–2020)


Studio albums[edit]

Title Details Peak chart positions

The Gereg 11 25 38 73 32 99 24 14 21 103


List of singles, with selected chart positions
Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album



"Yuve Yuve Yu"
(solo or with From Ashes to New)
2018 49 4 35 7 2 The Gereg
"Wolf Totem"
(solo or with Jacoby Shaddix)
34 5 22 1 1
"Shoog Shoog" 2019 24
"The Great Chinggis Khaan"
"Song of Women"
(solo or with Lzzy Hale)
"Sad but True" Non-album single
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.


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