The Hu

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The Hu
2019 RiP The Hu - by 2eight - ZSC2060.jpg
The Hu performing at Rock im Park 2019
Background information
OriginUlaanbaatar, Mongolia[1]
GenresFolk metal, heavy metal, folk rock
Years active2016–present[1]

The Hu (stylized as The HU) is a Mongolian rock band formed in 2016. [1] With traditional Mongolian instrumentation, including the Morin khuur, and Mongolian throat singing,[2][3] the band calls their style of music "hunnu rock", hu being a Mongolian root word for "human".[4] Their producer's name is Dashdondog Bayarmagnai, a.k.a. "Dashka".[5]


Two videos on YouTube released in the fall of 2018, "Yuve Yuve Yu" and "Wolf Totem", had garnered over 25 million views by October 2019.[4][6] 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.[7]

On 6 June 2019, the band released the lyric video for their third single "Shoog Shoog".[8] 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.[9]

The band released its first album on 13 September 2019. The album's title is The Gereg,[10] which is the term used for a diplomatic passport from the time of Genghis Khan. The Gereg was internationally released under Eleven Seven Records.[11] The band will embark on their first North American tour from September 2019 through December 2019.[12] In November 2019, their song "Black Thunder" was featured in the video game Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order.[13]



Touring members[edit]

  • Jambaldorj Ayush a.k.a "Jamba"–support guitars, backing vocals
  • Batkhuu Batbayar –support bass, backing vocals
  • Odbayar Gantumur a.k.a "Odko"–support drums, backing vocals
  • Unumunkh Maralkhuu a.k.a "Ono"–support percussion, backing vocals


Studio albums[edit]


Title Year Peak chart positions Album


"Yuve Yuve Yu"
(solo or with From Ashes to New)
2018 20 7 The Gereg
"Wolf Totem" 22 1
"Shoog Shoog" 2019
"The Great Chinggis Khaan"


  1. ^ a b c d Rutherford, Kevin (2019-04-18). "The Hu Brings Mongolian Metal to No. 1 on Hard Rock Digital Song Sales Chart". Billboard. Retrieved 2019-04-19."Mongolian metal sensation the Hu discuss their musical influences". Retrieved 2019-09-14.
  2. ^ "The Hu, a New Breakthrough Band from Mongolia, Plays Heavy Metal with Traditional Folk Instruments and Throat Singing". 2019-01-09. Retrieved 2019-04-05.
  3. ^ "'The HU,' a Mongolian Heavy Metal Band, Will Make You Want to Shred Something". The Inertia. 2019-01-10. Retrieved 2019-04-05.
  4. ^ a b Cengel, Katya (2019-01-05). "How A Mongolian Heavy Metal Band Got Millions Of YouTube Views". NPR. Retrieved 2019-04-05.
  5. ^ Ortiga, Kara (2019-05-28). "This Insanely Popular Mongolian Metal Band Makes Music Using Traditional Instruments". Vice Media. Retrieved 2019-06-06.
  6. ^ "Mongolian Heavy Metal Band, The Hu, Got Millions of YouTube Views". Eddie Trunk. 2019-01-05. Retrieved 2019-04-05.
  7. ^ "Meeting with The Hu Band". Office of the President of Mongolia Khaltmaagiin Battulga. 2019-05-17. Retrieved 2019-06-06.
  8. ^ Lewry, Fraser (2019-06-06). "Mongolian sensations The HU launch video for Shoog Shoog". Metal Hammer. Retrieved 2019-06-07.
  9. ^ Lewry, Fraser (2019-08-21). "The Hu launch trailer for new single The Great Chingiss Khan, out Friday". Metal Hammer. Retrieved 2019-08-23.
  10. ^ "The Hu Announce Debut Album, "The Gereg"". Heavy. 2019-06-12. Retrieved 2019-06-29.
  11. ^ "Mongolian rock group The Hu announce debut album". 2019-06-03. Retrieved 2019-06-06.
  12. ^ Pryor, Terrance. "Mongolian metal band The Hu announce North American tour". MP3s and NPCs. Retrieved 2019-07-17.
  13. ^ Mercante, Alyssa (2019-11-19). "Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order just made a Mongolian rock band canon". GamesRadar+. Retrieved 2019-11-27.
  14. ^ "The HU". Spotify. Retrieved 2019-05-02.
  15. ^ "Mainstream Rock Charts: Week of December 7, 2019". Billboard. Retrieved December 4, 2019.
  16. ^ "Hot Rock Songs: April 20, 2019". Billboard. Retrieved 2019-04-18.
  17. ^ "Hard Rock Digital Song Sales: April 20, 2019". Billboard. Retrieved 2019-04-18.

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