This Mongolian metal band is getting millions of views on YouTube

Mongolia is not the first place most people think of when searching for new metal, especial when it’s mixed with traditional guttural Mongolian throat singing.

That doesn’t seem to have stopped The Hu, which, if Genghis Khan were still around, would probably be on his Spotify playlist. It’s a fascinating combination of the old and new. And people seem to love it.

The band calls this Hunnu rock. Note the use of two-stringed horse’s head fiddle (that’s actually what it’s called because of it’s shape and the use of horse hair strings) and a few other old-OLD-school instruments. Put it with guitars and drums and you’ve got something that resembles 80s-era Metallica.

Interested? Read more at NPR.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

4 thoughts on “This Mongolian metal band is getting millions of views on YouTube

  • January 6, 2019 at 7:00 pm
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    It’s called an ERHU. Thank you for posting this video. It’s awesome.

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    • January 6, 2019 at 11:45 pm
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      Dude, it’s Mongolian traditional musical instrument called Morin Khur ( Horse head fiddle ), not your Chinese Erhu.

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  • January 7, 2019 at 6:09 pm
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    ahhh, the more you know…

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