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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.

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

  • It’s called an ERHU. Thank you for posting this video. It’s awesome.

    • Dude, it’s Mongolian traditional musical instrument called Morin Khur ( Horse head fiddle ), not your Chinese Erhu.

  • ahhh, the more you know…


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