Get ready heavy metal fans because The Hu are going to change the genre forever. A mixture of world music and heavy metal is nothing new – bands like Soulfly and Eluveitie have done it several times throughout their careers… but nothing has ever quite sounded the way The Hu do on their debut album The Gereg.
If you had said to me a month ago that I would be listening to Mongolian heavy metal and loving it I would have called you crazy, but having said that the freshness of The Gereg makes this one of the most interesting and genre-challenging albums that I have heard in a long time.
There is a strange smoothness to the music that The Hu deliver. Opening track “The Gereg” sees the traditional side of The Hu build in atmosphere to erupts into a style of music that sounds like VAST hooked up with the vocal stylings of Rammstein. While the title track is an amazing track that really announces the arrival of The Hu it is the second track – “Wolf Totem” – that really makes the listener feels like they are going on a journey. The bird cries and atomospheric mountain sounds transport you to the cold Mongolian landscape and then thrills with the amazing vocals of Gala with throat singing making this different to anything you have ever heard before.
Even slower tracks like “The Great Chinggis Khaan” and “The Legend Of Mother Swan” have a deep soulful feeling to them with the unusual vocals quickly winning you over and only adding to the atmosphere that the entire album generates. A more traditional rock sound creeps through on both “Shoog Shoog” and “Yuve Yuve Yu” and while the former has a real tribal feel to it the latter sounds like a classic 1980s rock song re-worked.
That tribal sound continues on “The Song Of Women” while both “Shireg Shireg” and “The Same” have a deep and spiritual feels to them that open up a whole new side to The Hu. “The Same” also brings its own atmosphere to the album and this ends up the perfect album for any metal-head to chill and relax to.
The Hu are like nothing that you have ever heard before. Tribal, unique and refreshing the fusion of world music, rock and prog metal that The Hu bring to the table is something that is going to turn the music world on its head in the best possible way. The Gereg is not a gimmick this is refreshing brilliance.
The Gereg is out on the 13th September.