In a world where music genres seem to blend and morph into each other, one band stands out for their unique sound that is both new and ancient at the same time. The HU, a Mongolian band known for their distinctive throat singing, has just released a new single featuring William DuVall, the lead singer of Alice in Chains. The single, titled “This Is Mongol (Warrior Souls),” is a powerful tribute to the warrior spirit of the Mongolian people.
The HU’s music is a fusion of traditional Mongolian music and modern rock. Their songs feature the horsehead fiddle, a traditional Mongolian instrument, as well as throat singing, a technique in which the singer produces multiple tones simultaneously. The result is a sound that is both haunting and uplifting, ancient and modern.
“This Is Mongol (Warrior Souls)” is no exception. The song begins with the sound of horse hooves galloping, setting the tone for a battle anthem. The opening riff features the horsehead fiddle, and soon the throat singing begins, creating a powerful, almost otherworldly sound. William DuVall’s vocals add a new dimension to the song, with his powerful voice blending seamlessly with the Mongolian sounds.
The lyrics are a tribute to the warrior spirit of the Mongolian people, who are known for their bravery and skill in battle. The chorus proclaims, “This is Mongol, this is who we are / Warrior souls, we will never fall / With our spirits high, we will ride to the end / This is Mongol, we will defend.”
The HU’s music is not just about creating a unique sound, however. It is also about preserving and promoting Mongolian culture. The band members, who all come from musical families, grew up with a deep love and appreciation for traditional Mongolian music. They see their music as a way to introduce the world to the rich and vibrant culture of their homeland.
In an interview with Rolling Stone, the band members said that they were inspired to form The HU after seeing traditional Mongolian throat singing being performed at a festival. “We thought, why not combine that with rock music?” said guitarist Temka.
The band’s unique sound and cultural pride have earned them a dedicated following around the world. Their debut album, “The Gereg,” released in 2019, topped the Billboard World Albums chart and garnered critical acclaim. The band has also collaborated with artists such as Jacoby Shaddix of Papa Roach and Lzzy Hale of Halestorm.
“This Is Mongol (Warrior Souls)” is the first single from The HU’s upcoming album, which is set to be released later this year. The band has not yet announced the album’s title or release date, but fans are eagerly anticipating its arrival.
In a world where music often seems homogenized and formulaic, The HU stands out as a band that is both unique and authentic. Their music is a testament to the power of cultural pride and the importance of preserving traditional art forms. “This Is Mongol (Warrior Souls)” is just the latest example of their innovative and inspiring work.