The rise of Mongolian folk-metal outfit the HU to international fame is one of hard rock’s biggest breakout stories of recent years. The group play an idiosyncratic style of music they’ve dubbed “hunnu rock” that embraces traditional throat singing and instruments such as the Morin khuur and Tovshuur, and they recently celebrated their success with the release of a deluxe edition of their acclaimed debut album, The Gereg, which takes its name from the diplomatic passport carried by Mongolian nobles and officials during the 13th century. The reissue boasts six bonus tracks including acoustic versions of “Shoog Shoog,” “Yuve Yuve Yu” and “Shireg Shireg,” plus three previously released singles featuring big-name guests: “Yuve Yuve Yu” with From Ashes to New singer Danny Case, “Song of Women” with Halestorm vocalist-guitarist Lzzy Hale and “Wolf Totem” with Papa Roach frontman Jacoby Shaddix.
“I’m honored to be part of such a powerful new blend of rock & roll,” Shaddix enthused at the time of the last single’s release. “The Hu are the real deal. Don’t sleep on this.” In its original incarnation, “Wolf Totem” — one of the Hu’s most popular viral hits — has wracked up more than 21 million views on YouTube.
In conjunction with the deluxe edition of The Gereg, the Hu have also premiered a new hour-long documentary, aptly titled Road to the Gereg, that looks back on the making of the band’s debut LP. Watch the film — as well as the performance music video for the acoustic version of “Shireg Shireg” — below.