The Hu has been steadily refining their take on heavy metal, merging traditional Mongolian instrumentation with modern instrumentation.
Their latest comes in the form of a new take on ‘This Is Mongol (Warrior Souls),’ featuring Alice In Chains frontman William DuVall.
Duvall’s inclusion in the song is a great one, helping to bring not only his voice but the chunky, heavy rock music Alice In Chains is known for to The Hu’s blend of metal. The two contrasting styles actually manage to merge quite well in this context, the band giving DuVall a prominent vocal part near the beginning of the track while the rest join behind him.
The video itself feels like a quasi-tribute to the work of Alice In Chains, the funky purples of the visual’s background matching up pretty well with something like “I Stay Away.”
In a statement, The Hu said the following:
“We are so excited to be performing our single ‘This is Mongol (Warrior Souls)’ with William DuVall,” The Hu’s tovshuur player and backing vocalist Temka. “He’s not only an amazing vocalist but also has unique rhythm and technique to his performance, and his style matches our energy and our throat singing. The song is about the warrior souls that are within us, and its purpose is to inspire you and awaken your soul. We hope everyone enjoys this piece of art.”
Alice In Chains’ DuVall added:
“It was such an exciting and fulfilling challenge to write and produce something that remained true to The Hu’s sensibilities while also resonating with my own,” said DuVall. “‘Warrior Souls’ is a testament to the fact that, no matter where we come from, in the end, we all want the same things-to prosper in our own time despite the odds arrayed against us, making previous generations proud and leaving a worthy legacy for the future. I’m honored by this collaboration and very proud of the result.”
Check out the full video below.