The HU in Concert: Folk Metal Gods in Syracuse

To be honest; I was not even aware that The Hu were on the bill when I decided that morning to head out to Syracuse to see Five Finger Death Punch. My cursory research had indicated that Brantley Gilbert would be the opener, so when I arrived and found out that The Hu were taking the stage, I was certainly happy. 

To date, I had only heard one song, Wolf Totem feat. Jacoby Shaddix of Papa Roach (YouTube) and was impressed at the uniqueness and thought it would translate well to a live show.  I certainly wasn’t wrong. They played a five-song set that had the crowd focused.

The Hu’s sound can best be described as a wild and ferocious mélange of traditional Mongolian music and modern rock. Imagine the throaty guttural vocals of Genghis Khan paired with the guitar solos of Jimmy Page, and you’ll have a pretty good idea of what to expect. 

Their concert is a nonstop feast of sonic and visual spectacle, with the band decked out in traditional Mongolian garb and performing intricately choreographed dances on stage as can be seen in the clip below. It’s like a heavy metal version of “Riverdance,” except with more horses and fewer leprechauns.

If you’re a fan of unique and high-energy music, The Hu is a band you won’t want to miss when they come to town. (This is coming from someone who didn’t even know they were going to be there.) 

Additional Note: Megadeth was the second opening act which I have been a fan of for years. So that was surprise number two for the evening. I REALLY should probably do better research.

Show Clip

Band History

Founded in 2016 in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, THE HU, Gala, Jaya, Temka, and Enkush are a modern rock group rooted in the tradition of their homeland. The band’s two most popular videos, “Yuve Yuve” and “Wolf Totem,” were produced by the band’s producer Dashka. 

The band’s name translates to the Mongolian root word for human being, and their unique approach blends instruments like the Morin Khuur (horsehead fiddle), Tovshuur (Mongolian guitar), Tumur Khuur (jaw harp), and throat singing with contemporary sounds, creating a unique sonic profile that they call “Hunnu Rock.”

The Venue

The St. Joseph’s Health Amphitheater at Lakeview is an all-new state-of-the-art facility that comfortably “seats” 17,500 avid music lovers. It is located along the shore of Onondaga Lake in SyracuseNY. The venue hosts a variety of concerts from rock to jazz to country music.