For tonight’s entertainment, we head to the Limelight in Belfast to see the Hu. No. Not that Who. Though the pronunciation is the same, I think this venue would be a little small for THAT Who.
This Hu is a Mongolian Folk Metal band, which is a mix of Central Asian Folk music and Western Rock and have been making big waves on the rock scene over this past year and a half. After garnering millions of views on YouTube with videos for the tracks “Yuve Yuve Yu” and “Wolf Totem” in late 2018, things seemed to take off from there for the band.
I had been wanting to see this band live and looked forward to seeing them perform and I certainly was not disappointed. But more on that in a little while.
First up on the evening was support act Fire From The Gods. A Metal/Hardcore act from Austin, Texas. The band hit the stage running and never let up for the whole thirty minute set. Playing a mix of Hard Rock, Hip-Hop and Metal and with songs that featured rapping, clean hard rock vocals to screaming, the band had the audience from their first song.
With a set that ran through from the melodic to hardcore, the band had a message that was clear. That message being self reflection and being stronger within yourself to overcome obstacles, as well as a message of unity. As singer AJ Channer said to the audience during the gig, “We all bleed the same. We all bleed red”.
The band went down very well with the crowd and certainly got them pumped. I for one, hope that the band return again soon and I’m sure that I am not the only one who was there that thinks that way.
Up next were the Mongolian Folk Metallers. They took to the stage to a large chorus of “HU” chants from the audience. A chant that would be heard numerous times throughout the evening. Front man Gala certainly didn’t shy away from the chants. He encouraged it, as well as seemed impressed by how loud the crowd chanted for the band.
The band looked great and their instruments also looked impressive. The band, even though they play a cross between hard rock and folk music, use traditional Mongolian instruments. Such as the Morin Khuur (horsehead fiddle), Tovshuur (Mongolian guitar) and the Tumur Khuur (Jaw harp). The band were backed by a guitarist, a bassist, a drummer and a percussionist.
As well as the instruments the bands type of singing that they utilize is Mongolian throat singing, which is when the person who is singing produces a fundamental pitch, then simultaneously employs one or more pitches over that.
The band played for almost an hour and a half and though they played the song “Wolf Totem” a little earlier in the evening, as an encore the audience were treated to the newer, slightly heavier remixed version of the song that the band released featuring Papa Roach vocalist Jacoby Shaddix. Though, no Jacoby here I’m afraid. But that certainly didn’t take away from the song or how much the audience were into it.
A great evening of music and the crowd that were there reflected that, as they were totally pumped. I haven’t seen a crowd that pumped for a band in a long time, than they were tonight for the Hu.
Review & Photography by David Stewart