"The Gereg" (Eleven Seven Music; 2019)

Reviewed by Snidermann

The Hu (pronounced "the who") is a metal band out of Mongolia and they rock like a bull dozer. Who cares if you canít understand a word they say? That really makes no difference. Letís get real. Can you really understand anything anyone sings in today's metal music, even if it's in English?

The name of this recording is "The Gereg." The rhythm of the entire project transports you to a place in your head that's full of introspection. There is something hypnotic, strange and very addicting about this music. It's worth noting that Papa Roach singer Jacoby Shaddix appears on one track here, a remix of the song "Wolf Totem."

"The Gereg" features a lot of what's called "Mongolian Throat Singing." Google that for some fascinating information! You can tell just from the inflection of the singer that something different is going on, but when you get into the details it will blow your mind!

Do yourself a favor and head over to YouTube and check out this band's videos. I'll bet it will have the same effect on you that it had on me. It's amazing to see how many members there are in this band and which (sometimes strange) instruments they play. 

By the way, R. Scott's brother, Doug Bolton, caught the band when they played the Ventura Theater and he said it was amazing. If it even came close to what's captured on this recording, it must have kicked ass. Outstanding!

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Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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