Another reviewer said this is more like folk than metal and I can see where he is coming from. Probably a bit Show Of Hands mixed with Disturbed.
Whatever it is, it is a thumping, growling and blood stirring sound. Some of the songs do go a bit too ballad-like for my taste but overall a cracking album.
Edit: On reflection probably more country & western than Folk music, but only a dash so don't let that put you off. The vocals and instruments are not as 'forward' on the soundstage as I'm used to with western rock bands but it is a good recording.
I loved this first CD by the Hu group. I have studied overtone chanting and they have somehow incorporated some of that in their music, which is original, exciting and, when I managed to read the almost gothic writing, enjoyed trying to understand the words of each song. Brilliant - moving - spiritual and with a fabulous beat. I will be playing it again and again. I have read books about Genghis Khan and how he brought different tribes together to make a great nation and I'm sure he is still revered in Mongolia today.
This, in my opinion, is a fantastic album! I've always enjoyed a bit of throat singing, along with other Mongolian art that I've experienced (check out "Story of the Weeping Camel"), so I was looking forward to this after hearing Yuve Yuve Yu. I don't really mind what catagory we choose to put this in; all I know is it got my feet tapping, my head nodding and the volume turned up. The sound is amazing and the songs are great too. I don't often hear an album that connects with me so strongly, so quickly. Good stuff.
This is an outstanding debut album from these Mongolian Magicians of rock - worth 4 stars just for their musical talent alone - but the 5th star is easily awarded just for the beauty of this vinyl package. Gate-fold album opens out with lovely artwork on the interior and exterior, and contains 2 x 33rpm LPs. The second of these contains tracks on only one side, the reverse being embossed with a mongolian dragon print - all very well put together - a joy to open and a joy to listen to.