Tengger Cavalry's 'The Struggle': Exclusive Premiere

Tengger Cavalry
Zilan Fan

Tengger Cavalry

Mongolian folk metal band embarks on second North American tour starting Friday.

Tengger Cavalry has made some impressive strides since principal member Nature Ganganbaigal relocated the band to New York from China in 2015.

The Mongolian folk metal band released fourth album Blood Sacrifice Shaman on Metal Hell Records and caught the media’s eye when they sold out a Christmas Eve gig at New York’s Carnegie Hall last year. In April, they logged their first North American tour, then in May, they delivered the Mountain Side EP, which featured both reworked tracks and new music.

Although they dropped two studio projects within the past year, Tengger Cavalry continues to record new music. A song called “The Struggle,” which the band created after releasing Mountain Side EP, is available for sale on Bandcamp as a single. Billboard has an exclusive stream of the track. Listen to it below:

“‘The Struggle’ is very different from all the other Tengger Cavalry songs, because this one is a very personal song that expresses inner strife,” explains Ganganbaigal. “We usually write songs about nomadic culture and traditions like horses and war. In life, we all deal with a crisis of faith or a massive life challenge, which is what ‘The Struggle’ is about: a person trying hard to put themselves back together when confronting a meltdown. Musically, we used a Central-Asian melody to articulate the [sorrowful] part.”

Tengger Calvary heads back out for its second North American run today. Groove metal act Incite is joining as support.

Sept. 16: White Hall, Md. @ Shadow Woods (Note: Incite will not be performing)
Sept. 17: Asheville, N.C. @ The Rabbit Hole
Sept. 18: Hattiesburg, Miss. @ Tavern
Sept. 19: Austin @ Grizzly Hall
Sept. 20: San Antonio @ Paper Tiger
Sept. 21: Fort Worth, Texas @ Rail Club
Sept. 23: Phoenix @ Club Red
Sept. 24: San Diego @ Brick by Brick
Sept. 26: Los Angeles @ Whisky a Go Go
Sept. 28: Sacramento, Calif. @ Starlite
Sept. 29: Oakland, Calif. @ Oakland Opera House
Sept. 30: Portland, Ore. @ Ash Street Saloon
Oct. 1: Vancouver @ Rickshaw Theater
Oct. 2: Bellingham, Wash. @ Shakedown
Oct. 3: Seattle @ Crockodile
Oct. 5: Salt Lake City @ Metro
Oct. 6: Denver @ 3 Kings
Oct. 7: Kansas City, Mo. @ Riot Room
Oct. 8: Champaign, Ill. @ Hi Drive
Oct. 9: Chicago @ Reggies
Oct. 10: Columbus, Ohio @ Rumba Cafe
Oct. 11: Detroit @ Smalls
Oct. 12: Toronto @ Hard Luck
Oct. 13: Ottawa, Ontario @ Mavericks
Oct. 14: Montreal @ Les Foufounes Électriques
Oct. 15: Revere, Mass. @ Sammy’s Patio