Exclusive: Listen to Tengger Cavalry's 'Ashley'

Tengger Cavalry
Zilan Fan

Tengger Cavalry

Tengger Cavalry — the nomadic Mongolian folk metal band that began making waves in the United States on Christmas Eve 2015 when it performed at Carnegie Hall — is keeping its fans steadily supplied with music. After reissuing two revamped albums from its catalog in September 2016 (renamed Cavalry of Thousands and Hymn of the Earth), the quintet took a left-field turn by delivering covers of two Avril Lavigne songs in March: “My Happy Ending” and “Sk8er Boi.” Now, the act is preparing to drop its new album Die on My Ride, its debut release on M-Theory Audio, on June 2.

Multi-instrumentalist frontman Nature Ganganbaigal credits the relationship that Tengger Cavalry manager Dawn Robinson has with label founder Marco Barbieri -- former president of Century Media Records and Nuclear Blast Media -- with the band signing to the imprint. “We were looking for a label that had an interest in what we do and would support us,” he says. “It is a great honor to be signed to M-Theory Audio. We are excited to release this new record with our new label.” (Click here to order physical or digital copies.)

Billboard has the exclusive lyric video of “Ashley,” the second single from Die on My Ride. Ganganbaigal describes the love ballad as “a very personal song, just like the entire album.” He notes that while Tengger Cavalry’s previous releases “revolved around historical and traditional themes, this record talks more about an individual’s perspective about struggling, challenges and opportunities. The piano parts are a personal touch.”

Listen to “Ashley” below:

Ganganbaigal knows the lyrical content is a major shift from the group’s typical battle-influenced output. “I think it is kind of hilarious and interesting that a heavy metal band who always sings about galloping wild horses and bloody warriors would finally put out a love song in our own interpretation and musical arrangement,” he muses.

Tengger Cavalry’s Lavigne covers were done in the same vein. “A lot of pop songs are very catchy, well arranged and have great spirit lyrically, too,” he observes. “It is a good challenge for me as a producer and songwriter to take on Avril’s songwriting style into that of our own, which made it such an enjoyable songwriting experience. Just like Avril’s lyrics [in “What the Hell”], I was totally having fun and messing around.”

The band will launch a headlining North American tour on June 3 in support of Die on My Ride, supported by fusion guitarist Felix Martin and pagan metal act Helsott (the latter of which joins dates running from June 18-27).

June 3 -- Montreal @ Bar Le Ritz

June 4 -- Ottawa @ Mavericks

June 5 -- Toronto @ Hard Luck

June 6 -- Pittsburgh, PA @ Cattivo

June 8 -- Grand Rapids, MI @ Pyramid Scheme

June 9 -- Indianapolis, IN @ Taps Live

June 10 -- Chicago, IL @ Beat Kitchen

June 11 -- Fargo, ND @ Aquarium

June 13 -- Winnipeg, Manitoba @ Windsor Hotel

June 14 -- Saskatoon, Saskatchewan @ Amigos

June 15 -- Edmonton, Alberta @ Brixx

June 16 -- Calgary, Alberta @ Distortion

June 18 -- Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw Theater

June 19 -- Seattle, WA @ Highline

June 21 -- Portland, OR @ Dante’s

June 23 -- San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill

June 24 -- San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar

June 25 -- Phoenix, AZ @ Club Red

June 27 -- Denver, CO @ Hi Dive

June 28 -- Kansas City, MO @ Riot Room

June 29 -- St Louis, MO @ Fubar

June 30 -- Memphis, TN @ Hi Tone

July 1 -- Nashville, TN @ East Room

July 3 -- Atlanta, GA @ 529

July 4 -- Asheville, NC @ Mothlight

July 5: Richmond, Va. @ Strange Matter

July 6: Philadelphia @ Fire

July 7: Brooklyn @ Saint Vitus

July 8: Manchester, N.H. @ Jewel