Get a sneak preview of Týr’s upcoming Valkyrja album on MetalInsider.net, where “Mare Of My Night” is currently streaming! I am thoroughly embarrassed to admit that I only just now got the “nightmare” reference after reading frontman Heri Joensen’s explanation of the song:

It’s based on the mare from folklore, the human-like creature that lies on top of you, riding you, causing bad dreams. As in nightmare, riding like a mare etc. Our anonymous viking, the protagonist of the story, finds in this song that his earthly woman has gone from being a goddess to being nightmare.

Valkyrja is a concept album with a story line based loosely around an anonymous Viking age warrior who leaves his woman and goes off to impress the Valkyrie on the battlefield so that she may bring him to Valhalla, or to Fólkvangr, the home of Freyja—the goddess associated with love, sexuality, beauty, fertility, gold, sorcery, war, and death. Folk metal at its finest!

The album, which will be the first not to feature former drummer Kári Streymoy, will be released in North America on September 17 and September 13/16 in Europe/UK, via Metal Blade Records. Pre-order it here!

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