Vocalist Johan Hegg
magazine that a friend of his told him the story of Stamford Bridge axeman and suggested he write lyrics about it:
"Basically, it's at the end of the Viking era," he said. "The Vikings are in England, and they've been very successful in beating the English, because what the Vikings did better than the English is that they moved fast and they moved during the night. But at the Battle of Stamford Bridge, the English used the Vikings' tactics against them, so they caught the Vikings by surprise. The Vikings were too far away from their supply ships, so they had to retreat. The Vikings were about 3000 men, and the English were 15,000. So they retreated over Stamford Bridge, but in order to halt the English army, they sent one guy with an axe out on the bridge."