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BlackBraid - Barefoot Ghost Dance on Blood Soaked Soil (Single)


*SINGLE: BlackBraid - Barefoot Ghost Dance on Blood Soaked Soil *

For the first in the series of the ONE TO WATCH, I had to write about BlackBraid’s latest single Barefoot Ghost Dance on Blood Soaked Soil. BlackBraid is a Native American black-metal solo project hailing from the Adirondack Mountains, a wilderness in the north-eastern New York State. Just like the landscape, which still exists in its primitive natural form, musically it’s wild, untamed and overgrown with vicious riffs, blistering pace and deathly vocals.

Barefoot Ghost Dance on Blood Soaked Soil opens with a solitary riff that detonates into a bestial, blast-beaten assault, that obliterates and destroys everything in its path. Like a thunderstorm within the Adirondack wilderness, a tirade of guitars, drums and bass whip up a fury of biblical proportions. A momentary break in the storm brings a mid-tempo breakdown that sweeps melodically through the rain soaked treetops, before the heavens open once more in a black-metal diatribe of speed and wicked-tongued ferocity. This track is dripping in blackened melody and atmosphere, and every tempo-shift brings forth power and uncontrollable destruction. It’s a track that will blow your mind and darken your soul, such is its gargantuan presence.

There is no release date yet for an album release, but it’s likely to happen towards the winter months… fitting! An incredible track, enjoy.