Native American black metal firebrand Blackbraid has been tearing shit up since his debut self-titled album came out last year. Now, with a sophomore album set for release this July and a slew of tour dates currently underway with the Decibel Magazine Tour, the mighty Sgah’gahsowáh is back here again with a killer track and accompanying music video for “The Spirit Returns.”
And while most black metal focuses on snow swept fjords, or in Blackbraid’s case — the idyllic Adirondack mountains — this new video trades the deciduous forests with the dry heat of the desert. It’s a hell of a clip, full of sweeping vistas while Sgah’gahsowáh and a backing band rip through the new single.
As for the song itself, it’s yet another powerful piece of black metal that showcases Blackbraid’s strength within the genre. Though you can hear it in the music video posted below, it won’t be available on streaming services until midnight local time tomorrow, May 20.
“The Spirit Returns” is the second single from the upcoming Blackbraid II album. The first single, “Moss Covered Bones on the Altar of the Moon” was an absolute shredder when it was released a couple weeks ago.
Blackbraid II is slated for release on July 7, though you can sign up for email notifications of when you can preorder or presave the album through the Blackbraid Official Merch Store.
So yeah, check out the video below and when you’re done, pick up some tickets to watch Blackbraid on tour with the likes of Dark Funeral, Cattle Decapitation, and 200 Stab Wounds.
The Decibel Magazine Tour 2023
05/11: Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory [Tickets]05/12: Mesa, AZ @ Nile Theaters [Tickets]05/13: Albuquerque, NM @ El Rey [Tickets]05/15: Dallas, TX @ Granada Theater [Tickets]05/16: Austin, TX @ Empire Control Room [Tickets]05/17: Houston, TX @ The Warehouse [Tickets]05/19: Tampa, FL @ The Orpheum [Tickets]05/20: Atlanta, GA @ Variety Playhouse [Tickets]05/21: Charlotte, NC @ The Underground [Tickets]05/23: Baltimore, MD @ Baltimore Soundstage [Tickets]05/24: New York, NY @ Irving Plaza [Tickets]05/26: Montreal, QC @ Club Soda [Tickets]05/27: Toronto, ON @ Phoenix Concert Theatre [Tickets]05/28: Pontiac, MI @ Crofoot Ballroom [Tickets]05/30: Chicago, IL @ The Metro [Tickets]05/31: Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue [Tickets]06/02: Denver, CO @ The Summit [Tickets]06/03: Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex [Tickets]06/05: Seattle, WA @ El Corazon [Tickets]06/06: Vancouver, BC @ The Vogue Theater [Tickets]06/07: Portland, OR @ The Roseland Ballroom [Tickets]06/09: San Francisco, CA @ The Regency Ballroom [Tickets]06/10: Los Angeles, CA @ Regent Theater [Tickets]
Blackbraid, Blackbraid II
01. Autumnal Hearts Ablaze (2:10)
02. The Spirit Returns (4:37)
03. The Wolf That Guides the Hunters Hand (7:34)
04. Spells of Moon and Earth (2:24)
05. Moss Covered Bones on the Altar of the Moon (13:30)
06. A Song of Death on Winds of Dawn (11:04)
07. Celestial Passage (2:24)
08. Twilight Hymn of Ancient Blood (6:59)
09. Sadness and the Passage of Time and Memory (7:02)dssss
10 . A Fine Day to Die (8:15)
Total Running Time: 65:59
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