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Blood Dancer
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As a young band you never know where your endeavors will take you and the strive for success is always in the hands of the people in the band. You have to work hard very hard to reach the goal of stardom. You have to submit music to the world hoping no one will steal it but in the meantime sites like RockEyez will always be there for the underground music scene and that is the case with BLOOD DANCER.

The following was sent to me in the early morning hour of 6am and as I opened the e-mail from guitarist Cory Barclay, I did even have my first cup of coffee but as I put my headphones on open, the first track resulted in pure delight coming over me saying these guys are exciting and I love the drive of the music. So take it from Cory push yourself to submit your music you never know who you are talking to or how big the site is there is always a chance you will be heard.

BLOOD DANCER was formed in 2010 in San Diego, CA and as a young band in less than two years they have released their debut offering. The disc starts off with “Realm of the Blood Dancer” a masterful epic keyboard instrumental that shows class. “Death to the Saints” puts BLOOD DANCER in a class of their own and as a young band their approach is more of seasoned veterans. The song has some down tuning and slashes with some killer guitar licks by Barclay. Christopher Barclay’s vocals are outstanding and will be a force in the music world at some point. They have already mastered the harmonies and background vocals that depth to the sound.

“The Herald of War” has a tantalizing feel of METALLICA meets IRON MAIDEN with a slant on the vocals. Cory Barclay goes off on with flashes of brilliance on guitar as rhythm guitarists Paul Clausen keeps the mid-temp time in check.

“Monster” begins highlighting drummer Brian Rumsey and bassist Tony Montemarano and as the song opens up an array of directional changes from running bass lines to uplifting rhythm guitar that reminds me of BRUTALIATOR meets the more obscure WRATH OF KILLENSTEIN and it is just explosive.

“Discourse of the Soul” sways to the acoustic, slightly softer side of BLOOD DANCER and it shows diversity and the young talent that has an ear for music and shows fans a gentler side to the band for this instrumental gem.

“Skulls Crushed (and People Burned)” shows more diversity knowing when it’s crunch time with a hardedge. BLOOD DANCER is the full package and will be gobbled up by labels once noticed.

Ending the disc “Last Stand of the Pagan Kings” slashes boundaries of an abundant talent that over-throws many genres and shows that many will not be able to pinpoint the direction of BLOOD DANCER, only to name them kings of all.

   


Band Lineup:
  • Cory Barclay -Lead Guitar, Songwriter
  • Christopher Barclay -- Lead Vocals
  • Brian Rumsey -Drums
  • Tony Montemarano -Bass Guitar
  • Paul Clausen --Rhythm Guitar

 

Track Listing:
  1. Realm of the Blood Dancer
  2. Death to the Saints
  3. The Herald of War
  4. Without Heroes
  5. Monster
  6. Discourse of the Soul
  7. Skulls Crushed (and People Burned)
  8. Palace of Bones
  9. Last Stand of the Pagan Kings

 





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