Ukraine’s Holy Blood formed in 1999, originally playing hardcore, before turning to death metal and eventually settling on a folk/black metal fusion. The band has released 6 full-length albums and an EP since 2002, with later releases featuring a strong folk influence. Waves are Dancing is their sophomore release and features a near-perfect fusion of folk metal and extreme metal, with elements of melodic death metal, thrash, and black metal.
Most of the bands albums have been released in English versions in addition to recordings in their native Ukrainian tongue. While the band has gone through numerous member changes over the past two decades, Holy Blood is still active. Some members have also been involved in various side projects including Requital (brutal death metal), and Evroklidon (mid-paced black metal). Additionally, vocalist/flautist Fyodor Buzelevich hosts a metal devotional series online (often found on Facebook) regularly featuring Christian metal artists leading Bible studies and/or sharing meditations on the Word.
I don’t know to what degree the current conflict in Ukraine (read: Russian invasion) has affected the band, but let’s allow this post to be a reminder to pray for those suffering in the war, and for a quick end to the senseless attacks.