Blackwater Holylight share video for “Sunrise”

May 5, 2019

Blackwater Holylight share video for “Sunrise”

Portland, OR quintet BlackWater HolyLight premiere the official video for “Sunrise” off of their highly lauded debut album today via Kerrang Magazine. Watch and share the darkly sinister video HERE

The band recently completed recording the followup to their 2018 breakout self-titled debut album. The new set of songs is scheduled for release in October via RidingEasy Records

BlackWater HolyLight are currently on tour throughout Europe and the UK, including performances at DesertFest UK and DesertFest Berlin this weekend. Please see all dates below. 

The notion of “heavy music” is continuing to expand of late, with many intrepid artists finding new ways to incorporate the power of traditional metal into new music, but without all of its trappings. Enter Portland, OR quintet BlackWater HolyLight to further swirl musical elements into a captivating hybrid of emotional intensity. Heavy psych riffs, gothic drama, folk-rock vibes, garage-sludge and soaring melodies all collide into a satisfying whole with as much contrast as the band’s name itself. 

I wanted to experiment with my own version of what felt ‘heavy’ both sonically and emotionally,” says founder and vocalist/bassist Allison (Sunny) Faris. “I also wanted a band in which vulnerability of any form could be celebrated.” BlackWater HolyLight — Faris, guitarist/vocalist Laura Hopkins, second guitarist Mikayla Mayhew, new drummer Eliese Dorsay and synth player Sarah Mckenna — formed upon the breakup of Faris’ longtime band and she sought a fresh start. “In my last band I was the only female in a group of 6, so I wanted to see how my song writing and vulnerability could glow taking the drivers seat and working with women.”

BlackWater HolyLight was recorded by Cameron Spies at Gold Brick Studios and The Greenhouse, and with Eric Crespo at Touch Tourcher Recording in Portland. The album is available on LP, CD and download, released April 6th, 2018 via RidingEasy Records on LP & CD at and digital at


05/03 London, UK @ DesertFest

05/04 Liege, BE @ La Zone

05/05 Berlin, DE @ DesertFest

05/06 Szczecin, PL @ Storrady 

05/08 Malmo, SE @ Plan B

05/09 Stockholm, SE @ Undergangen

05/10 Gothenburg, SE W Truckstop Alaska

05/11 Esbjerg, DK @ Esbjerg Fuzzfestival

05/13 Oldenburg, DE @ MTS LP Store

05/14 Berlin, DE @ Zukunft

05/15 Vienna, AT @ Aerena Beisl

05/16 Olten, CH @ Coq’D’or

05/17 Innsbruck, AT @ PMK

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