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Blackbraid removed from Midgardsblot Metalfestival by security, Sgah’gahsowáh won't overlook racism

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UPDATE: More details and video emerge

Over the weekend Native American black metal band, Blackbraid, performed a headlining slot during Friday's lineup at Midgardsblot Metalfestival in Norway.

After the band's performance, a band member supposedly laid down in a seating area and was approached by security. During this interaction, some "unfortunate miscommunication" took place between the band and security.

This initial engagement was settled, however, later in the evening the situation was re-escalated elsewhere backstage and the band was removed from the grounds prior to Blackbraid vocalist Sgah'gahsowáh performing a special flute set at the festival bonfire. According to ThePRP and MetalAddicts, security claimed excessive intoxication as the reason behind the band's removal.

Shortly after being removed Sgah'gahsowáh took to the band's Instagram story to share this original statement:

We have been asked to leave @midgardsblot early because of the color of our skin. I am so
sorry to the fans that came here to see us. I was really looking forward to playing a flute set at the
bonfire tonight. I have been forced to cancel it unfortunately. I hope our fans can understand. Thank you to everyone that came here to see us from the bottom of my heart. I wish the staff here
shared the same values as the beautiful people that have attended the festival. I promise we will
return to Norway one day, to a festival that can appreciate blackbraid for our true worth, regardless of our nationality. We shall return.

However, another statement appeared the following day which gives a more insight into how "the situation was handled poorly on all sides." Sgah'gahsowáh shared that throughout the day festival security had trouble discerning between the native members. That, along with "continious negative interactions with both the security and a handful of festival goers" led to a "tipping point" with security, which ultimately resulted in the band's ejection. 

In the second, more detailed statement Sgah'gahsowáh apologizes for his behavior and "especially the spitting situation." You can read the Blackbraid vocalist's statement in full below:

Regarding the situation at Midgardsblot last evening.

Unfortunately there was some unfortunate miscommunication between the festival organizers at the security regarding the actions of one of our band members, whom momentarily laid down in a sitting area.

While the festival organizers of Midgardsblot were helpful in handling this situation peacefully at first, unfortunately the company handling the security re-escaled the situation a couple of hours later in the evening and this is when the band was officially removed from the festival.

While were originally informed following the initial incident that we could overlook the situation and that the band was still welcome at MgB; this sentiment was seemingly not communicated to the security staff elsewhere in the festival.

It was also at this time that the other native members of the group who were unaware of the situation were being told they need to leave by security as well. At multiple times yesterday, security was not able to the difference between the native band members, leading to further confusion and misunderstanding both sides.

While we have wanted to give the benefit of the doubt in terms of racism, we have unfortunately had continious negative interactions with both the security and a handful of festival goers. The anger which negatively impacted our actions in the moment of this altercation was fueled by many different interactions which finally got a tipping point here.

The situation was handled poorly on all sides.

I apologize for my behavior in the situation, especially the spitting situation, and to the fans who have been upset by the situation, and to the festival staff who tried to handle the situation with security before it got out of hand. I was livid with the treatment we were receiving, and did not handle myself in a responsible way whatsoever. I let my anger get the best of me and my actions were out of line. We are grateful for any opportunity to play in Norway and hope to return one day under different circumstances.

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anonymous 327 days ago

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anonymous 327 days ago

Acacia strain/Sgah'gahsowáh/sanguisugabogg tour

anonymous 327 days ago

Black metal and social media, what a mix

anonymous 327 days ago

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anonymous 327 days ago

"special flute"

anonymous 327 days ago

skin flute set.

anonymous 327 days ago

mexicans cosplaying as native americans (Sioux, Dakota, Cherokee) claiming they are the same exact culture are not stoked.

NorthFromHere 327 days ago

Immediately pulls the racism card, then starts backpedaling and apologizing because evidence out there does not confirm his victim complex.

anonymous 327 days ago

No ones gonna f*cking book these dudes now if a venue is gonna be accused of raaaycism for a misunderstanding. Have playing at the reservarion casinos forever lmao

anonymous 327 days ago

Liar and a baby

anonymous 327 days ago

Not only does his music suck, he's also a crybaby cuck. f*ck Blackbraid. f*cking disgrace to the genre.

anonymous 327 days ago

That's the land of white men what else do you expect and f*ck you pale asses in here too

anonymous 327 days ago

Can his GF just hit him with the abuse accusations already? She gets more only fans followers and we never hear from them again.

anonymous 327 days ago

Donald Trump here...there are fine people on both sides.

anonymous 327 days ago

Wow how awful that those Norwegians can't tell the difference between a bunch of native americans in matching costumes. Right??? There are a lot of black metal bands where it'd be hard to tell who's who if you didn't know exactly what each dude looked like. This dude is on his way to becoming a pariah.

anonymous 327 days ago

"Donald Trump here...there are fine people on both sides." Nothing wrong with that statement when he said it. Only libtards, aka the true racists, have an issue with it.

anonymous 327 days ago

This is beautiful, so much drama and ridiculousness! "It was racism" followed by "we want to give the benefit of the doubt" Hopefully someone posts video. I'm sure Norwegians see a ton of Native Americans…pfft who the f*ck is this guy anyways came out of nowhere now one of the biggest names, in less than two years. Yeah that's not suspicious. And to many in these comments, choke on a bullet you f*cks. Some of you are legit racists, and I'm not crying about anything besides the fact I can't shove my fist down your bitch throat.

anonymous 327 days ago

A FLUTE SET AHAHAHAHAAHAHA Why american "black metal" is so f*cking shit and gay? Get f*cked you dork, only posers and hipsters enjoy your shitty music.

anonymous 327 days ago

" And to many in these comments, choke on a bullet you f*cks. Some of you are legit racists, and I'm not crying about anything besides the fact I can't shove my fist down your bitch throat." Sacrifice massacre is pretty based.

anonymous 327 days ago

Dudes from upstate New York. Has more lineage to Stewart's than indigenous people.

anonymous 327 days ago

" And to many in these comments, choke on a bullet you f*cks. Some of you are legit racists, and I'm not crying about anything besides the fact I can't shove my fist down your bitch throat." Weighs 120 pounds soaking wet and the only thing being fisted is his own ass.

anonymous 327 days ago

White men playing blackjack paid for these guys to fly over with a flute to Europe and they still managed to f*ck it up.

anonymous 327 days ago

This is the thanks you get for your diversity initiatives; a drunk bully spitting on people who then calls you a racist when he's finally shown the door.

PoultryInMotion 327 days ago

only two jokes about the flute? really? this place is really going downhill...

anonymous 327 days ago

They're all white. Lmfao

anonymous 327 days ago

^ they don't identify as white

anonymous 327 days ago

"Nothing wrong with that statement when he said it. Only libtards, aka the true racists, have an issue with it." I like how you guys embrace racism, antisemitism very openly then go "SEE! YOU ARE REALLY THE RACISTS!" Like, the mental gymnastic is f*cking impressive.

anonymous 327 days ago

"They're all white. Lmfao" I mean, dude looks straight out of central casting for old time westerns and aren't the other guys all indigenous Mexicans??

anonymous 327 days ago

"Why american "black metal" is so f*cking shit and gay? Get f*cked you dork, only posers and hipsters enjoy your shitty music." Like a ton of Euro black metal dudes didn't do all sorts of weird "back to our roots, I'm going to play a moose bladder in the woods" type shit.

anonymous 327 days ago

a special flute set huh. loser you should of been removed on general principle for that alone.

anonymous 326 days ago

anonymous 1 hour ago White men playing blackjack paid for these guys to fly over with a flute to Europe and they still managed to f*ck it up. More likely elderly, widowed White ladies playing penny slots.

anonymous 326 days ago

Black metal identifies as white.

anonymous 326 days ago

half breed ^

anonymous 326 days ago

a special flute set huh. loser you should of been removed on general principle for that alone. Should HAVE been.... if you're going to pretend to superior, up your game.

anonymous 326 days ago

anonymous 1 hour ago White men playing blackjack paid for these guys to fly over with a flute to Europe and they still managed to f*ck it up. Or they actually got way more money than they actually deserved to and it floated the trip?

anonymous 326 days ago

The classic "braidedGOO" would have worked.

anonymous 326 days ago

"I like how you guys embrace racism, antisemitism very openly then go "SEE! YOU ARE REALLY THE RACISTS!" Like, the mental gymnastic is f*cking impressive." But what are your preferred pronouns?

anonymous 326 days ago

F*ck... I hope this is the end of this dude's f*cking sh*t music that the left wing press fawned over immediately. Guy pulling the race card at a festival that's anything but in a country that's further to the left and more openly accepting than most. Having talked to friends that were there, they desecrated a burial mount-memorial by urinating on it, were drunk and erratic, were given multiple chances and still f*cked it up. His music sucks... so its no wonder his attitude sucks. Can't wait for the metalsucks (or as I refer to it - the site for sh*ts and giggles) article condemning norwegians and midgardsblot... I'm sure the lefty journalist Kim Kelly will have release 2 books about it as well.

anonymous 326 days ago

^Liberals exist bro. The least tolerant cűnts on earth. Most are oxygen thieves, especially these "progressive" types.

anonymous 326 days ago

HEY HOW ARE YA HEY HOW ARE YA HEY HOW ARE YA

anonymous 326 days ago

They're not even black… wow.. just wow

anonymous 326 days ago

They just hate him cause he's black

anonymous 326 days ago

He's appropriating black culture! OMG!!!

anonymous 326 days ago

I'd rather watch Lizzo play the flute.

draculamountainz 326 days ago

anonymous 39 seconds ago I'd rather watch Lizzo play the flute.

anonymous 326 days ago

I'd rather watch Lizzo eat.

anonymous 326 days ago

I'd love to watch Lizzo play a rusty trombone

anonymous 326 days ago

"the band was removed from the grounds prior to Blackbraid vocalist Sgah'gahsowáh performing a special skin flute set at the festival bonfire.

anonymous 326 days ago

Ian Anderson is stoked

anonymous 326 days ago

Lizzo identifies as a whale.

anonymous 326 days ago

Instant backpedal as soon as the truth comes out. So incredibly satisfying to see this shitty gimmick band squirm

anonymous 326 days ago

"Indigenous." Lol.

anonymous 326 days ago

Norwegian here that newly discovered BB and liked his music. But I must say I am disapointed of his behaviour and dishonest ways. There are a video of the scene he caused and numerous witnesses. But everytime he is confronted and his lies gets called out, he moves the goal posts. Imagine if I was invited to a cultural heritage site belonging to his people, where his ancestors are buried, and then acted with the same lack of respect as he and his band members did. It would be called a scandal, and rightly so.

anonymous 326 days ago

^^^Imagine that...making sense makes sense.

anonymous 326 days ago

"Norwegian here that newly discovered BB and liked his music. But I must say I am disapointed of his behaviour and dishonest ways. There are a video of the scene he caused and numerous witnesses. But everytime he is confronted and his lies gets called out, he moves the goal posts. Imagine if I was invited to a cultural heritage site belonging to his people, where his ancestors are buried, and then acted with the same lack of respect as he and his band members did. It would be called a scandal, and rightly so." ^ No surprise there. Americucks thinking their horseshit flies everywhere in the world. "Let me act like an asshole, and then I'll just play the race card and be a victim". f*ck all y'all with that.

anonymous 326 days ago

See how fast he backpedal that. Started with "these norwegians are racist" and ended with "we are grateful for any opportunity to play in Norway and hope to return one day" in less than a day. loooool Your victim card is only good in Demented Joe Land.

anonymous 326 days ago

Reading the DMs between this guy and the Midgardsblot festival goers who immediately reached out through Instagram, was a wild ride. His drunken anger was quite something, and taking pride in assaulting security will tell you something about htis guy. There are multiple witnesses and some of it is captured on video. Norway has incredibly strict rules when it comes to alcohol. If security had not removed him from the festival area when he was sleeping (sign of a bit too much to drink), the festival could have risked not being allowed to sell alcohol next year. So yes, security will be quick to move people away from the main stage area. Drunkenly spitting in the face of several security officers would have landed him in jail for the night in other festivals. In fact, a pop festival slightly further north had plenty of people sent home, with 6 people in the drunk tank for acting out of place. Yet, he was simply sent home. If anything, he was treated nicer than he should have been.

anonymous 326 days ago

Only women and cowards spit at people.

anonymous 326 days ago

Stop behaving like you are homeless street bums and you won't get bounced.

anonymous 326 days ago

It was only a matter of time before this guy decided to play the race card. Albums aren't even that good either.

anonymous 326 days ago

"This guy acted like a real jerk" - incel who idolizes black metal dudes who've killed people

anonymous 326 days ago

Homeboy went to a fest for the most notoriously racist genre of music on earth and still completely blew it when trying to out racists. That takes talent.

anonymous 326 days ago

America sucks. The right can choke on dicks.

anonymous 326 days ago

What is this gimmick? Did this guy take a 23 and Me test and discover his was 1/8th Cherokee and now it is his whole identity? All the way back to 2022? Of course shitlib media would signal boost this.

anonymous 326 days ago

LOOL someone found his parents Facebook and I guess they adopted him from Gaudalajara Mexico.

anonymous 326 days ago

Clown band. Been around since 2022 - the Black Metal SCOWL, but Scowl have been at it longer!

anonymous 326 days ago

too many unpronounceable names here so I dunno....RACISM!

anonymous 326 days ago

This would never have happened at a festival in California. Nuke Norway

anonymous 326 days ago

Come to find out he's actually Italian. Stick to anti-trash psa's

anonymous 326 days ago

Kat Miss here, this guy has industry plant written all over him.

anonymous 326 days ago

Noooo, not the flute set, damn it

anonymous 326 days ago

Listen to his interview with Jose Mangin. He really doesn't know much about his ancestry other than he had indigenous lineage. Not uncommon by any means.

anonymous 326 days ago

^ He knows his skin flute lineage.

anonymous 326 days ago

Enjoy laying in the bed you shat in you drunken pos

anonymous 326 days ago

Trendcore band embarrasses selves in first major fest appearance, more on the news at 10 lmao

anonymous 326 days ago

" "This guy acted like a real jerk" - incel who idolizes black metal dudes who've killed people" Sure bro. Better a murderer than an opportunistic gimmicky piece of trash. At least it's an ethos homie

rick____tocchet 326 days ago

Blackbraid is playing LIVE on The View next week. Tune in everyone!!!

anonymous 326 days ago

Listen to his interview with Jose Mangin. ^um, it's Jose "Metal Ambassador" Mangin, bro.

anonymous 326 days ago

" "This guy acted like a real jerk" - incel who idolizes black metal dudes who've killed people" Sure bro. Better a murderer than an opportunistic gimmicky piece of trash. At least it's an ethos homie ^^^^^ Ooooooooooo dddaaaammmmmnnnn Watch out, fellas! This one is dangerous!

anonymous 326 days ago

Lol @ whites and Americans.

anonymous 326 days ago

this story sounds like a whole lot of bullshit to me. Short of proper details here. Who said what exactly? From what a i gather here, buddy got wasted and got tossed for being annoying. More realistic scenario is that some punkass american has never been held accountable for his poor decisions.

anonymous 326 days ago

Total ass. BB were industry plants making semi-competent Agalloch worship, not the worst thing to get artificially big. Guy's story would've fallen apart without the video evidence and text conversations. It's f*cking NORWAY, they don't know what a Native American is and they sure as hell lean super hard into what Americans call "progressive liberal" territory these days. The only reason he didn't go to the drunk tank in a comfy Norwegian apartment jail is BECAUSE they were too liberal.

anonymous 326 days ago

I bet Elizabeth Warren is more Native American than this dude.

anonymous 326 days ago

F*ck... I hope this is the end of this dude's f*cking sh*t music that the left wing press fawned over immediately. Guy pulling the race card at a festival that's anything but in a country that's further to the left and more openly accepting than most. Having talked to friends that were there, they desecrated a burial mount-memorial by urinating on it, were drunk and erratic, were given multiple chances and still f*cked it up. His music sucks... so its no wonder his attitude sucks. Can't wait for the metalsucks (or as I refer to it - the site for sh*ts and giggles) article condemning norwegians and midgardsblot... I'm sure the lefty journalist Kim Kelly will have release 2 books about it as well. ^^well said...Kim Kelly is a huge poser. She acts like a working class hero but the only thing she ever worked were bm band roadies with handjobs to get backstage.

anonymous 326 days ago

Nobody cares, alcoholic losers

anonymous 326 days ago

Ironically, Native Americans are much cooler and talented when they're represented by video game characters like T-Hawk and Chief Thunder... and even Tatanka in the WWF

anonymous 326 days ago

^^well said...Kim Kelly is a huge poser. She acts like a working class hero but the only thing she ever worked were bm band roadies with handjobs to get backstage. ^^^ Totally got her, bro! Woman = sex object! Sex = power dynamics! Weee-ewwwwww!!!! She's on the ropes now!

anonymous 326 days ago

We're sorry, but your race card has been declined (insufficient). Do you have another form of argument?

anonymous 326 days ago

This thing disproves every other thing. We did, boys!

anonymous 326 days ago

^^^ Totally got her, bro! Woman = sex object! Sex = power dynamics! Weee-ewwwwww!!!! She's on the ropes now! ^^you're reading to much into a true rumor, but I understand why.

anonymous 325 days ago

"Listen to his interview with Jose Mangin. He really doesn't know much about his ancestry other than he had indigenous lineage. Not uncommon by any means." Not uncommon but he lied, he's from Guadalajara and knows that so he lied in that interview too

anonymous 325 days ago

Muh Racism.What bunch of Pussys!

anonymous 325 days ago

Jon Krieger aka WitchHawk better be careful, people will start catching on that he is white if he keeps overplaying the race card lmao

anonymous 325 days ago

LOL 30 comments deleted in the last 10 minutes

anonymous 324 days ago

Mexicans are Native just not the same kind he's trying rep. Dude got popular while an outcry for North American tribal voices were being pushed by the media-political BS machine. Smart timing on that gimmick, this racist cry is just another play. And that merch he's got damn, making money off all them tribes like the Kootenai, not a dime going back to them no doubt!

anonymous 320 days ago

This article should be taken down since it violates the basic journalistic principles of "truth and accuracy"




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