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Below is our complete Watain news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

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Watain & Rotting Christ European Tour Announced

Watain, Rotting Christ and Profanatica will be out on the road again touring Europe together this November. The run will kick off on November 02nd in Copenhagen, Denmark and will hit the below venues:

11/02 Copenhagen, DEN – Pumpehuset
11/03 Leipzig, GER – Hellraiser
11/04 Warsaw, POL – Progresja
11/06 Prague, CZE – Meet Factory
11/07 Budapest, HUN – Barba Negra
11/09 Munich, GER – Backstage
11/10 Zug, SWI – Chollerhalle
11/11 Milan, ITA – Live Club
11/12 Colmar, FRA – Le Grillen
11/14 Barcelona, SPA – Razzmatazz 2
11/15 Madrid, SPA – Chango Club
11/16 Limoges, FRA – CC John Lennon
11/17 Paris, FRA – La Machine du Moulin Rouge
11/18 Lille, FRA – Tyrant Fest
11/20 Saarbrücken, GER – Garage
11/21 Mannheim, GER – MS Connexion Complex
11/22 Berlin, GER – Astra
11/23 Antwerp, BEL – Trix
11/24 Bochum, GER – Matrix
11/25 Nijmegen, NET – Doornroosje

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Watain & Destroyer 666 Phoenix, AZ March 18th 2018

Between the shitstorm that Destroyer 666 were a part of last year and the recent war between “edgy” (a borrowed description…) black metal bands defending against self-righteous keyboard justice warriors, I didn’t know what to expect at Watain and Destroyer 666’s Phoenix, Arizona date. Just a week earlier, Destroyer 666 was booted off their Bay Area date. Watain, showing support for their touring brethren, basically told the venue to go fuck themselves and pulled out of the date as well. Another venue had stepped up to host the show but inexplicably cancelled a few days later. In light of all this drama, Phoenix did not disappoint. There was no bullshit, no drama, only metal and Watain’s Disciples.

I have to admit, I’m not an avid listener of Destroyer 666, but I did want to check out what all the chatter was about that was filling up comment sections of several metal blogs in 2017. I thought they were solid, but their sound reminds me of early European thrash metal ala early Kreator. They didn’t blow my mind musically but the raw and intensity of their sound had massive appeal a couple of decades ago. For some, this style is fresh and new and turns their crank. For this writer, I was counting down the number of songs left of their 45-minute set.


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At The Gates Confirmed For Bloodstock 2018

The organisers of the Bloodstock Open Air festival has announced some more names, including Swedish melodic death metal pioneers, At The Gates, as well as groove metal originators Exhorder, who will play the Ronnie James Dio stage and Sophie Lancaster stage respectively, while joining Exhorder on the Sophie stage will be sludge metal outfit Weight Of The Tide and death metal group Sangre. The festival will take place at Catton Park, Derbyshire and will be held from August 9th - 12th.

The lineup is now as follows:

Ronnie James Dio Stage:
Judas Priest (Headliner)
Gojira (Headliner)
Nightwish (Headliner)
At The Gates
Suicidal Tendencies
Mr. Big
Venom Inc.
Wednesday 13
Orden Ogan
Memoriam More...

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Watain Deny Allegations Of Nazism

Watain issue a statement denying allegations of Nazism after their live guitarist Set "Davide Totaro" Teitan was seen doing what looked similar to a "Sieg Heil" salute. The gesture was made while the band were taking to the stage during Watain's recent live appearance at the Kraken in Stockholm, Sweden this past weekend. Footage of that can be seen above.

States the band:

“It has come to our attention that people have misinterpreted an arm movement of Set at our Kraken show as a “nazi salute”. Fucking hell, come on folks! As everyone should know by now, Watain band members have no ties to nazi ideology neither publically nor personally, and with this statement we want to put an end to further uneccesary speculation in this tiresome subject.

What we give praise to in our songs and in their lyrics could very well be seen as the very anti-thesis to some utopian right wing ideology of the past. “Saluting” one of our many enemies on the sacred ground that is our stage would not make much sense. That is something we are sure our fans and supporters -who we are proud to say are from every possible “race”, gender, nation and cultural background- can testify to.

As would the fact that our line-up and working crew are also of a widely diverse ethnical background. And the list goes ever on, eliminating all possible forms of soiling by political or ideological agendas, allowing the Devil’s fire to burn clear and untainted in the sanctuary that we have created for ourselves.

It is of course highly regrettable that these unwelcome, inconvenient and misplaced accusations are even allowed to arise and we hope we can now put this behind us and focus on the many important tasks at hand.

Thank you for understanding.

Now let us fearlessly and doubtlessly move forward into the raging chaos of metallic deathnoise madness that is Trident Wolf Eclipse.


Watain released their new effort "Trident Wolf Eclipse" last week.

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Watain Premiere New Song

Watain debuts a second track from their forthcoming album “Trident Wolf Eclipse“. “Sacred Damnation” is the latest track to see a release ahead of the album’s January 05th arrival via Century Media.

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Watain, Destroyer 666 Announce North American Tour

Watain, Destroyer 666 and some pending supports will unite for the North American "Pandemoniac Wolf March Tour" in February/March. Watain will be touring in support of their upcoming sixth studio album, "Trident Wolf Eclipse", due out January 05th via Century Media Records.

Check out all dates below:

02/23 Montreal, QC – Le National
02/24 Quebec City, QC – Imperial Bell
02/25 Toronto, ON – Opera House More...

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Bloodstock Open Air Adds Four More Bands To Lineup

The organisers of Britain's Bloodstock Open Air festival has confirmed a further four bands to perform at next year's edition of the festival, including German heavy metal legend Doro, who will be headlining the Sophie Lancaster stage on the Friday night. Also added to the event are death metal supergroup Bloodbath, who will also perform on Friday, but on the Ronnie James Dio stage, while Greek symphonic death metal veterans Septicflesh and the Chris Jericho fronted heavy metal group Fozzy will also play the RJD stage, on Saturday and Sunday respectively. The festival will take place in Catton Hall, Derbyshire from August 10th to 12th. More bands will be confirmed over the coming year, including plenty of unsigned talent.

The current lineup is as follows:

Friday: Ronnie James Dio Stage
Judas Priest

Friday: Sophie Lancaster Stage

Saturday: Ronnie James Dio Stage
Orden Ogan

Sunday: Ronnie James Dio Stage

Sunday: Sophie Lancaster Stage

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Watain Premieres New Track & Music Video

Watain premieres a video for its new single “Nuclear Alchemy“. You can find that song on the band's forthcoming sixth studio album, “Trident Wolf Eclipse“, which will be out in stores January 05th via Century Media.

Comments the band of the new album: More...

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Watain To Issue New Single On Halloween

Prepare for Swedish Black Metal violence courtesy of Watain on Halloween as October 31 marks the international release date for the band's savage new single "Nuclear Alchemy" taken from the new album set for release on January 5, 2018.

The band commented: "'Nuclear Alchemy' is the sound of an eager beast let loose from its cage at last. A song of violent fire, impending doom and of necks craned in ecstasy. A dissolving injection of power and force into the coagulated veins of Black Metal and a first glimpse into the abyss that shall be opened in the beginning of 2018. Meanwhile, stand by for conflagration."

The "Nuclear Alchemy" single will also include an exclusive B-side: a cover version of Hungarian cult act Tormentor’s "Beyond." The 7-inch will be released in two editions, which are strictly limited to 1,000 copies each! Pre-order them at this location or over here. More...

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Watain Announces New Album

Following the unexpected direction of "The Wild Hunt" from back in 2013 (reviewed here), Watain is now gearing up to drop a new full-length album on January 5th, 2018 via Century Media Records. Full info is not yet available, but release shows have been announced via the tour posters below. Stay tuned for more details to arrive shortly. More...

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Watain Live Footage Comes Online

Fathomless Mirror Reflections just uploaded footage of Watain performing three live tracks from the final show of the "Casus Luciferi" tour. Check out "Devils Blood," "Black Salvation," and "Opus Dei" performed at B90 Gdansk, Poland below.

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Season Of Mist Streaming 20 Year Compilation

Season of Mist turned twenty this year, and now you can stream a two decade anniversary compilation below or pick up the comp through various digital services over here. This wide-ranging release includes some names you might have heard from the metal scene in a loooong time, like Oxiplegatz.

The label comments: "It is no secret that the music industry has changed tremendously during the past two decades, but thanks to your loyal support, we are still able to continue releasing great music to this very day. We would like to once again extend our gratitude and thankfulness to all those who believe in our artists. Stream our '20 Years of Season of Mist' compilation here and check out the discount campaign on our official e-shop!" More...

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Watain Re-Releasing Album, Announces Tour Dates

Watain's latest album "The Wild Hunt" will be available again August 19th, 2016 on black and clear vinyl, with pre-orders up at this location. The return of "The Wild Hunt" also follows the announcement of select appearances across Europe. Watain comments:

"We can now announce that in December this year, we will be performing 'Casus Luciferi' in its entirety on a few select dates across Europe. These concerts will be done together with Mayhem, performing the entire 'De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas.'

"The reason why there are only 6 dates is that these venues and promoters were the only ones across all Europe who had the guts to take on this tour package. All honour to them. Meanwhile, those that were too scared and morally subdued to accept the nature of the tour will keep on rotting in fear. For they know well that the law and order they are so desperately trying to uphold by boycotting Black Metal, is about to collapse.

"Join us in December and witness the sacred horrors of the past come to life yet again... Black Metal Chaos awaits!"

12.13.2016 L'Etage, Rennes, France (with Mayhem)
12.14.2016 Le 106, Rouen, France (with Mayhem)
12.15.2016 Trabendo, Paris, France (with Mayhem)
12.16.2016 Eindhoven Metal Meeting, Eindhoven, The Netherlands (with Mayhem and more)
12.17.2016 Progresja, Warsaw, Poland (with Mayhem)
12.18.2016 B90, Gdansk, Poland (with Mayhem) More...

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Eindhoven Metal Meeting Reveals Full Lineup

With the addition of Pro-Pain, Soulburn, and Komah, the line-up for Eindhoven Metal Meeting 2016 is now complete. The eighth edition of the annual metal meeting is set to take place December 16th & 17th, 2016 at the reputable Effenaar venue in Eindhoven, The Netherlands.

The organization is furthermore proud to reveal the daily schedule of the festival. Single day tickets are going on sale Monday, the 1st of August 2016. The full festival billing is as follows:

Aura Noir (NO)
Archgoat (FI)
Batushka (PL)
Benighted (FR)
Bleeding Gods (NL)
Bölzer (CH)
Burning Hatred (NL)
Caronte (IT)
Cirith Gorgor (NL)
Destruction (DE)
Der Weg Einer Freiheit (DE)
Emptiness (BE)
Endstille (DE)
Enthroned (BE)
General Surgery (SE)
Gutalax (CZ)
Hail Of Bullets (NL – featuring David Ingram [ex-Benediction, Bolt Thrower[ on vocals)
Harakiri For The Sky (AT)
Hell (UK)
Insanity Reigns Supreme (BE)
Illdisposed (DK)
Komah (BE)
Mantar (DE)
Mayhem (NO – ‘De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas’ will be played in its entirety!)
Memoriam (UK – featuring band members from Bolt Thrower, Cerebral Fix and Benediction)
Moonspell (PT – Special setlist based on the 'Wolfheart' and 'Irreligious' albums!)
Necrophagia (US – pre-party)
Pro-Pain (US)
Protector (SE)
Schammasch (CH)
Schirenc Plays Pungent Stench (AT - pre-party)
Seth (FR)
Soulburn (NL)
Tiamat (SE)
Toxic Waltz (DE)
Valkyrja (SE)
Watain (SE – Exclusive BeNeLux show & unique 'Casus Luciferi' setlist!)
Wederganger (NL) More...

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Cryptopsy Announces Mexican Shows

The Canadian death metal godfathers from Cryptopsy are stoked to announce their long-awaited return to Mexico.

Their first appearance since 2008, the boys will criss-cross the vast and beautiful Mexican landscape alongside Sweden's Watain, and fellow death metal veterans Suffocation. Catch the show on these dates:

August 11th - Querétaro
August 12th - Aguascalientes
August 13th - Mexico City
August 14th - Mérida More...

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Artists Unite For Darkadya Book Of Art

A new series of books entitled "Darkadya - Book of Art From Below" was launched as a means to promote artists from around the globe, many of whom are either musicians in bands, artists for album cover art, or both, including Septicflesh's Seth Siro Anton and Watain's Erik Danielsson.

The company was spearheaded by Khaotika vocalist Lariyah Hayes. The artwork will feature themes in dark, occult, horror and esoteric Arts, including heavy metal music artworks. The series of artistic manifest will containing 50 artists from all over the world in the first tome and 30 artists in each to follow, all aimed in the same direction: "the darkest and most misunderstood visualization of mind creations." All profits will go directly to participating artists.

Artist submissions are accepted through darkadyabooks@gmail.com or by contact through the official website at this location.

Some of the featured artists will include:

Vincent Castiglia (Triptykon)
Peter Gric (Korum)
Nestor Avalos (Bloodbath)
Mitchell Nolte (Sanity Obscure)
Axel Hermann (Asphyx/Angel Dust/Bloodbath/In Flames/Sodom)
Erik Danielsson (Watain/Dismember/Entombed)
Venien (Venien)
Lariyah (Khaotika)
Adrien Bousson (Rotting Christ/Saint Vitus/Inquisition)
Antithesis (Auroch/Black Hate)
Brian Mercer (Black Tusk/YOB)
Seth Siro Anton (Septicflesh/Calbiban/Draconian/Ex Deo)

....and many more. More announcements coming soon. More...

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Fun Fun Fun Fest 2015 Day Two: Mayhem

All the best metal on day two took place in the clubs as part of the Nites extension at Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin, Texas. Black metal Warfare II tour featuring Mayhem/Watain/Rotting Christ stopped at The Mohawk. Black metal is a seldom seen commodity at FFF, so it was exciting to see three legends in the black metal camp play. With Venom playing on Sunday, black metal has singed its mark on the annuals of the decade-long festival.

Gaia’s tears could not hinder music lovers from attending day two. I did not arrive at Auditorium Shores until around 4:30. By that time the rain had dwindled down to a drizzle but its effects were evident in the mud. The sets of major acts Jane’s Addiction, NOFX and Wu-Tang Clan monumentally clashed.

I did not stay for any of those bands. I left early to get down to the Mayhem show. Before leaving, I caught stoner comedian Doug Benson’s act. He reeled off funny slogans and got the crowd wired in to his Twitter page. He read off tweats from his followers in and out of the tent. He did not seem as stoned as he usually is, his delivery of jokes was too fast, but did beckon an E-cig filled with Mary Jane juice, which he graciously accepted and toked. More...

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Mayhem Kicking Off Black Metal Warfare II

Mayhem just kicked off the Black Metal Warfare II tour, joined by Watain and Rotting Christ for the U.S. trek.

The tour begins tonight in New Orleans, and sees the band traveling across the country before concluding on November 28. A full list of dates for 2015's most extreme tour can be found below.

11/05 New Orleans, LA @ One Eyed Jacks
11/06 Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live
11/07 Austin, TX @ Mohawk (FunFunFun Fest)
11/08 Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey Live!
11/10 Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theater
11/11 El Paso, TX @ Tricky Falls
11/12 Phoenix, AZ @ Club Red
11/13 San Diego, CA @ The Observatory North Park
11/14 Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory
11/15 Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades
11/17 Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex
11/18 Colorado Springs, CO @ The Black Sheep
11/20 Palatine, IL @ Durty Nellies
11/21 Detroit, MI @ St. Andrews Hall
11/22 Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Smalls
11/23 Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
11/24 Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
11/25 Baltimore, MD @ Baltimore Soundstage
11/27 Tampa, FL @ The Orpheum
11/28 Atlanta, GA @The Masquerad More...

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Watain Re-Issuing First Four Albums

Season of Mist will release the first four Watain albums in a special priced 4-CD jewel box entitled "Satanic Deathnoise from the Beyond" with bonus tracks.

The box will hit stores worldwide on October 16 and can already be pre-ordered from the Season of Mist shop.

Don't forget to catch Watain live in North America alongside Mayhem and Rotting Christ this coming November - full tour dates can be found here.

The mighty Watain's latest album was the genre-bending 2013 opus titled "The Wild Hunt" (reviewed here). More...

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Watain Announces U.S. Tour With Mayhem

After a previous co-headlining tour with Mayhem back in January, Swedish black metal outfit Watain has announced a second leg of the trek, set to take place in November.

Featuring Rotting Christ as support, fans can expect another dose of wild blasphemy this winter. See below for all dates.

Watain will be touring in support of devastatingly awesome fifth full-length, "The Wild Hunt" (reviewed here), which was unleashed in 2013 worldwide via Century Media Records. The Black Metal Warfare tour part II will also be the final U.S. tour for "The Wild Hunt." Vocalist Erik comments:

"As with every album tour, it is always towards the end that the all the ingredients of our performances melt together properly and become most powerful. The Black Metal Warfare tour was a very special project for us and I am very pleased we get to end our Wild Hunt in the US with this second leg, with such a legendary package and in front of our ever faithful US militias!

"While Black Metal Warfare part II is of course a continuation of the first one, quite a few surprises can be expected, both in terms of the setlists as well as on the stage itself. All that is certain is that November shall wail and reek of burning, blistering, banging, bloody Black Metal War! A victorious ending before it's time to yet again embark on the ever winding paths into the great unknown..." More...

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