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The first single from Watain's new album, "The Wild Hunt," will be released on Summer Solstice, June 21st. The name of the single will be "All That May Bleed." The band comments:
"'All that May Bleed' shows but one facet of a quite diverse album, but we chose this song as a first glimpse into 'The Wild Hunt' because of its bombastic lunacy and white-eyed malevolence which could be said to constitute a main foundation for the album. The lyric is an invitation to sacrificial blood letting, ecstatic zealotry and human sacrifice. The salt of Satan in the wounds of Christ!"
Side B will be a track called "Play with the Devil," originally recorded by the black/heavy metal band Taiwaz in 1988 in Watain's hometown, Uppsala (Gottfrid Åhman from In Solitued participates on solo guitar in Watain's version).
"All That May Bleed" is due for physical release on June 24th in Europe and June 25th in North America. More...
Watain has checked in with the following announcement revealing the title and release of a new album:
"After 120 nights of iron will and ardent magic, the fifth full length album of Watain is now complete. With broken bones and burning hearts we have ploughed our way through deepest winter into a new wilderness, to which we will open the gates at summer's end. 'The Wild Hunt' will be released on August 19th in Europe and August 20th in USA. Beware the rising star of dawn..."
The album was mixed again at the Necromorbus Studio in Alvik, Sweden by Tore Stjerna. More details will be unveiled soon. More...
His Masters Noise and Century Media are proud to announce the beginning of a new chapter for Watain. The band comments:
"Since the harvest, Watain has been occupied with preparations for a long and hard journey. Seeds have been sown, blades have been sharpened and new fires have been lit to illuminate the untrodden tunnels that lay before us as we descend further down the maze..."
And so it was that on the 3rd of January, three years on the day since the recording of "Lawless Darkness" did commence, Watain returned to Necromorbus Studio and began working on what is to become the group's 5th full-length album. The tentative time of release is now set for August 2013. More details will be unveiled soon.
The organizers of the Bloodstock Open Air festival have posted footage online of Swedish black metal act Watain performing "Sworn To The Dark" live at the 2012 edition of the fest.
Check out the performance footage below. In other news, Watain also recently inked a deal with Century Media for a new album release in 2013.
Century Media Records is proud to welcome Swedish black metal extremists Watain to its worldwide family. 2013 will see the release of Watain's fifth studio album via His Master's Noise in collaboration with Century Media Records. The label comments:
"Legitimately labeled as genre leaders, deservedly awarded with a Swedish Grammy, playing the world's biggest stages and touring the globe constantly while reaching numerous top positions in the annual reader's polls, Watain has worked hard and achieved a lot over the past years despite successfully ignoring any kind of conformity and concession to the metal mainstream. Unrivaled in their unwillingness to compromise and clear artistic vision, Watain is most befittingly described with the title of Bathory's third opus - 'Blood Fire Death,' a fact they never fail to underline with their infamous live shows: The stench of rotting animal cadavers, the inferno of candelabras and torches, chalices of blood, darkness and death - Watain is a full scale attack on all sensory organs. In days of toothless, sterile, family-friendly metal they embody danger and dread and are rewarded with a maximum of support and appreciation."
Watain issued the following statement:
"We are writing this from a magical place of desolation and desert-like vastness, where wondrous things are at this very moment taking place. Things that will come to colour our world as well as yours in the strangest hues for many years to come. We are entering this new chapter of WATAIN with a will and confidence to make it the most diverse and rememberable so far. And with the things that we have in mind for the future, it looks like it will be just so. Just wait and see, fuckers! Loud and terrible shall the trumpets of Devils sound..." More...
Swedish act Unpure has announced that the band's minivan was broken into at the Hotel Quality Panoramas parking lot in Gothenburg after the Metaltown festival. The band's equipment, along with gear from Watain and Degial, was stolen after the windows were broken out of the van. According to a press release, the following equipment was taken:
Gibson flying V (Black with white pickguards)
Ibanez Iceman (Black)
Pearl demon pedals
If you have any information on the whereabouts of the stolen gear, please contact Unpure via the band's Facebook profile.
The Bloodstock 2012 organizers have issued the following announcement about confirming more bands to appear at this year's festival:
"After last week’s headliner announcement - where we revealed the mighty Machine Head will be letting fans pick the songs at their first ever UK festival headline slot - Bloodstock and Machine Head are now ready to take requests.
"If you head to Facebook you can now submit your suggestions via a poll. Each fan can pick five songs from Machine Head’s incredible debut 'Burn My Eyes,' and the five most popular tracks will be performed at Catton Hall this summer.
"Bloodstock can also reveal a further three acts for the Sophie Stage and one for the Ronnie James Dio Stage. Headlining the Sophie Stage on Thursday night, raucous rockers Viking Skull bring their loud and proud metal to Bloodstock, alongside Belfast metalheads Sweet Savage. Hotly tipped newcomers Death Valley Knights show why in just a few short months their powerful metal has earned them a much coverted spot at Britain’s most metal festival, and finally Canada’s Kobra & The Lotus make their Bloodstock debut opening the Ronnie James Dio Stage on Sunday." More...
The 2012 edition of the Bloodstock Open Air festival will take place this coming August 9th - 12th, and the organizers of the festival have now issued the following statement about confirming Machine Head:
"It is with tremendous excitement that we can now reveal our final headliner to be Oakland metal titans Machine Head, who will make their first ever UK festival headlining appearance on Saturday, August 11th on the RONNIE JAMES DIO main stage.
"Machine Head first graced UK shores in the wake of their landmark debut album 'Burn My Eyes' in 1994 as main support to Slayer. Fan reaction to Machine Head’s signature brand of crushing metal was so intense that the band would return immediately afterward to headline their own sold-out shows at many of the same venues, launching a massive swell of passionate fan support that continues to this day.
"Seven albums, a Grammy nomination and countless tours later, UK fans continue to champion and support Machine Head as feverishly as they did at those first shows, and this year, at Bloodstock Open Air 2012, they will be given the unprecedented opportunity to influence Machine Head’s set list!
"Commemorating the 20th anniversary of Machine Head’s first-ever live performance at their roadie Mike Scum's getting-evicted-from-his-house party - for which they performed five songs – Bloodstocker ticket holders will be given the opportunity to vote for the five 'Burn My Eyes' songs they most want to hear Machine Head play during their headline set Saturday night, with the five that receive the most votes included in the set list (details to follow)!
"Anyone that’s ever witnessed Machine Head live will attest to the fact that the raw, unbridled energy of their performance is unlike anything else you’ll ever see. With countless legendary UK performances already on record, and a first-ever fan-influenced setlist, it goes without saying that Machine Head’s headline set at Bloodstock Open Air 2012 is going to go down in metal history as one of those festival performances that you’ll forever be glad you got to see. Keep an eye on the official Bloodstock Facebook page for your chance to vote on the songs YOU want to hear."
The current Bloodstock lineup is as follows: More...
Erik Danielsson, vocalist/guitarist of the Swedish band Watain, talked to ArmyOfOneTV before its show on Monday May 14th at The Loft in Poughkeepsie, NY. On this video Erik discusses the current extended tour, its up coming DVD release and also about the future of the band. Also on this video you can find some quality images of that show. For more information on Watain, head over to the band's website.
The Bloodstock 2012 organizers have announced a further three acts for the Sophie stage at this year's festival.
Returning to Catton Hall, Witchsorrow threatens the British summer time with downtuned doom and gloom that echoes metal greats such as St Vitus, Candlemass and Trouble. Says mainman Necro Skull: "We are truly honoured to be returning to cast a shadow over Bloodstock once more. We promise you total doom annihilation, a celebration for the damned as the end of the world looms at the end of this wretched annum. To be in the company of such excellent bands as Watain, Alice Cooper, Orange Goblin, Grand Magus and Winterfylleth is a grand thing indeed. God curse us, every one!"
Returning for the second year in a row, London loud-louts Dripback take a break from the studio to come back to the Sophie stage with their seething mix of hardcore and death metal. The band commented, “For us it’s all about being intense in tents, so this really is the perfect festival slot for Dripback. We’re all so buzzing about playing with Crowbar, Hatebreed, Testament and all the other awesome bands, this really is the best festival."
Finally, Swiss thrashers Battalion make their UK debut at Bloodstock. The Thrash Maniacs check in to say: “It's the first time for us to play in England! What a fucking start! We're looking forward to kick some ass there!!! See ya Bloodstock! Cheers from Zurich, the Battalion-Bastards.”
Swedish black metal collective Watain is offering up the second in a series of trailers from upcoming "Opus Diaboli" anniversary DVD. The production commemorates the band’s 13 years of chaos by providing a visual and audio documentation of the ceremonial anniversary concert performance in Stockholm and the long years of work leading up to it.
Check out the trailer through Decibel Magazine at this location or through the trailer below. The following press release was also issued:
"Opus Diaboli is an epic 90-minute journey into the forbidden realms of wild-hearted Satanic metal and the manifestation of a unique band that has truly chosen a path few have ever dared to tread upon. In addition, Opus Diaboli marks the the first release on Watain’s own label His Master’s Noise, a name originating from Bathory who had it in mind for their own label back in the early 1980s. Opus Diaboli will be unleashed in North America on June 5, 2012.
"Watain is currently spreading Satanic rituals throughout the lands on the inaugural Decibel Magazine Tour alongside Behemoth, The Devil’s Blood and In Solitude. Additionally, the band will further decimate the masses with five more headlining dates which will include stops in Poughkeepsie, New York, Cleveland, Ohio, Joliet, Illinois, Columbus, Ohio and Detroit, Michigan. For these shows, the band will perform as a four piece, with Danielsson doing guitar and vocals." More...
Finnish pagan metal outfit Moonsorrow and German power metal group Freedom Call have been confrmed as the latest two bands to take part in this years edition of the British metal festival, Bloodstock Open Air, which will take place at Catton Hall in Walton On Trent, Derbyshire from August 10th-12th.
Speaking on the confirmation, Moonsorrow stated: "We are truly excited to take part in Bloodstock Festival 2012. It's been way too long since we played on the British soil in 2008 and we know that lately there has been a huge demand for Moonsorrow to play in the UK. So, all our loyal fans in the UK, we want to see a massive crowd of insane berserks during our set. Don't let us down because we promise we don't let you down, cheers!"
Freedom Call added: "The Bloodstock Festival is the pulsating heart of Heavy Metal...a great audience, which knows exactly to revel."
The lineup for the festival is now as follows: More...
Swedish black metal legion Watain -- which is currently waging Satanic rituals upon the masses on the inaugural Decibel Magazine Tour alongside Behemoth, The Devil’s Blood and In Solitude -- today announced additional headlining dates that will include stops in Poughkeepsie, New York, Cleveland, Ohio, Joliet, Illinois, Columbus, Ohio, and Detroit, Michigan.
Additionally, the band will take part in an in-store appearance tomorrow, April 25th at Dark Realm Records in Downey, California prior to a performance at the House of Blues in Hollywood. More info available here.
Following the trek, Watain will unleash the previously announced new DVD, "Opus Diaboli." The production commemorates the band’s 13 years of chaos by providing a visual and audio documentation of Watain's ceremonial anniversary concert performance in Stockholm and the long years of physical, intellectual, and spiritual work leading up to it. Check out the first official trailer below. "Opus Diaboli" marks the the first release on the band’s own label His Master’s Noise, a name originating from Bathory who had it in mind for the band's own label back in the early 1980s. "Opus Diaboli" will be unleashed in North America on June 5th, 2012. More...
With a plethora of metal talent already on offer - including Alice Cooper, Behemoth, Dimmu Borgir, Testament, Hatebreed and loads more - Bloodstock Open Air has another addition to it’s main stage, in the form of New Orleans sludge-monsters Crowbar. The organizers of the festival commented:
"The epitome of heavy, Kirk Windstein and co have been showing the world that speed isn’t everything since their debut 'Obedience Thru Suffering' stunned the metal world in 1991 with its downtuned, slow-paced yet punishingly heavy sound. With nine studio albums under their very large belts, Crowbar have mastered the art of the riff, continually delivering irresistible sludgey metal via a sound uniquely their own. With mammoth sludgey slabs such as 'I Despise,' 'All I Had (I Gave),' 'Time He’s Nothing,' 'Like Broken Glass,' 'Nothing' and many more, the Ronnie James Dio Stage will be put to the test at Crowbar’s only UK festival of 2012.
"Over on the Sophie stage, additions come in the form of homegrown extreme symphonic metallers and Metal 2 The Masses winners Saturnian, fellow countrymen and Melo-death thrashers Bloodshot Dawn, as well as Finnish melodic death metallers Re-Armed."
Swedish black metal horde Watain has been forced to cancel the first five shows (including one headlining performance) of the group's previously announced North American tour — scheduled to start tomorrow (April 11) in Columbus, Ohio — due to delays in the visa process.
Comments the band in a collective statement: “It’s not the first time the law stands in our way trying to prevent us from doing our work, and just like all the previous times it will lay broken and humiliated eventually. We are content we will be victorious, meanwhile we ask all our U.S. supporters to have patience and prepare themselves for the coming of Watain!”
The band's upcoming tour dates with Behemoth, The Devil's Blood, and In Solitude are as follows: More...
Swedish black metal heathens Watain are set to unleash a new DVD upon the masses. Titled "Opus Diaboli," the production commemorates the band’s 13 years of chaos by providing a visual and audio documentation of the ceremonial anniversary concert performance in Stockholm and the long years of physical, intellectual, and spiritual work leading up to it. According to a press release, "Opus Diaboli is an epic 90-minute journey into the forbidden realms of wild-hearted Satanic metal and the manifestation of a unique band that has truly chosen a path few have ever dared to tread upon."
Comments the band in a collective statement: “This movie was first meant to be the recording of our 13-year anniversary concert, but as everything with Watain, it took on a life of its own and become one of our most ambitious projects to date. It is a very personal and emotional piece of work and is certainly not for the faint of heart. But for those who wish to explore the glimmering abyss of Watain further, this will be a rewarding release for sure. The box version of Opus Diaboli [available exclusively through the band’s own Wolfwear.net] contains an exclusive photobook.
"It was an overwhelming experience going through the massive archives in search of photos that best sum up the storm of passionate turmoil that has marked the Watain journey, especially since we wanted to stay away from live photos and focus more on moments off stage. The results were however very satisfying and offer a rare and spicy mixture of photos of which most have never been published previously. We are also proud to announce that this will be the first release on our own label ‘His Master’s Noise,’ a name originating from Bathory who had it in mind for their own label back in the early 1980s. Just like with our merch store wolfwear.net from which the limited box set will be available, this time we have chosen to stand by our own and do things our way.”
"Opus Diaboli" will be unleashed in North America on June 5th, 2012. As previously announced, Watain will take part in the inaugural Decibel Magazine Tour alongside Behemoth, The Devil’s Blood and In Solitude. The live ceremonies will commence next week on April 11 in Ohio and bloody 26 stages including a stop in Oklahoma City where the trek will merge with the U.S. Torture Tour featuring Cannibal Corpse, Exhumed, Abysmal Dawn, and Arkaik for an evening of audio devastation. More...
The inaugural Decibel Magazine tour kicks off in a mere eight days in Columbus, OH. It wasn't too late, however, for the venue owners to prohibit the bands from appearing at The Brewmaster's Gate. Behemoth, Watain, The Devil's Blood, and In Solitude are being forbidden from playing at the venue because of religious conflicts with the venue owners. These bands are no strangers to this type of treatment, and a new venue has already been confirmed. The Columbus, OH show will now be at Al Rosa. Tickets for this show are still available and can be purchased here.
Behemoth's front man, Nergal, comments further: "Wow, big motherfuckin' WOW! We are facing a legendary moment: Amerika, the land of the free, is banning Behemoth coz of religious beliefs. The madness starts in Ohio, but of korz we are playing anyway. Nothing can stop us now. God, please save me from this freedom…"
Beginning on April 11th and laying waste through a gargantuan 26-date run, the Decibel Magazine Tour (presented by Metal Blade Records, IndieMerchStore.com, FYE, ESP Guitars and Good Fight Entertainment) not only offers four diverse European artists hand-picked by the magazine, but doubles as Behemoth's first U.S. tour since vocalist/guitarist Adam "Nergal" Darski's well-documented battle with—and triumph over—leukemia. Dates are as follows: More...
Dutch occult rockers The Devil's Blood are gearing up for a near month-long run of North American dates on the forthcoming Decibel Magazine Tour alongside Behemoth, Watain and In Solitude. The band will be touring in support of "The Thousandfold Epicentre" (reviewed here) released earlier this year via Metal Blade Records.
Comments founder and band leader SL: “The Devil's Blood is proud and extremely eager to travel the New World alongside some of the world’s most dedicated metal bands. Dedicated not to some pathetic notion of ‘scene’ or ‘unity’ but to a clear, totally individual, spiritual path that although not understood by most is perhaps the most valid and urgent one available for wandering feet to travel in the twilight of the Iron Age. We share many opinions and disagree on many more, yet our offerings all speak of that great mystery which we all aspire to with passion and fury. Praise be to all those who accompany us on this particular path.”
Dates are as follows: More...
Behemoth posted a video tour ad for the upcoming Decibel Magazine Tour, which commences on April 11, 2012. The lineup consists of Behemoth, Watain, The Devil's Blood and In Solitude. For a list of dates and venues, head over to this location, or check out the video here:
Death metal juggernauts Horrendous have been added as the opening act for the Charlotte, NC date of the Decibel Magazine Tour featuring Behemoth, Watain, The Devil's Blood and In Solitude. Horrendous will be appearing on the May 4th date of that tour at Amos Southend in Charlotte.