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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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Root Announces Guest Musicians For New Album

Long running Czech Republic based dark metal act Root has announced an upcoming 9th full-length album, which will be titled "Heritage of Satan." The new album is currently slated for release this coming Autumn through Agonia Records.

Root has also announced three special guests who lent their talents while recording the album: Erik Danielsson (Watain), Rune Blasphemer Eriksen (ex-Mayhem, Ava Inferi, Aura Noir) and Adam Nergal Darski (Behemoth). Vocalists Erik and Nergal provide their vocals on two of the albums' tracks, while one song is decorated with Blasphemer´s northern guitar melodies.

Additional details on "Heritage of Satan" will be announced as they are made available. In the mean time, you can check out Metalunderground.com's reviews of the previous Root albums "The Book," "The Temple in the Underworld," "Hell Symphony," and "Zjeveni."

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Metal Bands Announced For 2011 "Soundwave" Tour

Notable metal bands have been revealed to be taking part in the forthcoming Australian "Soundwave Revolution" tour. The four date trek, which features over thirty bands in total, will begin in Brisbane on September 24, 2011. You can view the list of confirmed metal bands as well as the tour dates below.

Alice Cooper
Machine Head
Danzig
Cro-Mags
Set Your Goals
The Devin Townsend Project
The Damned Things
Steel Panther
Gojira
Hatebreed
Every Time I Die
Funeral For A Friend
Unearth
Hellyeah
Times of Grace
Whitechapel
Watain
Skindred
The Acacia Strain
In This Moment
The Word Alive
Holy Grail

Pop and rock acts are also scheduled to appear*

09/24 Brisbane, QLD – Soundwave Revolution 2011
09/25 Sydney, NSW – Soundwave Revolution 2011
09/30 Melbourne, VIC – Soundwave Revolution 2011
10/01 Adelaide, SA – Soundwave Revolution 2011
10/03 Perth, WA – Soundwave Revolution 2011

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Six More Bands Confirmed For Graspop 2011

The organizers of Belgium's largest metal festival, Graspop Metal Meeting, have announced that six more bands have been confirmed for this year's edition of the event. Atlanta based metal outfit Mastodon will be performing, as will Gwar, Moonsorrow, Kylesa, Protest The Hero and the recently reunited Corrosion Of Conformity. The festival will be held in the town of Dessel from June 24th - 26th and now features the following lineup: More...

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2011 Metal Hammer Golden Gods Nominees Revealed

The nominees have been revealed for the forthcoming edition of the Metal Hammer Golden Gods awards. The 2011 event is set to take place on Monday, June 13 in London, England. The list of nominees and the award categories can be viewed below. You can vote for the award nominees at this location.

Best International Band:
1. AVENGED SEVENFOLD
2. DIMMU BORGIR
3. STONE SOUR
4. CHILDREN OF BODOM
5. DOWN

Best U.K. Band:
1. IRON MAIDEN
2. BRING ME THE HORIZON
3. SKINDRED
4. ARCHITECTS
5. BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE

Best Live Band:
1. CANCER BATS
2. DEVILDRIVER
3. ROB ZOMBIE
4. SKINDRED
5. MACHINE HEAD

Best New Band:
1. THE DEFILED
2. KVELERTAK
3. TESSERACT
4. THE DAMNED THINGS
5. LETLIVE

Best Underground:
1. WATAIN
2. KYLESA
3. PRIMORDIAL
4. THE DEAD LAY WAITING
5. CLUTCH

Best Breakthrough:
1. PARKWAY DRIVE
2. A DAY TO REMEMBER
3. SYLOSIS
4. SABATON
5. VOLBEAT

Shredder(s):
1. Gus G. (FIREWIND, OZZY OSBOURNE)
2. Mark Tremonti (ALTER BRIDGE)
3. Alexi Laiho (CHILDREN OF BODOM)
4. Marc Rizzo (CAVALERA CONSPIRACY, SOULFLY)
5. Synyster Gates (AVENGED SEVENFOLD)

Metal As Fuck:
1. SLAYER
2. BEHEMOTH
3. SLIPKNOT
4. Zakk Wylde
6. DEFTONES

Event Of The Year:
1. Rob Zombie's return
2. Manowar's return
3. System of a Down reforming
4. The "Big Four" U.K. announcement
5. "Beavis And Butthead"'s resurrection

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Metalcamp 2011 Lineup Announced

Zonaria is the latest act to be confirmed for this year's edition of the Metalcamp festival, which is set to take place from July 11th - 16th, 2011 in Tolmin, Slovenia.

The festival billing is shaping up as follows (in alphabetical order):

ABINCHOVA
ACCEPT
ACHREN
AIRBOURNE
ALESTORM
AMORPHIS
ARCH ENEMY
ARKONA
AVA INFERI
BLIND GUARDIAN
BRAINSTORM
BREZNO
BULLDOZER
DEATH ANGEL
DEICIDE
DIE APOKALYPTISCHE REITE
HATE
HEAVEN'S GREY
IMPERIUM DEKADENZ
IN EXTREMO
IN SOLITUDE
KALMAH
KATATONIA
KREATOR
KYLESA
MERCENARY
MOONSORROW
MOONSPELL
OBSCURA
OCTOBER FILE
RISING DREAM
SERENITY
SUICIDAL ANGELS
TAAKE
THAUROROD
THE OCEAN
VANDERBUYST
VIRGIN STEELE
WATAIN
WINTERSUN
ZONARIA

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Watain Takes Home Swedish Grammy

On Monday, January 17th, Swedish black metal act Watain took home the "Best Hard Rock" award for the "Lawless Darkness" album at Sweden's annual Grammis ceremony (the Swedish equivalent to the U.S. Grammy Awards).

Comments front man Erik Danielsson: "I always pictured the criteria for entering the Grammy awards to be those of mainstream music in general; conformity, insipidity and commercial potential. In other words, I was quite surprised when we even got nominated. But considering all the blood, sweat and tears we have put into this, our life's mission, during the past 13 years, it is by all means an award well deserved. And no matter what the parameters were by which the jury made their decision, the Devil won again!

"Even if this music genre will always be one with adversity and wild hearted insanity as it's very roots," he continues, "the artistic value must be acknowledged not only on an underground level but in any cultural circumstance, high or low. Acknowledged I say, not necessarily appreciated. And in a country like Sweden it is about fucking time, for here it has been neglected and stupefied by the mass media for years, while legends such as Dissection and Bathory have been writing and releasing some of the most monumental albums in music history. The Grammy that we have won with Watain is a step towards rectification in that matter, and a sign that the artistry and infernal creativity that permeates Watain and this genre is being taken seriously. For that we are proud and delighted in accepting the award. As for it's market-value or importance in a "music industry context," we sincerely could not care less."

The "Lawless Darkness" album was released via Season Of Mist on June 7th and was recorded at Necromorbus Studio (Deathspell Omega, Funeral Mist, Ondskapt et al) in Alvik, Sweden.

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"Death Holy Death" Tour Dates Announced

Aosoth has announced it will be performing with Watain and Shining on the upcoming "Death Holy Death" 2011 tour. The currently announced dates are as follows:

25.02.2011 DE - Adelsheim, Eventhall
26.02.2011 CH - Lausanne, Docks
27.02.2011 FR - Montpellier, Secret Place
28.02.2011 ES - Barcelona, Mephisto
01.03.2011 ES - Madrid, Caracol
02.03.2011 PT - Lisboa, Revolver
03.03.2011 PT - Porto, Hard Club
04.03.2011 FR - Angouleme, Nef
05.03.2011 FR - Savigny le temple, Empreinte
06.03.2011 UK - London, Relentless Garage
07.03.2011 UK - Reading, Sub 89
08.03.2011 UK - Glasgow, Ivory Blacks
09.03.2011 UK - Liverpool, Masque
10.03.2011 UK - Birmingham, Library
11.03.2011 FR - Notre Dame de Gravenchon, Arcade
12.03.2011 BE - Vosselaar, Biebob
13.03.2011 NL - Zaandam, De Kade

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Arch Enemy Confirms Festival Appearance

Swedish melodic death metal act Arch Enemy has been confirmed for this year's edition of the Metalcamp festival, set to take place between July 11th and 16th, 2011 in Tolmin, Slovenia.

The confirmed line-up includes:

ABINCHOVA
ACCEPT
ACHREN
ALESTORM
AMORPHIS
ARCH ENEMY
ARKONA
AVA INFERI
BLIND GUARDIAN
BRAINSTORM
BREZNO
BULLDOZER
DEATH ANGEL
DEICIDE
HATE
HEAVEN´S GREY
IMPERIUM DEKADENZ
IN EXTREMO
IN SOLITUDE
KALMAH
KREATOR
KYLESA
MERCENARY
MOONSORROW
MOONSPELL
OBSCURA
OCTOBER FILE
RISING DREAM
SERENITY
SUICIDAL ANGELS
TAAKE
THAUROROD
THE OCEAN
VANDERBUYST
VIRGIN STEELE
WATAIN
WINTERSUN

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The Black Dahlia Murder Confirms Festival Date

American death metal act The Black Dahlia Murder has confirmed that it will be appearing at the Austrian edition of Metalfest 2011, set to take place between May 27th, 28th and 29th, 2011. The event will be taking place at Mining am Inn, Austria.

The confirmed line-up includes:

AMON AMARTH
SABATON
CRADLE OF FILTH
ARCH ENEMY
WINTERSUN
SAXON
AMORPHIS
EQUILIBRIUM
ENTOMBED
SODOM
WATAIN
PRIMORDIAL
RAGE
EISREGEN
DESTRUCTION
ARKONA
BELPHEGOR
SUICIDAL ANGELS
KALMAH
MERCENARY
WHILE HEAVEN WEPT
SECRETS OF THE MOON
KRISIUN
MILKING THE GOATMACHINE
THAUROROD
KIVIMETSÄN DRUIDI
ALCEST
EXCREMENTORY GRINDFUCKERS
THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER
WE BUTTER THE BREAD WITH BUTTER
NEAERA

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Watain Issues Tour Recap

Swedish black metal legion Watain has issued the following tour recap and end-of-year update:

"North and South America have now been left in ashes, and with that the Lawless Darkness Tour 2010 is over. Hail to those who made it possible, and those who made it even more triumphant. North: Watain Disciples USA, Goatwhore, Black Anvil, Decibel Magazine, Liz and Dave at Earsplit, Jimmy and the Duff's crew, Josh at Dean Guitars, Engl Amps, Black Witchery, Negative Plane, Averse Sefira, Hod. South: Arma Productions, Hells Angels Antofagasta, Careloco and The Chilean Watain Militia, Kythrone, the mighty Mortuary Drape, the Tumba crew, and all those whose presence strengthened us along the long and winding road through hell and back. You know who you are. A special mention to S.L of The Devil's Blood who took on the lead guitar duties in North America; hail brother! Finally, a thunderous salute to our iron crew, without whom none of this would have been possible.

To view a clip from Swedish TV (with English subtitles) about Watain's appearance at the Sweden Rock festival in June earlier this year, check out this location. The concert was aired on the Swedish national radio program P3-Live on Thursday December 23rd.

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Watain Declares Lawlessness In New Orleans

Although it was cold out, not everyone wanted to go in. Rumors of the worst smell imaginable emanating from wherever Watain plays kept many people at bay. But The Bar was still full to the brim with fans of black metal and those wanting to see if this tour was really as creepy as people said. Let me say this, the next time Watain comes, I don’t think everyone from this show will come back. The scary show filled with meat, blood, fire, and extreme music might just be too much for them. More...

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Watain Announces European Tour Dates

WATAIN has announced that they will be touring Europe in February and March 2011 with SHINING. Confirmed Watain European "Lawless Darkness Over Europe" tour dates are as follows:

25 Feb 11 Essen (DE) Zeche Carl
26 Feb 11 Lausanne (CH) Docks "Inferno Switzerland"
27 Feb 11 Montpellier (FR) Secret Place
28 Feb 11 Barcelona (ES) TBA
01 Mar 11 Madrid (ES) TBA
03 Mar 11 Lisboa (PT) Revolver
03 Mar 11 Porto (PT) TBA
04 Mar 11 Angouleme (FR) Nef
05 Mar 11 Savigny le Temple (FR) Empreinte
06 Mar 11 London (UK) Relentless Garage
07 Mar 11 Reading (UK) Sub 89
08 Mar 11 Glasgow (UK) Ivory Blacks
09 Mar 11 Liverpool (UK) Masque
10 Mar 11 Birmingham (UK) Library
11 Mar 11 Caen (FR) TBA
12 Mar 11 Vosselaar (BE) Biebob
13 Mar 11 Zaandam (NL) Kade

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Watain Announces New York Signing Session

Swedish extreme black metal act Watain has announced that it will be taking part in an after-show party/meet-and-greet on Thursday, December 2 at Duff's Brooklyn in Williamsburg, Brooklyn following their performance at Santos Party House in New York City.

The address is for the event is as follows:

Duff's Brooklyn
168 Marcy Avenue (between S 5th & Broadway)
Williamsburg, New York

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Watain Checks In From The Road

Watain has checked in from the road with the following update:

"The Lawless Darkness Tour marches on relentlessly across the States, greetings to the legions of hungry fiends that have come out so far, and to all of you who have brought us gifts and artefacts for the stage. You will not be forgotten! Video from the Seattle performance below. It has been a wild ride, yet it is far from over... Denial of the flesh, Denial of the cunt, we are the cold seed of Satanas."

The remaining tour dates are as follows: More...

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Watain Updates Tour Schedule

Black metallers Watain have updated their tour schedule with the following dates:

11/18 2010 Ruby Room San Diego, California
11/19 2010 Whisky A Go-Go West Hollywood, CA
11/20 2010 Clubhouse Music Venue Tempe, AZ
11/21 2010 Club 101 El Paso, TX
11/22 2010 The Loft Dallas, TX
11/23 2010 Emos Austin, TX
11/24 2010 Numbers Houston, TX
11/26 2010 The Bar Metairie (New Olreans), LA
11/27 2010 BACKBOOTH Orlando, FL
11/29 2010 The Masquerade Atlanta, GA
11/30 2010 Sonar Baltimore, MD
12/1 2010 Peabody's Cleveland, OH
12/2 2010 Santos New York, New York
12/3 2010 Les Foufounes Montréal, Quebec, CANADA
12/4 2010 The Opera House Toronto, ON, CANADA
12/7 2010 Rock & Soccer Antofagasta, CHILE
12/8 2010 Teatro Novedades Santiago, Metropolit, CHILE
12/9 2010 tba tba, tba, ARGENTINA
12/10 2010 Clube 13 de Maio Piracicaba, SP, BRAZIL
12/11 2010 Inferno Club São Paulo, São Paulo, BRAZIL
12/12 2010 Lapa Multishow Belo Horizonte, Minas Gera, BRAZIL
12/13 2010 Bar Opinião Porto Alegre, Rio Grande, BRAZIL

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Quality Watain Live Footage Posted Online

Quality live footage has been posted online from Watain's November 14th, 2010 performance at the Rickshaw Theater in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. You can view the video below:

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Kivimetsan Druidi Confirmed For Metalfest Open Air

The 2011 edition of the Metalfest Open Air Germany is set to take place on May 27th - 29th, 2011. Finnish metal act Kivimetsan Druidi is the latest act to be confirmed for the festival. Additional details on the Metalfest can be found at this location. Other confirmed acts include Sabaton, Cradle of Filth, Arch Enemy, Sodom, Watain, Belphegor, Kalmah, and more.

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Watain Video Interview Available

Erik Danielsson of Swedish black metal act Watain recently conducted a video interview with The Daily Rock. Video of the interview can be seen in the two clips below.

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Watain Comments On Upcoming US Tour Dates

WATAIN will begin their US tour, starting in Pittsburgh, on Saturday, November 6, and sweep through 24 cities before drawing to a close on December 4 in Toronto. Support will come from Goatwhore and Black Anvil. Confirmed dates below.

This will mark WATAIN's first time touring North America as a five-piece. Commented vocalist E, "Getting the whole band into the U.S. has always been a somewhat problematic issue, due to criminal records and related nonsense. This time we've at least managed to get five people in, although we had to find a temporary replacement for our brother Set, who is still denied entrance into the 'Land of the Free.' Instead we've invited SL from The Devil's Blood to handle the second guitar on this tour. The past month in Europe has nourished the fires of our Temple indeed, and it is with increased power and victory in our hearts that we leave the European shores in flames and set our sails towards the west. Beware..."

Added Set on being denied Stateside entry, "It is with great disappointment -- but with little surprise -- that I am once again denied entry into the States. That's one of the small prices to pay being a sworn enemy of their world. It feels wrong to not be able to join this tour, even more so after just returning from the most intense five weeks of our Reaping Death tour with Destroyer 666. On the other hand, I honestly couldn't ask for a better replacement in this (or any other) situation than SL, whose talent and vision within the sinister musical Craft is undeniable. America, I'll see you soon enough...FTW!" More...

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Otargos Issues Tour Recap

Otargos has checked in with the following recap of the band's recent "Reaping Death" tour with Watain and Destroyer 666:

"The Reaping Death tour with Watain and Destroyer 666 is now over. Let me tell you my friends that it was a fucking huge experience! The bands, the crew and of course the crowd were fucking incredible. It was a month full of blood, whiskey and decibel through 16 countries...

"We couldn't have expected something better for us. Otargos music has never been so massive on stage since this tour and we are really excited about hitting the European roads again in the future! Thanks to all our fans and new ones who supported us along this tour. Be sure that it's only our first attack and prepare yourself for a fucking WAR next time!"

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