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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 Discusses New Album, "Lawless Darkness"

Watain recently announced the release date of their upcoming album, "Lawless Darkness."

"The title symbolizes the unbound chaotic potential of that which is void of light", frontman E. comments. "The light that defines, the light that shapes and restricts. The light by which the forces of law and order uphold their reign. In the absence of that light lies the wellspring of WATAIN: in Lawless Darkness.

"With this album and in all of our efforts with WATAIN we aim to capture the hungry madness and glimmering purity of darkness beyond illusion, the void that holds all yet where naught is manifest, the primordial tomb into which all the vanity of man and his creation shall collapse: indeed, The Lawless Darkness!

"Lawless Darkness shall be seen as a monument erected in honour of that collapse and a dedication to all those brave souls, who have willingly dared to venture the winding paths towards it."

"Shed not thy light on me
Get thee hence, thoughts defined
Blind me not with your bright structures
For I am of the night

"Let not thy rays caress me
Judged by them I will not be
For they are the light that governs man
And I am the enemy"

In other news, WATAIN will return to the United States once again in late May as part of the annual aural offensive known as the Maryland Deathfest, appearing with Sodom, Obituary, Entombed, Possessed, Necrophobic and countless more.

And, after completing the regular portion of their set at this year's Sweden Rock Festival in on June 12th, WATAIN will return to the stage for a unique 45-minute tribute concert featuring classic Bathory songs. The event promises to be even more special as the Bathory part of WATAIN's performance will be introduced by none other than late Bathory mainman Quorthon's father and producer, Börje "Boss" Forsberg. "It feels great to have Boss participating in a part of the show, since he, in a way, is the only living link to the Bathory myth," says E. "It will still be a tribute show and nothing else, but we are, of course, honored to be able to do it with his blessing!"

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Brutal Assault Festival Confirms Two More Bands

The organisers of the Czech Republics Brutal Assault festival has announced two more bands for this years edition of the event. New York hardcore legends Agnostic Front will now be performing at the festival, along with other new confirmation, Swedish black metal artists Watain. The festival takes place in the town of Josefov from August 12th-14th.

The lineup is now as follows: More...

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Watain Completes New Album

Swedish black metal kings WATAIN just completed their fourth full-length album, after two months at Necromorbus Studio.

Vocalist and mastermind E. comments, "I am now holding in my hand the final master tape of what might be the most dynamic and charged WATAIN release ever recorded. May the gods unto which it is written be pleased! We are very much looking forward to share this rich feast with our followers, whom we know have been hungering for a very long time. All I can say is that it will be worth the wait. We raise our cups unto all of you whose patience and support have been constant during the three fiery years since the release of 'Sworn to the Dark,' and look forward to set the night aflame with you again soon!"

The unveiling of WATAIN's fourth album will take place on June 7th.

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Ram Reveals Details For New Album "Lightbringer"

Swedish metal band Ram has issued the following update about "Lightbringer," their upcoming album:

"Compared to 'Forced Entry' the 'Lightbringer' album is a step in manydirections for us. Forced Entry was a very straight forward (in RAM terms) Heavy Metal album, Lightbringer is more concept orientated and it displays an array of different themes that are noticeable in songwriting, lyrics and throughout the production.

"Including a horror mantra that features Mexican poet Adelaida Caballero performing one of her profound, surrealistic and magick poems, this album offers hard and heavy but quite unorthodox Heavy Metal songs that feature many twists and different parts, along with melancholic and very melodic pieces. E from the infamous Black Metal band Watain is featured on one track which is A Modern Heavy Black Metal track and he lays down some Sinister vocals indeed. Something as unusual as a metal horror opera, 'The Elixir' features a macabre tale in vein of Edgar Allan Poes work. Our most epic track to date and also the longest RAM song ever recorded is a song about the Battle at Suomussalmi in 1939 during the Finnish winter war."

The track listing is as follows: More...

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Kings Of Black Metal Festival Confirms 2009 Bands

The 2009 Kings of Black Metal Festival will take place in Hessen, Germany on April 18th. Pre-sale tickets are available here. The bands confirmed for the festival are as follows:

Dark Funeral
Lord Belial
Necros Christos
Watain ( with special pyro show! )

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Necrophobic Announces New Bassist

Swedish death metallers, Necrophobic, welcome their new bassist, Alex Friberg, and have issued an update on their new album:

"NECROPHOBIC is from now on a 5 piece strong legion! During 2008 the band did a number of shows as a 5 piece with Erik Danielsson (Watain) as a session member. This made Necrophobic come to think of continue on a new path and develop the live performances as the new live impression was much better." More...

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Watain Show To Be Streamed Live Online

THE ADVERSARY has announced they'll be streaming live video from the WATAIN show this Friday, October 24, 2008 in Houston, TX.

If you're in the Houston area, you can get your advanced tickets through the Walter's on Washington website.

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Contraband Candy Posts Part 2 of Wacken Report

Contraband Candy has posted the second part of Wacken Assault, their 2008 Wacken Open Air Festival video report. Listen to what the likes of Erik Danielsson of Watain has to say about Americans, what Massachusetts Metalcore gods Unearth think about whale sex, who legendary producer/performer Peter Tägtgren fancies, what your band needs to impress the head of A&R at Century Media and lots more.

In part 2 Contraband Candy talks to:

The Berzerker
Peter Tägtgren
Steve Hughes (Comedian)

You can watch the half hour video report on Contraband Candy or below. More...

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Book Of Black Earth Posts New Song Online

Seattle’s BOOK OF BLACK EARTH has posted a new song, "Funeral of Peace," from the band’s forthcoming album on the band's MySpace page. Due out Oct. 14 through Prosthetic Records, "Horoskopus" is BOOK OF BLACK EARTH’s second full-length, and debut for new home Prosthetic Records. Pre-orders have also begun for the album on both vinyl and CD editions here.

"'Horoskopus' is a concept album about the hidden astrological elements of the Christian church," vocalist / guitarist T.J. Cowgill adds. "From its origins as a state sponsored religion in the fourth century to the present day, it has been guided by astrological concepts conceived centuries before Jesus Christ was mythologized as the 'Sun' of God."

BOOK OF BLACK EARTH consists of members of venerable metal underground band Teen Cthulhu, as well as drummer Joe Axler of Skarp, Splatterhouse, and Iamthethorn, among others. Having already released a self-financed demo in 2004 and a split release with underground legends Fall Of The Bastards in 2005, 2006’s "The Feast," received praise from Decibel magazine, Terrorizer magazine, and the band’s hometown newspaper, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Meanwhile the band is gearing up for the Black Metal Magic tour, featuring Swedish black metal legends Watain and new labelmates Withered, including a string of headlining dates on the way out to the first date, Oct. 3 in Toronto.

BOOK OF BLACK EARTH will also be in-studio co-hosting with the KISW Metal Shop hosts, Steve Rock and Kevin, in Seattle this Saturday, Sept. 20 from 11pm – 2am. Fans can find more information on KISW.com, including the chance to stream the broadcast live over the internet, or locally tune their dials to 99.9 FM.

Here are the latest BOOK OF BLACK EARTH tour dates: More...

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Watain Reveals 10 Year Anniversary Re-releases

To celebrate Watain's ten year anniversary, Season of Mist is now releasing the band's first two full length albums, "Casus Luciferi" and "Rabid Death's Curse" on digipack CD's, respectively on next October 13th and 27th.

Both albums have been remastered in Necromorbus Studio were they were originally recorded, and will also feature two rare bonus-tracks, one being the title-track from the bands debut 7" EP "The Essence of Black Purity" and the other an unreleased live-version of the VON anthem, "Watain." Both releases will also include extensive liner notes from the band along with additional photos and illustrations.

"WATAIN's first two albums have both been hailed as monumental and groundbreaking within the underground for their undeniably magical content and fanatic intensity, yet they are also considered collectors items which to this day are still hard to come by," leader Erik states. "As WATAIN never wanted their divine art to be something restricted for collectors and rich eBay kids only, we have now chosen to reveal to all of the world our dark and fiery past. A past that came to shape one of the most terrible abominations ever to stalk the Metal scene!"

Season of Mist and Thunderdome Booking in association with Metal Maniacs and www.beyondthedarkhorizon.com As previously announced, Watain will embark on the "Black Metal Magic" North American Tour later this year. Here are the tour dates: More...

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Watain Announces North American Tour Dates

Sweden's Watain issues the following update:

"Hark in woe, infidels! One and a half year after their triumphant display of magic and death upon North American, Watain shall now return to those lands on a headliner tour. Due to the strict prohibitions of anything Satanic and Criminal passing over the border to USA, a lot of compromises had to be made on the last US tour regarding both members and stage-show. This time however, the full artillery shall be brought across the sea, in all it's terrible glory."

The first date is on October 3rd and after that the wolves shall storm from Canada through USA on what shall constitute the last part of the monstrous crusade that has been the "Fuck the World Tour." More...

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Watain Taps Withered, Book Of Black Earth for Tour

Prosthetic Records labelmates WITHERED and BOOK OF BLACK EARTH are proud to announce their involvement in the upcoming Black Metal Magic Tour later this fall supporting Swedish black metal titans Watain. The tour, sponsored by Metal Maniacs and BeyondTheDarkHorizon.com, will begin in Northeastern Canada in early October, head to the West Coast, then wrap up in early November in Pennsylvania.

WITHERED will be supporting the band’s recently second album, "Folie Circulaire," which has yielded critical acclaim since its June release. Recorded with Kylesa’s Phillip Cope and featuring artwork from Paul Romano (Mastodon, The Red Chord, Trivium), the album is the band’s eagerly-awaited follow-up to 2005’s "Memento Mori." WITHERED will be playing a free Los Angeles show sponsored by SCION and Vice magazine along with Today Is The Day in August as part of Scion’s Metal Show series. The show is free but reservations are required and early attendance is recommended. Fans can RSVP online here.

Meanwhile, BOOK OF BLACK EARTH will be touring in support of the Oct. 14 release "Horoskopus," the band’s second full-length and debut for new home Prosthetic Records. "‘Horoskopus’ is a concept album about the hidden astrological elements of the Christian church,” vocalist / guitarist T.J. Cowgill adds. “From its origins as a state sponsored religion in the fourth century to the present day, it has been guided by astrological concepts conceived centuries before Jesus Christ was mythologized as the ‘Sun’ of God."

Here are the Black Metal Magic Tour dates with Watain, Withered, Book of Black Earth: More...

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Cephalic Carnage Announce European Tour Dates

Denver avant-grinders CEPHALIC CARNAGE have announced a number of upcoming festival appearances as well as a Spring European tour.

CEPHALIC CARNAGE will first take part in the Dawn of Destruction Festival this weekend in Calgary, AB alongside WATAIN, AVERSE SEFIRA, DIVINITY, and more. Following, CEPHALIC CARNAGE will perform an exclusive “doom” set as part of the annual Roadburn Festival in Tilburg, Netherlands on April 17th.

CEPHALIC CARNAGE will then embark on a month-long European tour in May with HATE ETERNAL and SKELETONWITCH. This tour will also include DEADBORN in the mainland and CEPHALIC label-mates MAN MUST DIE in the U.K. A complete listing of CEPHALIC CARNAGE tour dates can be found online here with more to be announced soon.

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Averse Sefira Announce New Live Dates

Texas black metal trio AVERSE SEFIRA have announced two additional dates following the conclusion of their participation in the successful Lucifer Over America Tour.

March 22 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada with WATAIN at the Dawn of Destruction Festival held at the MacEwan Hall Ballroom and
April 12th in Juarez, Mexico, at the New Rainbow Bar

Advent Parallax, the new album from Averse Sefira, hit stores nationwide Tuesday, February 12. The album was produced by Tore Stjerna (Watain) and features original artwork from celebrated artist Jos A. Smith (BATHORY).

Check out the track 'Descension', here.

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Ravencult Announce European Tour Dates

Greek black metallers RAVENCULT will team up with SETHERIAL and CORPUS CHRISTII for a European tour in October. Confirmed dates are as follows:

Oct. 05 - Leeuvarden, Holland @ De Gloppe
Oct. 06 - Rotterdam, Holland @ Baroeg
Oct. 09 - Hamburg, Germany @ Markthale
Oct. 10 - Berlin, Germany @ Alte Feuerwache Treptow
Oct. 11 - Dortmund, Germany @ Zentrum (with WATAIN, IMPIETY)
Oct. 12 - Bitterfeld, Germany @ Festung
Oct. 13 - Zwickau, Germany @ Fireblade Festival (with INQUISITION)
Oct. 14 - Szczecin, Poland @ Stara Cynkownia
Oct. 17 - Lille, France @ La Rumeur
Oct. 19 - Walterhausen, Germany @ Kulturfabrik
Oct. 20 - Salzburg, Germany @ Festiva
Oct. 22 - Nova Gorica, Slovakia @ Mostovna Club
Oct. 24 - Manduria, Italy @ Bike & Rock
Oct. 25 - Osijek, Croatia @ Mini Teatar
Oct. 26 - Padova, Italy @ Country Star
Oct. 27 - Munich, Germany @ Metropolis

RAVENCULT released their debut album, "Temples of Torment", in March via Dark Essence Records.

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Watain To Head The Storm of the Antichrist Tour

It is now official, WATAIN will head out on a full-scale European crusade in October - the Storm of the Antichrist tour - alongside the ancient Asian warbeast IMPIETY. This will be WATAIN's first headliner tour in Europe, following the April release of the highly acclaimed "Sworn to the Dark".

"From the vaults below the desert-temple, to the throne among the stars... Sweden's Black Metal Magicians have been burning and pillaging their way through the Black Metal scene ever since their cursed birth. Notoriously infamous for their blood-soaked, fiery live-perfomances and morbid ways, WATAIN have many times been refered to as "the new usurpers of the Black Metal throne". Their third album "Sworn to the Dark" was released in early 2007 and was welcomed worldwide as one of the most important releases of the genre in years. After having toured the world with bands like DISSECTION, CELTIC FROST and ANGELCORPSE, it is now time for WATAIN's first headliner tour in Europe. Beware... The werewolves of Satan have been unleashed!"

The Storm of the Antichrist Tour dates featuring Watain and Impiety are as follows: More...

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Watain Video Interview Online

Guitar World's MetalKult.com has posted a new video interview with WATAIN's bassist/vocalist E. and drummer H., in which the Swedish black metal horde talk about their views on the current black metal scene, selling out and bringing its "total death" into the world.

The video was filmed by the MetalKult crew in New York City on May 14, 2007, while WATAIN were touring the U.S. for their latest album, "Sworn to the Dark". Also available on MetalKult.com is live footage of "Sworn to the Dark" from that show.

Upcoming Watain tour dates include:

06 Jul 07 Hamburg (DE) Logo
07 Jul 07 Berlin (DE) Under the Black Sun Festival
13 Jul 07 Annaberg (DE) Thunders over Miriquidi festival

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Watain Post Live Video Footage From NYC Online

Video footage of Swedish black metallers WATAIN performing at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill in New York City on Monday, May 14th has been posted on YouTube.

Watch them at the following locations:
"Underneath the Cenotaph"
"Devil's Blood"

After their successful European tour with CELTIC FROST and KREATOR, WATAIN are now on the road in North America as part of the "Antichrist Vanguards East Coast Tour 2007", with ANGELCORPSE and NACHTMYSTIUM. More...

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Celtic Frost Comment On UK Concert Curfew

Celtic Frost have released the following statement in regards to an imposed curfew on their UK tour dates:

"While already on the road on the European leg of the "Monotheist" tour, we were informed of strict curfews to our co-headlining shows with Kreator in the UK. These curfews have been imposed locally and are not a stipulation by either Celtic Frost or Kreator. As a matter of fact, we oppose these curfews explicitly, and we have informed both our management and our concert agency accordingly. There is little we can do, however.

Celtic Frost and Kreator and the bands' representatives have spent months trying to assemble an appropriate and exciting touring package of four bands that cover a wide variety of contemporary metal. We loathe the fact that we are now finally back out on the road - in Celtic Frost's case, for the first time in some 17 years - and have to discover that the local booker and promoters in the UK impose curfews so unrealistically strict that it is impossible to put on the regular performances by all four bands on the bill as played everywhere else in Europe. Apparently, some of the UK venues book two events during certain nights, i.e., in this case our tour and another event. This will yield twice the profits for them in one night, but it also means that the first event, namely our tour, will have to clear the venue at an unreasonably early hour, as early as 9:30 or 10:00pm.

There appears to be no proper solution to this situation. Both headliners are categorically unwilling to cancel the performances of either our opening act or special guest, Watain and Legion Of The Damned, in order to play full headlining sets. Just like us, Watain and Legion of the Damned have travelled thousands of miles and gone through great expenses to play all of Europe. The local booker and promoters in the UK are equally unwilling to extend their ludicrous curfews, even for a mere 30 minutes. The alternative, so we are informed, would be a cancelled concert.

Having all four bands play at least a semblance of a set means that the duration of all sets will be severely restricted. In case of Celtic Frost and Kreator, this means sets of 60 minutes, in case of Watain and Legion of the Damned, sets of 20 minutes. This applies to the following shows: Glasgow, Bradford, Wolverhampton, Cardiff, and Nottingham. All bands involved believe that playing a set is better than cancelling any show. That we all are extremely frustrated, if not to say furious, about this situation is obvious."

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MTV.com Covers Watain's Live Experience

Chris Harris and Jon Wiederhorn of MTV.com report: "Erik Danielsson, the malevolent singer/bassist fronting Swedish black-metal magicians WATAIN, doesn't have a flip bone in his body. To see WATAIN perform live is nothing if not a pestilent experience, which is just the way Danielsson wants it. Instead of fake blood, WATAIN drench the crowd with what the frontman maintains is real blood, collected "from the WATAIN cellars, of course". The band actually douses itself in the same blood during sets, which, when coupled with sweat, creates a pong on their bus a label spokesperson described as "that of an open grave".

From the stage, Danielsson has "seen people both crying and vomiting at the same time". He's even watched fans "taking the blood that we've thrown at them and licking it up off the floor, and giving this genuine impression of being psychopaths all of a sudden".

He said he often wonders "what those people thought when they woke up that morning, in their clean little beds at home. Did they think that they would stand and lick blood from the floor at the concert halls? We aim to present a different reality to them, because this reality exists far away from the nice little houses with clean beds. That is what happens at a WATAIN gig, and we look forward to bringing this to the US, because it's fertile soil for such experiments. It's all about wild, raw fire and getting loose. Some people can take it. Some can't."

Additionally, Watain will head out on tour with Celtic Frost, Kreator, and Legion Of The Damned in March. Here are the tour dates: More...

Read the full article at MTV.com.

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