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In an official statement to American fans before the band's headlining appearance at this year's Maryland Deathfest, Watain front man E. warns of the carnage to come. "We are leaving for the US in 11 hours from now, armed to the teeth and ready to murder. The Watain performance at Maryland Deathfest shall be a triumphant holocaust of all that is holy, and a massive celebration of the gods of Lawless Darkness! Be prepared."
E. also released info on Watain's lineup for this unholy excursion: "Due to legal bullshit, our brother Set will not be able to enter the States for Maryland Deathfest. E will handle the second guitar and vocals. The rest of the line up will be as always; H - Battery, P - Guitar, A - Bass. Try as you might, but nothing can stop the Devils sworn to do their work! Not even the tame resistance of the law."
Watain will headline the first night of Maryland Deathfest 2010 this Friday night alongside other first day headliners D.R.I., Gorguts, and Possessed, and will be the first stateside appearance from the band since the 2008 Black Metal Magic tour. This is also the first North American Watain live action fueling their upcoming fourth full-length opus, "Lawless Darkness," which is due out June 8th on Season of Mist.
Metalhit.com has organized a FREE Digital Music Compilation to be distributed at the Maryland Deathfest (May 28th-30th). The compilation will come in the form of a card, each with a unique code that will allow recipients to redeem their free compilation at the Metalhit.com website.
The card will be distributed at the Sevared Records, Paragon Records and Deathgasm Records vendor booths at the event. Stop by, pick one up, and check out the goods at these tables! Get them before they're gone (only 1,000 will be distributed).
The free compilation includes 16 songs featuring: WATAIN and PENTAGRAM, both of whom are performing at the event, as well as other stellar bands like REVOCATION, THE CRINN, WORMROT, GRAVES OF VALOR, HAIL OF BULLETS, NOMINON, CARDIAC ARREST, SECTIONED, DIABOLIC, COLONIZE THE ROTTING, ALDAARON, SACRILEGIOUS IMPALEMENT, VULVECTOMY, and ORTHRUS.
Metalhit.com will have download cards available at other worldwide metal events this year, such as the Michigan Deathfest and the Devilstone Festival in Lithuania.
"Lawless Darkness," the fourth full-length album from Swedish black metal squadron WATAIN, will be released on June 7, 2010 through Season Of Mist.
The band returned to Necromorbus Studio (Deathspell Omega, Funeral Mist, Ondskapt, Nominon, Unanimated et al) in Alvik, Sweden to record the ten-track, hour-plus long album, which features strikingly detailed cover art by Zbigniew M. Bielak. Commented vocalist/bassist E. of the imagery, "The front cover is made by artist Zbigniew M. Bielak from Poland, one of the few living artists we deem worthy to work with. However elaborate on it's own, this front cover should be seen as a mere taste of the most extensive artwork ever seen in a WATAIN context, hell, even in a Black Metal context!" Check out the cover art here. More...
Sweden's WATAIN has posted the tracklisting for their upcoming album, "Lawless Darkness," [cover art] which is as follows:
01. Death's Cold Dark
03. Reaping Death
04. Four Thrones
05. Wolves Curse
06. Lawless Darkness
07. Total Funeral
08. Hymn to Qayin
09. Kiss of Death
10. Waters of Ain
The Digipak version will include the DEATH SS cover "Chains of Death" as a bonus track. More...
Poland's Azarath is the latest act to be confirmed for London's Armageddon festival, which takes place from June 4th - 5th, 2010 at the Relentless Garage. More information on the festival can be found at this location.
The currently confirmed lineup for the festival is as follows: Nifelheim, Repugnant, Vomitor, Craven Idol, Funeral Throne, Von, Watain, The Devil's Blood, Azarath, Necro Ritual, and Sacrilegious Impalement.
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!"
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...
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.
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...
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:
Watain ( with special pyro show! )
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...
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.
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:
Steve Hughes (Comedian)
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...
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...
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...
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...
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.
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.
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.