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:
08 Mar 07 Köln (DE) Live Music Hall
09 Mar 07 Antwerpen (BE) Hof Ter Lo
10 Mar 07 Heerhugowaard (NL) De Waerdsetempel
11 Mar 07 Tilburg (NL) 013
13 Mar 07 Glasgow (UK) Garage
14 Mar 07 Bradford (UK) Rio
15 Mar 07 Wolverhampton (UK) Wulfrun Hall
16 Mar 07 Cardiff (UK) Souls
17 Mar 07 Nottingham (UK) Rock City
18 Mar 07 London (UK) Koko
20 Mar 07 Paris (FR) Elysée Montmartre
21 Mar 07 Bordeaux (FR) Theatre Barbey
22 Mar 07 Madrid (ES) La Riviera
23 Mar 07 Bilbao (ES) Rockstar
24 Mar 07 Barcelona (ES) Razzmatazz 1
26 Mar 07 Pratteln (CH) Z7
27 Mar 07 Milan (IT) Rolling Stone
28 Mar 07 Stuttgart (DE) Longhorn
29 Mar 07 Berlin (DE) Columbia Club
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