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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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Graspop Announces A Further 103 Bands

The organisers of Graspop Metal Meeting, one of Europe's premier metal festivals and the biggest in Belgium has announced a further 103 bands added to next year's edition of the festival. The event will take place in the town of Dessel from June 15th - 18th.

The lineup is now as follows:

Agnostic Front
Amon Amarth
Any Given Day
Arch Enemy
As I Lay Dying
Asking Alexandria
At The Gates
Beast In Black
Billy Talent
Black Mirrors
Butcher Babies
Cane Hill
Carpenter Brut
Cradle Of Filth
Danko Jones
Dark Angel
Def Leppard
Enter Shikari
Escape The Fate
Fever 333
Fields of the Nephilim
Greg Puciato
Hollywood Undead
Hollywood Vampires
I Prevail
In Flames
Kissin’ Dynamite
Legion Of The Damned
Less Than Jake
Life Of Agony
Lorna Shore
Monster Magnet
Motionless In White
Motley Crue
Orange Goblin
Orbit Culture
Papa Roach
Parkway Drive
Sick Of It All
Sleep Token
Stand Atlantic
Stray From The Path
The Amity Affliction
The Answer
The Chats
The Ghost Inside
The Halo Effect
The Luka State
The Menzingers
The Raven Age
The Winery Dogs
Three Days Grace
Vicious Rumours

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Tribulation Premiere New Single & Music Video

Swedish blackened death metal band Tribulation premiere a new official music video for their new song “Hamartia“. The standalone single marks their first track featuring their new guitarist Joseph Thol, who replaced Jonathan Hultén in 2020.

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Gaerea Premiere New Song & Music Video "Mirage"

Portuguese black metal quintet Gaerea return with their latest single and music video for the title track to the the group's upcoming new studio full-length named "Mirage". The album will be released on September 23 through Season of Mist.

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Gaerea Premiere New Song & Music Video "Salve"

Gaerea return with a new single and music video by the name of "Salve" off their forthcoming new studio full-length "Mirage", due out September 23. The clip was helmed by Guilherme Henriques.


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Tribulation Premiere 18-Minute B-Side Track

Sweden’s black metal outfit Tribulation premiere a b-side track called “The Dhampir” streaming via YouTube for you below.. The 18-minute single is divided into three chapters and represents the final sequel to the group’s latest studio album “Where The Gloom Becomes The Sound“.

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Watain Shares "We Remain" Music Video

Today, notorious Swedish black metal collective Watain are proud to unveil the third and final single from their upcoming new studio album, "The Agony & Ecstasy Of Watain," which will be released on April 29th 2022.

The song is called "We Remain" and it represents the deepest shadow of the album, a profound contemplation on the winding abyss of the past. Fearlessly extending across the known borders of Watain's musical wilderness, "We Remain" also features noble contributions by Farida Lemouchi (ex. The Devil's Blood, Molassess) and Gottfrid Åhman (ex. In Solitude, PÅGÅ).

The video for "We Remain" was directed by Johan Bååth who has been documenting Watain's journey through the world for many years.

Erik Danielsson (vocals) comments:
"I begun writing 'We Remain' in 2012, as a meditation on the concept of Mythopoeia; our mythical origins and how our understanding and approach to them is shaped and transformed throughout time. The lyric is built around the five elemental wings of the Pentagram, and the mysteries embedded in that ancient symbol. It is a song about forgotten things that ought to be remembered, the search for truths that were lost, of the ever burning flame that illuminates the darkness of times immemorial, the passing of aeons and and our ponderable place therein." More...

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Watain Pulls Out Of U.S. Tour With Mayhem

Swedish black metal veterans Watain has announced that they have been forced to pull out of the scheduled tour of the United States of America with Mayhem, owing to further investigations into their visas. A statement from the band reads as follows:

"We regret to inform you all that, due to reasons entirely beyond our control, we’re forced to cancel our participation in the upcoming US Tour with Mayhem and Midnight, for which we were due to leave tomorrow.

"We have just been informed that the US Embassy have decided to launch an additional, undisclosed 'administrative process' in relation to Watain's visa applications. We’ve been told that this investigation could go on for months and that we might not get a reply until the tour is over. Since we have not been given any additional information about why this is taking place, how long it’ll take, or if visas will eventually be approved, it leaves us with no choice but to pull out of the tour.

"The same embassy has previously approved our working visa applications for every US tour, each of the 8 times we have applied. Preparing for a tour like this takes an enormous amount of work by the band and our crew. The merch has been produced, ticket buyers have made plans, and the crew relies on the jobs that the tour provides. It is a devastating blow to any band, but to the authorities in charge it seems to hold no significance.

"To our loyal fans and followers; we had truly been looking forward to stand before you all again. We invested all we had for this one. We are working hard on setting things straight and our intention is to re-schedule the North American dates for early 2023. Refunds are available at point of purchase.

"Finally, we wish Mayhem and Midnight a killer tour regardless."

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Watain Releases New Lyric Video

Right before the start of their extensive US tour with Norwegian peers Mayhem, notorious Swedish black metal collective Watain has unveiled 'Serimosa' - the second single from their upcoming new studio album, "The Agony & Ecstasy Of Watain," which will be released on April 29th, 2022.

"Serimosa" sees a shift in pace from its furious predecessor "The Howling," heading towards more of a gloomy and Gothic landscape, yet bearing the unmistakable black mark of Watain. Lyrically, its contemporary acuteness and prophetic quality is just as unnerving as it is comforting.

E. Danielsson (vocals) comments,
"'Serimosa' tells of the electric notion of the coming of a great power. The appearance of cracks in the dam that holds the flood of the great sea. A visitor from the beyond, crossing the threshold into the material world.

"Just like 'Watain' - 'Serimosa' is a word/name of power communicated out of unknown origin, appearing into the world sans history, to be approached with thought and reverence. Its linguistic root may be traced from the Latin word Seri ("serum") along with Dolorosa ("pain") Nebulosa ("starfog") Lacrimosa ("tearfilled"), as if those words and their meanings were spoken as one. In her hand she holds the stern light of renewal, of transformation, of merciless cleansing. Thematically, Serimosa also holds similarities to the fiery Samhara aspect of Nataraja, the doomsday dance of Shiva marking the dissolution of order at the end of an eon.
May she bring you far and deep." More...

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Abbath Announces European Tour Dates With Watain

Norwegian metal icons, Abbath, are joining forces with Swedish black metal outfit, Watain, for a co-headlining European tour, launching in September.

The "Chariots Of Fire" tour will kick off at the Elysee Montmartre in Paris, France, and will wreak havoc in 13 more countries before a final curtain at the Vanha venue in Helsinki, Finland. A full list of confirmed shows can be found below.

Special guests will be Tribulation and Bølzer for all shows. Tickets will be on sale starting Wednesday February 16 at 10 AM, CET.

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Midnight Premiere New Single

Another new single from Midnight‘s upcoming fifth studio full-length “Let There Be Witchery” has premiered online. The one-man-band led by Athenar debut “Nocturnal Molestation” from that album ahead of its March 04th release by Metal Blade Records.

Midnight will be out touring this spring with Mayhem and Watain on the ‘Sanguine Sodomy Of North America Tour. The trek will stop at the below cities: More...

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Watain Premiere New Single “The Howling”

Swedish black metal band Watain's new album “The Agony & Ecstasy Of Watain” will be out on April 29th via Nuclear Blast. A first advance track titled “The Howling“ has premiered and is streaming via YouTube and Spotify for you now below.

“The Agony & Ecstasy Of Watain” track-list: More...

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Watain Guitarist Denied Entry To The U.S.

Swedish black metal practitioners Watain "regret to inform you that US authorities has decided to ban Watain's guitarist Pelle Forsberg from entering their country. Erik, Alvaro, Hampus and Emil have after a week of uncertainty just arrived in the States, unfortunately not in time to go through with tonight’s (November 21st) show in Houston, Texas."

According to the band, here's what happened:

"Upon his entry to the States last week, Pelle was unprovokedly taken into custody, locked up in a cell and interrogated during an entire night, only to finally have his newly approved US Working Visa - which he has been granted five times prior to this one- revoked and made void. He was thereafter deported back to Mexico where he had been prior to the tour. This radical and fatal decision, made by a random custom officer who happened to be on duty that day, was based on Google searches on Watain made during Pelle's incarceration, as well as private pictures found on his phone of motorbikes, hunting and various things related to Satanism, Black Metal and counter culture in general. Stuff this officer didn't understand, or like. More...

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Watain Banned From Performing In Singapore

According to a report in Reuters, Swedish black metal outfit Watain has had their Singapore show scheduled for tonight cancelled after concerns of the band "denigrating religions and promoting violence," were voiced by the authorities. The Info-communications Media Development Authority (IMDA) said it canceled the concert following an assessment submitted to it by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA).

"MHA has expressed serious concerns about the concert, given the band’s history of denigrating religions and promoting violence, which has potential to cause enmity and disrupt Singapore’s social harmony," the IMDA said in a statement.

Read the full article at Reuters.

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Watain & Rotting Christ European Tour Announced

Watain, Rotting Christ and Profanatica will be out on the road again touring Europe together this November. The run will kick off on November 02nd in Copenhagen, Denmark and will hit the below venues:

11/02 Copenhagen, DEN – Pumpehuset
11/03 Leipzig, GER – Hellraiser
11/04 Warsaw, POL – Progresja
11/06 Prague, CZE – Meet Factory
11/07 Budapest, HUN – Barba Negra
11/09 Munich, GER – Backstage
11/10 Zug, SWI – Chollerhalle
11/11 Milan, ITA – Live Club
11/12 Colmar, FRA – Le Grillen
11/14 Barcelona, SPA – Razzmatazz 2
11/15 Madrid, SPA – Chango Club
11/16 Limoges, FRA – CC John Lennon
11/17 Paris, FRA – La Machine du Moulin Rouge
11/18 Lille, FRA – Tyrant Fest
11/20 Saarbrücken, GER – Garage
11/21 Mannheim, GER – MS Connexion Complex
11/22 Berlin, GER – Astra
11/23 Antwerp, BEL – Trix
11/24 Bochum, GER – Matrix
11/25 Nijmegen, NET – Doornroosje

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Watain & Destroyer 666 Phoenix, AZ March 18th 2018

Between the shitstorm that Destroyer 666 were a part of last year and the recent war between “edgy” (a borrowed description…) black metal bands defending against self-righteous keyboard justice warriors, I didn’t know what to expect at Watain and Destroyer 666’s Phoenix, Arizona date. Just a week earlier, Destroyer 666 was booted off their Bay Area date. Watain, showing support for their touring brethren, basically told the venue to go fuck themselves and pulled out of the date as well. Another venue had stepped up to host the show but inexplicably cancelled a few days later. In light of all this drama, Phoenix did not disappoint. There was no bullshit, no drama, only metal and Watain’s Disciples.

I have to admit, I’m not an avid listener of Destroyer 666, but I did want to check out what all the chatter was about that was filling up comment sections of several metal blogs in 2017. I thought they were solid, but their sound reminds me of early European thrash metal ala early Kreator. They didn’t blow my mind musically but the raw and intensity of their sound had massive appeal a couple of decades ago. For some, this style is fresh and new and turns their crank. For this writer, I was counting down the number of songs left of their 45-minute set.


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At The Gates Confirmed For Bloodstock 2018

The organisers of the Bloodstock Open Air festival has announced some more names, including Swedish melodic death metal pioneers, At The Gates, as well as groove metal originators Exhorder, who will play the Ronnie James Dio stage and Sophie Lancaster stage respectively, while joining Exhorder on the Sophie stage will be sludge metal outfit Weight Of The Tide and death metal group Sangre. The festival will take place at Catton Park, Derbyshire and will be held from August 9th - 12th.

The lineup is now as follows:

Ronnie James Dio Stage:
Judas Priest (Headliner)
Gojira (Headliner)
Nightwish (Headliner)
At The Gates
Suicidal Tendencies
Mr. Big
Venom Inc.
Wednesday 13
Orden Ogan
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Watain Deny Allegations Of Nazism

Watain issue a statement denying allegations of Nazism after their live guitarist Set "Davide Totaro" Teitan was seen doing what looked similar to a "Sieg Heil" salute. The gesture was made while the band were taking to the stage during Watain's recent live appearance at the Kraken in Stockholm, Sweden this past weekend. Footage of that can be seen above.

States the band:

“It has come to our attention that people have misinterpreted an arm movement of Set at our Kraken show as a “nazi salute”. Fucking hell, come on folks! As everyone should know by now, Watain band members have no ties to nazi ideology neither publically nor personally, and with this statement we want to put an end to further uneccesary speculation in this tiresome subject.

What we give praise to in our songs and in their lyrics could very well be seen as the very anti-thesis to some utopian right wing ideology of the past. “Saluting” one of our many enemies on the sacred ground that is our stage would not make much sense. That is something we are sure our fans and supporters -who we are proud to say are from every possible “race”, gender, nation and cultural background- can testify to.

As would the fact that our line-up and working crew are also of a widely diverse ethnical background. And the list goes ever on, eliminating all possible forms of soiling by political or ideological agendas, allowing the Devil’s fire to burn clear and untainted in the sanctuary that we have created for ourselves.

It is of course highly regrettable that these unwelcome, inconvenient and misplaced accusations are even allowed to arise and we hope we can now put this behind us and focus on the many important tasks at hand.

Thank you for understanding.

Now let us fearlessly and doubtlessly move forward into the raging chaos of metallic deathnoise madness that is Trident Wolf Eclipse.


Watain released their new effort "Trident Wolf Eclipse" last week.

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Watain Premiere New Song

Watain debuts a second track from their forthcoming album “Trident Wolf Eclipse“. “Sacred Damnation” is the latest track to see a release ahead of the album’s January 05th arrival via Century Media.

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Watain, Destroyer 666 Announce North American Tour

Watain, Destroyer 666 and some pending supports will unite for the North American "Pandemoniac Wolf March Tour" in February/March. Watain will be touring in support of their upcoming sixth studio album, "Trident Wolf Eclipse", due out January 05th via Century Media Records.

Check out all dates below:

02/23 Montreal, QC – Le National
02/24 Quebec City, QC – Imperial Bell
02/25 Toronto, ON – Opera House More...

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Bloodstock Open Air Adds Four More Bands To Lineup

The organisers of Britain's Bloodstock Open Air festival has confirmed a further four bands to perform at next year's edition of the festival, including German heavy metal legend Doro, who will be headlining the Sophie Lancaster stage on the Friday night. Also added to the event are death metal supergroup Bloodbath, who will also perform on Friday, but on the Ronnie James Dio stage, while Greek symphonic death metal veterans Septicflesh and the Chris Jericho fronted heavy metal group Fozzy will also play the RJD stage, on Saturday and Sunday respectively. The festival will take place in Catton Hall, Derbyshire from August 10th to 12th. More bands will be confirmed over the coming year, including plenty of unsigned talent.

The current lineup is as follows:

Friday: Ronnie James Dio Stage
Judas Priest

Friday: Sophie Lancaster Stage

Saturday: Ronnie James Dio Stage
Orden Ogan

Sunday: Ronnie James Dio Stage

Sunday: Sophie Lancaster Stage

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