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Black Metallers WATAIN Win Swedish Grammis Award For Best ‘Hard Rock’ Band Frontman Comments: “…the Devil won again!”

January 20th, 2011

On Monday, January 17, Swedish black metal overlords WATAIN took home the “Best Hard Rock” award for their Lawless Darkness full-length at Sweden’s annual Grammis ceremony (the Swedish equivalent to the U.S. Grammy Awards).

Comments frontman 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.”  

Lawless Darkness was released via Season Of Mist on June 7, recorded at Necromorbus Studio (Deathspell Omega, Funeral Mist, Ondskapt et al) in Alvik, Sweden and features cover art by Zbigniew M. Bielak.

In related news, WATAIN was also nominated in the P3 Gold Awards to be held this Saturday in the “rock/metal” category as well as the Manifest Awards on February 4 in the “rock” category.

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WATAIN – World Wide Death Band Issues Year-End Update

January 4th, 2011

In a year end message from Swedish black metal legion, WATAIN: “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, point your browser HERE. The concert was aired on the Swedish national radio program P3-Live on Thursday December 23rd.

And it is that time of the year again, when the media compile their lists and distribute awards. WATAIN has received the following awards and nominations for 2010:
#1 Album Of The Year – Close Up Magazine
#1 Album Of The Year – Sweden Rock Magazine
#1 Band Of The Year – Terrorizer Readers Poll
#1 Personality Of The Year – Terrorizer Readers Poll
#2 Album Of The Year – Decibel Magazine

WATAIN have also been nominated for:
“Hardrock” Category of the Swedish Grammy Awards
“Hardrock” Category of the P3 Gold Awards
“Nordic Album 2010″ of the Nordic Music Price Awards   In light of all this, we would like you to contemplate upon the following lines:
“It is the magic combination of fierceness and beauty that makes the Wolf an exception even in nature. Revered outlaws, feared in their bestial nature, yet also objects of fascination and curiosity, of naturally inhabited and unreachable grace, that men love to hate, and hate to love. But regardless of what judgement the vox populi might pass on the nighttime predators, they remain just that; a rare breed of hunters; alone, aside, untamed, always hungry…”

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WATAIN Update From The Road

November 30th, 2010

Band Announces NYC Meet And Greet; Lawless Darkness Earns The #2 Spot On Decibel Magazine’s Top 40 Albums of 2010!

Swedish black metal titans WATAIN have been setting North America ablaze with a sound and stage show that is a true assault to the senses.  Touring in support of their Lawless Darkness full-length released via Season Of Mist earlier this year, the wild ride commenced in Pittsburgh on November 6 and has been sweeping its way across the country with relentless fury.  Support bands, Goatwhore and Black Anvil, have helped make the tour package one of the most pummeling (and talked about) of the year.

Said WATAIN in a collective statement: “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 artifacts for the stage, you will not be forgotten! 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!”

Check out footage from the band’s Seattle performance HERE.

WATAIN‘s final U.S. performance of the tour will happen this Thursday at Santos Party House in New York City. Following the show is a scheduled meet and greet at Duff’s in Brooklyn. Check out the flyer HERE:

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

Lawless Darkness was released via Season Of Mist on June 7. Recorded at Necromorbus Studio (Deathspell Omega, Funeral Mist, Ondskapt, etc.) in Alvik, Sweden with cover art by Zbigniew M. Bielak, the record continues to reap critical accolades from press nationwide and abroad. The band scored cover spots in some of metal’s most esteemed publications including Decibel, Terrorizer, and Subterranea (Metal Hammer’s extreme metal supplement) and the “Reaping Death,” single was certified gold in Sweden for sales in excess of 10,000 copies. In addition, Lawless Darkness recently earned the #2 position in Decibel Magazine’s Top 40 Albums Of 2010 [January 2011 issue]. View the feature HERE.

WATAIN: Lawless Darkness North American Tour 2010 [remaining dates]
w/ Goatwhore, Black Anvil
11/30/2010 Sonar – Baltimore, MD
12/01/2010 Peabody’s – Cleveland, OH
12/02/2010 Santo’s Party House - New York, NY
12/03/2010 Le Fou Founes – Montreal, QC
12/04/2010 Opera House – Toronto, ON  

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WATAIN Continue Their Mission To Desecrate North America New Live Footage Posted

November 17th, 2010

Swedish black metal legion WATAIN continue to pillage their way across North America in support of their latest release of unholiness, Lawless Darkness. The tour, featuring support from Goatwhore and Black Anvil, commenced on November 6th in Pittsburgh and has since been winding it’s way across the U.S., with the band’s unsettling ritualistic stage performance — complete with candles and the scent of decay –reaping praise from devout fans and recent converts in every city they defile. Remaining tour dates include:

WATAIN: Lawless Darkness North American Tour 2010
w/ Goatwhore, Black Anvil
11/16/2010 Boardwalk – Orangevale, CA
11/17/2010 DNA Lounge – San Francisco, CA
11/18/2010 The Ruby Room – San Diego, CA
11/19/2010 The Whiskey – Hollywood, CA
11/20/2010 Clubhouse – Tempe, AZ
11/22/2010 The Loft – Dallas, TX
11/23/2010 Emo’s – Austin, TX
11/24/2010 Numbers – Houston, TX
11/27/2010 Back Booth - Orlando, FL
11/29/2010 Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
11/30/2010 Sonar – Baltimore, MD
12/01/2010 Peabody’s – Cleveland, OH
12/02/2010 Santo’s – New York, NY 12/03/2010 Le Fou Founes – Montreal, QC 12/04/2010 Opera House – Toronto, ON

Check out recent footage of WATAIN performing “Devil’s Blood” and “Total Funeral” in Denver HERE (and below).

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Exclusive Interview with WATAIN Frontman Erik Danielsson

November 10th, 2010

Hank Pearl of The Daily Rock (http://www.thedailyrock.com) chats with frontman for Swedish Black Metal band WATAIN, Erik Danielsson, who discusses the band’s receiving of ritual tokens,  Satanic blessings, and life on road.

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WATAIN: Swedish Black Metal Squadron To Wage War On North America

August 30th, 2010

Swedish black metal overlords WATAIN, who unleashed their Lawless Darkness full-length earlier this summer, will shower their blasphemy upon North American soil later this fall. Presented by Decibel Magazine and sponsored in part by Fangoria, Metal Injection and Killer Tours, the unholy trek will commence on November 6 at Mr. Smalls in Pittsburgh and bludgeon its way through over two dozen cities before coming to close on December 4 at the Opera House in Toronto. Support will come from Goatwhore and Black Anvil.

Lawless Darkness was released via Season Of Mist on June 7. Recorded at Necromorbus Studio (Deathspell Omega, Funeral Mist, Ondskapt et al) in Alvik, Sweden with cover art by Zbigniew M. Bielak, the record continues to reap critical accolades from press nationwide and abroad. In addition to scoring cover spots in some of metal’s most esteemed publications including Decibel, Terrorizer, and Subterranea (Metal Hammer’s extreme metal supplement), “Reaping Death,” the latest single off Lawless Darkness, was certified gold in Sweden for sales in excess of 10,000 copies.

There Is No Escape; They Are Coming.

WATAIN: Lawless Darkness North American Tour 2010

w/ Goatwhore, Black Anvil

11/06/2010 Mr. Smalls – Pittsburgh, PA

11/07/2010 Reggie’s – Chicago, IL

11/08/2010 Station 4 – St. Paul, MN

11/10/2010 Marquis Theatre – Denver, CO

11/11/2010 Club Vegas – Salt Lake City, UT

11/12/2010 Branx (Loveland) – Portland, OR

11/13/2010 Studio Seven – Seattle, WA

11/16/2010 Boardwalk – Orangevale, CA

11/17/2010 DNA Lounge – San Francisco, CA

11/18/2010 The Ruby Room – San Diego, CA

11/19/2010 The Whiskey – Hollywood, CA

11/20/2010 Clubhouse – Tempe, AZ

11/21/2010 Club 101 – El Paso, TX

11/22/2010 The Loft – Dallas, TX

11/23/2010 Emo’s – Austin, TX

11/24/2010 Numbers – Houston, TX

11/27/2010 Back Booth – Orlando, FL

11/29/2010 Masquerade – Atlanta, GA

11/30/2010 Sonar – Baltimore, MD

12/01/2010 Peabody’s – Cleveland, OH

12/02/2010 Santo’s New York, NY [No Goatwhore]

12/03/2010 Le Fou Founes – Montreal, QC [No Goatwhore]

12/04/2010 Opera House – Toronto, ON [No Goatwhore]

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Watain videointerview in four parts

June 18th, 2010

This is Imhotep’s best work thus far, and E. replies are great, with the result that this is a really good interview.

Imhotep’s Paul Kearns and Roy Kristensen drove to Stockholm to find out what’s hiding behind the (lawless) darkness. This interview was recorded at Watain’s rehearsal place.

In the first part they talk about the band, the Lair (rehearsal place / bar), “Sworn To The Dark”, the growing success and Dissection’s “Reinkaos”.

In the second part they talk about the (black metal) scene and (response) to the new album “Lawless Darkness”.

In the third part they talk about Watain’s lyrics.

In the fourth part they talk about the listeners, Carl McCoy / WATers of AIN and black metal.

Watain (10) part 1/4

Watain (10) part 2/4

Watain (10) part 3/4

Watain (10) part 4/4

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WATAIN: Lawless Darkness Unleashed

June 9th, 2010

WATAIN appears on the cover of the July 2010 issue of Decibel Magazine

WATAIN appears on the cover of the July 2010 issue of Decibel Magazine

Band Devours Baltimore; Nabs Cover Of This Month’s Edition of Decibel Magazine

The wait is now over: Lawless Darkness, the long-anticipated fourth full-length from Swedish black metal battalion WATAIN, is out now through Season Of Mist. The ten-track, hour-plus long work of blasphemy was recorded at Necromorbus Studio (Deathspell Omega, Funeral Mist, Ondskapt, Nominon, Unanimated et al) in Alvik, Sweden and features strikingly detailed cover art by Zbigniew M. Bielak.

The band ushered in the release of Lawless Darkness with a soul-crushing headlining set the first night of the Maryland Deathfest on Memorial Day weekend. Commented frontman E. of the performance: “Back from the States now, still with blisters and bruises from the victorious storm unleashed at Maryland Deathfest. Hail to the legions of WATAIN supporters who came out to partake in our performance; you have truly grown both in number and dedication! We very much look forward to return for a full scale onslaught later this year. More about that later…” Commented Canada’s Hellbound.ca of the spectacle: “With lit candles, militant red flag-like things, and some corpse paint that I’m sure even Tom Savini would compliment, their visual aesthetic was certainly in tow…the crowd enhanced the horror movie like mood as it tossed a Bible around, tearing it to shreds, sending the ripped pages into the air like confetti at a kid’s birthday party…The music: appropriately blasphemous.”

In conjunction with the release of Lawless Darkness, WATAIN appears on the cover of the July 2010 issue of Decibel Magazine which went on sale last week. The eight-page feature was conducted by J. Bennett and is clearly one of the most revealing pieces on the band to date. To order a copy, visit: http://store.decibelmagazine.com/collections/back-issues/products/july-2010-069

“Lawless Darkness shall be seen as a monument erected in honor of that collapse and a dedication to all those brave souls, who have willingly dared to venture the winding paths towards it.” — E. Danielsson, WATAIN

Let there be sacrifice.

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“Darkthrone were once ‘for all the evil in man,” but WATAIN turn good men evil.” — 8/10 Decibel

“No band in the ‘troo’ black metal scene carries as much weight as WATAIN at the moment. Sparing the drama of Burzum, and the inconsistency of Dimmu and Mayhem, WATAIN finds itself in the same spot Emperor found itself in at the end of ’90s.” — Blistering

“With this record, E. Danielsson and WATAIN have definitely created a blasphemous juggernaut that is not to be taken lightly. The band are clearly staking their claim to more territory in the battle for the black metal crown.” — Forbidden

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Watain / Nifelheim : Helsinki 2008

November 21st, 2008

 

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This sort of line-up is without any doubts a dream come true for any black/death metal maniac. Two leading extreme metal bands out of Sweden conquering Finland had been anticipated for a while. Before these Swedes led the Finns into the abyss of damnation, both Spearhead and Impiety welcomed the audience to the limbo.

 

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Watain

November 10th, 2008

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Watain’s Erik Danielsson

Interview conducted by Robert Williams

Videography courtesy of Sandra Torres

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WACKEN 2008

October 14th, 2008

Wacken Open Air 2008

Once again tens of thousands of lunatic metal freaks travelled from all over the world to the small German village located in the middle of the beautiful northern German countryside. The small peaceful Wacken literally goes upside down when nearly 80.000 conquer the village during one weekend in a year. Wacken Open Air celebrated its 19th birthday from the 31st of July to the 2nd of August, whose biggest headliner ever in the history of Wacken was Iron Maiden. Despite Iron Maiden being the biggest name on the bill, however there were tons of other interesting and fascinating names.

Brat: The mass convergence of catholic youth in Sydney for World Youth Day the week Ray and I left brought a smile to my face and a feeling of warmth as I realised it wouldn’t be long until I was part of a similar pilgrimage but to Hamburg Germany and with two major differences—where Sydney was awash with colourful youth, Hamburg would be invaded by a swarm of black; and the trolley suitcases carrying clothing would instead be trolleys full of beer; songs of the gospel would be replaced by metal anthems. They came to worship at the cross—we to worship at the flaming longhorn but we all would display our nations’ flags proudly.

Tickets for W:O:A 2008 sold phenomenally fast. The special edition X-mas pack with extra goodie bag sold out before I could take a long breath after my 2007 trip. By February the official festival ticket seller was “SOLD OUT”. Suddenly the ebay market was flooded with tickets with one ticket reaching a record price of 800 British Pounds—obscene. Even in July with less than 1 month before the festival, there was an average of 5 new listings a day for tickets, which nullified all “SOLD OUT” credibility. (Brat)

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Kreator Celtic Frost Watain : The 4th Of April, Tavastia, Helsinki, Finland

April 13th, 2007

Kreator / Celtic Frost
Watain

Tavastia Club
The 4th of April 2007
Helsinki, Finland

Both Kreator and Celtic Frost have had, and still have, a major impact on how several different types of metal genres have started and been moulded. Therefore two metal icons or legends on the same bill was as mesmerizing an experience as seeing three Teutonic thrash metal veterans on the same bill back in 2002.  Even though Metal-Rules.com’s British writer had recently attended the show in London, the whole tour is such a historical event in the extreme metal genre that it can’t be ignored. It would be an utter blasphemy to ignore these two extreme metal icons who had released outstanding and remarkable outputs.

The Dutch thrashers Legion Of The Damned had been one of the opening acts on the Central European leg of the tour but unfortunately were never able to arrive at Northernmost territories. However the Dutch thrashers will be witnessed at next summer’s Tuska in Helsinki. However the Swedish black metal outfit Watain was on the bill, for those the Helsinki show was apparently the last one on the tour.


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Celtic Frost & Kreator with Watain and Legion of the Damned

March 21st, 2007

Celtic Frost & Kreator
with Watain and Legion of the Damned
KOKO Camden, London
18th March 2007

Review By HannTu
Pics by Dave Ingham (view his flickr photo album)
Note: Pics were taken on various dates of the UK tour!

My first ‘gig’, so to speak, for Metal-Rules.com started off freezing cold. London has been relatively warm for the past few weeks, but it chose today of all days to hail and snow and bluster while I was standing in line for 2 hours to watch the mighty Kreator at KOKO Camden. Bollocks to that for a start.

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