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Uppsala, Sweden (1998 – present)

Watain is a Swedish band, formed in Uppsala, Sweden in 1998. The band’s name is taken from a recording written by the American black metal group Von.

According to Erik Danielsson, when the band formed, “there weren’t really any bands anymore that seemed to take things that seriously, and there weren’t that many bands that actually consisted of, you know, people that did so much more than just play the music that they liked and the same kind of music that their idols play”. They released their demo Go Fuck Your Jewish “God” in 1998 and their live tape Black Metal Sacrifice in 1999, which they do not intend to re-release. In October 1999, the band released their EP The Essence of Black Purity through Grimrune Productions, which they consider to be their first official release, and played on a show together with Malign and Dark Funeral, organised by Watain and Grimrune Productions.

Watain’s debut album Rabid Death’s Curse was released through End All Life Productions and Drakkar Productions in 2000, followed by a split EP with Diabolicum released through Spikekult Records. A split LP with Malign was planned in the early 2000s and supposed to be issued by Grimrune Productions before the recording of Watain’s second album Casus Luciferi, but never got released. Watain toured Europe with Unpure in early 2002. In 2003, they again entered the studio to record their second full-length album, Casus Luciferi, which features lyrics by Necromorbus of Funeral Mist (who also produced all their studio releases since The Essence of Black Purity and played live bass for them), MkM of Antaeus and Mikael of Opeth. The Stellar Descension Infernal Tour through Europe followed, alongside Secrets of the Moon and Averse Sefira.


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  • Idiots-Rule

    @versionfiv I totally agree with you. Those particular two songs are my least favorite off that album as well. I can't understand why they chose all that may bleed as the album's only "single".

    26 Jun 2:17am Reply
  • TheAdversary616

    What matters here is the Spirtual innate standout within Watain´s music, regardless if it´s "The Wild Hunt" or " Casus Luciferi" / "Rabid´s Death Curse" It still sounds evil, dark.

    23 Jun 7:02pm Reply
  • versionfiv

    I was always a bit put off by some filler tracks on Wild Hunt, or at least tracks that needed more work. sleepless evil and all that may bleed come to mind. maybe it could have been delayed for a few more months.

    23 Jun 6:41pm Reply
  • Idiots-Rule

    Exactly. I saw an interview with Erik where he explained how Lawless Darkness changed the current scene of black metal, and he admitted that it was for better and worse. In a Swedish magazine I read he also spoke about The Wild Hunt, when it was released, and how he was smiling as old trve fans were removing their Watain patches, just because it's not a very "trve metal" record. They only care about evolving and that's what they do. As a fan I do the same. I mean, we could've had four Bathory S/T's, but Quorthon evolved and made several amazing records. If he hadn't evolved, we wouldn't have had Blood Fire Death and the viking albums, for instance. The same goes for all bands. Sometimes musical evolution leads to great(er) things, sometimes it doesn't. I think Watain manages to keep it interesting anyway.

    22 Jun 5:49pm Reply
  • Gagoterapia

    You are right. You can prefer one album over others, but every album is different and has good stuff. I can not choose just one album, because Rabid Death's Curse and Casus Luciferi are primitive and raw, and Sworn To The Dark and Lawless Darkness have an evil and epic sound. The Wild Hunt is maybe softer, but still a good album. This is something I admire about Watain: They always do what they want regardless of the opinion of others, which is important when you do art.

    21 Jun 5:30pm Reply
  • Idiots-Rule

    To be honest, I think it's quite hard to actually chose a favorite album by Watain. Every album they've done differ from each other enough that I can't really compare two of their works rightfully. Of course, you can prefer the sound of one particular album over the others, but I wouldn't wanna compare their albums with each other. They've gone so far between RDC and TWH.

    20 Jun 9:00pm Reply
  • versionfiv

    that is my top album but I say that often. regulars know this.

    19 Jun 3:41am Reply
  • Idiots-Rule

    I think many people don't appreciate the black metal production it's got. It's just simply too raw and primitive for some people, which is exactly what I dig about RDC.

    17 Jun 8:05pm Reply
  • Gagoterapia

    Nobody cares Rabid Death's Curse :(

    17 Jun 7:19am Reply
  • SlaveOfN1l

    I still like it considerably more than The Mild Cunt, but otherwise yeah, it's my least favorite Watain album. Compositions are tight and there is some genuinely great riffage, but the production suffers from the "loudness war" effect and has an unfortunate Nuclear Blast-esque plastic sheen to it.

    17 Jun 3:23am Reply
  • Idiots-Rule

    I agree with the lot of you. Like half of the fan base cites STTD as their fave, which I could never understand. It's pretty mediocre, generic BM - not as raw and brutal as their early stuff, and not as epic and grandeur as their later stuff. On top of it it sounds plastic and way too compressed. Overrated is more like it, yes.

    17 Jun 1:43am Reply
  • SlaveOfN1l

    Considering that Sworn was the album that turned Watain from a well-regarded underground act to international rock stars overnight, I'd hardly consider it underrated in any, overrated is more like it.

    16 Jun 3:03am Reply
  • Gagoterapia

    Of course, I mean more people should know it. People always listen to Lawless Darkness and Casus Luciferi, but Sworn To The Dark is left in the background, and just some people listen, appreciate and enjoy Rabid Death's Curse.

    15 Jun 10:19pm Reply
  • versionfiv

    disagree with sworn being underrated, unless you mean you think more people should know it... cause in the bands fanbase it is virtually tied with Lawless Darkness as the average fans favorite album.

    15 Jun 9:04pm Reply
  • Gagoterapia

    Sworn To The Dark and Rabid Death's Curse are very underrated works. In my opinion both are masterpieces.

    14 Jun 2:36pm Reply
  • MisanthropyGod

    v no

    14 Jun 5:39am Reply
  • Idiots-Rule

    Lawless Darkness > Casus Luciferi > The Wild Hunt > Rabid Death's Curse > Sworn To The Dark

    11 Jun 7:36pm Reply
  • UnrealGerry

    Lawless Darkness! [1]

    11 Jun 8:30am Reply
  • Lost_Souls_UK

    @suicide_mouse "Watain's oeuvre revives the spirit of classics such as "Slippery When Wet", "Shout at the Devil" and "Open Up and Say... Ahh!". Clearly the best glam rock band right now \\\\m/" [2] <<< YES

    10 Jun 2:33pm Reply
  • FatcapVandal

    Lawless Darkness!

    6 Jun 3:40pm Reply
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