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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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