”How long, the winter
How cold, the nights
How dark, the hearts
Shine now, ye strange light
Shine, rampant star
Pale at Holocaust Dawn”
(Watain – Holocaust Dawn)
Today ”The Wild Hunt” is released.
It contains 11 windows into a world rarely seen by men.
A kingdom for which Watain has been the mouthpiece and vanguard for the past 15 years.
To those who have stood by our side during those years, we hereby express our most sincere gratitude.
Your loyalty and support permeates The Wild Hunt, it would not have been what it is without it.
Many of us will meet on Saturday in Uppsala, in celebration of this new era.
Now that the stars fall into position and the angles are becoming visible, prepare your selves for a burning dawn, and a wild, wild hunt.
”And we could spent our whole lives waiting
For some thunderbolt to come
And we could spent our whole lives waiting
For some justice to be done
Unless we make our own”
(New Model Army – ”The Hunt”)
WE HEREBY ANNOUNCE THE FIRST TOUR FOR THE WILD HUNT
Oct. 8–New York, NY–Irving Plaza
Oct. 9–Philadelphia, PA–Underground Arts
Oct. 10–Worcester, MA–Palladium Upstairs
Oct. 11–Montreal, QC-Foufounes Electriques
Oct. 12–Toronto, ON–Opera House
Oct. 14–Detroit, MI–The Magic Stick
Oct. 15–Chicago, IL–Bottom Lounge
Oct. 16–Minneapolis, MN–Triple Rock Social Club
Oct. 18–Denver, CO–Marquis Theatre
Oct. 19–Salt Lake City, UT–In The Venue
Oct. 21–Seattle, WA–Studio Seven
Oct. 22–Vancouver, BC–Rickshaw
Oct. 23–Portland, OR–Hawthorne Theater
Oct. 25–Oakland, CA–Oakland Metro
Oct. 26–Los Angeles, CA–VEX
Oct. 27–Phoenix, AZ–Rocky Point Cantina
Oct. 28–Albuquerque, NM–Launch Pad
Oct. 30–Austin, TX–Red 7
Nov. 1–Atlanta, GA–Masquerade Hell
Nov. 2–Charlotte, NC–The Casbah
Nov. 3–Baltimore, MD–Baltimore Sound Stag
FEAR THE RETURN!
From atop the oldest bastions of madness and of mutiny
May their grave blaze ever light our path
For have they not made us see the burning heavens?
The beacons of rebellion
And the return of angry, angry, angry Gods?
(Watain – ”De Profundis”)
BLACK GOLD RED DEATH
We are proud to announce that the exclusive WOLF WEAR edition box set of ”THE WILD HUNT” is now available for pre-order at www.wolfwear.net
The box set includes;
*”The Wild Hunt” CD digipack with 24 page booklet
*”The Wild Hunt” DLP vinyl – red vinyl instead of black
*”When Stars no more shine” 7″ EP (1998 and 2013 recording of the first Watain song ever written)
*Iron enamel pin
*Woven Altar cloth 100 x 100 cm
*Poster 120 x 60 cm
And last but not least, only in this version of the box set;
*”XI” 7″ EP - Previously unreleased song with music and lyrics by Jon Nödtveidt and Set Teitan, performed by Watain.
*Exclusive photo signed by all members.
The Wolf Wear edition of the box set is strictly limited to 2000 copies.
METAL OF DEATH UPPSALA
To further enhance an already legendary evening, our brothers in In Solitude and Degial will participate in the grand opening of the Wild Hunt tour in Uppsala on the 24th of August. Both bands have grown to become something far beyond what we could ever imagine, and we are very much looking forward to share the stage with them at the Holocaust Dawn. Tickets are now on sale HERE
DRINK FROM THE PISSING SNAKES MOUTH
Decibel Magazine’s September issue will come with a Watain flexi disc featuring a cover of GG Allins ”Fuck off we murder”.
The flexi only goes out to subscribers.
Sweden Rock Magazine’s July issue (in stores July 23rd) will have Watain on the front cover, and a massive Watain article.
”Come, let me wash thee
From the stench of skin let me rid thee
Yes, my hand is pale
But the heart, my love, is dark as night…”
(Watain – ”All that may bleed”)
And so it begins! As of yesterday, on summer solstice 2013, the gates to the untamed wilderness of Watain were again opened, with the first single of ”The Wild Hunt” being released. ”All that may bleed” is now available for all you hungry souls who have been anticipating the wheel of Holy Fire to once again be set in backward motion…
SHORES IN FLAMES
A thunderous salute to the following fiends whose presence and support made the first US promo trip of The Wild Hunt victorious; Steve, Nikki and the entire US century media staff, Jimmy Duff and the Duff’s crew, Sharon Ehman of Toxic Vision, Del James, 81 New Roc crew, Craig of Watain Disciples and last but not least all Watain fanatics who came out in NY and LA. Your support will fuel the fires for the months ahead! Wild indeed they’ll be…
on the waves of a fiery holocaust
The halos have perished
and false art is mute”
(Katharsis – ”The watchtowers of Darkness”)
Lo and behold; the album cover for ”The Wild Hunt”
Executed in oil and mixed materials, this still life was painted by Zbigniew M. Bielak, the very same artist who was responsible for the artwork of Lawless Darkness.
The image peers into the inmost shrine of Watain’s temple where, as on a classical stilleben, each object has a significant meaning, while each song of the album is also connected to an object.
The tracklist of the album will be as follows;
1. Night Vision
2. De Profundis
3. Black Flames March
4. All That May Bleed
5. The Child Must Die
6. They Rode On
7. Sleepless Evil
8. The Wild Hunt
10. Ignem Veni Mittere
11. Holocaust Dawn
”Dare we speak,
Lest our voices be heard above the din
Of an unnatural birth,
A birth of many generations at once
And we it’s keepers watch
This horror from below take form…”
(Nuclear Death – ”The Misshapen horror”)
On the 24th of August, Watain will conduct the grand opening of ”The Wild Hunt” world tour in their hometown Uppsala. For those who want to see Watain’s infamous live ceremony taken to a new level; this is your chance.
”The plan is to make this concert everything we have ever wanted our concerts to be. In a touring scenario it is impossible to drag along all the horrors and infernal machinery we need for that, but performing in our hometown allows for a much more grandiose and spectacular stage show and performance. Mark our words, this will be one to remember!”
The venue chosen for this night of unchained metal magic is Svandammshallarna, located in the heart of the city. Tickets will be released on Friday the 7th of June.
The first single for ”The Wild Hunt” will be released on Summer Solstice, June 21st.
The name of the single will be ”ALL THAT MAY BLEED”.
Artwork by Bp. Necropolitus Cracoviensis Zbigniew Bielak II.
”All that May Bleed shows but one facet of a quite diverse album, but we chose this song as a first glimpse into ”The Wild Hunt” because of its bombastic lunacy and white-eyed malevolence which could be said to constitute a main foundation for the album. The lyric is an invitation to sacrificial blood letting, ecstatic zealotry and human sacrifice. The salt of Satan in the wounds of Christ!”
Side B will be a track called ”Play with the Devil” originally recorded by the Black/Heavy Metal band Taiwaz in 1988, in Uppsala. Gottfrid Åhman from In Solitude participates on solo guitar in Watain’s version.
The single will be out in the following formats:
*Black 7″ vinyl
*Red 7″ vinyl with sticker (only available from www.wolfwear.net)
*7″ Picture disc
After 120 nights of iron will and ardent magic, the fifth fullength album of Watain is now complete. With broken bones and burning hearts we have ploughed our way through deepest winter into a new wilderness, to which we will open the gates at summers end. THE WILD HUNT will be released on August 19th in Europe and August 20th in USA. Beware!
Since the harvest, Watain have been occupied with preparations for a long and hard journey. Seeds have been sown, blades have been sharpened and new fires have been lit to illuminate the untrodden tunnels that lay before us as we descend further down the maze…
And so it was that on the 3rd of January, 3 years on the day since the recording of Lawless Darkness did commence, Watain returned to Necromorbus Studio and begun working on what is to become the 5th fullength album.
Photos and brief reports will be published here frequently as the work proceeds.
”Sound the horns of reprisal
To all corners of cosmos
For we are risen, illuminated and elevated
And the portals are about to open”
We are honored to have been voted ”live band of the year” in Terrorizers 2012 readers polls. To all those who casted your votes in our favour; thank you for your support.
OATH OF BLACK BLOOD
HERE is Aline Miladinovich’s report on the last concert of the Lawless Darkness era at Bloodstock.
More Watain tattoos have been added to the Devotion gallery. Keep sending your photos to firstname.lastname@example.org
The Watain Vinyl box set is now available from Wolf Wear. It consists of all four albums on double vinyls, packed in a box of wood and leather. One thousand copies were made. Go here for more information.
THE NEW WEBSITE
This is our new official website, maintained by members of the Temple of Watain.
Some sections are still incomplete and will be added to as time goes by.
The Devotion galleries contains photos that have been sent to the band from various sources. If your tattoo or art piece appears uncredited in these galleries, we encourage you to send your name to Watain Disciples to have it published next to the photo. The same goes for all of you that have similar photos to show.
THE NEW MERCHANDISE STORE
Today we are also opening the new WOLF WEAR site, which is our own merchandise store. Pay a visit at www.wolfwear.net.
THE CURRENT STATE OF THINGS
Watain are now fully occupied with the twisting and tearing and shaping of things to come. Although we may have seemed silent as of late, there has been activity of infernal meassures taking place… What will come of all this is yet too early to speak of, all we can say is that its proportions shall be immense.
There has also been changes in most of the various departments connected to Watain; new label, new web store, new booking agents, new management and new publishing company. All of this to make the impact of what lies ahead as swift and severe as possible.
And meanwhile, deep down in the black slime of this earth, things older than time coil in eager restlessness. Through the thin layers of time and space the fumes from their many nostrils rise to intoxicate the blessed with visions of wonder and nameless horror that owes nothing to creation as it is known to man. From those fumes we must now draw our breaths, and into those deeps must we now again plunge.
All we ask from you, our fans and followers, is continued patience and support. We are preparing for war again, in the heavens and so alike on earth. Be prepared. Be aware.