Watain is easily one of the top metal acts operating today. It’s been about five years since the release of Watain’s acclaimed album The Wild Hunt (2013). The Wild Hunt topped many charts around the world and earned them an award for Best Extreme Metal Album of 2013 by Kerrang!. This year, the Swedish black metal legends have released their sixth studio album, Trident Wolf Eclipse (2018), and it is a homecoming to Scandinavian black metal.
Watain’s recording lineup is comprised of Erik Danielsson on vocals and bass, HÃ¥kan Jonsson on drums and Pelle Forsberg on guitars. However, they have many other collaborators that have contributed to their live shows and artwork over the years. Speaking of artwork, the cover of Trident Wolf Eclipse was done by Oik Wasfuk and it gives a fantastic aesthetic of an early black metal era album.
Watain has released an extremely dark, brutal and hard smashing album in Trident Wolf Eclipse. Decibel magazine reported that it is a response to losing their longtime friend and collaborator Selim Lemouchi of The Devil’s Blood. The kind of emotion that comes with loss really seeps into Trident Wolf Eclipse throughout the album. The music is stripped of all the brave and hopeful progressive experimentation that set their previous album apart from the others, and what is left is distilled pure 120 proof black metal. If The Wild Hunt was a smooth craft porter, Trident Wolf Eclipse is bootleg Georgian Chacha.
Watain is currently on a European tour so get out there and see them at any cost!
Born and raised in San Diego California, I grew up loving the action horror and sci-fi genres. The first R rated film I saw was Predator back when I was 8 years old. Aliens blew me away as a youngster and I made a M41-A pulse rifle out of paper towel rolls and rubber bands. I ran around for hours avoiding face huggers and blasting xenomorphs in my back yard and I am bringing that big imagination to Nevermore Horror.