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Watain – “Outlaw” Video

Even among Scandinavian black metal bands, Watain have a particularly striking, powerful, and original visual aesthetic, so it's hard to believe they're only now -- on their fifth album -- releasing their first video. "Outlaw" is one of the heavier (and better) tracks from the August release The Wild Hunt, and while the video i… More »

By: Michael Nelson / December 5, 2013 - 12:25 pm

Stream Watain The Wild Hunt

As I said when we premiered the excellent new Watain track "The Child Must Die": Like many Scandinavian black metal bands, Sweden's Watain seem to be held to a standard of spiritual integrity several degrees more extreme than their North American counterparts. That's why, I think, the band is so committed to preserving their extramusical… More »

By: Michael Nelson / August 20, 2013 - 11:54 am

Watain – “The Child Must Die” (Stereogum Premiere)

Like many Scandinavian black metal bands, Sweden's Watain seem to be held to a standard of spiritual integrity several degrees more extreme than their North American counterparts. That's why, I think, the band is so committed to preserving their extramusical image: They're probably best known for their stage show, which famously includes unwashed clothing, animal… More »

By: Michael Nelson / July 17, 2013 - 12:02 pm

The Black Market: The Month In Metal – June 2013

Earlier this month, I spent a Saturday afternoon at the Brooklyn metal-themed bar Duff's: a cluttered dive situated in the basement of an apartment building, illuminated even in the daytime only by red Christmas lights, a 13" CRT television blasting a gnarled VHS copy of Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, and the white-on-chrome glow coming from… More »

By: Michael Nelson / June 27, 2013 - 4:46 pm

Watain – “All That May Bleed” Lyric Video

As black metal evolves into newer and weirder sonic and thematic terrains, Sweden's fearsome and amazing Watain continue to toil in the same poisoned ground from which the music first grew. The band offers swirling, suffocating, hook-driven black metal that draws from the very best in the genre’s history -- Dissection, Immortal, Morbid Angel --… More »

By: Michael Nelson / June 24, 2013 - 11:58 am

Haunting The Chapel’s Top 50 Albums Of 2010

Clichés be damned -- this really was a good year for metal. I had a harder time organizing a Top 10 in 2010 than ever before. Ditto the Top 20. It was such a good year that I went overboard and shifted my usual Top 30 to a Top 50. (Sure, the different between No. More »

By: brandon / December 21, 2010 - 11:58 am

Watain, Goatwhore, Black Anvil, Hamsoken @ Santos Party House, New York 12/03/10

Unless Agalloch give me a call, I'm taking a break from organizing Haunting The Chapel shows for a few months -- after the Swans @ Masonic Temple sell out, freezing Halloween event with Krieg and woe, those Monarch! events with Fred, and this past Thursday's smoky Watain collaboration with Blackened Music and Chronic Youth, I… More »

By: brandon / December 6, 2010 - 10:17 am

Haunting The Chapel No. 11

Watain's Sworn To The Dark was my favorite album of 2007. The trio's followup Lawless Darkness is a different black metal monster that hasn't hit me as immediately or as totally. I'm not really complaining -- We're talking an 8.5 instead of a 10. There are more than enough of those great, always surprisingly catchy… More »

By: brandon / May 13, 2010 - 11:39 am

Haunting The Chapel No. 9

Varg Vikernes -- who I spoke with a couple of weeks ago -- gets the bulk of the Norwegian-related black metal press, but for my kroner, Gylve Fenris Nagell, Darkthrone vocalist/lyricist/drummer/etc Fenriz, is the true heart and soul of that area's "scene" and the international underground metal scene in general. Since he and cohort Ted… More »

By: brandon / March 24, 2010 - 5:02 pm