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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…   Read Story »
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…   Read Story »
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…   Read Story »
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…   Read Story »
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…   Read Story »
Clich├ęs 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…   Read Story »
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…   Read Story »
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…   Read Story »
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…   Read Story »