Today, notorious Swedish black metal collective WATAIN is celebrating the release of their new studio album, “The Agony & Ecstasy Of Watain,” which arrives just in time to commemorate Walpurgis Night when April moves aside for the month of May and bonfires will light up the night sky.
E. Danielsson comments:
“We have lived with this album among ourselves trembling like an infant upon the altar for a long time now, and today we shall finally set it free.
It carries within it the madness and the mystery of all our accumulated experience, both savage and sublime. Our heartfelt veneration unto all that we deem sacred and true. A humble offering to the fires of the Devilgod that ever continue to rejuvenate us, to strengthen us, and to illuminate our path ahead. To all of you who are ready to embrace it; may it take you far.“
WATAIN have recently performed a very unique and intimate live show at the Chaudronneries de Montreuil in Paris as a warm-up for Hellfest 2022, presented and streamed by arte TV. We are excited to be able to share with you an intense live clip for the opening song of the new album, “Ecstasies In Night Infinite,” which was taken from the afore mentioned live footage.
Buy / Listen To The Album “The Agony & Ecstasy of Watain“:
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The Agony & Ecstasy Of Watain
- Ecstasies in night infinite
- The howling
- Black cunt
- Leper’s grace
- Not sun nor man nor god
- Before the cataclysm
- We remain
- Funeral winter
SELECTED PRESS QUOTES:
“With every listen you’ll discover new facets of this black metal art of the highest musical order, which leaves just about everything and everyone else in the dust.“
– DEAF FOREVER (DE) – Album Of The Month
“[Watain] are proving yet again that they’re playing in a league of their own.“
– ROCK HARD (DE) – Album Of The Month
“As Watain continue to push, pull and expand their scene into captivating new realms, one is left with two options: get in or be dragged.”
– METAL HAMMER (UK)
“[…] there is little doubt that history will view this record as one of their greatest triumphs. A brilliant record from beginning to end.“
– METAL INJECTION (US)
“[…] WATAIN has created one of the best albums of its career just one year shy of being a quarter century old.“
– BLABBERMOUTH (US)
“The Agony & Ecstasy is a world-beater, a record that will go down as a cornerstone of extreme metal for years, nay decades, to come.“
– DISTORTED SOUND (UK)
MORE FROM “THE AGONY & ECSTASY OF WATAIN:
WATCH THE VIDEO FOR “THE HOWLING“:
WATCH THE VIDEO FOR “WE REMAIN“:
Watain crawled out of Satan’s cunt in 1998, and has since then ascended and grown into one of the world’s most well known and notorious Black Metal bands. Their legacy is often referred to with fear, love, confusion or awe, but seldom with indifference.
Their infamous live shows have become a worldwide phenomenon; inimitable ceremonies of wild Black Metal fanatism where the sacred and solemn collides with raw unadulterated force. With their greatly anticipated seventh studio album, Watain continues to arouse and electrify their audience with an unmistakable, adventurous brand of Black Metal Magic, processed and distilled over the course of a 25-year long history.
Recorded live by long time collaborator Tore Stjerna in his infamous Necromorbus studio, now re-located to an old church on the Swedish countryside, ”The Agony & Ecstasy of Watain” takes the listener one huge step closer to the innermost heart of a band that despite always being surrounded by rumors and controversy has always strived for a most sincere and genuine form of expression.
With 10 songs written by the founding trinity of Watain (E. Danielsson, H. Jonsson and P. Forsberg), it is also the first Watain album to be recorded live with a full line up completed by A. Lillo, H. Eriksson and E. Forcas.
The material is further enriched by noble contributions from Farida Lemouchi (ex The Devil’s Blood, now in Molassess) and Gottfrid Åhman (ex In Solitude, now in PÅGÅ).
The lyrics, always a central aspect of every Watain album, range from manic proselytism to profound contemplation on the relativity between life and death, sacred and profane, holy and unholy, agony and ecstasy, eagerly excavating the winding depths of mind and spirit with a new sense of clarity and determination.
Characterized by a morbid sense of beauty mingled with raw primal force, Watain is the wolf that keeps hunting, fearless and free, in the dark night of man.
28.05.2022 – NL – Graveland Festival
19.06.2022 – FR – Hellfest
13.08.2022 – BE – Alcatraz Festival
27.08.2022 – DE – Wolfszeit Fesival
CHARIOTS OF FIRE EUROPEAN TOUR 2022
WATAIN / ABBATH | Co-Headliner
Special Guests: TRIBULATION & BÖLZER
TOURDATES: 15.09.2022 – FR – Paris – Elysee Montmartre
16.09.2022 – DE – Oberhausen – Turbinenhalle
17.09.2022 – DE – Munich – Backstage
18.09.2022 – IT – Milan – Live Club
20.09.2022 – FR – Toulouse – Le Bikini
22.09.2022 – PT – Lisbon – Lisboa Ao Vivo
23.09.2022 – ES – Madrid – La Riviera
24.09.2022 – ES – Barcelona – Apolo
25.09.2022 – FR – Lyon – Transbordeur
27.09.2022 – CH – Zurich – Komplex 457
28.09.2022 – DE – Filderstadt – Filharmonie
29.09.2022 – NL – Tilburg – 013
30.09.2022 – UK – London – Earth
02.10.2022 – BE – Antwerp – Trix
04.10.2022 – DE – Hamburg – Markthalle
05.10.2022 – DK – Copenhagen – Amager Bio
06.10.2022 – NO – Oslo – Rockefeller
07.10.2022 – SE – Stockholm – Fallan
09.10.2022 – FI – Helsinki – Vanha