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Dimmu Borgir: Extreme icons

Some big, big names in the latest Bloodstock announcement.

Black metal legends Dimmu Borgir return to Catton in August as special guests on the Friday night, and are joined by fellow new additions in Hellyeah, Rotting Christ, Bloodshot Dawn, De Profundis and Aghast! Holy crap!

“We are excited for our return to Bloodstock 2014, the one and only UK festival we do this year,” say Dimmu. “It will be a special event for sure, without revealing too much, but a 20th anniversary show will not go unnoticed.  Await the return of symphonic darkness.”.

Head to bloodstock.uk.com and grab your ticket right now! Bloodstock 2014 takes place August 7-10 at Catton Hall, Derby and is headlined by Down, Emperor and Megadeth.

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For a band having frequently found itself on the negative end of publicity, Swedish black metallers WATAIN still maintain a level of credibility and not just amongst their own sect of outsiders. This is a band that started with their infamous “Go Fuck Your Jewish ‘God’” demo that will reportedly never see the light of day again. Later accused of anti-Semitism when they mocked the National Socialist Black Metal movement by wearing t-shirts of the well-known NSBM group, ABSURD (and tossing off a Hitler salute for kicks), WATAIN has still managed to shirk would-be crucifiers who’ve turned their wrath upon subgenre figurehead and purported hate monger, Varg Vikernes.

The fact of the matter is Erik Danielsson and WATAIN couldn’t care less about any of that. As theistic Satanists, they’re the real deal. Endpoint there. Ideology aside, WATAIN has proven to be a force in underground metal music. The succession of 2003′s “Casus Luciferi”, 2007′s “Sworn to the Dark”, and 2010′s “Lawless Darkness” are considered by many as top of the heap works of dark art.

Now on their fifth album and their first to breach into a broader metal market via global powerhouses Century Media, WATAIN continues to blend their scorching chamber cadence with melodic cogitations including, surprise of surprises, a PINK FLOYD-esque, clean-sung anti-ballad.

“The Wild Hunt” will do nothing to keep the DISSECTION and BATHORY comparisons off WATAIN‘s backs, but Erik Danielsson, Hakan Jonsson and Pelle Forsberg have never felt obliged to elude those associations. Over the years, WATAIN has managed to drain some classic power metal grooves into their work, which has kept their music honest and honestly metal. “The Wild Hunt” may grind and gore in the early portion with “De Profundis”, “Black Flames March” and “All That May Bleed”, but the tone of the album takes a decided artistic verve in the middle section with the banged-out, organ splashed “The Child Must Die” and a spectacular, slow-met rock elegy, “They Rode On”.

As the first time Erik Danielsson employs clean vocals on “They Rode On”, the strategy may or may not come as a shock to black metal loyalists, but the break from all of the shrill dirges and death hisses is a win here, not a loss. There’s a dirty choke to Danielsson‘s straightforward vocals on “They Rode On”, but he still paints a pretty picture in contrast to the largely ugly airs of the album. While there’s a hallucinogenic feel ala PINK FLOYD to “They Rode On”, Pelle Forsberg complies with the song’s intent by weaving a gorgeous solo that’s up to the moment. Even his prolonged, searing solo on the progressive-felt “The Child Must Die” is fabulous.

Worry not, purists, because “The Wild Hunt” gets mucky in a hurry with the mincing “Sleepless Evil”, where Hakan Jonsson delivers a riveting sequence of choppy snare strikes on the verses while switching between blast and thrash modes elsewhere. The abrupt, extensive interlude in-between the speedy segments of “Sleepless Evil” is malevolent and sincerely frightening, take heed.

WATAIN throws another curve with the crawling and morose title track, again blending in some PINK FLOYD translucence amidst cryptic group chanting and ugly bass tones. As with “They Rode On”, Erik Danielsson slides back into clean mode and this time, he makes “The Wild Hunt” sound gloomy and tormented.

“Outlaw” is one of the fastest tracks of the album, even with tradeoff mid-tempo break-ins, while the clunky tempo of the mostly instrumental “Ignem Veni Mittere” is overshadowed by Pelle Forsberg‘s masterful assumption of hypnotic soloing, eloquent picking and later, brutish chugging. All mixed by shadowing sweeps that give way to shoegazing echo fugues in the final bars. As decorative as he is throughout “The Wild Hunt”, here is Forsberg‘s stronghold of finesse.

Leaving these guys to their personal devices, “The Wild Hunt” is another triumph for WATAIN, proving they have what it takes to smash into the reaches of the mainstream without compromising one iota of themselves. “The Wild Hunt” exhilarates in spots and terrifies in others, and similar to VREID, they represent not just pure black metal, but pure metal in general, with diligence and maturity that hardly reflects the shock tactics of their infancy years.

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“The Wild Hunt”, the new album from Swedish black metallers WATAIN, sold around 2,700 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 158 on The Billboard 200 chart.

As previously reported, “The Wild Hunt” entered the official chart in the band’s home country at position No. 1. The CD was released on August 19 in Europe and August 20 in USA via the band’s own label His Master’s Noise through Century Media Records.

Produced once again by Tore Stjerna at his Necromorbus studio in Alvik, Sweden, “The Wild Hunt” is a sonic and lyrical tour-de-force that explores WATAIN‘s roots, such as BATHORY and DISSECTION, while also remaining truly unique. Having lost none of their integrity, WATAIN continues to push the boundaries of the scene with their fifth full-length, refusing to compromise their sound and vision. Amid the tracks teeming with the band’s classic sound, “The Wild Hunt” also features clean vocals (a first for the trio!) which, as frontman Erik Danielsson puts it, “is just us being brutally personal and honest. It shows another important facet of the WATAIN world.”

Executed in oil and mixed materials, the cover of “The Wild Hunt” was created by Zbigniew M Bielak, the very same artist who was responsible for the “Lawless Darkness” artwork. The piece depicts one of the inmost shrines of WATAIN‘s temple. As on every classic still life, each object has a significant meaning, while each song of the album is also connected to an object.

“The Wild Hunt” was released worldwide in the following formats (see below for product details and availability):

* standard CD jewelcase
* limited-edition CD mediabook
* 2LP, 180gr black vinyl
* limited-edition box set
* digital download

“The Wild Hunt”: standard CD jewelcase track-listing (available through normal retail channels and CMDistro.com)

01. Night Vision (3:39)
02. De Profundis (4:33)
03. Black Flames March (6:21)
04. All That May Bleed (4:36)
05. The Child Must Die (6:04)
06. They Rode On (8:43)
07. Sleepless Evil (5:38)
08. The Wild Hunt (6:21)
09. Outlaw (5:07)
10. Ignem Veni Mittere (4:39)
11. Holocaust Dawn (7:07)

“The Wild Hunt”: limited-edition CD mediabook track-listing (includes additional artwork) (available through CMDistro.com)

01. Night Vision (3:39)
02. De Profundis (4:33)
03. Black Flames March (6:21)
04. All That May Bleed (4:36)
05. The Child Must Die (6:04)
06. They Rode On (8:43)
07. Sleepless Evil (5:38)
08. The Wild Hunt (6:21)
09. Outlaw (5:07)
10. Ignem Veni Mittere (4:39)
11. Holocaust Dawn (7:07)
12.

“The Wild Hunt”: 2LP, 180gr black vinyl track listing (includes special gatefold cover) (available through CMDistro.com)

Side A

01. Night Vision (3:39)
02. De Profundis (4:33)
03. Black Flames March (6:21)
04. All That May Bleed (4:36)

Side B

05. The Child Must Die (6:04)
06. They Rode On (8:43)

Side C

07. Sleepless Evil (5:38)
08. The Wild Hunt (6:21)
09. Outlaw (5:07)

Side D

10. Ignem Veni Mittere (4:39)
11. Holocaust Dawn (7:07)

“The Wild Hunt”: limited-edition box set

- 1,000 copies worldwide, available through normal retail channels
- 2,000 copies in gold vinyl, only available through www.cmdistro.com
- 2,000 in red vinyl and a very special second 7″ exclusively at www.wolfwear.net

Contents

- 2LP, 180gr black vinyl in special gatefold cover
- limited edition CD mediabook with additional artwork
- altar cloth (100cm x 100cm) *
- poster (120cm x 60cm) *
- metal pin *
- postcards *
- bonus 7″ with “When Stars No More Shine” (original 1998 version and 2013 re-record) *

* Exclusively available in the box set

“The Wild Hunt” full-album stream:

Interview:



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“The Wild Hunt”, the new album from Swedish black metallers WATAIN, has entered the official chart in the band’s home country at position No. 1. The CD was released on August 19 in Europe and August 20 in USA via the band’s own label His Master’s Noise through Century Media Records.

Produced once again by Tore Stjerna at his Necromorbus studio in Alvik, Sweden, “The Wild Hunt” is a sonic and lyrical tour-de-force that explores WATAIN‘s roots, such as BATHORY and DISSECTION, while also remaining truly unique. Having lost none of their integrity, WATAIN continues to push the boundaries of the scene with their fifth full-length, refusing to compromise their sound and vision. Amid the tracks teeming with the band’s classic sound, “The Wild Hunt” also features clean vocals (a first for the trio!) which, as frontman Erik Danielsson puts it, “is just us being brutally personal and honest. It shows another important facet of the WATAIN world.”

Executed in oil and mixed materials, the cover of “The Wild Hunt” was created by Zbigniew M Bielak, the very same artist who was responsible for the “Lawless Darkness” artwork. The piece depicts one of the inmost shrines of WATAIN‘s temple. As on every classic still life, each object has a significant meaning, while each song of the album is also connected to an object.

“The Wild Hunt” was released worldwide in the following formats (see below for product details and availability):

* standard CD jewelcase
* limited-edition CD mediabook
* 2LP, 180gr black vinyl
* limited-edition box set
* digital download

“The Wild Hunt”: standard CD jewelcase track-listing (available through normal retail channels and CMDistro.com)

01. Night Vision (3:39)
02. De Profundis (4:33)
03. Black Flames March (6:21)
04. All That May Bleed (4:36)
05. The Child Must Die (6:04)
06. They Rode On (8:43)
07. Sleepless Evil (5:38)
08. The Wild Hunt (6:21)
09. Outlaw (5:07)
10. Ignem Veni Mittere (4:39)
11. Holocaust Dawn (7:07)

“The Wild Hunt”: limited-edition CD mediabook track-listing (includes additional artwork) (available through CMDistro.com)

01. Night Vision (3:39)
02. De Profundis (4:33)
03. Black Flames March (6:21)
04. All That May Bleed (4:36)
05. The Child Must Die (6:04)
06. They Rode On (8:43)
07. Sleepless Evil (5:38)
08. The Wild Hunt (6:21)
09. Outlaw (5:07)
10. Ignem Veni Mittere (4:39)
11. Holocaust Dawn (7:07)
12.

“The Wild Hunt”: 2LP, 180gr black vinyl track listing (includes special gatefold cover) (available through CMDistro.com)

Side A

01. Night Vision (3:39)
02. De Profundis (4:33)
03. Black Flames March (6:21)
04. All That May Bleed (4:36)

Side B

05. The Child Must Die (6:04)
06. They Rode On (8:43)

Side C

07. Sleepless Evil (5:38)
08. The Wild Hunt (6:21)
09. Outlaw (5:07)

Side D

10. Ignem Veni Mittere (4:39)
11. Holocaust Dawn (7:07)

“The Wild Hunt”: limited-edition box set

- 1,000 copies worldwide, available through normal retail channels
- 2,000 copies in gold vinyl, only available through www.cmdistro.com
- 2,000 in red vinyl and a very special second 7″ exclusively at www.wolfwear.net

Contents

- 2LP, 180gr black vinyl in special gatefold cover
- limited edition CD mediabook with additional artwork
- altar cloth (100cm x 100cm) *
- poster (120cm x 60cm) *
- metal pin *
- postcards *
- bonus 7″ with “When Stars No More Shine” (original 1998 version and 2013 re-record) *

* Exclusively available in the box set

“The Wild Hunt” full-album stream:

Interview:



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“The Wild Hunt”, the new album from Swedish black metallers WATAIN, is available for streaming in its entirety in the YouTube clip below. The CD will be released on August 19 in Europe and August 20 in USA via the band’s own label His Master’s Noise through Century Media Records.

Produced once again by Tore Stjerna at his Necromorbus studio in Alvik, Sweden, “The Wild Hunt” is a sonic and lyrical tour-de-force that explores WATAIN‘s roots, such as BATHORY and DISSECTION, while also remaining truly unique. Having lost none of their integrity, WATAIN continues to push the boundaries of the scene with their fifth full-length, refusing to compromise their sound and vision. Amid the tracks teeming with the band’s classic sound, “The Wild Hunt” also features clean vocals (a first for the trio!) which, as frontman Erik Danielsson puts it, “is just us being brutally personal and honest. It shows another important facet of the WATAIN world.”

Executed in oil and mixed materials, the cover of “The Wild Hunt” was created by Zbigniew M Bielak, the very same artist who was responsible for the “Lawless Darkness” artwork. The piece depicts one of the inmost shrines of WATAIN‘s temple. As on every classic still life, each object has a significant meaning, while each song of the album is also connected to an object.

“The Wild Hunt” will be released worldwide in the following formats (see below for product details and availability):

* standard CD jewelcase
* limited-edition CD mediabook
* 2LP, 180gr black vinyl
* limited-edition box set
* digital download

“The Wild Hunt”: standard CD jewelcase track-listing (available through normal retail channels and CMDistro.com)

01. Night Vision (3:39)
02. De Profundis (4:33)
03. Black Flames March (6:21)
04. All That May Bleed (4:36)
05. The Child Must Die (6:04)
06. They Rode On (8:43)
07. Sleepless Evil (5:38)
08. The Wild Hunt (6:21)
09. Outlaw (5:07)
10. Ignem Veni Mittere (4:39)
11. Holocaust Dawn (7:07)

“The Wild Hunt”: limited-edition CD mediabook track-listing (includes additional artwork) (available through CMDistro.com)

01. Night Vision (3:39)
02. De Profundis (4:33)
03. Black Flames March (6:21)
04. All That May Bleed (4:36)
05. The Child Must Die (6:04)
06. They Rode On (8:43)
07. Sleepless Evil (5:38)
08. The Wild Hunt (6:21)
09. Outlaw (5:07)
10. Ignem Veni Mittere (4:39)
11. Holocaust Dawn (7:07)
12.

“The Wild Hunt”: 2LP, 180gr black vinyl track listing (includes special gatefold cover) (available through CMDistro.com)

Side A

01. Night Vision (3:39)
02. De Profundis (4:33)
03. Black Flames March (6:21)
04. All That May Bleed (4:36)

Side B

05. The Child Must Die (6:04)
06. They Rode On (8:43)

Side C

07. Sleepless Evil (5:38)
08. The Wild Hunt (6:21)
09. Outlaw (5:07)

Side D

10. Ignem Veni Mittere (4:39)
11. Holocaust Dawn (7:07)

“The Wild Hunt”: limited-edition box set

- 1,000 copies worldwide, available through normal retail channels
- 2,000 copies in gold vinyl, only available through www.cmdistro.com
- 2,000 in red vinyl and a very special second 7″ exclusively at www.wolfwear.net

Contents

- 2LP, 180gr black vinyl in special gatefold cover
- limited edition CD mediabook with additional artwork
- altar cloth (100cm x 100cm) *
- poster (120cm x 60cm) *
- metal pin *
- postcards *
- bonus 7″ with “When Stars No More Shine” (original 1998 version and 2013 re-record) *

* Exclusively available in the box set

“The Wild Hunt” full-album stream:

Interview:



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watainwildhuntvinyl

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“The Wild Hunt”, the new album from Swedish black metallers WATAIN, is available for streaming in its entirety in the YouTube clip below. The CD will be released on August 19 in Europe and August 20 in USA via the band’s own label His Master’s Noise through Century Media Records.

Produced once again by Tore Stjerna at his Necromorbus studio in Alvik, Sweden, “The Wild Hunt” is a sonic and lyrical tour-de-force that explores WATAIN‘s roots, such as BATHORY and DISSECTION, while also remaining truly unique. Having lost none of their integrity, WATAIN continues to push the boundaries of the scene with their fifth full-length, refusing to compromise their sound and vision. Amid the tracks teeming with the band’s classic sound, “The Wild Hunt” also features clean vocals (a first for the trio!) which, as frontman Erik Danielsson puts it, “is just us being brutally personal and honest. It shows another important facet of the WATAIN world.”

Executed in oil and mixed materials, the cover of “The Wild Hunt” was created by Zbigniew M Bielak, the very same artist who was responsible for the “Lawless Darkness” artwork. The piece depicts one of the inmost shrines of WATAIN‘s temple. As on every classic still life, each object has a significant meaning, while each song of the album is also connected to an object.

“The Wild Hunt” will be released worldwide in the following formats (see below for product details and availability):

* standard CD jewelcase
* limited-edition CD mediabook
* 2LP, 180gr black vinyl
* limited-edition box set
* digital download

“The Wild Hunt”: standard CD jewelcase track-listing (available through normal retail channels and CMDistro.com)

01. Night Vision (3:39)
02. De Profundis (4:33)
03. Black Flames March (6:21)
04. All That May Bleed (4:36)
05. The Child Must Die (6:04)
06. They Rode On (8:43)
07. Sleepless Evil (5:38)
08. The Wild Hunt (6:21)
09. Outlaw (5:07)
10. Ignem Veni Mittere (4:39)
11. Holocaust Dawn (7:07)

“The Wild Hunt”: limited-edition CD mediabook track-listing (includes additional artwork) (available through CMDistro.com)

01. Night Vision (3:39)
02. De Profundis (4:33)
03. Black Flames March (6:21)
04. All That May Bleed (4:36)
05. The Child Must Die (6:04)
06. They Rode On (8:43)
07. Sleepless Evil (5:38)
08. The Wild Hunt (6:21)
09. Outlaw (5:07)
10. Ignem Veni Mittere (4:39)
11. Holocaust Dawn (7:07)
12.

“The Wild Hunt”: 2LP, 180gr black vinyl track listing (includes special gatefold cover) (available through CMDistro.com)

Side A

01. Night Vision (3:39)
02. De Profundis (4:33)
03. Black Flames March (6:21)
04. All That May Bleed (4:36)

Side B

05. The Child Must Die (6:04)
06. They Rode On (8:43)

Side C

07. Sleepless Evil (5:38)
08. The Wild Hunt (6:21)
09. Outlaw (5:07)

Side D

10. Ignem Veni Mittere (4:39)
11. Holocaust Dawn (7:07)

“The Wild Hunt”: limited-edition box set

- 1,000 copies worldwide, available through normal retail channels
- 2,000 copies in gold vinyl, only available through www.cmdistro.com
- 2,000 in red vinyl and a very special second 7″ exclusively at www.wolfwear.net

Contents

- 2LP, 180gr black vinyl in special gatefold cover
- limited edition CD mediabook with additional artwork
- altar cloth (100cm x 100cm) *
- poster (120cm x 60cm) *
- metal pin *
- postcards *
- bonus 7″ with “When Stars No More Shine” (original 1998 version and 2013 re-record) *

* Exclusively available in the box set

“The Wild Hunt” full-album stream:

Interview:



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Century Media Records recently conducted an interview with Erik Danielsson of Swedish black metallers WATAIN. You can now watch the chat below.

WATAIN‘s new album, “The Wild Hunt”, will be released on August 19 in Europe and August 20 in USA via the band’s own label His Master’s Noise through Century Media Records.

Produced once again by Tore Stjerna at his Necromorbus studio in Alvik, Sweden, “The Wild Hunt” is a sonic and lyrical tour-de-force that explores WATAIN‘s roots, such as BATHORY and DISSECTION, while also remaining truly unique. Having lost none of their integrity, WATAIN continues to push the boundaries of the scene with their fifth full-length, refusing to compromise their sound and vision. Amid the tracks teeming with the band’s classic sound, “The Wild Hunt” also features clean vocals (a first for the trio!) which, as frontman Erik Danielsson puts it, “is just us being brutally personal and honest. It shows another important facet of the WATAIN world.”

Executed in oil and mixed materials, the cover of “The Wild Hunt” was created by Zbigniew M Bielak, the very same artist who was responsible for the “Lawless Darkness” artwork. The piece depicts one of the inmost shrines of WATAIN‘s temple. As on every classic still life, each object has a significant meaning, while each song of the album is also connected to an object.

“The Wild Hunt” will be released worldwide in the following formats (see below for product details and availability):

* standard CD jewelcase
* limited-edition CD mediabook
* 2LP, 180gr black vinyl
* limited-edition box set
* digital download

“The Wild Hunt”: standard CD jewelcase track-listing (available through normal retail channels and CMDistro.com)

01. Night Vision (3:39)
02. De Profundis (4:33)
03. Black Flames March (6:21)
04. All That May Bleed (4:36)
05. The Child Must Die (6:04)
06. They Rode On (8:43)
07. Sleepless Evil (5:38)
08. The Wild Hunt (6:21)
09. Outlaw (5:07)
10. Ignem Veni Mittere (4:39)
11. Holocaust Dawn (7:07)

“The Wild Hunt”: limited-edition CD mediabook track-listing (includes additional artwork) (available through CMDistro.com)

01. Night Vision (3:39)
02. De Profundis (4:33)
03. Black Flames March (6:21)
04. All That May Bleed (4:36)
05. The Child Must Die (6:04)
06. They Rode On (8:43)
07. Sleepless Evil (5:38)
08. The Wild Hunt (6:21)
09. Outlaw (5:07)
10. Ignem Veni Mittere (4:39)
11. Holocaust Dawn (7:07)
12.

“The Wild Hunt”: 2LP, 180gr black vinyl track listing (includes special gatefold cover) (available through CMDistro.com)

Side A

01. Night Vision (3:39)
02. De Profundis (4:33)
03. Black Flames March (6:21)
04. All That May Bleed (4:36)

Side B

05. The Child Must Die (6:04)
06. They Rode On (8:43)

Side C

07. Sleepless Evil (5:38)
08. The Wild Hunt (6:21)
09. Outlaw (5:07)

Side D

10. Ignem Veni Mittere (4:39)
11. Holocaust Dawn (7:07)

“The Wild Hunt”: limited-edition box set

- 1,000 copies worldwide, available through normal retail channels
- 2,000 copies in gold vinyl, only available through www.cmdistro.com
- 2,000 in red vinyl and a very special second 7″ exclusively at www.wolfwear.net

Contents

- 2LP, 180gr black vinyl in special gatefold cover
- limited edition CD mediabook with additional artwork
- altar cloth (100cm x 100cm) *
- poster (120cm x 60cm) *
- metal pin *
- postcards *
- bonus 7″ with “When Stars No More Shine” (original 1998 version and 2013 re-record) *

* Exclusively available in the box set

Interview:

“The Child Must Die” audio stream:

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Watain return!

Resident Hammer kvlt icon Jonathan Selzer bloody loves Watain, so we packed him off to Berlin to get an exclusive listen to new Watain album, The Wild Hunt, out August August 19 via Century Media.

Here’s his track-by-track guide to the most eagerly anticipated extreme metal album of 2013…

NIGHT VISION
You’d expect an epic intro for Watain’s eagerly awaited follow-up to Lawless Darkenss, and the Swedes don’t disappoint, the instrumental opener’s initially delicate strings, cadences and strummed guitar invoking the sounds of approaching storms as rising drums, a searching guitar lead and undulating riffs provide a sweeping and gradually overwhelming initiation: atonal and awash in the kind of darkened atmospheres Watain have always excelled at.

DE PROFUNDIS
And then the shit hits the fan. A sudden storm erupts as Erik Danielson’s vocals take on an acerbic, harsh hue over pummelling and palpitating drums, before dipping into a sea of reverb and a classic Watain groove and then shifting off axis once more. This is elemental, powerful stuff, Erik’s urgent vocals sounding like he’s directing a storm while drums rise up to the fore. ‘Each mouth of Hell/Scream forth the rebel yell’ he chants, setting up a theme that will course throughout the album. The song falls back into its groove and explodes into primal khaos before it allows itself to wind down while you can imagine the heavens still shuddering in a state of shock.

BLACK FLAMES MARCH
Erik confides in advance that this is the song with the most ‘classic Watain sound’ on the album, and there are already suggestions that The Wild Hunt is going to be a departure. With lyrics written by live guitarist Set Teitan, Black Flames March still suggests that the Watain axis is shifting into new territory, and while there are moments of blighted radiance that are recognisable motifs, it seems less song-based than of yore, full of squalling guitars, stabbing and sawing riffs and a martial, pomp-filled interlude. At times Erik’s voice is less to the fore but he still sounds more possessed than ever, the fearless searching tone of Lawless Darkness calcifying into a furious and fiery prophecy.

ALL THAT MAY BLEED
The first single off of The Wild Hunt, and it’s hardly Watain at their most accessible. The twilit atmospheres you’d usually associate with the band have given way in favour of a more belligerent tone, the opening contorting riff and gruff vocals marking out Biblical lyrical territory – and the sacrilegious properties of bodily fluids – as huge riffs rise up, spill over into lead breaks and approach a critical mass as it threatens to turn you into a stigmata.

THE CHILD MUST DIE
So yeah, that theme: outlaws, rebels, and most important of all, the journey undertaken beyond the realms of the acceptable, and the sacrifices and rebirth that must be made along the way. A song about infant sacrifice, metaphorically you’d hope, that sounds like it’s galloping across mountain ridges, expanses spread out below. With its initially mid-paced groove, The Child Must Die comes across as a sermon, (‘Every child of fire/Must die to be free’) still bathed in the Watain glimmer as it shifts tempos, calling to mind a time-lapse of gathering storms

THEY RODE ON
At which point, abandon every thing you think you know about Watain. It’s a mournful trail song. Erik sings in clean vocals for the first time. And they’re actually pretty amazing: rich, focused and taking on a slight mid-Western twang, that fits that fact that the song is inspired by Cormac McCarthy’s novel, Blood Meridan. The vast terrain McCarthy conjures that have clearly resonated. There’s a strong influence of latter-period Bathory as well as the procession groove of Swans’ early-mid-90s post-acoustic period, and it’s panoramic and it’s glorious. For all those wondering if Watain’s switch to Century Media means they’re concerned about their commercial future, there’s one stanza here that should put you straight: ‘They sat at the crossroads with high and with low/Yet neither could alter their course/Riches were offered unto them/Yet indifferent and without remorse/They rode on’. Another song about journeying and its price (‘Could you have rode there with them/Would you have joined their march?/Or would you have them ride on?/Away into the dark?’) that lays down a challenge to all followers of the band.

SLEEPLESS EVIL
The warmth was never going to last. Kicking off on a dirty, off-kilter, melody-starved groove, track seven allows a brief searchlight riff before spiralling up into a terrifying sense of vertigo. The guitars that come stabbing out of nowhere might well make you jump out of your skin, as an atonal cacophony ensues – squirming, thrumming and careering trails of guitars all amassing into a disorientating set of dynamics that spell out once more, Watain are driven along their own path, and it’s up to you to follow them, at whatever cost.

THE WILD HUNT
Any fan of Isis will know that weird at-the-threshold sensation that’s somewhere between melancholy and anticipation, an in-the-moment yearning that doesn’t distinguish between past and future. There’s an element of that here amongst the title track’s pounding, mid-paced groove and pace that’s both sermon and solemn chant, and some of the most beautiful lyrics Erik’s ever written. Again there’s a strong and acknowledged Bathory influence here. As well as some Spanish guitar.

OUTLAW
Aaaaaand we’re back into the maelstrom. A massed ‘Ow-woo’ (roughly transcribed) chant shooting off into palpitating grooves and more gang chants, a very rock’n’roll guitar lead, rolling drums and another chant that sounds native American in origin, although that might be the overall sense of a Wild West Satanic odyssey being taken a little too far by your humble, and already mindblown scribe.

IGNEM VEN MITTERE
Another instrumental that takes in gorgeous Spanish guitar, open chords and moments that make you want to raise a lighter, or rather, a flaming torch. It then shits in tone as crushing riffs come in, a guitar line spreads out like some viral infection and it finally releases itself into an aftermath, an echoing wash of sound.

HOLOCAUST DAWN
A grand guignol closer that includes waltz parts, accordions, Arabic strings and still sounds more evil than a box full of sulphur-coated serpents. It opens with a classic Watain riff, albeit with a hint of melancholy, slows down briefly into doomy pacing accompanied by solemn vocals and then ratchets itself up again by means of thunderous drums and tense, atmospheric dynamics whose myriad parts feel like they’re stretching you on a rack. After that waltzing groove comes in, it drops back into more solemn territories reminiscent of Lawless Darkness’s epic closer, Waters Of Ain. Scraping violins are introduced amidst glimmering atmospheres and brief washes of guitar before the velocity kicks in again, spiralling as it reaches some optimum, last-frontier-smashing speed. Even if one listen is nowhere near enough to get your head around the journey you’ve undertaken over the course of the last hour, it’s still a rare, soul-shattering experience, and proof that Watain are spiritual and sonic pioneers, that’s going to have many racing to keep up, and others rearing like frightened horses at a perilous final jump.

 

 

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Here are the new heavy metal CD releases for this week.   For the most detailed and up-to-date schedule, check out our complete Heavy Metal CD Release Date calendar.

June 4, 2013
Artlantica - Across The Seven Seas (SPV)
Be’Lakor - Of Breath And Bone (Kolony)
Bruce Soord & Jonas Renske - Wisdom Of Crowds (Kscope)
Colosso - Abrasive Peace (Mulligore)
Cynthesis - ReEvolution (Sensory)
Darkall Slaves - Abysses of Seclusion (Kaotoxin)
Days Of Anger - Rise Above It All (Coroner)
Death Valley Driver - Graveyard Death (Diminished Fifth)
Demon Lung - The Hundredth Name (Candlelight)
De Profundis - The Emptiness Within (Kolony)
Eshtadur - Stay Away From Evil and Get Close to Me(Gate Of Horror)
Fair Warning - Sundancer (SPV)
Gothminister - Utopia (AFM)
Gyze - Fascinating Violence (Coroner)
The Kolmas - Kolmas Testi (Ektro)
Magnus Rising - Whatever It Takes (L8R)
Megadeth - Super Collider (Tradecraft)
Metal Mike - The Metalworker (CMM)
Mirthless - A Dirge For Your Suicide (Dunkelheit)
Naam - Vow (Tee Pee)
Powerworld - Cybersteria (SPV)
Pylon - The Harrowing Of Hell (Roxx)
Revelation’s Hammer - Revelation’s Hammer (My Kingdom)
Set And Setting - Equanimity (Science Of Silence)
Shoot The Girl First - Follow The Clouds (Artery)
Slussenanalys - Aquila Helvetos Asfaltos (Ektro)
Sofy Major - Idolize (Solar Flare)
Suidakra - Eternal Defiance (AFM)
Various Artists - Bloodbrothers II: A Compilation of Recordings by Rock/Metal Bands From Cyprus(Pitch Black)
Your Chance To Die - The American Dream (Red Cord)
Zombie Sam - Self Conscious Insanity (Coroner)

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“The Emptiness Within,” the third full-length from London’s De Profundis, will be released in North America this Tuesday, June 4th. Following its successful European release in 2012 via Italy-based Kolony Records, the label’s new stateside distribution through eOne will deliver the band’s distinctive infusion of progressive/jazz metal with modern black metal aggressiveness, captured with more precision than ever on the complex and infectious album, to fans on this side of the globe. To help bring the news out to metal fans everywhere, New Noise Magazine is streaming “The Emptiness Within” alongside a comprehensive track-by-track breakdown of the entire album written by De Profundis

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