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The Agony & Ecstasy of Watain

Any kind of extreme music act that sticks around for several years faces the challenge of knowing how to proceed once it is three or four albums deep into its career. Pushing the intensity, whether it's speed or heaviness or whatever, will reach a ceiling at some point, but Scandinavian black metal...
April 25, 2022

WATAIN Frontman: 'We've Arrived At The Place Where We Know Our Arsenal'

By David E. Gehlke One of the most visible and enduring "true" black metal bands, Sweden's WATAIN have carved their own path while adhering to the core tenants originally carved out by BATHORY, MAYHEM and VENOM. Their brazen, if not unrelenting sound has hardly wavered since their 2000 "Rabid Death'...
April 19, 2022

PSYCHO LAS VEGAS Festival Moves To Resorts World, Announces 2022 Lineup

The sixth installment of the Psycho Las Vegas festival will take place August 19-21 at Resorts World Las Vegas in Las Vegas, Nevada. A Psycho Swim pre-party is set for August 18. Psycho Las Vegas made its debut in 2016 at the Hard Rock Hotel, where it was held its first three years before moving to...
March 17, 2022

WATAIN Pulls Out Of North American Tour With MAYHEM Over Visa Issues

Swedish black metallers WATAIN have canceled their participation in the previously announced North American tour with MAYHEM and MIDNIGHT. The trek, dubbed "The Sanguine Sodomy Of North America", was scheduled to kick off on March 7 in San Francisco, California and end on April 3 in Joliet, Illinois...
March 4, 2022

WATAIN Releases Lyric Video For New Single 'Serimosa'

Notorious Swedish black metal collective WATAIN has unleashed "Serimosa", the second single from its upcoming new studio album, "The Agony & Ecstasy Of Watain", which will be released on April 29 via Nuclear Blast. "Serimosa" sees a shift in pace from its furious predecessor "The Howling", headi...
March 3, 2022

ABBATH And WATAIN Announce September/October 2022 European Tour

Norwegian metal titans ABBATH have announced a brand new co-headlining tour with Swedish black metal outfit WATAIN. The "Chariots Of Fire" trek will kick off on September 15 at the Elysee Montmartre in Paris, France and will wreak havoc in 13 more countries before a final curtain on October 9 at the...
February 14, 2022

WATAIN Announces 'The Agony & Ecstasy Of Watain' Album; New Single 'The Howling' Now Available

Notorious Swedish black metal collective WATAIN has unleashed "The Howling", the first single from its upcoming new studio album, "The Agony & Ecstasy Of Watain", which will be released on April 29 via Nuclear Blast. "The Howling" sets the tone for what will be offered on the band's seventh full...
February 4, 2022

MAYHEM And WATAIN Announce March/April 2022 North American Tour

Notorious Swedish black metal collective WATAIN will join forces with equally infamous Norwegian black metal legends MAYHEM for a tour through North America, aptly labeled "The Sanguine Sodomy Of North America", starting on March 7, 2022. They will be supported by U.S. blackened speed metal punks MI...
November 15, 2021

WATAIN Signs With NUCLEAR BLAST RECORDS; New Album Due In 2022

Nuclear Blast Records has announced the signing of the Swedish black metal collective WATAIN. The band has now entered Necromorbus Studios, located inside of a church north of their hometown Uppsala, to record a new album and follow-up to the ferocious 2018 opus "Trident Wolf Eclipse". The new full-...
August 5, 2021

METALLICA, GUNS N' ROSES, SCORPIONS And NINE INCH NAILS Among 350 Artists Who Will Perform At 2022 Edition Of France's HELLFEST

METALLICA, GUNS N' ROSES, SCORPIONS, DEFTONES, FAITH NO MORE, AVENGED SEVENFOLD and NINE INCH NAILS will headline next year's edition of Hellfest, set to take place over two weekends, June 17-19, 2022 and June 23-26, 2022, in Clisson, France. No less than 350 artists will perform on six stages, with...
June 17, 2021


SHADOWS has signed a deal with Agonia Records. The band's debut EP was produced at Rhawn Street Studios in the U.S. and mastered by Tore Stjerna (MAYHEM, WATAIN) at Necromorbus Studio in Sweden. It's expected to be released in 2021. SHADOWS is a new dark avant-garde metal group from IMMOLATION and e...
September 7, 2020


Psycho Las Vegas will continue to redefine America's conception of what a festival can be, taking over Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino for the second year in a row August 14-16, 2020. Now approaching its fifth consecutive year in the sweltering neon decadence of Las Vegas, the resort-wide casino take...
January 30, 2020

WATAIN Frontman: 'I Really Enjoy' Having A Different Stage Setup Every Night

WATAIN frontman Erik Danielsson was recently interviewed by Heavy New York. You can now watch the chat below. Asked if WATAIN is sometimes forced to adjust its stage show based on the differences in the sizes of the venues that it plays, Erik said: "It's not really an issue. I think it's a challenge...
December 25, 2019

WATAIN Guitarist Denied Entry To U.S.; Band Blames 'TRUMP-Administered Border Policy'

Swedish black metallers WATAIN have been forced to perform on their U.S. tour as a four-piece after guitarist Pelle Forsberg was denied entry to the country. WATAIN is scheduled to support MORBID ANGEL on a month-long trek, dubbed "The 2019 USA Sickness Tour", beginning tonight (Thursday, November 2...
November 21, 2019

Video Premiere: MAYHEM's 'Falsified And Hated'

The official music video for the song "Falsified And Hated" from Norwegian black metal veterans MAYHEM can be seen below. The track is taken from the band's latest album, "Daemon", which was released on October 25 via Century Media. Guitarist Teloch comments: "This is the first official music video...
November 7, 2019