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GHOST Wins Swedish GRAMMIS Award For 'Impera'

GHOST was honored in the "Best Hard Rock/Metal" category at this year's edition of the Swedish Grammis awards (Swedish Grammy equivalent),which was held Wednesday night (May 3) at Annexet in Stockholm. The bands were nominated for their most recent releases, all of which came out during 2022. "Best...
May 4, 2023

WATAIN Announces 'Agony & Ecstasy Over Europe' Tour For May 2023

Notorious Swedish black metal collective WATAIN has announced a tour named "Agony & Ecstasy Over Europe" which will take place in May 2023. Borrowing its name from WATAIN's most recent album, "The Agony & Ecstasy Of Watain", this live run mainly focuses on the Eastern and the Southern parts...
February 3, 2023

TRIBULATION Announces 'Hamartia' EP, Shares 'Axis Mundi' Music Video

On April 7, TRIBULATION will unleash an new EP, "Hamartia", via Century Media Records. Last year, the Swedish quartet dropped the title track for "Hamartia" as a standalone release; now, they're back with another single/video from this record: "Axis Mundi". The clip, directed by Johan Bååth in colla...
January 26, 2023

TOBIAS FORGE: Why GHOST Will Never Play Death Metal

Tobias Forge, who fronted a pre-GHOST death metal outfit called REPUGNANT, was asked in a new interview with Loudwire if he could ever see GHOST writing and recording a death metal song. He responded (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): "No, I don't think so. I believe that it would be… Because I'v...
December 6, 2022


PANTERA, DISTURBED, AMON AMARTH, ARCH ENEMY, ARCHITECTS, BEHEMOTH, KREATOR and MESHUGGAH are among the 103 artists who have been added to the 26th edition of the Graspop Metal Meeting, set to take place June 15-18, 2023 in Dessel, Belgium. For the 26th time, the Stenehei festival venue in Dessel wil...
November 24, 2022

CANDLEMASS's 'Sweet Evil Sun' Release Party In Stockholm Attended By Members Of GHOST, WATAIN, TIAMAT (Photos)

Members of GHOST, WATAIN and TIAMAT were among the guests who attended the release party for CANDLEMASS's new studio album, "Sweet Evil Sun", on November 16 at Bio Aspen in Stockholm, Sweden. CANDLEMASS also played a five-song set at the event, including the live debut of the LP's title track. Photo...
November 19, 2022

WATAIN Frontman: 'The Metal That Shook My Soul Was Always Written By Liberated Spirits'

In a recent interview with Tinnitus Metal Radio, WATAIN frontman Erik Danielsson was asked to elaborate on his previous comment that "metal should be written by people who live metal lives." He said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): "I think that, yeah, I don't see metal as a thing that can be p...
September 25, 2022

Watch: GHOST Pays Tribute To DEATH's CHUCK SCHULDINER At Tampa Concert

Swedish occult rockers GHOST paid tribute to late DEATH mastermind Chuck Schuldiner during their concert in Tampa, Florida. Before launching into the song "Cirice" at the Yuengling Center on Tuesday (September 6), one of GHOST's Nameless Ghoul guitarists played the opening riff of the DEATH cla...
September 7, 2022

Former GHOST Guitarist MARTIN PERSNER Releases Music Video For MAGNA CARTA CARTEL's 'Darling'

MAGNA CARTA CARTEL — the Swedish band featuring former GHOST guitarist Martin Persner — released its latest album, "The Dying Option", in June via Vernal Vow Records and Border Music Distribution. The official music video for the LP's latest single, "Darling", can be seen below. The clip was directe...
August 27, 2022

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