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Watain is a Swedish Black Metal band, formed in Uppsala, Sweden in 1998. To date they have released six full-length albums, as well as three live albums and a number of demos and EPs. Their most recent album Trident Wolf Eclipse was released on January 5, 2018 through Century Media. The band have become infamous for their Satanist views, their live shows which involve pyrotechnics, animal carcasses, as well as a show in Boston in which they doused audience members in animal blood. Read more on Last.fm

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Interview: Erik Danielsson from Watain on Satan, songwriting, and the true nature of black metal

January 29th, 2014

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While Watain’s Erik Danielsson is an affable, articulate and charming character, it’s very clear that to him black metal is life and death. For some, that kind of confidence is both disturbing and off-putting. For Danielsson, who grew up and into a scene that at the time was much reviled and demonised, it makes sense that he would have such strong and personal opinions on how black metal and in particular, Watain is viewed. We asked Cheryl Carter to sit down with Danielsson prior to his band’s December show here in London, to ponder those issues at length.

They conducted this interview in the dark. Fitting.

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Live: Watain + Coltsblood @ London Camden Electric Ballroom – 08 December 2013

January 17th, 2014

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We’re not sure if Erik Danielsson was casting an unholy spell on the audience at Watain’s show at the Camden Electric Ballroom. He seems like the type. He’s certainly got all the smoke and fire and stench to carry out all manner of rituals. We asked Cheryl Carter if she could resist the hexes long enough to write a review which we’re only posting now because we lost it down the back of sofa, or whatever the digital version of that excuse may be.

6 things we learnt at watching Watain in London:

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Thrash Hits’ Biggest Surprises of 2013

December 12th, 2013

2013 thrash hits biggest surprise of the year

One of the best things about music is its unpredictability. Sometimes, those moments can cause true horror but the best moments are just ace. That’s why we spend so much time caring so much – for those moments. It’s worth the risk. Most of the time. Here are all of the Thrash Hits contributors’ biggest surprises of 2013. They’re mainly bad, actually, but whatever…

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Thrash Hits’ Favourite Moments of 2013

December 12th, 2013

2013 thrash hits favourite moments of the year

Life is funny. Music is fun. Life is serious. Music is serious. As in life, it is in music. There are moments that are hilarious and others that are much less so. Either way, they stick in your mind. Whether you revel in having fun or in poking fun, you will have had a Favourite Moment in 2013 and that’s what this list is. Some of them are utter abominations of class and style but that’s why you’re on this pitiful excuse of a website. Hooray.

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Classic question: IKEA… or death? (It’s a game)

October 10th, 2013

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It’s usually when being dragged around the Swedish homeware caverns by our inevitably better halves for hours on end. Ignoring the meticulously laid out showrooms, we’ve instead preferred to dream of cheap meatballs, cheap hotdogs and the possibility of wheeling a lot of awesome stuff that we can build towards our shit cars – anything to get out – and, at some point, we’ve all asked ourselves the question: “IKEA or Death?” The thing is, we’ve never asked it in this context.

Some fine individuals from marketing company, Gatesman + Dave have made a fun game called IKEA OR DEATH where you have to guess whether a name is an item from IKEA or whether it’s a metal band. It’s fun. It’s a game. It’s a play on words. Let’s not get too emotional about a lot of the bands being black metal bands.

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Album: Watain – The Wild Hunt

September 4th, 2013

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Watain
The Wild Hunt
Century Media
19 August 2013

by Lee MacBride Parker

You don’t need to mention the name Watain to many headbangers to conjure up a range of divisive opinions ranging from the nothing-more-than-a-Dissection-tribute accusers, to the fanatical shit-your-pants best-black-metal-band-in-the-world fanboys. There’s no question that the black metal trio have made a name for themselves; they’ve carved out their position within the genre’s elite, so to speak, on the back of hard graft and infamous live performances – a veritable orgy of pigs’ blood, Satan and a shitload of fire.

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WIN! Watain t-shirts and posters because their new album, The Wild Hunt, has just come out

August 19th, 2013

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Those not-so-cheeky Swedish chappies, Watain, are putting out their long-awaited fifth studio album today. It’s called The Wild Hunt. It’s already caused controversy among black metal fans for playing against type. We even heard someone call it “Watain’s Black album“. Oo-er. Anyway, they’ve given us some stuff to give away to you, our loyal readers, to mark its release into the big bad world.

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Bloodstock Open Air 2012: Interviews, Photos, Setlists – it’s all here

August 18th, 2012

Bloodstock Open Air 2012 Thrash Hits

Is there anything better than a Thrash Hits Festival Splash Page? Yeah, loads of things but you won’t find the best online festival coverage on any of them. You’ll find that right here. All our work from Bloodstock Open 2012 is going be linked to from this page (eventually), so give it a bookmark or just don’t close it, because it’s all you’re going to need. Interviews, photos, setlists, rumours, and who knows? – maybe even some tiny reviews – it’s all here. [Read more →]

Sunday Slaylist: The New Black (Metal)

March 4th, 2012

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All this week, Tom Dare has been guiding you through how Black Metal has evolved over the course of the last two decades (check out parts one, two, three and four if you haven’t already). Now, as the week draws to a close, we’ve asked Tom to put together the songs that have made it happen into a Spotify Slaylist, and in doing to to lovingly cobble them together in an order that somehow tries to make sense of the wildly differing styles that constitute the genre these days. Wish him luck….

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