Swedish Black Metallers Watain Announce New AlbumArguably the biggest Black Metal band in the world, Swedish Black Metal maniacs Watain have announced details of the follow up to the groundbreaking masterpiece of 2010, ‘Lawless Darkness’. Details below.

The Grammy award-winning band are set to release their fifth studio album entitled ‘The Wild Hunt’ on August 19th (our author’s birthday – he says “cheers lads!” – Ed)

On the subject the band said,

“Since the harvest, Watain have been occupied with preparations for a long and hard journey. Seeds have been sown, blades have been sharpened and new fires have been lit to illuminate the untrodden tunnels that lay before us as we descend further down the maze…”

And so it was that on the 3rd of January, 3 years on the day since the recording of Lawless Darkness did commence, Watain returned to Necromorbus Studio and begun working on what is to become the 5th full length album”.

“After 120 nights of iron will and ardent magic, the fifth full length album of Watain is now complete. With broken bones and burning hearts we have ploughed our way through deepest winter into a new wilderness, to which we will open the gates at summers end. THE WILD HUNT will be released on August 19th in Europe and August 20th in USA. Beware!”

This new chapter for the band, based on previous form, will be arguably the most significant Black Metal album release of 2013.

Here’s hoping for an extensive UK tour as on the two occasions I’ve seen them, they have been nothing short of sublime.

 
All words by Andy Santiago. More work on Louder Than War by Andy Santiago can be found here.

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