Watain Premiere “Ecstasies In Night Infinite” Live Video

Watain have premiered a new live video for their song “Ecstasies In Night Infinite.” The clip was filmed during the band’s recent performance at Chaudronneries de Montreuil in Montreuil-sur-Mer, France. Notably, that set was also streamed live via Arte Concert. The track appears on the group’s new album “The Agony & Ecstasy Of Watain,” which was released today (April 29). E. Danielsson commented:

“We have lived with this album among ourselves trembling like an infant upon the altar for a long time now, and today we shall finally set it free. It carries within it the madness and the mystery of all our accumulated experience, both savage and sublime. Our heartfelt veneration unto all that we deem sacred and true. A humble offering to the fires of the Devilgod that ever continue to rejuvenate us, to strengthen us, and to illuminate our path ahead. To all of you who are ready to embrace it; may it take you far.”

Watain Premiere “We Remain” Music Video

Watain have premiered a new video for their new song “We Remain.” This track is from the band’s new album “The Agony & Ecstasy Of Watain,” which will be released on April 29. Vocalist Erik Danielsson commented:

“I begun writing ‘We Remain‘ in 2012, as a meditation on the concept of Mythopoeia; our mythical origins and how our understanding and approach to them is shaped and transformed throughout time. The lyric is built around the five elemental wings of the Pentagram, and the mysteries embedded in that ancient symbol. It is a song about forgotten things that ought to be remembered, the search for truths that were lost, of the ever burning flame that illuminates the darkness of times immemorial, the passing of aeons and and our ponderable place therein.”

Watain Drop Off North American Tour With Mayhem & Midnight

Watain will no longer be joining Mayhem and Midnight on their spring North American tour. The band were forced to drop off the trek due to visa issues.

Watain issued the following statement:

“We regret to inform you all that, due to reasons entirely beyond our control, we’re forced to cancel our participation in the upcoming US Tour with Mayhem and Midnight, for which we were due to leave tomorrow.

We have just been informed that the US Embassy have decided to launch an additional, undisclosed “administrative process” in relation to Watain‘s visa applications. We’ve been told that this investigation could go on for months and that we might not get a reply until the tour is over. Since we have not been given any additional information about why this is taking place, how long it’ll take, or if visas will eventually be approved, it leaves us with no choice but to pull out of the tour.

The same embassy has previously approved our working visa applications for every US tour, each of the 8 times we have applied.

Preparing for a tour like this takes an enormous amount of work by the band and our crew. The merch has been produced, ticket buyers have made plans, and the crew relies on the jobs that the tour provides. It is a devastating blow to any band, but to the authorities in charge it seems to hold no significance.

To our loyal fans and followers; we had truly been looking forward to stand before you all again. We invested all we had for this one.

We are working hard on setting things straight and our intention is to re-schedule the North American dates for early 2023. Refunds are available at point of purchase.

Finally, we wish Mayhem and Midnight a killer tour regardless.
/Watain“

Watain Premiere New Song “Serimosa”

Watain have premiered a new new song titled “Serimosa.” This track is from the band’s new album “The Agony & Ecstasy Of Watain,” which will be released on April 29.

Vocalist E. Danielsson commented:

“‘Serimosa‘ tells of the electric notion of the coming of a great power. The appearance of cracks in the dam that holds the flood of the great sea. A visitor from the beyond, crossing the threshold into the material world.

Just like ‘Watain‘ – ‘Serimosa‘ is a word/name of power communicated out of unknown origin, appearing into the world sans history, to be approached with thought and reverence. Its linguistic root may be traced from the latin word Seri (‘serum’) along with Dolorosa (‘pain’) Nebulosa (‘starfog’) Lacrimosa (‘tearfilled’), as if those words and their meanings were spoken as one. In her hand she holds the stern light of renewal, of transformation, of merciless cleansing. Thematically, Serimosa also holds similarities to the fiery Samhara aspect of Nataraja, the doomsday dance of Shiva marking the dissolution of order at the end of an eon.

May she bring you far and deep.”

Watain & Abbath Announce Co-Headlining European Tour

Watain and Abbath have announced a co-headlining European tour. Tribulation and Bölzer will open.

Tour Dates:

09/15 Paris, FRA – Paris – Elysee Montmartre
09/16 Oberhausen, GER – Turbinenhalle
09/17 Munich, GER – Backstage
09/18 Milan, ITA – Live Club
09/20 Toulouse, FRA – Le Bikini
09/22 Lisbon, POR – Lisboa Ao Vivo
09/23 Madrid, SPA – La Riviera
09/24 Barcelona, SPA – Apolo
09/25 Lyon, FRA – Transbordeur
09/27 Zurich, SWI – Komplex 457
09/28 Filderstadt, GER – Filharmonie
09/29 Tilburg, NET – 013
09/30 London, UK – Earth
10/02 Antwerp, BEL – Trix
10/04 Hamburg, GER – Markthalle
10/05 Copenhagen, DEN – Amager Bio
10/06 Oslo, NOR – Rockefeller
10/07 Stockholm, SWE – Fallan
10/09 Helsinki, FIN – Vanha

Watain Premiere “The Howling” Music Video

Watain have premiered a new video for their new song “The Howling.” This track is from the band’s new album “The Agony & Ecstasy Of Watain,” which will be released on April 29. It is also available as a limited edition 7 inch. Vocalist E. Danielsson commented:

“‘The Howling‘ refers to the wordless voice of the wild, wailing eerily through the ages, urging us to leave our safe spaces and explore the dark recesses of the great Abyss both within and without. To see it, to learn from it, to know it.”

“The Agony & Ecstasy Of Watain” Track Listing:

01. “Ecstasies In Night Infinite”
02. “The Howling”
03. “Serimosa”
04. “Black Cunt”
05. “Leper’s Grace”
06. “Not Sun Nor Man Nor God”
07. “Before The Cataclysm”
08. “We Remain”
09. “Funeral Winter”
10. “Septentrion”

Mayhem, Watain, & Midnight Announce North American Tour

Mayhem, Watain, and Midnight have announced a North American tour together. Mayhem and Watain said the following about that:

“Mayhem and Watain are delighted to announce that what is to become known in history as The Sanguine Sodomy Of North America is set to take place in the spring of 2022, with both our bands at the helm and with the infamous Midnight joining us as special guests. We hereby invite all of our North American friends and foes to celebrate the return of Darkness and Evil to your lands, and to join us in what is destined to become one legendary Hell of a tour!”

Tour Dates:

03/07 San Francisco, CA – The Regency Ballroom
03/08 Los Angeles, CA – The Wiltern
03/09 Phoenix, AZ – The Nile Theater
03/11 Salt Lake City, UT – The Depot
03/12 Denver, CO – The Summit Music Hall
03/14 Dallas, TX – Amplified Live
03/15 Austin, TX – Mohawk
03/16 Houston, TX – White Oak Music Hall
03/18 Atlanta, GA – Masquerade
03/19 Tampa, FL – Orpheum
03/20 Charlotte, NC – The Underground
03/22 Montreal, QC – Club Soda
03/23 Toronto, ON – The Phoenix
03/25 Worcester, MA – The Palladium
03/26 New York, NY – Irving Plaza
03/27 New York, NY – Irving Plaza
03/29 Baltimore, MD – Baltimore Soundstage
03/30 Pittsburgh, PA – The Roxian
03/31 Detroit, MI – The Majestic
04/01 Chicago, IL – The Vic
04/02 Minneapolis, MN – Skyway Theatre
04/03 Joliet, IL – The Forge

Watain Sign With Nuclear Blast Records, Enter The Studio For New Album

Watain have signed a new deal with Nuclear Blast Records. The band have also confirmed that they are working on a new album at Necromorbus Studios near Uppsala, Sweden. The group said the following:

“Ladies and gentlemen, it is with great reverence and infernal hunger alike that we now stand before the next chapter of Watain. Armed with the faith, force and fire accumulated during the ‘Trident Wolf Eclipse‘ era we are now entering terra incognita, to again face our inner selves and the ever expanding abyss that roars within. A few months of hard noble work lay ahead, and we could not be more ready for it. We are most eagerly looking forward to sharing the result with you all in the wild times to come. Until then: stay hungry, stay deviant, stay free and fuck the world!”

Watain Guitarist Pelle Forsberg To Miss Band’s Tour With Morbid Angel After Being Deported From The U.S.

Watain were supposed to kick off their fall tour with Morbid Angel and Incantation in Houston, TX tonight (November 21), but the band will be missing the show due to guitarist Pelle Forsberg getting deported from the United States and being blocked from re-entry. The group plan to play the rest of the dates as a four-piece.

Watain commented:

“We regret to inform you that US authorities has decided to ban Watain‘s guitarist Pelle Forsberg from entering their country. Erik, Alvaro, Hampus and Emil have after a week of uncertainty just arrived in the States, unfortunately not in time to go through with tonight’s show in Houston.

Here is what happened:

Upon his entry to the States last week, Pelle was unprovokedly taken into custody, locked up in a cell and interrogated during an entire night, only to finally have his newly approved US Working Visa -which he has been granted 5 times prior to this one- revoked and made void.

He was thereafter deported back to Mexico where he had been prior to the tour. This radical and fatal decision, made by a random custom officer who happened to be on duty that day, was based on google searches on Watain made during the Pelle‘s incarceration, as well as private pictures found on his phone of motorbikes, hunting and various things related to Satanism, Black Metal and counter culture in general. Stuff this officer didn’t understand, or like.

As if this was not enough, the US border authorities furthermore also decided to direct their suspicion towards the rest of the band as well, one day before we were scheduled to leave, forcing us to discard of our tickets and stay home.

However, after several days and nights of hard and excruciating -and obviously ridiculously expensive- work from lawyers and management (anyone who has tried to question a claim made by US authorities in the past years could possibly relate here), we were finally given permission for the other four Watain members to enter the States.

This means Watain will be forced to perform as a four piece on this tour, with Alvaro on guitar and Erik handling bass and vocals. We have barely had time to rehearse, and since Pelle has many other duties in Watain other than playing guitar, many things have had to be re-organized. We have already lost several thousands of dollars in lawyer costs, new last minute flights, new visa embassy appointments and so forth.

We do not ask for your pity here, everyone who chooses to do what we do has to be prepared to meet opposition in all its shitstained, imbecile shapes every now and then. But we do ask for your understanding. And if you want to truly support Watain in this critical time, coming out to the shows and buying tour merch will now be more appreciated than ever, since the economical damage is quite severe already. Other than that, this entire debacle has only filled us with more anger and force, now ready to be unleashed on the 26 shows ahead.

Pelle had nothing illegal on his phone. He did not behave suspiciously or provokingly. All this comes down to one grumpy officer doing the last hours of his shift, disapproving of Pelle‘s appearance, private life or ways of expression. We would like to remind you that this is not a cautionary tale from 1980s Soviet, this is Trump-administered border policy in today’s United States.

This is what you get with an imbecile, Christian, racist ape ruling the nation and “defending it at all cost” from anything that can be considered alien and therefore unacceptable and potentially dangerous.”

Forsberg added:

“All this started with a personal vacation in Mexico to experience Dia de los Muertos, before going to the States to start rebuilding the stageshow for this tour. I got stopped at the border control in Atlanta, apparently I was red flagged because I already had a return ticket to Mexico the day after (cheaper to get the ticket like that). But all good, I had NO bullshit on me, with me or whatever. All papers/visas were under control.

But then they proceeded with checking my phone to see “who I was” basically. After that, they had me interrogated by 4 different officers for 7 hours. Then they asked me fill out a form where I responded “yes” to “have you been treated bad by any officer”, and then all hell broke loose. Never in my life was I ever treated this shit! No information, no phonecalls, if I asked about something I just got a “shut up, we are making the rules!” screamed at me. Got thrown into a cell with just a bean bag as a bed next to a toilet. Bright lights all night for 8 hours.

I don’t have any illegal stuff on my phone nor a criminal record. For sure some pics can be disturbing for ”normal people”. I don’t live a normal life. It’s pics of me riding bikes with friends (that may have a questionable club patches/bikes etc), me chopping heads off road kills, welding weird things that look ”frightening”, pics from tours where obviously weird shit happens all the time etc etc etc.

Again, nothing illegal, no bullshit! Of course they also started to google Watain and of course they stumble upon these lowlife fuckfaces that accuse Watain of being a right wing band. This tiresome lie that has been going on for a while now, didn’t really help me in this situation.

And in the end, this is just about a little border officer that didn’t like what he saw and read on the internet, who in turn decides that I, one of the founding members of Watain, CAN’T JOIN THIS TOUR!
Be sure that I will fight this because this 5 year ban from the States has ABSOLUTELY no ground at all!

But to all of you crazy fuckers out there!
Watain never surrenders! Alvaro takes my guitar and Erik takes the bass once again!
Join them! FUCK THE WORLD!
I’ll be back!”

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Morbid Angel, Watain, & Incantation Announce Fall U.S. Tour

Morbid Angel, Watain, and Incantation have announced a fall U.S. tour. You can find the dates for that run below.

Tour Dates:

11/21 Houston, TX – Warehouse Live
11/22 Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey Bar N’ Grill
11/23 Austin, TX – Come And Take It Live
11/25 Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theater
11/26 Phoenix, AZ – Club Red
11/27 Santa, Ana, CA – The Observatory
11/29 San Diego, CA – Brick By Brick
11/30 San Jose, CA – The Ritz
12/01 Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theatre
12/02 Seattle, WA – El Corazon
12/04 Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex
12/05 Denver, CO – Oriental Theater
12/06 Omaha, NE – The Waiting Room
12/07 Minneapolis, MN – Fine Line Music Cafe
12/08 Joliet, IL – The Forge
12/10 Detroit, MI – The Majestic
12/11 Pittsburgh, PA – Rex Theater
12/12 Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer
12/13 Hartford, CT – Webster Theater
12/14 New York, NY – The Warsaw
12/15 Reading, PA – Reverb
12/16 Richmond, VA – The Broadberry
12/18 Charlotte, NC – The Underground
12/19 Atlanta, GA – Buckhead Theatre
12/20 Tampa, FL – The Orpheum
12/21 Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Revolution Live