When it comes to the magic of black/death metal scene, Watain is one of the legends in this circle. Formed in 1998 in Uppsala, Sweden, the band is one of the known acts in the scene with their notorious live shows and their sound. After the release of “The Wild Hunt” in 2013, the band is back with a new release “Trident Wolf Eclipse”, which has been released recently. Let’s dig deep.
No atmosphere, no intro and no anticipation. From the first song to the last, the album is a slap in the face with that aggression, the straightforward approach and the darkness… just how I like this band. Although Watain has been mostly associated with black metal, the perfect combination of death and black metal defines this album. The sound is raw but well-produced and does not make your ears bleed (which happens quite often in this scene) so kudos to the band for a great sound and production. The album will flow and lure you into the darkness quite quickly; the band is perfect at what they do as they have the vision and this is reflected pretty well in the album’s consistency.
What I always liked in Watain is their power of carrying the legacy of Swedish metal. They have been compared many times to the legends Dissection and this album is another proof of this. So, if you are especially a fan of Swedish metal and if you like the bands from the Uppsala metal of death in particular, this album will have a special place in your heart. On the other hand, this got me thinking after a few spins… Surely, Watain’s sound has been solid and strong but this leaves less room for experimenting or pushing the boundaries so although the album flows and becomes addictive quite easily, it is a predictable one and not the most unique work of Watain. Either way, I am pretty sure the album will flow and catch your attention from the first spin. One thing is for sure, Swedish metal is alive and Watain plays a huge part in it. Get the album and get your fix of some fine black metal.
Highlights: Teufelsreich, Furor Diabolicus, The Fire of Power