Posted: 2011/03/30 in Norwegian Black Metal


Formed : 1998

Genre(s): Black Metal
Representative Albums : Sworn to the Dark, Rabid Death’s Curse


Black metal outfit Watain emerged from Uppsala, Sweden, in 1998, quickly gaining underground credibility with an uncompromising 7″ release entitled “The Essence of Black Purity,” then solidifying their commitment to the dark metal arts via 2000s thematically shocking (i.e. frequent odes to Satan and his pals), but instrumentally accomplished, Rabid Death’s Curse album. This has since been followed by incrementally lauded but always reliably extreme releases such as 2000s Ritual Macabre live album, 2001’s “The Misanthropic Ceremonies” split single with Diabolicum, 2003’s Casus Luciferi LP, and 2007’s Sworn to the Dark album. And, bucking underground metal tradition somewhat, Watain’s lineup has remained consistently stable throughout these many years and releases, featuring vocalist/bassist Erik Danielsson (also known as the editor of Hellish Massacre ‘zine and the artist behind Cold Seed Creations), guitarists P. Forsberg and Set Teitan, bassist Tore Stjerna


The band’s name is taken from from a recording by the American black metal group Von. After recording a few demos which the band does not intend to re-release, their first official release was the 7″ EP The Essence of Black Purity on the Swedish label Grim Rune Productions, recorded in Necromorbus Studios 1999. The French black metal label Drakkar Productions offered Watain a deal for two full length albums, and the debut album Rabid Death’s Curse was released in 2000. After the release, Watain toured and performed alongside bands such as Rotting Christ, Antaeus, Dark Funeral and Malign.

In 2003, Watain again entered the studio to record their second full-length album, Casus Luciferi, which features lyrics by members of other bands like Funeral Mist and Antaeus. The ‘Stellar Dimension Infernal Tour’ through Europe followed, alongside Secrets of the Moon and Averse Sefira. They also toured throughout 18 countries with Dissection on their two months-long ‘Rebirth of Dissection’ tour in 2004. Watain member Set Teitan was officially also a member of Dissection at this point, and Erik Danielsson played bass in live shows.

In 2006, members of the band did the Hitler salute and wore t-shirts of the National Socialist black metal (NSBM) band Absurd after their gig on German Party.San Open Air, leading to accusations of being a Nazi band. Asked about this incident in an interview to the German online metal magazine Metal.de, Erik Danielsson (vocals and bass) gave an evasive answer, but when asked about his views on NSBM, he explained the band sees it as a joke: “NSBM is a joke, a despaired approach of people who’re incapable to comprehend the perversion and the insanity of Black Metal. They’re trying to appear extreme and limit their selves in their conception to that kind of society, which describes something that we wouldn’t care less about. Fuck the world! Black Metal doesn’t have anything to do with the world like you know it.”

Their third full-length album Sworn to the Dark was released in Europe on February 21, 2007, then they toured Europe along with Celtic Frost, Kreator and Legion of the Damned. In 2008 they played their first headlining tour in North America with Withered and Book of Black Earth. Eclipse Eternal and Kronosfear joined them for some shows as well. Watain’s next album, Lawless Darkness, was released on June 7th 2010. They released a single for the song “Reaping Death” in two formats, picture disc vinyl with a cover of the song “Chains of Death” by Death SS, and digisleeve CD with a cover of the song “The Return of Darkness and Evil” by Bathory.


• E (Erik Danielsson) – vocals, bass
• H (Håkan Jonsson) – drums
• P (Pelle Forsberg) – guitar
• Set Teitan (Davide Totaro) – guitar (live only)
• A (Alvaro Lillo) – bass (live only)

Ex – members

• C. Blom – guitar (1998-2000)
• Jonas “Y.” Lindskog – bass (a.k.a. “Mörkkh” and “Whorth”)
• Tore Stjerna – session bass (2000-2002)


Studio albums

• Rabid Death’s Curse (2000)
• Casus Luciferi (2003)
• Sworn to the Dark (2007)
• Lawless Darkness (2010)

Live & other albums

• Go Fuck Your Jewish “God” (demo) (1998)
• The Essence of Black Purity (EP) (1999)
• Black Metal Sacrifice (live) (1999)
• The Ritual Macabre (live) (2001)
• The Misanthropic Ceremonies (split EP) (2001)
• Puzzles ov Flesh (demo) (2002)

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