Original news, posted on 26.02.2010

Swedish black metal squad Watain just completed their fourth full-length album, after two intense months at Necromorbus Studio.

Vocalist and mastermind E. comments: "I am now holding in my hand the final master tape of what might be the most dynamic and charged Watain release ever recorded. May the gods unto which it is written be pleased! We are very much looking forward to share this rich feast with our followers, whom we know have been hungering for a very long time. All I can say is that it will be worth the wait. We raise our cups unto all of you whose patience and support have been constant during the three fiery years since the release of Sworn to the Dark, and look forward to set the night aflame with you again soon!"

The unveiling of Watain's fourth monument will take place on June 7th, under ceremonial circumstances yet to be revealed.

Watain will also release a new single entitled Reaping Death. It will be released as a picture 7" EP on Walpurgisnacht. This single will feature the track "Reaping Death", along with a special B side.

UPDATED on 25.03.2010

The title of the fourth Watain album, to be released on June 7th, has been announced. Its name shall be Lawless Darkness.

"The title symbolises the unbound chaotic potential of that which is void of light", frontman E. comments. "The light that defines, the light that shapes and restricts. The light by which the forces of law and order uphold their reign. In the absence of that light lies the wellspring of Watain: in Lawless Darkness.

With this album and in all of our efforts with Watain we aim to capture the hungry madness and glimmering purity of darkness beyond illusion, the void that holds all yet where naught is manifest, the primordial tomb into which all the vanity of man and his creation shall collapse: indeed, The Lawless Darkness. Lawless Darkness shall be seen as a monument erected in honour of that collapse and a dedication to all those brave souls, who have willingly dared to venture the winding paths towards it."


Watain have announced the final details for the upcoming Lawless Darkness, due on June 7th. The digipak version will include the Death SS cover "Chains of Death" as a bonus track. The song can also be heard on the Reaping Death picture 7" single, due April 30th.

Lawless Darkness [cover art] tracklist:

01. Death's Cold Dark
02. Malfeitor
03. Reaping Death
04. Four Thrones
05. Wolves Curse
06. Lawless Darkness
07. Total Funeral
08. Hymn To Qayin
09. Kiss Of Death
10. Waters Of Ain
11. Chains Of Death [Death SS cover] [Digipak bonus]

Frontman E. comments on the cover artwork: "The main cover of Lawless Darkness depicts the legions of the Antichrist, released and untamed from the broken tablets of law. By the shattering of order and the collapse of the laws of the creator god, the free spirits of lawless darkness shall return to the abode of their ancient gods, and unite with them once again. The artist behind this amazing painting as well as the additional artwork for the album goes by the name of Zbigniew Bielak, a well kept secret in the world of metal. His flawless detail and all-devouring capacity suits us perfectly, a match made in hell indeed."

Source: season-of-mist.com
Band profile: Watain
Posted: 09.04.2010 by Thryce


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silenius - 26.02.2010 at 16:47  
Awesome, just awesome
BitterCOld - 26.02.2010 at 23:28  
Looking forward to it. And Danielsson is to press releases what Trey Azagthoth is to liner notes. chock full o amusing.
Sunioj - 27.02.2010 at 02:56  
Koen Smits - 27.02.2010 at 12:50  
Could and should be one of the best releases this year.
Uirapuru - 27.02.2010 at 18:40  
We raise our cups to you too.. I mean, if the album is really that good.
Odium - 27.02.2010 at 18:54  
Can't wait
Warman - 27.02.2010 at 19:03  
I just can't wait! "Sworn to the Dark" was one of the best black metal albums ever.
White Winter Sun - 28.02.2010 at 23:53  
Really great news. Looking forward to it. Also I hope to see them on stage once again at the Hellfest this summer.
BitterCOld - 25.03.2010 at 20:16  
Only a couple more months to wait...
TheBigRossowski - 25.03.2010 at 21:25  
E.:The light that defines, the light that shapes and restricts. The light by which the forces of law and order uphold their reign. In the absence of that light...

Dude: Walter, you fuck! The light of the void of the light...or, ugh, what? Walter, what's in god's unholy name are you blathering about, man?!

I'm pretty excited about the new album!
MKultra - 26.03.2010 at 03:34  
Hail Chaos!

This album should be great!
Warman - 09.04.2010 at 12:56  
I can't wait till June! Give me now!!!
midland_don - 09.04.2010 at 14:00  
Artwork looks awesome
Krankheit - 09.04.2010 at 15:26  
Great news!
Black Conundrum - 09.04.2010 at 22:28  
The album cover reminds me of the division by zero internet meme.

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