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Watain Wednesday: Celebrating the new Gods of Hellfire’s best bits
From Nazi Salutes, to satanic grammy victories. This is Watain and you either love them or fear them. Let us remember some of their best and most controversial moments.
Watain were born in 1998 armed with the demo ‘Go Fuck Your Jewish God’, which immediately and worryingly set the stage for Watain’s carefree outlook.
Watain perform the Nazi salute after a gig in Germany and wear band shirts of NSBM band Absurd, Erik Danielsson was later quoted as saying:
“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.”
‘Sworn To The Dark’ was the album that catapulted Watain from the dark underbelly of the black underground and rightly deserved its place at #13 in Terrorizer’s Secret History of Black Metal.
Oh and how ace is it that they were awarded a Swedish “Grammy” in the hard rock category in 2011?
Erik Danielsson commented: “I was quite surprised when we even got nominated. But considering all the blood, sweat and tears we have put into this our life’s mission during the past 13 years, it is by all means an award well deserved. And no matter what the parameters were by which the jury made their decision; the Devil won again!”
Adding to their year of hellfire, the fearsome trio headlined the Bedroom Jam stage at UK’s Sonisphere in 2011, and we remember what an explosive show that was.
Oh and let us not forget that despite the US law forcing the band to miss the first five nights of their tour with Behemoth, The Devil’s Blood and In Solitude, the band finally make the first devil’s mark on US soil since 2008.
Erik commented: “It’s not the first time the law stands in our way trying to prevent us from doing our work, and just like all the previous times, it will lay broken and humiliated eventually.”
Watain! Terroizer salutes you! (Normally, of course)