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Interview with Watain

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E. Vocals - H. Battery - P. Guitar - Set. Guitar - A. Bass



Can you please detail how you came up with the name ‘Watain’ and what it was that inspired you to begin your metal journey?

Watain is taken from a song by the band Von, an other-worldly piece of music about open graves, ominous stellar signs, the threshold between life and death, bestial fornication, unclean love and swollen corpses that lay blue in the feverish heat of the sun. We were inspired by the fire that drives each and every true and potent artist; that of the sinister and the forbidden that burns within our hearts.


You've been described to me as both Dark Metal and Black Metal. How would you describe your style of music to a close friend? And which metal subgenre do you think the shops should be placing your albums under?

Watain is to me a perfect definition of Black Metal; defiant, dangerous, overwhelmingly passionate, always in league with Satan, musically influenced by Judas Priest as much as by Bathory and with a sinister potency and will force that can bring the band to any level of infamy.


What would be your most memorable gig to date and why?

Impossible to say since every show is a blaze of radiant madness and ruthless transformation! Some of the best countries we performed in have been Chile, Japan, Poland and of course our home country, Sweden. But there are so many parameters to judge the value of a performance from that it is impossible to pin point one specific show as the “most memorable”. One that often comes to mind is the Bathory Tribute show we did in Sweden in 2008, with Quorthon's father introducing it. It was a very ceremonial and heartfelt event. But then again, that can be said for every Watain show.

What kind of costs usually go into creating and releasing an album? And how does the record label help with the overall recording and distribution process?

I prefer not to dwell on these filthy and mundane things, in favour of the spirit of Watain that is above all immaterial and divine. We have people working for us and taking care of these things so we can focus on what matters.


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How do you feel you have progressed as a band between 'The Essence Of Black Purity' and 'Lawless Darkness' in terms of style and maturity?

It has been a journey leading closer and closer to the heart of Darkness. Everything is just getting heavier, crueller, louder, rawer, smellier, holier and deadlier. The opposite evolution to almost every other black metal band that has existed for the same amount of time as us.

What do you, Watain, tend to base your lyrics on and could you quote your personal favourite?

I write all the lyrics and they are all in one way or another about Satanism and how I see things from that perspective. The lyrics are in one way the heart of Watain and therefore it is very hard to point out a certain phrase that sum them all up. There are many passages that mean a lot to me, here is one; “Bloodlines tainted through fornication and fathers desire their own spawn while Babylon rides the beast of seven heads across the world in doom. The phallus of Death once more erect and semen stains the grass of Gethsemane. The potency of Serpent seed injected now in the womb of god.” And here another, “The all-defying pendulum of radiant conviction, so determined in its pace. Pounding now through flesh and bone, like a hammer through a child.”


You will be performing at Australia's Soundwave Festivals in 2012. Do you know much about Australian metal or Australia itself?

I love the old Australian Death/Black scene with bands like Slaughter Lord, Mortal Sin, Bestial Warlust, Spear of Longinus, Martire and of course Sadistik Exekution which has been a great source of inspiration for Watain. The best band Australia has nowadays is without doubt the mighty Vomitor. We really look forward to seeing if the country is as wild hearted and untamed as we heard it is.

Most bands tell me metal has no money in it, so what do you all do besides playing in the band in order to earn your living?

We have our ways...


What brand of instruments are you using and how did any endorsements come about?

We use infant skulls, homemade bombs, incense, opium, switchblades, scorched flesh, tears, fire, nerve gas and electric guitar. Actually, it was the Slayer guys who hooked us up with endorsements.


Lawless Darkness - 2010 - Watain

Lawless Darkness


Sworn To The Dark - 2006 - Watain

Sworn To The Dark


Casus Luciferi - 2003 - Watain

Casus Luciferi


Rabid Deaths Curse - 2001 - Watain

Rabid Deaths Curse


Let’s pretend you were creating a tour survival guide. What would be your top three tips for surviving a long tour with the band?

1. Don't do it.
2. If you do it, stay as far away from everyone as possible
3. But really, don’t do it.

What have been some of the more interesting adventures you’ve had with the band? Have there been many, if any, lessons you’ve had to learn the hard way?

Yes, there have indeed been many. Being in Watain and living this kind of life is hard and if it wasn't then we’d be doing something wrong. We do not feel like we have to brag about how harsh our lifestyle is by describing specific “extreme” scenarios. However, whatever use that comes out of such things, ends up in the songs for everyone to absorb anyway.

What have been some of the more bizarre signings you’ve had or the most bizarre experiences in general during your time with the band?

Well Dea, being in Watain is a very bizarre experience in itself. It has been a rollercoaster ride through the heights and depths of hell ever since day one.

Have you ever had any mystical experiences?

Yeah this one time, other people seemed to make sense. It passed very quickly and I never felt it since.



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 ‘Interview with Watain’ by Déa di Morté © 17 February 2012
Hails! to Erik for agreeing to participate and taking the time to complete this interview
All pictures courtesy of Rachel Dauce, Anthony Dubois, Ester Segarra, Season Of Mist, Riot! and Watain