WATAIN Frontman Comments On Upcoming Decibel Tour

As previously announced, Swedish black metal miscreants WATAIN will take part in the inaugural Decibel Magazine Tour alongside Behemoth, The Devil’s Blood and In Solitude. The live ceremonies will begin on April 11 in Ohio and bloody 26 stages including a stop in Oklahoma City where the trek will merge with the U.S. Torture Tour featuring Cannibal Corpse, Exhumed, Abysmal Dawn, and Arkaik for an evening of audio devastation.

Pleased to take part in the event, frontman Erik Danielsson: “We were originally meant to spend this year in the shadows, focusing inwards and on the new material we have compiled during the years since Lawless Darkness was released. This tour however was a bit too good to say no to. It is so seldom these days that someone actually managed to put together a descent tour package, which Decibel sure has managed to do this time. A ‘clash of the titans’ indeed! And considering the other bands on the tour, I can just imagine our management and the promoters biting their fingernails in anxiety and horror, waiting for the first arson or murder report from the road. Touring the States is always inspirational; there is always lots of emotion, anger, debauchery, decadence and a general feeling of lawlessness in the air, so I am sure this tour will nourish the writing process to a certain extent as well. A rich and fertile foundation of harsh physical and emotional experience has always played a big role in WATAIN writing new material, and this tour will for sure contribute to that. We will aim to make it interesting and memorable enough to do so.”

WATAIN on the Decibel Magazine Tour 2012
w/ Behemoth, The Devil’s Blood and In Solitude

4/11/2012 The Brewmaster’s Gate – Columbus, OH [TICKETS]
4/12/2012 Mr. Smalls – Pittsburgh, PA [TICKETS]
4/13/2012 Bottom Lounge – Chicago, IL [TICKETS]
4/14/2012 Station Four – St. Paul, MN [TICKETS]
4/16/2012 Granada Theater – Lawrence, KS [TICKETS]
4/17/2012 Summit Theatre – Denver, CO [TICKETS]
4/18/2012 The Complex – Salt Lake City, UT [TICKETS]
4/20/2012 El Corazon – Seattle, WA [TICKETS]
4/21/2012 Rickshaw – Vancouver, BC [TICKETS]
4/22/2012 Hawthorne Theater – Portland, OR [TICKETS]
4/23/2012 Slim’s – San Francisco, CA [TICKETS]
4/25/2012 House of Blues – Los Angeles, CA [TICKETS]
4/26/2012 Nile Theater – Phoenix, AZ [TICKETS]
4/27/2012 Sunshine Theater – Albuquerque, NM [TICKETS]
4/28/2012 Diamond Ballroom – Oklahoma City, OK w/ Cannibal Corpse, Behemoth, WATAIN, Exhumed, The Devil’s Blood, In Solitude, Abysmal Dawn, Arkaik [TICKETS]
4/29/2012 White Rabbit – San Antonio, TX [TICKETS]
5/01/2012 Orpheum – Tampa, FL [TICKETS]
5/02/2012 Masquerade – Atlanta, GA [TICKETS]
5/04/2012 Amos Southend – Charlotte, NC [TICKETS]
5/05/2012 Ram’s Head – Baltimore, MD [TICKETS]
5/06/2012 Trocadero Theatre – Philadelphia, PA [TICKETS]
5/08/2012 Opera House – Toronto, ON [TICKETS]
5/09/2012 Club Soda – Montreal, QC [TICKETS]
5/10/2012 Imperial – Quebec City, QC [TICKETS]
5/11/2012 Palladium – Worcester, MA [TICKETS]
5/12/2012 Irving Plaza – New York, NY [TICKETS]

WATAIN released the award-winning Lawless Darkness full-length via Season Of Mist on June 7, 2010. The record earned critical accolades internationally including a Grammis win — the Swedish equivalent to the U.S. Grammy Awards — in the category of “Best Hard Rock Band.” In addition, the album won #1 Album Of The Year status in Close Up and Sweden Rock Magazines, #2 Album Of The Year in Decibel Magazine and #1 Band Of The Year in Terrorizer’s Readers Poll.

“Darkthrone were once ‘for all the evil in man,’ but WATAIN turn good men evil.” – Decibel

“…Lawless Darkness delivers all the pure kvlt evilness you could possibly want.” – Outburn

“Once again, WATAIN – combustible, ravenous and unrelenting – achieve a magical balance where all-consuming darkness (chaos) and brightly burning melody (refinement) wed to achieve the sublime (enlightenment).” – Terrorizer

“A WATAIN show is a religious ceremony, a time for the band to pay homage to their Gods. The theatrics and evil imagery, the dousing of themselves in (real) animal blood, and all of [Erik] Danielsson’s philosophies on rejecting humanity for nothingness is their way of grasping at their own liberation” – Portland Mercury

“Black metal bands seem to take pride in obfuscation: devising incomprehensible logos, concealing their faces with corpsepaint, releasing tiny-edition cassette tapes you can’t find even in the most obscurity-worshipping record shops. In a more strictly musical sense that means that you rarely find black-metal bands that play like WATAIN –heavy and dense but crisply defined. These scarily earnest Swedes summon a convincingly menacing thunder that doesn’t blur out of focus…” – The Chicago Reader