Swedish black metallers WATAIN played their only U.S. show of the summer on Sunday, June 15 at the Brooklyn Bazaar in New York. Fan-filmed video footage of the concert can be seen below.
According to TMZ.com, WATAIN frontman Erik Danielsson "present[ed] the audience with a goat skull full of animal blood... then drench[ed] the crowd. [The members of the band] use REAL pig's blood. You hear audience members shriek... and we're told some barfed and cried. Shockingly... cops say no one complained. And no one has heard a peep from the health department."
WATAIN's fifth full-length, "The Wild Hunt", sold around 2,700 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The CD was released on August 19, 2013 in Europe and August 20, 2013 in USA via the group's own label His Master's Noise through Century Media Records.
Produced once again by Tore Stjerna at his Necromorbus studio in Alvik, Sweden, "The Wild Hunt" is a sonic and lyrical tour-de-force that explores WATAIN's roots, such as BATHORY and DISSECTION, while also remaining truly unique. Having lost none of their integrity, WATAIN continues to push the boundaries of the scene with their fifth full-length, refusing to compromise their sound and vision. Amid the tracks teeming with the band's classic sound, "The Wild Hunt" also features clean vocals (a first for the trio!) which, as Erik Danielsson puts it, "is just us being brutally personal and honest. It shows another important facet of the WATAIN world."
Executed in oil and mixed materials, the cover of "The Wild Hunt" was created by Zbigniew M Bielak, the very same artist who was responsible for the "Lawless Darkness" artwork. The piece depicts one of the inmost shrines of WATAIN's temple. As on every classic still life, each object has a significant meaning, while each song of the album is also connected to an object.