Swedish black metallers WATAIN will release the "Reaping Death" single in picture-disc and CD formats in April. The picture-disc version features, besides the new track "Reaping Death", a rendering of a classic track by the both cursed and highly revered DEATH SS from Italy, along with some additional items. This seven-inch single will be printed in 1,300 copies. The CD version comes with the April issue of Sweden Rock Magazine, which also features a six-page WATAIN interview about the new album and everything around it. It features a cover of BATHORY's "The Return of Darkness and Evil", as a sign of WATAIN's return and also, of course, in reference to WATAIN's BATHORY tribute show that will be held on Saturday, June 11 at Sweden Rock Festival.
Both the picture disc and the Sweden Rock issue with the free CD single will be available for pre-order through www.watainmerch.com but bear in mind that shipping date for both CD and picture EP will not be until April 30, Walpurgisnacht.
According to WATAIN, "the cover piece for 'Reaping Death' is based upon the myth of Cain, the firstborn Murderer. The illustration depicts triumphant Cain upon his slain 'brother' Abel, undergoing the transformation from a slave of creation to a Lord of Uncreation. Behind him burns the fire of Lucifer, and his children dance around it in joyful ecstasy. With the murder of Abel, the gates of Death were opened for the first time, by an act of lawless will. The song 'Reaping Death' is a celebration of this act, a hymn to the hungry fire that dwell within the hearts of the bloodline of Cain."
After spending two "intense" months at Necromorbus Studio (NOMINON, AVERSE SEFIRA, FUNERAL MIST, NEX, ONDSKAPT, MORK GRYNING, ADORIOR) in Alvik, Sweden, WATAIN recently completed work on its as-yet-untitled fourth album, to be released by Season Of Mist on June 7.