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30 August 2013
Watain: enters international charts with new album, 'The Wild Hunt'
Watain:  enters international charts with new album, 'The Wild Hunt'
First week results for WATAIN's The Wild Hunt are in! The black metal trio entered their national Swedish album chart at #1, the German chart at #18, and the USA Billboard Top 200 chart at #158. As a special gift to dedicated fans, a free download of the b-side from the "All That May Bleed" 7" single is now available. Entitled "Play with the Devil", this b-side was originally recorded by the black/heavy metal band TAIWAZ in 1988, in WATAIN's hometown of Uppsala (Gottfrid Åhman from IN SOLITUDE participates on solo guitar in WATAIN's version). To download "Play with the Devil", please visit: thewildhunt.se

Front-man Erik Danielsson comments: "It's always a special feeling to release an album with WATAIN; to let the levee break and have the hungry waters gush forth again, swallowing everything in its way. Hail to all of our supporters who gave the release of 'The Wild Hunt' the attention and dignity it deserves! See you on the long and winding road that now lies ahead of us."

To purchase The Wild Hunt, please visit iTunes for a digital copy or CM Distro for a variety of physical formats. For a preview of The Wild Hunt, be sure to check out the previously released singles: "All That May Bleed" and "The Child Must Die".

Having graced the magazine covers of Decibel (USA), Terrorizer (UK), Metalized (DK), Rock Hard (DE), Scream (NO), Sweden Rock (SE), Rock Tribune (BE), and Metallian (FR), WATAIN has left a media buzz in the wake of The Wild Hunt's release. Amid the tracks teeming with the trio's classic sound, the band's fifth full-length also features clean vocals, Spanish guitars, and other musical experimentation, with the end result being "their most daring album yet" (Decibel Magazine). Read on for a few international reviews of The Wild Hunt:

"[WATAIN's] most daring album yet." -- DECIBEL MAGAZINE (USA)

"There's a window in time where certain bands are the most dangerous or the most powerful in the world...Right now, that band is WATAIN." -- DEL JAMES (long-time GUNS N' ROSES road manager), DECIBEL MAGAZINE (USA)

"...'The Wild Hunt' is an impressive album that allows one of the scene's stalwarts to put a new face on a familiar shadow." -- METAL SUCKS.net (USA)

"Doubtlessly one of this year's absolute highlights." -- ROCK HARD (DE) (9/10 points, Soundcheck #2)

"...endless darkness, pure emotion and sheer hate soaked in a deep black aura - an insane album! Probably it's already THE black metal record of the year!" -- METAL HAMMER (DE) (7/7 points, Soundcheck #3)

"Evil melodies, somewhere between DISSECTION and MAYHEM, the proverbial black fire and a high amount of individuality are mandatory on 'The Wild Hunt'." -- LEGACY (DE) (14/15 points)

"'The Wild Hunt' embodies not only the most anticipated heavy record of the year, but also the most important album of WATAIN's career." -- METAL HAMMER (UK) (9/10 points)

"Every single song is an explosive revolution." -- TERRORIZER (UK) (9.5/10 points)

"Exciting, vital music that grabs you by the soul." -- KERRANG (UK)

"'The Wild Hunt' is amazing! WATAIN are the masters! A true icon of the modern Black Metal scene" -- METALLIAN (FR)

"WATAIN adds new influences and colours in its black metal and creates its best album to date. An intense, great work that should attract many new fans." -- ROCK HARD (FR)

"The essential extreme metal album of this year." -- ROCK HARD (IT)

WATAIN "The Wild Hunt North America" tour dates feat. IN SOLITUDE, TRIBULATION
Oct. 8--New York, NY--Irving Plaza
Oct. 9--Philadelphia, PA--Underground Arts
Oct. 10--Worcester, MA--Palladium Upstairs
Oct. 11--Montreal, QC-Foufounes Electriques
Oct. 12--Toronto, ON--Opera House
Oct. 14--Detroit, MI--The Magic Stick
Oct. 15--Chicago, IL--Bottom Lounge
Oct. 16--Minneapolis, MN--Triple Rock Social Club
Oct. 18--Denver, CO--Marquis Theatre
Oct. 19--Salt Lake City, UT--In The Venue
Oct. 21--Seattle, WA--Studio Seven
Oct. 22--Vancouver, BC--Rickshaw
Oct. 23--Portland, OR--Hawthorne Theater
Oct. 25--Oakland, CA--Oakland Metro
Oct. 26--Los Angeles, CA--VEX
Oct. 27--Phoenix, AZ--Joe's Grotto
Oct. 28--Albuquerque, NM--Launch Pad
Oct. 30--Austin, TX--Red 7
Oct. 31--New Orleans, LA--Siberia
Nov. 1--Atlanta, GA--Masquerade Hell
Nov. 2--Charlotte, NC--The Casbah
Nov. 3--Baltimore, MD--Baltimore Sound Stage

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