01. Ecstasies in Night time Infinite
02. The Howling
04. Black Cunt
05. Leper’s Grace
06. Not Solar Nor Man Nor God
07. Earlier than the Cataclysm
08. We Stay
09. Funeral Winter
Any sort of excessive music act that sticks round for a number of years faces the problem of understanding tips on how to proceed as soon as it’s three or 4 albums deep into its profession. Pushing the depth, whether or not it is pace or heaviness or no matter, will attain a ceiling sooner or later, however Scandinavian black metallic maniacs WATAIN have efficiently challenged expectations for years. They’ve confirmed that they are an excessive band that continues to be related years after their inception, very similar to bands as different as IMMOLATION, GOATWHORE and NAPALM DEATH. With “The Agony & Ecstasy of Watain”, the Swedish band’s seventh full-length, WATAIN has created the most effective albums of its profession only one yr shy of being 1 / 4 century previous.
“The Agony & Ecstasy of Watain” is extremely dynamic and textured, and there’s ample variance relating to tempo and tempo. The discharge consists of the anticipated bulldozing songs like “The Howling”, a observe that is simply as epic as it’s blasting. However WATAIN open the album with the completely belligerent and raging observe “Ecstasies in Night time Infinity”, arguably essentially the most frenetic track they’ve ever written. Clearly lending to a extra accessible, digestible musical expertise is the distinction supplied by the extra melodic and tempered pacing of “Serimosa”. Identical to every little thing else on the album, the track oozes with a real sense of evil, and the slower nature augments the general pressure that is current all through the 10-song album.
“Serimosa” is certainly one of many album’s extra memorable tracks. The rationale that WATAIN has been the cream of the crop, a band that stands other than numerous bands of this ilk, is as a result of WATAIN is aware of the significance of catchiness — nicely evident on “Serimosa”. The ever so eloquently titled “Black Cunt” is yet one more instance of this, a track that rides forth upon a tasty mid-paced groove. Whereas WATAIN is a confirmed second-wave black metallic band that has correctly distilled and synthesized its influences inside its simply recognizable sound and identification, the ghost of CELTIC FROST overtly surfaces on a riff halfway by means of the track.
“We Stay” is exceptionally left subject for WATAIN. Farida Lemouchi (ex-THE DEVIL’S BLOOD) lends her highly effective melodic vocals to the track. The collective efficiency is astounding and appropriately nestled throughout the circulation of the album.
Following this stylistic departure, WATAIN rounds the album out in additional acquainted territory with the very heavy historically black metallic sounding track “Septentrion”. It is an adventurous WATAIN album, and the Swedes nonetheless stroll their very own path, absolutely difficult the expectations of many tried-and-true followers with songs like “We Stay”. The discharge is certainly a journey, an expertise. WATAIN continues to be evil and mysterious, however they’re staining the canvas with newer, untried colours. “The Agony & Ecstasy of Watain” will not be revered as a lot as “Casus Luciferi” or “Lawless Darkness”, however it’s positively one of the best album that they’ve launched in over 10 years.
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