AS WOLVES AMONG SHEEP WE HAVE WANDERED

Ceremonial fanaticism, black mass hysteria, blood, fire and death; rock n roll as the Devil once intended…

Musically fueled by forefathers such as Venom, Bathory, Metallica and Mercyful Fate, and spiritually fueled by the lawless will of the liberated spirit, Watain is that dangerous flame of Metal that seemed lost for many years, and that now once again has been set loose upon the dying world. in honor of the wild and untamed darkness that lies at the heart of true rock n roll music.


It began in Uppsala, in the fall of 1998. At the feet of one of the city's oldest monuments, three young devils were brought together by their passion for violence, fire, metal and perhaps even more so the Satanic Black metal cult that thrived around them, led by bands such as Dissection, Nifelheim, Malign and Ofermod. The first chaotic years of rehearsal demos, letter writing, editing Hellish massacre fanzine and performing underground shows culminated in the 99′ Essence of Black Purity EP.


"We realised early on that there was no way back. No return. The bones had been cast and they foretold an eternal quest and a voyage to the world's end. Something had called us and we answered, a pact had been sealed and we were to pledge it allegiance to the Death. And so it was that we embarked on a journey that would take us far, far away; polluting all seven sea and setting all corners of the earth ablaze with the shadowless fires of liberation."


As the years passed, Watain became infamous for the antagonistic and, in many eyes, controversial approach they have always had to their work. A seemingly endless stream of dark rumours followed the band like rats following the piper – some true, some not. What became clear was that Watain was a band walking its own callous path without paying the world around them any consideration, just like wolves prefer to walk on their own, at night.


It is the magic combination of fierceness and beauty that makes the Wolf an exception even in nature. Revered outlaws, feared in their bestial nature, yet also objects of fascination and curiosity, of naturally inhabited and unreachable grace, that men love to hate, and hate to love. But regardless of what judgement the vox populi might pass on these nocturnal predators, they remain just that; a rare breed of hunters; alone, aside, untamed, always hungry…

In Solitude

In 2002, under an Uppsala Moon, the spirits of ancient evil and old metal are summoned and celebrated. The cloaks of Swedes Niklas Lindstrom (guitar), Uno Bruniusson (drums), Gottfrid Ahman (bass) and Henrik Helenius (guitar / vocals) rose within a circle of fire and gave birth to the band IN SOLITUDE. Tones of below and voices from the deep beyond enlightened the eve. At dawn a new entity will have arisen although a year would pass before it would ride out…

Enter 2003, a feared and forceful enigma would soon be drawn to this flame; Hornper (vocals) had arrived. By the dark light of the morning star, the five bad points of IN SOLITUDE, who hail from Uppsala Sweden (the same town as Watain & Invidious) cast their first shadows. In 2004, IN SOLITUDE released the band's first self-titled demo, filled with the incipient verses and music from the new beast. Copies soon dissipate into smoke.

In 2005 guitarist/vocalist Henrik Heleius strays off the burning path. The silhouette of another takes form and Mattias Gustafsson is conjured to enrich the sonic spells of these children of the night. In 2006 the band released the second demo Hidden Dangers, which breathes the night air briefly as it too, quickly dissipates into the aura of the European metal nightscape.

In 2008, Sweden's S.M.P. Records released the EP Hidden Dangers as a 7" which quickly sold out. Under this same cycle, the band unleashes their nameless 8 song, full-length debut in the form of a CD on Pure Steel Records and cast in wax on High Roller Records. Captured at Burlesco Studios, the same as the demos, this now famous debut was produced by Hasse Bruniusson. The heat of the album spread throughout the land as both versions rapidly saw represses.

Heeding to a growing following, especially in Germany and their home country of Sweden, IN SOLITUDE embarked on a handful of European tours. Touted festivals also witnessed this glorious new beast, namely Keep It True, Up the Hammers, Pounding Metal, Metal Magic and Hell's Pleasures festivals. Amidst these heighted tiers however, another member grievingly falls, and by the end of 2009 Mattias Gustafsson returned to the mist wherein he came.

2010 saw IN SOLITUDE signing a worldwide deal with Metal Blade Records. This is also the year that Henrik Psalm, vocalist and guitarist for the heavy punkers Sonic Ritual, passes the trials by fire and thus a new fury rises within the horde. Guitarist Henrik Psalm comments; "Soon it will be winter and I am very happy to be a part of the snowstorm of broken glass that is IN SOLITUDE. I've got a good feeling that we will pierce quite a few hearts. There will be some blood in the snow. My blood. Everyone's blood. Ideas are growing into actions. More blood in the snow. It's great. Passion. Fire. I love these guys. We are really doing something that will make motion. It's in the air around us right now. We love each other and we love that fire that moves us. It's something not of this world and I am one of the instruments that makes this happen, and that's a beautiful thing." The cultivation of a new sound nears perfection; one that bears the dynamic powers of youth and the embittered wisdom of the ages.

The week of November 15th, the horde entered Nicke Anderson's (HELLACOPTERS) brand new studio Gutterview Recorders in Stockholm, Sweden with producer Fred Estby (DISMEMBER, DEATH BREATH) to record the band's sophomore record, which will see release in the spring of 2011.

Follow the Owl. Follow your own burning blood into the night!

Tribulation

After releasing celebrated old school gem The Horror, which was followed by ardent
touring and a, since a few years ongoing, period of writing new material and
abscense from the stages, Tribulation is finally back both on stage and on disc.
The new Watershed album The Formulas of Death has been out since march and
has upended the world of extreme metal, it is a record that builds big moods and
razes preconceptions on how death metal is supposed to sound and behave.
To experience Tribulation live is larger than death - sprung from the west of Sweden,
the phantoms creeps out of the dark and takes a chilling grasp around your throat
with huge, hypnotic music - cleanse your mind and journey beyond what you think
you know.

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Watain with In Solitude, Tribulation

Saturday, October 12 · 7:15 PM at Opera House