Metal Review: Watain: The Wild Hunt (2013)

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Uppsala, Sweden’s black metal outfit Watain are back with “The Wild Hunt” after a three year break since their last studio effort, “Lawless Darkness.” Watain is a misunderstood band by many. Some champion the band as being the best that black metal has to offer these days. Others blast them for wasting what seemed like unlimited potential from days gone by with “Casus Luciferi.” Regardless of people’s differing opinions on their music, they have also shown themselves to be extremely abrasive with their opinions and, make no mistake about it, Watain are satanists and make it known.

Songs like Black Flames March are fluid and layered, which shows that Watain still has what they once did as so many claim. For my tastes, I lean towards their older work as well simply because of how dirty and raw it was. Their more current work is perhaps a bit on the polished side, but still has so much to offer. I am not of the thinking that Watain has lost all that much.

Erik Danielsson’s vocals are typically the star of the show on most tracks, but that is not meant to deflate anyone else’s performance. The guitar work is pretty intense throughout the entire album with so many great riffs in songs like All That May Bleed. Of course, HÃ¥kan’s drum work never slouches either. With the nearly technical approach to many of the song structures, Watain can be all over the place, but “The Wild Hunt” never seems to lose its focus.

While the band never seems to reach the lower depths of hell on these tracks as it previous efforts, “The Wild Hunt” is a release worthy of your collection. While Watain ventures into new areas, these area tend to be more on the safe side.

The Wild Hunt Track Listing:
1. Night Vision
2. De Profundis
3. Black Flames March
4. All That May Bleed
5. The Child Must Die
6. They Rode On
7. Sleepless Evil
8. The Wild Hunt
9. Outlaw
10. Ignem Veni Mittere
11. Holocaust Dawn

Watain Line-up:
H. – Drums
P. – Guitars
E. – Vocals, Bass