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Watain: Trident Wolf Eclipse

Swedish black metal mongers Watain are back with their latest slab of diabolical brutality, titled Trident Wolf Eclipse. Though the trio have certainly continued to gain in popularity over the years, their 2013 release The Wild Hunt contained some more melodic elements that divided part of the fanbase a bit. Well, they are back on track at their maniacal best here on Trident Wolf Eclipse, a true return to form that might not quite hit Sworn to the Dark or Lawless Darkness heights, but it isn't far off.

Now 20 years into their career, Watain can be considered veterans of the black metal scene, and this confidence can be heard right from the outset here on opening cut "Nuclear Alchemy". For a three-piece , Watain certainly create a tremendous wall of sound, as the relentless blast beats, rasping vocals, and juggernaut riffing are all over "Furor Diabolicus" and the furious "A Throne Below", Håkan Jonsson flailing away on the drums underneath some killer riffs courtesy of Pelle Forsberg. And, it doesn't get more relentless and venomous than "Towards the Sanctuary", bassist Erik Danielsson spewing his unholy hatred over rampaging arrangements that are some of the most brutal in all of black metal. This fairly brief (about 40 minutes) album closes with the atmospheric, sludgy "Antikrists Mirakel", an apocalyptic end to this chaotic, yet satisfying release.

Most of the tracks here no doubt will go over great in Watain's blood soaked live environment, so be on the lookout for them coming to a live venue near you. If you aren't brave enough to subject yourself to their brand of black metal mayhem in a concert setting, you'll get plenty of mileage out of this new studio release.

Track Listing
1. Nuclear Alchemy 3:08
2. Sacred Damnation 4:41
3. Teufelsreich 4:27
4. Furor Diabolicus 4:43
5. A Throne Below 4:10
6. Ultra (Pandemoniac) 4:01
7. Towards The Sanctuary 4:55
8. The Fire of Power 4:38
9. Antikrists Mirakel 7:10

Added: January 7th 2018
Reviewer: Pete Pardo
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Language: english

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