WATAIN (1998–PRESENT). Erik Danielsson (vocals), P. Forsberg (guitar), Set Teitan (guitar/bass), H. Jonsson (drums).
Watain are a Swedish black metal band (there must be something in the water there … ) that has consistently turned out some of the most twisted and evil music in the genre since forming in 1998. The lyrics contain fairly typical satanic imagery but the music is a combination of almost progressive instrumentation and brutal vocals. The best album is still the classic Rabid Death’s Curse, but almost all of their material is essential for fans of well-done and well-produced black metal.
Discography: Ritual Macabre: Live (Sacrilegious Warfare, 2000); Casus Luciferi (Drakkar, 2006); Rabid Death’s Curse (Drakkar, 2006); Sworn to the Dark (Seasons of Mist, 2007).