Swedish black metallers WATAIN will release a new single, “Nuclear Alchemy”, on October 31.
The band states: “‘Nuclear Alchemy’ is the sound of an eager beast let loose from its cage at last. A song of violent fire, impending doom and of necks cracking in ecstacy. A dissolving injection of power and force into the coagulated veins of black metal and a first glimpse into the abyss that shall be opened in the beginning of 2018. Meanwhile, stand by for conflagration.”
The “Nuclear Alchemy” single will also include an exclusive B-side: a cover version of Hungarian cult act TORMENTOR‘s “Beyond”. The seven-inch will be released in two editions, strictly limited to a thousand copies each.
Pre-order the red vinyl from the band’s official store.
WATAIN will release its new album on January 5, 2018. To coincide with the disc’s release, the band will embark on short European tour, consisting of shows in Stockholm, Sweden; Berlin, Germany; Tilburg, Netherlands; London, England; and Paris, France.
WATAIN‘s next album will be the follow-up to “The Wild Hunt”, which came out in August 2013 via Season Of Mist.
Asked in a 2015 interview with Metal As Fuck if he could see WATAIN pushing the boundaries of orthodox black metal even further on its next CD, frontman Erik Danielsson said: “Orthodox black metal was the common term for a few selected bands that co-existed for a few years in the beginning of the millennia, and to my knowledge the term has since then been continuously misused and discredited by idiots, which is why we have refrained from using it in relation to WATAIN since many years back.
“Anyway, yes, we broke rules and crossed borders on ‘The Wild Hunt’ for sure,” he continued. “That is one of the main things we do with this band. I do not see it as going in a certain direction, however.
“The progression of WATAIN reflects the changes of a landscape — external and internal — along the path that we are destined to walk upon.
“When we wrote ‘The Wild Hunt’, our surroundings were very heavy, solemn, stern and life-altering. If we were to write an album now, I think it would sound quite different. Just like each of our albums sounded different to its predecessor.”
Erik added that his personal perspective of “The Wild Hunt” material has changed after performing it live with his bandmates for the last several years. “It grows stronger, and increases in depth and weight,” he said. “The songs evolve on stage, their character intensifies, their venom grows more potent, more direct. It is a very rewarding and inspiring process.
“I relate to the idea of that writing a song in WATAIN is similar to releasing/unleashing something,” he explained. “The recording of it in a studio would represent its birth, and the performing of it on a stage is where we allow it to come to life, where it is charged with the force that we have accumulated over the years. I think people who have listened to the album will know what I mean when they see the shows.”