Welcome to the LOUDEST DOT COM ON THE PLANET!
KNAC.COM News Reviews and More Watch The Latest Videos Buy KNAC T-shirts and More


WATAIN Die In Fire - Live In Hell (Agony And Ecstasy Over Stockholm)

By Francisco Zamudio, Metal X Candy 2.0
Monday, April 1, 2024 @ 10:30 AM


- advertisement -
WATAIN
Die In Fire - Live In Hell (Agony And Ecstasy Over Stockholm)

Nuclear Blast Records




As part of my retro-review series, where I review Album or EP releases from last year or years prior that might have slipped through your cracks and under the radar - herein I spotlight one of the best and TRUE Black Metal bands still in existence. Hailing from Sweden, the Scandinavian land that brought us many other greats like DARK FUNERAL, MARDUK, BATHORY and my absolute favorite and greatest of all time, DISSECTION - behold another great name in that of WATAIN. Last year they celebrated 25 years and as part of such, in November of 2022 they released the live Album Die In Fire - Live In Hell (Agony And Ecstasy Over Stockholm), their performance from the fall of 2022 in their homeland of Sweden. This monumental show that was in support of their aforementioned release from 2022, The Agony & Ecstasy of..., captures their 2+ decades worth of madness and mayhem in just over an hour's worth with 12 songs of blasphemous brutality, spanning their illustrious catalog. Playing cuts from Casus Luciferi, Lawless Darkness, The Wild Hunt, Trident Wolf Eclipse and of course the band's latest offering.

The band whose deep dark roots formed in 1998 is Black Metal In its true essence. Their live shows are ripe with real blood and shrouded in fire, covering the audience who is engulfed from the start. A live show so intense, it's been said to induce vomiting (nice!). While unfortunately there is no full length DVD/Video of the concert (you can actually find a couple of good ones like the HELLFEST from 2022 and a short one from BRUTAL ASSAULT last year), we were however gifted a couple of videos from this concert. One being "Before The Cataclysm" and "Ecstasies In Night Infinite", both tracks from their recent release, again for which this tour was in support of.

My favorite moments of this live assault of the senses that sent a cold chill up my spine was after "Black Flames March" and before he introduced "Reaping Death" (a cut from 2010's Lawless Darkness, considered their best release). The clarity is intense, especially when you hear them rip through "The Howling" and "Devil's Blood", "Nuclear Alchemy" and their cover of the BATHORY claSIC(K) "The Return Of Darkness And Evil", a cut from the tribute album dedicated to the Blackened Trash Metal godfathers and their live tribute album Tonight We Raise Our Cups and Toast in Angels Blood (2015). Then hearing the fans in attendance shout "HEY! HEY" HEY!" in that middle part of "Malfeitor" makes you feel like you were right there chanting along with the crowd.

WATAIN's sound is captured so well on record and helping maintain consistency in this live piece, that was recorded by Jamie Elton, was that it was mastered at Necromorbus Studio by Tore Stjerna (of FUNERAL MIST) who also served as live-bassist with WATAIN for a time, and if you know or heard WATAIN live, you know how intense the bass sound can be. Vocalist and founder Danilesson is a real smart and aware man. Not only wise but a great artist as well as he has contributed the Art for this live release as well as prior releases. In addition, he has done art for many, and I mean MANY other great bands. DISSECTION, ENTOMBED, SHINING, NIFELHEIM - and countless others. He is outspoken about his gratitude towards the WATAIN "disciples" reminding fans how important "sharpening our minds and sharpening our senses" is (HELLFEST 2022).

WATAIN is truly 'Sworn to the Black' as their charred track-record would demonstrate. While consistent in their sound, they aren't afraid of producing songs like "They Rode On" (The Wild Hunt, 2013). Aside from some minor "experimentation" in their sound here and there, they never swayed too far off their chosen path. When you look at bands like DARKTHRONE who did the same, Black Metal is all about breaking boundaries with a "F*CK THE WORLD" attitude. An attitude I highly admire, adapt, and live by.

The Term "fire" is sadly over-used in today's ill-influenced society, just as simple minds fear "hell", "Hell is other people" (Anonymous). In this context, WATAIN IS FIRE. As this only begins to describe the awakening darkness that is. Die in Fire - Live in Hell is a symbol of gratitude for their Legion worldwide who've embraced this idea. It is a very personal release dedicated to all those who have joined WATAIN on their path of lawless black metal darkness during the past 25 years. Excellent capture of a momentous show of one of the leading Black Metal bands in the world. Hail WATAIN.

5.0 Out Of 5.0


Back to Top

 

 

 Recent Reviews
AMON AMARTH, CANNIBAL CORPSE, OBITUARY, FROZEN SOUL In Portland, OR With Photos!
ULI JON ROTH In Ottawa, Canada
RAVEN, VICIOUS RUMORS, LUTHARO In Ottawa, Canada
BLIND GUARDIAN, NIGHT DEMON In Worcester, MA With Photos!
FIREWIND, EDGE OF PARADISE, IMMORTAL GUARDIAN In Houston, TX With Photos!
KERRY KING From Hell I Rise
DARKTHRONE It Beckons Us All
KAMELOT, HAMMERFALL, AD INFINITUM In Fort Worth, TX With Photos!
ASKING ALEXANDRIA, MEMPHIS MAY FIRE, THE WORD ALIVE, NERV In Salt Lake City, UT
ARTILLERY, VAPOR, POTENTIAL THREAT, INFRARED In Ottawa, Canada
BABYLON A.D. Rome Wasn't Built In A Day
ILLUSORY The Ivory Tower Reissue
GHOSTKID Hollywood Suicide
DAATH The Deceivers
ACCEPT Humanoid
BRUCE DICKINSON In Santa Ana, CA With Photos!
GREAT WHITE, SLAUGHTER, QUIET RIOT In Houston, TX With Photos!
STATIC-X, SEVENDUST, LINES OF LOYALTY In Salt Lake City, UT With Photos!
JUDAS PRIEST, SABATON In Youngstown, OH With Photos!
ROCK & BREWS Ridgefield, WA Grand Opening With Photos!
WIND ROSE, XANDRIA, LYCANTHRO In Ottawa, Canada
THE ROCK ORCHESTRA By Candlelight In Myrtle Beach, SC With Photos!
DEICIDE Banished By Sin
2024 MONSTERS OF ROCK CRUISE Recap With Photos!
LITA FORD In West Hollywood, CA With Photos!
BREAKING BENJAMIN, DAUGHTRY, CATCH YOUR BREATH In Idaho Falls, ID With Photos!
TYGERS OF PAN TANG Live Blood
FILTH Southern Hostility
NECROT Lifeless Birth
WAGE WAR, NOTHING MORE, VEIL OF MAYA, SLEEP THEORY In Charlotte, NC With Photos!
SESSANTA, Featuring A PERFECT CIRCLE, PRIMUS, PUSCIFER In Houston, TX With Photos!
ASKING ALEXANDRIA, MEMPHIS MAY FIRE, THE WORD ALIVE, NERV In Houston, TX With Photos!
RAVEN, VICIOUS RUMORS, LUTHARO, WICKED In West Hollywood, CA With Photos!
HIGH ON FIRE Cometh The Storm
DETHKLOK, DRAGONFORCE, NEKROGOBLIKON In Myrtle Beach, SC With Photos!
BLACKTOP MOJO Pollen



HOME | MAGAZINE | VIDS | STORE | HELP/POLICIES

©2024 KNAC.COM. All Rights Reserved.    Link to us    Advertise with us    Privacy policy
 Latest News