Notorious Swedish black metal collective Watain are proud to announce that they will team up with Norwegian genre icon Abbath for a co-headline tour entitled ‘Chariots Of Fire European Tour 2022‘, featuring a London date on 30th September at venue Earth. With the addition of Swedish dark metal shooting stars Tribulation and unconventional Swiss blackened death metal duo Bölzer, this is the tour that European extreme metal fans truly deserve, after a seemingly endless period of drought.
Ticket pre-sale launches Wednesday 16th Feb @ 9am UK time, via the below link.
E. Danielsson of Watain comments:
“We can finally announce our first European Tour for ‘The Agony & Ecstasy of Watain’: The CHARIOTS OF FIRE tour, in the fall of 2022. The name of the tour is taken from the first lyric line of the first song of the new album, but it’s also an ode to the song by Bathory, a band whom we share a great passion for with our tour companion, the one and only ABBATH. Joining us are also the unique powerhouses Tribulation and Bölzer.“
Watain recently released new single ‘The Howling‘ – taken from their upcoming new studio album, The Agony & Ecstasy Of Watain, due out on April 29th 2022.
CHARIOTS OF FIRE EUROPEAN TOUR 2022
WATAIN x ABBATH
Special guests: Tribulation, Bölzer15.09.2022 – FR – Paris – Elysee Montmartre
16.09.2022 – DE – Oberhausen – Turbinenhalle
17.09.2022 – DE – Munich – Backstage
18.09.2022 – IT – Milan – Live Club
20.09.2022 – FR – Toulouse – Le Bikini
22.09.2022 – PT – Lisbon – Lisboa Ao Vivo
23.09.2022 – ES – Madrid – La Riviera
24.09.2022 – ES – Barcelona – Apolo
25.09.2022 – FR – Lyon – Transbordeur
27.09.2022 – CH – Zurich – Komplex 457
28.09.2022 – DE – Filderstadt – Filharmonie
29.09.2022 – NL – Tilburg – 013
30.09.2022 – UK – London – Earth
02.10.2022 – BE – Antwerp – Trix
04.10.2022 – DE – Hamburg – Markthalle
05.10.2022 – DK – Copenhagen – Amager Bio
06.10.2022 – NO – Oslo – Rockefeller
07.10.2022 – SE – Stockholm – Fallan
09.10.2022 – FI – Helsinki – Vanha
Watain crawled out of Satan’s **** in 1998, and have since then ascended and grown into one of the world’s most well known and notorious Black Metal bands. Their legacy is often referred to with fear, love, confusion or awe, but seldom with indifference.
Their infamous live shows have become a worldwide phenomenon; inimitable ceremonies of wild Black Metal fanatism where the sacred and solemn collides with raw unadulterated force. With their greatly anticipated seventh studio album, Watain continues to arouse and electrify their audience with an unmistakable, adventurous brand of Black Metal Magic, processed and distilled over the course of a 25-year long history.
Recorded live by long time collaborator Tore Stjerna in his infamous Necromorbus studio, now re-located to an old church on the Swedish countryside, The Agony & Ecstasy of Watain takes the listener one huge step closer to the innermost heart of a band that despite always being surrounded by rumors and controversy has always strived for a most sincere and genuine form of expression.
With 10 songs written by the founding trinity of Watain (E. Danielsson, H. Jonsson and P. Forsberg), it is also the first Watain album to be recorded live with a full line-up completed by A. Lillo, H. Eriksson and E. Forcas.
The material is further enriched by noble contributions from Farida Lemouchi (ex. The Devil’s Blood, now in Molassess) and Gottfrid Åhman (ex. In Solitude, now in PÅGÅ).
The lyrics, always a central aspect of every Watain album, range from manic proselytism to profound contemplation on the relativity between life and death, sacred and profane, holy and unholy, agony and ecstasy, eagerly excavating the winding depths of mind and spirit with a new sense of clarity and determination.
Characterized by a morbid sense of beauty mingled with raw primal force, Watain is the wolf that keeps hunting, fearless and free, in the dark night of man.