Watain – Trident Wolf Eclipse (2018)
Watain – Trident Wolf Eclipse is the sixth full-length studio album by the Swedish black metal band Watain. The album was released on January 5, 2018, through Century Media Records. The album marks a significant shift away from the progressive style of Watain’s previous album, The Wild Hunt, and a return to their earlier more traditional and aggressive black metal sound. According to frontman Erik Danielsson, the album title should be read as three separate words that were chosen to represent symbolic concepts that the band consider central to their music. Trident Wolf Eclipse received generally favorable reviews from music critics upon release.
The band announced on August 3, 2017, that their sixth full-length studio album would be released on January 5, 2018. On October 31, 2017, the band released “Nuclear Alchemy” as a single on 7″ vinyl and digital formats, as well as a music video directed by Claudio Marino of Artax Film. The single also features the B-side “Beyond”, originally by the Hungarian black metal band Tormentor, which does not appear on the album itself.
The album’s writing process was greatly influenced by the death of the band’s close friend Selim Lemouchi of The Devil’s Blood, who committed suicide in 2013, and the band dedicated this album to him. Danielsson has said that “There were a lot of very powerful things in our bond, and I think a lot of that force and that bond made it into the album as a direct channeling of his ferocious spirit and fiery way of being. I definitely think those things are why Trident Wolf Eclipse sounds so ferocious.”
Trident Wolf Eclipse is completely uncompromising. Watain frontman Erik Danielsson and his crew do not give a shit about trends or expectations, they create music for themselves and that is why they succeed where many other bands fail. Too many artists are so preoccupied with trying to fit in or meet expectations from the metal community that the resulting creative output is mediocre at best. This is not the case with Watain.
The album is very even, but also rather varied. Most songs have constant twists and turns, tempo changes and a few surprises here and there. It’s a busy soundscape that demands your full attention. It also deserves your full attention.
Watain is arguably one of the biggest acts in all of metal, and their live shows border on legendary. They’ve had what is a very strong collection of work so far, and their latest full-length album, Trident Wolf Eclipse, presents a return to form for this incredible band, as well as a step in the right direction.
Album: Trident Wolf Eclipse
Released: January 5, 2018
Label: Century Media
Producer: Tore Stjerna
Genre: Black Metal
Website: Official Website
Discs: 1 disc
Reviewed by: Dr. Butcher
Our Rating: 4.0 /5
What did you think about this Album? Tell us below.
Or discuss it with us in our Horror Group!
*This post may contain affiliate links, meaning, if you click through and make a purchase or sign up for a program, Grim Magazine may earn a very small commission. This is at no additional cost to you. The small fee goes toward keeping our website free of advertisements and other product banners. It also helps in funding our contests and giveaways, and pay compensation to our content contributors for their reviews, articles, and stories. Please don’t hesitate to use our affiliate links!