Trident Wolf Eclipse - Watain

Artist: Watain

Album: Trident Wolf Eclipse

Genre: Black Metal

Label: Century Media

Release Date: January 5th, 2017

As good as they are, Watain have never been an absolute favorite of mine when it comes to the black metal genre, or even just modern black metal in general. They have some truly excellent material, and they are a very good band don't get me wrong, but I still don't think I've heard an album by them that has completely blown me away. To me, Watain are more about the image and putting on an extremely entertaining live show. There's no denying that they're an important band in black metal, they've had a lot of success and an impressive career, but does this new album break any barriers or change my opinion on them?

Well, all it takes is just one listen to the apocalyptic opener (and first single) “Nuclear Alchemy” to drag you into the darkness, with its aggressive behaviour and delivery that bursts through the speakers with devastating riffs, it's gritty, dirty and a great way to start things off. The intensity keeps on coming with the lightning fast assault of “Sacred Damnation” and the moody and evil-sounds of “Teufelsreich”.

Things are off to a very good start and this is the kind of modern black metal that ticks all the right boxes. There aren't really any surprises, which is fine, so don't expect Watain to go down a different path or for them to try something progressive here, as Trident Wolf Eclipse continues it becomes more clear that they only have one goal in mind, and that's to intimidate and to regain their reputation for being the most extreme and most vicious band in black metal.

There are standout tracks such as “Furor Diabolicus” and “Ultra (Pandemoniac)” which are by large some of their most savage and brutal tracks the band have released in years, the colossal song “The Fire of Power” could also fall into that category also. The vocals of Erik Danielsson seem to have a little extra venom this time around, spewing forth his vile lyrics with more force and passion than we’ve heard from since perhaps the 2010 album Lawless Darkness.

This blasphemous offering of 9 tracks from Watain sound much more convincing and dominant than their past couple of efforts. Trident Wolf Eclipse isn't the masterpiece I've been waiting for, it's not even an amazing album, it is however very good and something that I will continue to revisit over the course of 2018. If you've become bored of their music over the past few years, this should definitely be more than enough to make you want to jump back onto that black horse and gallop off into the freezing night. Long live black metal!

7.5 out of 10 stars.

Check out the official music video for "Nuclear Alchemy" below:

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