WATAIN – Sworn To The Dark (CD, 2007)


Watain’s legitimacy as a true black metal band, unhindered by the genre’s rules due to their skill, even comes through with the production. It is crisp and clear, perfect for the aforementioned musicianship. It allows give the music a kick. Songs of this style deserve to be presented clearly to accentuate their rawness and heaviness – don’t forget that Swedish predessesors to this band such as Necrophobic, Unanimated and Sacramentum were all clearly produced. Not only is it pleasing to hear a well-executed album, but it is also refreshing to know that in this day and age there are still bands that are able to actually break rules and conventions.. Sworn To The Dark does this whilst retaining a distinctive, 100% black metal sound, without reducing it to a mockery. Against those that would try and indulge in such mockery, Watain could well be the flagbearers for Black Metal – an artform that is still vibrant and valid. Recommended for fans of Bathory, Mayhem, Dissection, Valkyrja, Necrophobic.

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