Watain Bring a Bloody Good Time to Brooklyn
Swedish black metal act Watain are one of the most intense and entrancing bands you can see live. They shared their ritualistic concert experience with an intimate crowd in Brooklyn, their only appearance in the States for 2014.
Brooklyn Bazaar turned into a temple of Watain, equipped with fire, blood and more. The ambiance of a Watain show is always a dark and ceremonial, led by frontman Erik Danielsson.
The performance began with ‘De Profundis’ off of their latest album ‘The Wild Hunt.’ The band went on to play other new tracks ‘Black Flames March,’ ‘All That May Bleed,’ ‘Outlaw’ and the title track ‘The Wild Hunt.’ The crowd was truly wild as security struggled to hold up barricades which were close to collapsing and unleashing all hell.
All throughout the set both fans and Danielsson seemed completely overcome and possessed by the hold the music and energy it has on them. The pit was ongoing the entire night especially through older tunes ‘Reaping Death,’ ‘Malfeitor’ and ‘Stellavore.’ They ended their spellbinding set with ‘Holocaust Dawn.’
Watain even made it onto the pop culture phenomenon that is TMZ where they highlighted some fans throwing up after the band threw pig’s blood into the crowd (go here to see the video). It was probably a bad idea to chow down on some BareBurger (which is served at Brooklyn Bazaar) before the Watain set, especially if you have a weak stomach.
Support for the night included the chaotic and haunting sounds of T.O.M.B., whose ritualistic stage presence was perfect to get fans in the mood for Watain. Brooklyn’s own Kosmodemonic kicked off the night with their heavy, doomy set.
Check Out Photos of Watain, T.O.M.B. + Kosmodemonic in Brooklyn Below: