Black metal fans were rightfully entitled to look forward to last week’s show, the perfect opportunity to take part in an authentically occult ritual accompanied by music stemming from the depths of hell. Watain, a very famous black metal band from Sweden, offered audiences this spectacle by coming to Romania and turning the stage into an altar for the summoning of the gods of darkness. The concert was very good, as confirmed by fans of the genre. Swedish band Watain has quickly gained a cult following and is now one of the few bands whose music and visual concept precisely define the idea of black metal, as it was originally conceived.
The musical journey started with Kistvaen and Degial, whose energetic performance made way for Watain’s tracks off the album ‘The Wild Hunt.’ At little past 7.00 p.m., audiences had the chance to listen to the guys from Kistvaen, a young band that is quickly gaining ground in the depressive black metal spectrum. After an almost half-hour break, another Swedish band, Degial, started playing songs off their newest album, ‘Death’s Striking Wings,’ as more people gathered and became absorbed by the Swedes’ heavy sound. Around 9.15 p.m., the long-awaited Watain came on stage, engaging audiences in a ritual patronized by the occult. Watain literally set the stage on fire, immersing fans into the darker realms with ‘Night Vision’ and continuing with ‘De Profundis,’ ‘Malfeitor,’ ‘Black Flames March,’ ‘Puzzles of Flesh,’ ‘Devil’s Blood,’ ‘Sleepless Evil,’ ‘Legions of the Black Light,’ and ‘Total Funeral,’ finally closing with ‘The Wild Hunt.’ At the request of a considerably larger public mesmerized by the mystical atmosphere created by the band members, Watain returned to play ‘Outlaw,’ ‘Sworn To The Dark,’ and ‘The Serpent’s Chalice.’