In a move that’s probably making a lot of people remember the first time they smelled rotting animal carcasses at one of their shows, Watain have announced that they’ve signed a worldwide deal with Century Media. The Swedish black metal band had been on Season of Mist for most of their career. The band’s fifth studio album will be released sometime next year via the band’s own imprint, His Master’s Noise in collaboration with Century Media. Here’s the band’s take on their new home:
“We are writing this from a magical place of desolation and desert-like vastness, where wondrous things are at this very moment taking place. Things that will come to colour our world as well as yours in the strangest hues for many years to come. We are entering this new chapter of WATAIN with a will and confidence to make it the most diverse and rememberable so far. And with the things that we have in mind for the future, it looks like it will be just so. Just wait and see, f***ers! Loud and terrible shall the trumpets of Devils sound…”
We’re guessing that “f***ers” wasn’t initially censored by the band in their original statement. Here’s what the label has to say about the signing:
Century Media is massively excited to work with WATAIN. This band has it all: charisma, the firm will to conquer the world, and an authenticity you rarely find these days. Mixed with their creativity and musical impact – this band will make it to the top. They are a healthy slap in the face for any Metal Bourgeois. We are ready to kill for them!” says Antje Lange, General Manager Century Media Europe
“I am very proud and excited to welcome WATAIN to the Century Media family. There are few bands that remind me of when I first discovered metal as a teenager that could give me the same feeling of extreme release and evil such as SLAYER, VENOM and MERCYFUL FATE did. WATAIN is one of those rare bands and I look forward to being a part of their growing career and helping today’s future metalhead find their way!” adds Don Robertson, President Century Media USA.