Keeping black metal evil since 1998
WatainOakland Metro Operahouse (630 3rd Street, Oakland, CA) Map it $20
Is Watain the most evil band since Mayhem’s Euronymous ate his bandmates brains? Famed for dousing themselves in animal blood before shows, Sweden’s Watain are dedicated to keeping black metal occult, incorporating the symbology of the Misanthropic Luciferian Order liberally into their live shows. In a genre of extremes, Watain are the pinnacle of black metal. As sinister recorded as they are terrifying live, their 2010 LP “Lawless Darkness” won a Swedish Grammy, but don’t let the critical reception fool you: Watain are black metal in the purest sense of the term.