Watain
Lawless Darkness


4.0
excellent

Review

by Letterbomb69 USER (2 Reviews)
June 8th, 2011 | 72 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Lawless Indeed.

It's 90 degrees outside my dwelling. The sun is shining hard and the choking mugginess of a Michigan summer is in full effect. But you wouldn't know that standing in my dorm. Frost covers the windows, drifts of snow accumulate in the corners, and I'm burning my furniture in an effort to appease the pagan gods of old. My wolf skin is drenched in blood and I can only speak in incantations.

This is the experience one might have while listening to Lawless Darkness, the newest offering from Swedish black metal group Watain. The groups relentless throwback sound has earned them a cover spot on Decibel magazine, and more then a few mentions in other publications for their penchant of throwing blood on their audiences during live shows. But while theatrics may be a big part of what makes black metal, it means almost next to nothing if the music isn't as evil as the image.

And evil music is where Watain delivers. Lawless Darkness, while not being a magnum opus or genre redefining, is still a great record and showcases the raw unrestrained power of black metal. It's well produced but not overpolished, the guitars sound creepy and the drums pound like the hammer of Thor. Even the distorted bass can be heard making slight movements beneath the foundation of the music. The band conjures the sounds of armies marching, of wolves running through fields, towns being burned and eternal night blanketing the sky.

The album is straight ahead charging into battle for nearly its entirety, which some may enjoy, but it would be nice to see them explore slower tempos. I'm sure it wouldn't be hard for them to pull off a funeral doom song if they tried. But the slower parts that do exist contrast well with the fast bits. The end of Malfeitor exhibits this perfectly. The song spends most of its duration being an exercise in full speed chaos, but opens up with a decrease in speed and a deliciously epic lead guitar part. The longer tracks like Wolves Curse also have some doomy bits. Meanwhile, Total Funeral has an opening riff that recalls Venom, and an interesting drum part beneath it, while Reaping Death has an opening riff that could be, in a different context, be heard in a garage rock band a la Be Your Own Pet.

Overall Lawless Darkness is a great record despite the lack of variety. It shows promise, and in a world where most people watch Immortal's music videos and laugh, and think of Cradle of Filth and Dimmu Borgir when they hear the words black metal, there is a need for a band like Watain to bring the bite and balls back. So if you're looking for an album to burn *** down to, look no further.

Standout Tracks: Malfeitor, Wolves Curse, Total Funeral,


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AngelofDeath
Staff Reviewer
June 8th 2011


16137 Comments


A 4 for a Watain album? Hahahaha.

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
June 8th 2011


18524 Comments


Yeah never listened to these guys and don't plan on changing that.

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NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
June 8th 2011


7047 Comments


So if you're looking for an album to burn *** down to, look no further.

sounds intense.

Wizard
June 8th 2011


19448 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

A 4 for a Watain album? Hahahaha.

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eggsvonsatan
June 8th 2011


1087 Comments


Thanks for reviewing this. Watain needs more love around here. However, i was not a huge fan of this album. Around a 3.25 for me. I need to review Casus Luceferi

ShadowRemains
June 9th 2011


20847 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

oh fuck this band...no

zaruyache
June 9th 2011


6605 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Hey now, they're decent.

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DarkNoctus
Contributing Reviewer
June 9th 2011


8825 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5 | Sound Off

there is a need for a band like Watain to bring the bite and balls back


yeah but that band isn't watain

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05McDonaldT
June 10th 2011


268 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Really great band, I'm glad to see somebody else on here can see how good they are

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
June 11th 2011


7047 Comments


this is not really grabbing my attention.

BloodBathed
July 17th 2011


7 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

agreed. they are tight as hell and deliver live!

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hatahs
August 12th 2011


140 Comments


Surprised this is rated so low. Will go down in history as one of the greatest black metal albums ever

Hawks
August 12th 2011


35838 Comments


Lol I highly doubt that.

TheSpirit
August 12th 2011


17885 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

band is awful and hatahs is a faggot

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DarkNoctus
Contributing Reviewer
August 12th 2011


8825 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5 | Sound Off

how much black metal have you heard, hatahs? :]

TheSpirit
August 12th 2011


17885 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

watain

Hawks
August 12th 2011


35838 Comments


Obviously not enough lol. I mean I'm actually someone who enjoys Watain from time to time, but calling one of their albums one of the best in the genre is just completely wrong.

TheSpirit
August 12th 2011


17885 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

but dude ... it's lawless

DarkNoctus
Contributing Reviewer
August 12th 2011


8825 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5 | Sound Off

and DARK!! but it's not noctus :]

Tyrael
August 12th 2011


20886 Comments


I'm surprised their albums have such high average ratings

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