Watain
Casus Luciferi


4.0
excellent

Review

by dragoth USER (31 Reviews)
April 11th, 2014 | 28 replies | 1,024 views


Release Date: 2003 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Watain's sophomore album provides a great listen and demonstrates that they know how to craft brilliant and powerful black metal

4 of 4 thought this review was well written

Swedish black metallers Watain are a band that have risen exponentially since their first album 'Rabid Death's Curse' broke onto the scene, becoming almost a household name in the black metal scene. With their second album 'Casus Luciferia', Watain cemented the raw black metal style that dominated their first effort, creating a brilliant album that contains all the elements that go into creating a memorable and powerful black metal album.

The work of vocals is taken on by Erik Danielsson, and he does a fantastic job, spitting aggressive hateful lyrics with powerful and harsh screams and growls that could come from Satan himself. Each song is centred around his harsh vocals, whilst his vocal pitch doesn't often vary, it doesn't need to, the melody lines he creates vocally perfectly fit the aggressive guitar lines, placed at the forefront of the mix, they dominate the songs. Watain approach this album with one thought, classic black metal, there are no clean vocals hear or orchestration, Danielsson roars away on every track alongside the band. Danielsson also proves himself an adept lyricist, avoiding the black metal trap of just ranting with stereotypical lines about why God is so bad or how a Church needs to be burnt, instead choosing to take these topics and put more thought into conveying them, for example on 'Devil's Blood';

'Ageless, eternal in grace
Behold the snake of temptation!
Eyes gleaming with wisdom,
tongues telling of truths inversed
I have swallowed the hanged man's semen
with necrophageous delight
and let the Devil enter
with all his might'


Instrumentally this album blends different guitar styles, sometimes going for melodic lines, sometimes heavy riffing (see 'Black Salvation'), and others classic black metal tremolo lines ('Devil's Blood' as an example), perfectly balancing the chaos of classic black metal, and melodic lines alongside catchy hooks and riffs, creating something entirely different all together. On this album, the guitarists are clearly talented and blend all the different elements into their songs. The production is crisp on this album, allowing everything to be heard, and the guitars are done well, the crushing weight of their sound bringing an aggressive edge to the sound. The bass is audible on some tracks, though tends to follow the guitar line, save on Puzzles Ov Flesh' and 'Opus Dei' where it provides quite interesting melodies of its own, it takes nothing from the sound, but not really contributing much either. The drums on the other hand, provided by HÃ¥kan Jonsson, are a great addition, providing an exciting barrage of sounds ranging from blast beats, furious drum rolls and rhythmic technical patterns.

As is constantly pointed out by elitists and critics, you can hear influences in the sound of Watain, particularly Dissection, but Watain appear proud of these influences, and blend them together and add to them to create their own unique sound, one that has captured many in the black metal scene and has led them a long way, they transcend these influences and move ahead. What Watain have done here is craft an excellent black metal album, memorable and technical and highly enjoyable, with brilliant roaring and snarling, imaginative and technical guitars with a crushing sound, and drums that pound away with furious blast beats and technical lines. Anyone who is a fan of classical black metal, or even more modern black metal should definitely give this album a listen to.



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ShadowRemains
April 10th 2014



20227 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

ugh this band

Nikkolae
April 11th 2014



4747 Comments


such a nicely written review, what a shame its for such a shitty album

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Wizard
April 11th 2014



19206 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Well done with the review dude, no glaring mistakes or anything. Flows well and easy to read.

ugh this band

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MoosechriS
April 11th 2014



4768 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Nice review dude, pos'd

I used to worship these guys when i first got into black metal, i still enjoy them now and again buty taste within the genre has changed alot since those early days. I understand peoples frustrations and negative views on the band, but as a gateway band i think these guys are a great way to break into the genre. This is probably my fave of theirs these days.

titanslayer
April 11th 2014



1438 Comments


Good review
lyrics aren't really that big of a deal in the genre but, "I have swallowed the hanged man's semen with necrophageous delight"

What


The


Fuck

Tyrael
April 11th 2014



20722 Comments


this band is cancer

Grimlin
April 11th 2014



832 Comments


ugh this band


KriegdemKriege
April 12th 2014



958 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is the first I've ever heard of people hating on Watain. What's the deal? I love this band, and thought most people agreed with me.

KriegdemKriege
April 12th 2014



958 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Good review by the way, pos.

Wizard
April 12th 2014



19206 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Only elitists hate this band...

dragoth
April 13th 2014



237 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks for all the positive feedback, I don't get the hate on them, they are definitely a gateway band for people getting into the genre, but that's not a bad thing at all

KriegdemKriege
April 13th 2014



958 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

But what is there to be elitist about? They just make standard black metal.

dragoth
April 15th 2014



237 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The popularity they have pisses elitists off a lot

dragoth
April 15th 2014



237 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Because their not releasing only ten copies of each album on cassette and selling them to friends and family and doing it all on a 4-track recorder then burning a cross in their backyard for the glory of almighty Satan

BigPleb
April 15th 2014



33892 Comments


band takes themselves wayyyy too seriously.

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InFlamesWeThrash666
April 15th 2014



904 Comments


" then burning a cross in their backyard for the glory of almighty Satan" they actually have some burning upside-down crosses on stage

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KriegdemKriege
April 15th 2014



958 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Lol they're not even that popular though! Why is it cool to like Mayhem, Dissection, Emperor, and Darkthrone, but not Watain?

Elitists are the worst.

TheSpirit
April 15th 2014



17128 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Dear god, you people missuse "elitist" more than "hipster".

These guys just plain suck, that's the major difference. They are so beyond generic.

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TheSpirit
April 15th 2014



17128 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

"Because their not releasing only ten copies of each album on cassette and selling them to friends and family and doing it all on a 4-track recorder then burning a cross in their backyard for the glory of almighty Satan"

You may actually be retarded



KriegdemKriege
April 15th 2014



958 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

^ Calls someone retarded for making a joke, yet misspells "misuse".

Relax. I like this band.

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