Sweden’s most notorious metal extremists, WATAIN, have revealed the album cover artwork and track-listing for their fifth studio album, The Wild Hunt. Executed in oil and mixed materials, the cover of The Wild Hunt was done by Zbigniew M Bielak, the very same artist who was responsible for the Lawless Darkness artwork. The piece depicts one of the inmost shrines of WATAIN’s temple. As on every classic still life, each object has a significant meaning, while each song of the album is also connected to an object.
The Wild Hunt will be released on August 19th in Europe and August 20th in North America by His Master’s Noise, via Century Media Records. Click here for a teaser for the album’s first single, “All That May Bleed”.
“All That May Bleed” will be released on June 25th in North America as a limited 7″ and digital download (see below for worldwide release dates and formats). Side B will be a track called “Play with the Devil,” originally recorded by the black/heavy metal band TAIWAZ in 1988 in WATAIN’s hometown, Uppsala (Gottfrid Åhman from IN SOLITUDE participates on solo guitar in WATAIN’s version).
The single will be released in the following formats:
–Black 7″ vinyl (limited to 2,000 copies worldwide)
–Red 7″ vinyl with sticker (only available from www.wolfwear.net; limited to 500 copies worldwide)
–7″ Picture disc (available from www.cmdistro.com and www.wolfwear.net; limited to 500 copies worldwide)
The Wild Hunt track-listing:
1. Night Vision
2. De Profundis
3. Black Flames March
4. All That May Bleed
5. The Child Must Die
6. They Rode On
7. Sleepless Evil
8. The Wild Hunt
10. Ignem Veni Mittere
11. Holocaust Dawn
On August 24th, WATAIN will kick off The Wild Hunt world tour in their hometown of Uppsala. For those who want to see WATAIN’s infamous live ceremony taken to a new level, this is your chance. The venue chosen for this night of unchained metal magic is Svandammshallarna, located in the heart of the city. Tickets are on sale now through: http://www.evenemang.se/watain-svandammshallarna.html.