Watain are a Swedish black metal band from Uppsala, formed in 1998. The band’s name is taken from an early recording by the American black metal group Von. The band has become infamous for their Theistic Satanist views and for their live shows which involve pyrotechnics, candles, Satanic rituals, animal carcasses, and blood. At a now-notorious live performance in Brooklyn in 2014 they doused audience members in animal blood, allegedly causing members of the audience to vomit. This was picked up and made public by TMZ, generating controversy around the incident.
To date they have released six full-length albums, as well as three live albums and a number of demos and EPs. Their most recent album Trident Wolf Eclipse was released on January 5, 2018 through Century Media Records. The band’s core line-up has remained stable since their formation, consisting of Erik Danielsson, Pelle Forsberg, and Håkan Jonsson. However in 2015 Jonsson stopped performing live. During shows he is being replaced by Emil Svensson, a member of fellow Uppsala Death metal band Degial.