Watain – The Closing Headliner at Inferno

Watain © Per Ole HagenThe last night at Inferno 2014 was closed by the Swedish band Watain. Together with Dimmu Borgir, Hatebreed and Blasphemy, they were the headliners at the festival. With their satanistic philosophy and extremely competent playing, they were a worthy closing act of this year’s Inferno. Watain © Per Ole Hagen I have never seen Watain live before or heard their music. I am not specially inclined towards satanism either, but I must admit that the show I saw last night was a fascinating one. The stage was built up with elaborate backdrops and tableaus with animal bones and skulls. The concert started with singer Erik Danielson lighting the candles and lights with a torch. From there it was full speed ahead. Watain © Per Ole Hagen Watain’s tracklist is closely linked to their forerunners, Bathory, Samael and Mayhem. Their use of animal parts and blood is also an important part of their concerts. But where Mayhem to me is more droning, Watain is much more frenetic, specially Erik Danielson’s act. This makes them a great act for the fans, and also for those of us who come from the outside. Together with Dimmu Borgir, Rotting Christ and Tristania’s concerts, Watain was a highlight from Inferno 2014. Watain © Per Ole Hagen Watain © Per Ole Hagen Watain © Per Ole Hagen Watain © Per Ole Hagen Watain © Per Ole Hagen Watain © Per Ole Hagen Watain © Per Ole Hagen Watain © Per Ole Hagen Watain © Per Ole Hagen Watain © Per Ole Hagen Watain © Per Ole Hagen Watain © Per Ole Hagen Watain © Per Ole Hagen Watain © Per Ole Hagen Watain © Per Ole Hagen Watain © Per Ole Hagen Watain © Per Ole Hagen Watain © Per Ole Hagen Watain © Per Ole Hagen All pictures are © Per Ole Hagen and must not be used without written permission.

8 thoughts on “Watain – The Closing Headliner at Inferno

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  2. Pretty sure that the comment from “John” was sarcasm.. lol nearly 90% of the photos are of the lead singer. Not that they are bad photos, they are great. Seeing as you said you couldn’t get better pics of the other band mates I understand, but it looks like the rest of the band was ignored.

    • Sarcasm or not, the truth is what I said – both that it was difficult to get good pics of the other band members, and, yes, that I have more pics of Erik Danielsson. I pick the best pictures. If that is the drummer – ok. f the singer ok.

    • Hi John. Yes, I have some more, but I haven’t processed them from the RAW files yet. It was difficult to get more good ones from the other musicians, so I focused on the singer and have at least 10-15 more than the ones here. If you are interested in any of them, send me an email – you’ll find the adress under “About”.

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