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Watain announce new album and tour for 2018

Watain have announced their first album since 2013 and a string of release shows

Notorious Swedish extreme metallers Watain have announced that their long-awaited sixth album will be released on January 5, 2018. The as-yet-untitled record is the follow-up to 2013's The Wild Hunt and will be available via Century Media.

The only information available at the moment comes in two flyers released by the band that reveal the new full-length is accompanied by five live dates around Europe. Exact venues are yet to be announced, but tickets will go on sale on Friday August 4.

When asked in 2015 about Watain's contribution to black metal, frontman Erik Danielsson said his band had already achieved "rare and special" status.

"We always knew that if we did this, we would do it and hold nothing back," he continued. "We wanted to create something extremely significant – and we have.

"It would be blasphemous to go out there and not mean it. If you’re going to contribute to black metal, you better fucking contribute to black metal. It’s not something that you can casually become a part of."

Watain 2018 tour dates

05 Jan: Stockholm, Sweden
10 Jan: Berlin, Germany
11 Jan: Tilburg, Netherlands
12 Jan: London, UK
13 Jan: Paris, France

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