As I will never be able to do this black metal band from Uppsala justice with any review from my own hand, I am quoting others who understand and appreciate the genre far better than me.
On the songwriting process for the band’s forthcoming new “Trident Wolf Eclipse” studio album:
Erik: “I think it’s different. The creative process looks quite different every time. We have always approached it differently from album to album and this case was no different. It really depends on where you desire to put your focus for this specific process, so to say. For example, on the last album, ‘The Wild Hunt’, we were focused on quite specific emotions and experiences that we had in the past. That in turn, led into a creative process that was quite based on retrospective and introspective work, while this time, for ‘Trident Wolf Eclipse’, it’s been more of explosive kind of creative [process]. It’s more about predatory instinct rather than silent contemplations. It’s more direct and more to the point. [It’s] not as focused, perhaps, on detail, more focused on an overall atmosphere which was quite difficult, actually. Because when you work with details, you have the advantage of really steering your work in the direction you want by adding more and more detail, but if you’re going more for a ‘gut’ feeling, you’ll find that you have to be much more aware from the beginning where you want the process to go. You cannot control it so much along the way. It’s a bit like standing at the top of the hill and rolling a big rock so that it tumbles down.”
On staying true to their black metal roots:
Erik: “Yeah, it was definitely an important part on this album to allow for say, the late ’80s, early ’90s black and death metal tradition to shine through. For me, it’s the most natural thing in the world, really. It’s the kind of music we’ve been listening to since forever. I’m very pleased that we could really have that as a part of WATAIN‘s legacy. Because you realize also that after the album is done, you start to think about, ‘Okay, so who is going to hear this album?’ It’s going to be a lot of people, of course, who are black and death metal fans. But also, the way things have gone with WATAIN, it also means there’s a lot of people outside of the death and black metal scene that are going to hear it. That makes it kind of interesting to me, like what those people would make of an album like that. What it really is, is eight tracks of relentless black and death metal. That’s up to them how they relate to that kind of material, but it’s good they at least get a glimpse into what proper black metal sounds like.”
“Trident Wolf Eclipse” is due January 5, 2018 via Century Media. The effort will be made available as an LP, standard CD, limited CD digipak, digitally as well as in a limited deluxe box set of three thousand copies. The album will also be available in a variation of different vinyl colors from selected mailorder/retail stores.