Notorious Swedish black metal collective Watain have unleashed ‘The Howling’, the first single from their upcoming new studio album, The Agony & Ecstasy Of Watain, which will be released on April 29th 2022 through Nuclear Blast Records.

“The Howling” sets the tone for what will be offered on the band’s seventh full-length, an unsettling blackened voyage in 10 chapters that is as inexorably vicious as it is enticing. Check out what lies in wait here:

Discussing the new single, vocalist E. Danielsson reveals: “‘The Howling’ refers to the wordless voice of the wild, wailing eerily through the ages, urging us to leave our safe spaces and explore the dark recesses of the great Abyss both within and without. To see it, to learn from it, to know it.”

The Agony & Ecstasy Of Watain Track Listing

1. Ecstasies in night infinite
2. The howling
3. Serimosa
4. Black ****
5. Leper’s grace
6. Not sun nor man nor god
7. Before the cataclysm
8. We remain
9. Funeral winter
10. Septentrion

Artwork for ‘The Agony & Ecstasy Of Watain’ by Watain

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