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Sworn to the Dark

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It again took WATAIN three years to define the nature of the work that became their third full-length album, Sworn to the Dark. With the combined force of four labels releasing the album in different territories of the world(The Ajna Offensive with the aid of Southern Lord for North America), WATAIN is now preparing for the immense discharge of Magic and Death that will mark the release of the ultimate Black Metal monolith Sworn to the Dark. 11 songs forged in the fires of Hell, with lyrical co-operation from comrades in arms. Prepare yourselves- for Watain will spew blood and wrath upon America in May with a 9 date tour.


1. Legions of the Black Light
2. Satans Hunger
3. Withershins
4. Storm of the Antichrist
5. The Light That Burns the Sun
6. Sworn To the Dark
7. Underneath the Cenotaph
8. The Serpent's Chalice
9. Darkness and Death
10. Dead But Dreaming
11. Stellarvore

Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 24, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Southern Lord
  • ASIN: B000NOK0T4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #293,293 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Miss N. Thrope on May 25, 2007
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Anybody tell you that Black Metal was dead recently? Just hand them a copy of this CD.

This one has just about everything I look for when I want to hear REAL black metal. Beautiful dark lush tremolo, tastful and majestic melodic themes soar over deliciously buzzy bass, and that lovely old school mix, done just right. You can hear all the instruments clearly, and all the songs are structured and mixed perfectly.

I can't find a single thing NOT to like. When I listen to this album, I feel the same way I remember feeling while listening to "Storm of the Light's Bane" for the first time. Though some fans might say that this album is a bit too Dissection-like, I would have to slightly dis-agree. First of all, the songs on this album all sound remarkably ORIGINAL to me. If there are comparisons to that of the afore mentioned "Storm..." or "The Somberlain", then it is more to Watain's credit that they were able to reproduce the quality of musicianship and professionalism of production contained within those early Dissection discs. Anyway, it should not be too much of a surprise to anyone, since Watain members E. Danielsson (vocals), and Set Teitan (Guitar and Bass) were both members of aformentioned!

Watain also shows how they can really mix it up. The first song, "Legions of the Black Light" greets you with crushing depressive chords that soon give way to thunderous blast beats that would surely please puppy piles of pitninjas. The intensity ebbs and surges nicely within the song finishing with a georgously rendered tremolo lead.

Many songs on this album will remind you in no uncertain terms where black metal has its origins. Both the first, as well as the second track "Satan's Hunger", is undoubtably Mayhem-homage.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mike Dvd on April 28, 2007
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Sworn to the Dark is their best by far. So far the best black metal I've heard this year. We know that Watain are inspired by old Dissection, and this album is no exception. Usurpers of the throne? Of course, and this totally makes up for Dissection (RIP) last piece of work.

Yes, it's beautifully evil, very well played and it'll get a hell of a lot of

play in your MP3/Car, whatever.

Buy or die!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By darkmoon on January 7, 2009
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There is not a bad song on the album. It's varied, emotional, creative, with excellent musicianship, and beautiful evil journey beginning to end. Atmospheric without relying on keyboards or computers. There is some Dissection influence, but still entirely unique. This is genuine, sinister, satanic black metal with compelling, powerful vocals. It's more cleanly produced than the other albums, which works just fine. This thing has lived in my cd player almost continuously since it first came out. If you haven't heard these guys you really need to.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Pouliot on November 11, 2008
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So if you at all interested in the area black metal please purchase this album. In all honesty one of the most fulfilling albums i have bought in the past few years. I could not express how influenced by this album i was when i first heard and it has been in heavy rotation ever since. Watain creates an atmosphere that i find myself immersed in, not many bands have this ability to draw you in so well. Not a single track i do not enjoy on this album. Dark, heavy, and at times melodic but all with a sinister sense of doom surrounding it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Greller on January 14, 2008
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All I'll say is it's nice to listen to a black metal band that puts as much effort into their music as they do into their ideologies. The majority of black metal bands are so busy trying to be scary and grotesque that they forget there's actually songs involved. Watain actually take the time to craft songs that will resonate for a long time to come.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By S. Meyer on May 8, 2007
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If your into BM give this on a try. They are not as heavy as bands like Marduk,Craft or as light as dissection, but sound a bit like dissection. I would give this a solid 3 1/2 maybe a bit higher if so many other good CDs had not just now came out. u can check them out on myspace if u google their name
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If you are a fan of Black Metal you must own this album. The offering is solid from start to finish. It's nice to hear a Black Metal band with good production value and that is what you will get with this album. I would put Sweeden's Watain at the forefront of Progressive Black Metal. They have always stayed loyal to their roots and influences, yet you can hear thrash influences throughout. I would be hard pressed to pick an absolute list of favorites from this album. If I had to, I could say that Stellavore, Sworn To The Dark and Satan's Hunger top my list. Make sure to pickup 2010's Lawless Darkness. They just may have topped this effort.
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Loved 2 albums I bought and read reviews about this one and got me wondering.
I bought it and put it in my car then OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOh!
Lawless darkness is still my # 1 but I'm not sure it'll keep its position.
I was pleasantly surprised with # 10 Dead but dreaming.
So beautiful
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