Watain’s Håkan Jonsson (left), Pelle Forsberg and Erik Danielsson
Last year's critically lauded Sworn To The Dark propelled Sweden's Watain into a place amongst extreme Satanic metal's elite. To assuage any concern that success has watered down the band's dark and troublesome reputation, they've dubbed their latest epic two-year tour, which sweeps through the Opera House (735 Queen East) on Friday (October 3), Fuck The World. Vocalist/bassist Erik Danielsson assures me from his sound check in Finland that the band still has plenty of fury to dish out.
Why call the tour Fuck The World?
Because the world needs to be fucked properly for countless reasons. We see ourselves as being in opposition to the current world order, culturally, politically and spiritually. The world is our opponent. We are the wolves let loose within it.
What's up with asking fans to show up with real blood and pig and sheep heads?
We're asking fans to do everything they can to transform the concert into something far beyond regular. Whether it's animal parts, bones, drugs or prostitutes, it has to stand out. It has to allow us to represent the shadow side of reality.
But you sound so nice and polite over the phone.
You can't sound like an idiot in a world like this. Unlike most other bands that claim to have ideas to change to the world, we don't think this is a joke.
You write a lot about Satanism, but is that something you personally identify with?
Our belief is Satanism in its purest form. If I was a fisherman living by the beach, I'd write lyrics about going fishing; that would be as far as my world view goes. I'm writing about open graves and the flames of the altar that rises up before you; these are the things that I've experienced. I would be a hypocrite if I wrote about anything else; it's a reflection about how we live and how we're going to die.