WATAIN: ‘The Wild Hunt’ First-Week Sales Revealed

“The Wild Hunt”, the new album from Swedish black metallers WATAIN, sold around 2,700 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 158 on The Billboard 200 chart.As previously reported, “The Wild Hunt” entered the official chart in the band’s home country at position No. 1. The CD was released on August 19 in Europe and August 20 in USA via the band’s own label His Master’s Noise through Century Media Records.

Produced once again by Tore Stjerna at his Necromorbus studio in Alvik, Sweden, “The Wild Hunt” is a sonic and lyrical tour-de-force that explores WATAIN‘s roots, such as BATHORY and DISSECTION, while also remaining truly unique. Having lost none of their integrity, WATAIN continues to push the boundaries of the scene with their fifth full-length, refusing to compromise their sound and vision. Amid the tracks teeming with the band’s classic sound, “The Wild Hunt” also features clean vocals (a first for the trio!) which, as frontman Erik Danielsson puts it, “is just us being brutally personal and honest. It shows another important facet of the WATAIN world.”

Executed in oil and mixed materials, the cover of “The Wild Hunt” was created by Zbigniew M Bielak, the very same artist who was responsible for the “Lawless Darkness” artwork. The piece depicts one of the inmost shrines of WATAIN‘s temple. As on every classic still life, each object has a significant meaning, while each song of the album is also connected to an object.

“The Wild Hunt” was released worldwide in the following formats (see below for product details and availability):

* standard CD jewelcase
* limited-edition CD mediabook
* 2LP, 180gr black vinyl
* limited-edition box set
* digital download

“The Wild Hunt”: standard CD jewelcase track-listing (available through normal retail channels and CMDistro.com)

01. Night Vision (3:39)
02. De Profundis (4:33)
03. Black Flames March (6:21)
04. All That May Bleed (4:36)
05. The Child Must Die (6:04)
06. They Rode On (8:43)
07. Sleepless Evil (5:38)
08. The Wild Hunt (6:21)
09. Outlaw (5:07)
10. Ignem Veni Mittere (4:39)
11. Holocaust Dawn (7:07)

“The Wild Hunt”: limited-edition CD mediabook track-listing (includes additional artwork) (available through CMDistro.com)

01. Night Vision (3:39)
02. De Profundis (4:33)
03. Black Flames March (6:21)
04. All That May Bleed (4:36)
05. The Child Must Die (6:04)
06. They Rode On (8:43)
07. Sleepless Evil (5:38)
08. The Wild Hunt (6:21)
09. Outlaw (5:07)
10. Ignem Veni Mittere (4:39)
11. Holocaust Dawn (7:07)
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“The Wild Hunt”: 2LP, 180gr black vinyl track listing (includes special gatefold cover) (available through CMDistro.com)

Side A

01. Night Vision (3:39)
02. De Profundis (4:33)
03. Black Flames March (6:21)
04. All That May Bleed (4:36)

Side B

05. The Child Must Die (6:04)
06. They Rode On (8:43)

Side C

07. Sleepless Evil (5:38)
08. The Wild Hunt (6:21)
09. Outlaw (5:07)

Side D

10. Ignem Veni Mittere (4:39)
11. Holocaust Dawn (7:07)

“The Wild Hunt”: limited-edition box set

– 1,000 copies worldwide, available through normal retail channels
– 2,000 copies in gold vinyl, only available through www.cmdistro.com
– 2,000 in red vinyl and a very special second 7″ exclusively at www.wolfwear.net

 

Contents

 

– 2LP, 180gr black vinyl in special gatefold cover
– limited edition CD mediabook with additional artwork
– altar cloth (100cm x 100cm) *
– poster (120cm x 60cm) *
– metal pin *
– postcards *
– bonus 7″ with “When Stars No More Shine” (original 1998 version and 2013 re-record) *

* Exclusively available in the box set

“The Wild Hunt” full-album stream:

 

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