The band Watain originated in Uppsala, Sweden. After selecting the name from the title of a recording by the American black metal group Von, their first release was the 7" EP The Essence of Black Purity on the Swedish label 'Grimrune Productions', recorded in Necromorbus Studios 1999. The record company was brought to their attention from the demo release, Go Fuck Your Jewish "God", the year previous. The French black metal label 'Drakkar Productions' then offered Watain a deal for two full length albums; the live set Black Metal Sacrifice (1999) and the debut album Rabid Death's Curse (2000) subsequently followed.After the release, Watain toured and performed alongside bands such as Rotting Christ, Antaeus, Dark Funeral and Malign. Another live set, The Ritual Macabre (2000) and The Misanthropic Ceremonies (split 7" EP with Diabolicum; 2001) followed, along with two demos: Promo 2002 and Puzzlez Ov Flesh.
In 2003, Watain again entered the studio to record their second full-length album, Casus Luciferi. The Stellar Dimension Infernal Tour through Europe followed, alongside Secrets of the Moon and Averse Sefira. They also toured throughout 18 countries with Dissection on their two month long Rebirth of Dissection tour in 2004.
Their third full-length album, Sworn To The Dark was released in Europe on February 21, 2007, followed by a Europe tour along with Celtic Frost, Kreator and Legion of the Damned.
Currently comprising the membership of:Erik Danielsson (vocals/bass), H. Jonsson (drums), and P. Forsberg (guitar), the act has also featured:C. Blom (guitar; 1998-2000), Tore Stjerna (bass; 2000-2002), alongside session players: Set Teitan (guitar), John Doe (live guitars; 1998-2001), Y. (bass) and A. (bass).
Footnote: Watain are opposed to "NSBM", National Socialist Black Metal, a neo-Nazi styled underground movement that has infiltrated Black Metal over the past few years.