The “Black Metal Warfare Tour” pulled into its final stop at the historic Fonda Theater on Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles, CA, on the night of January 31, 2015. The tour, which featured co-headliners Watain and Mayhem along with Canadian opening band Revenge, was one of the most anticipated black metal jaunts in recent memory and that was evidenced by the mood in the air amongst the capacity crowd. Fortunate enough to find myself on Watain’s guest list, I was able to scope the festivities from my bird’s eye view in the balcony.
It was an amazing night as there was very strange vibe in the air. Black metal shows, in my experience tend to be a bit more somber, almost morose affairs in general. There was, however a certain (dare I say) excitement in the air for this particular outing. I’m not sure what it was; the beautiful historic venue, a nearly full moon or the sheer excitement of seeing this lineup with a sold out crowd of like minded black metal enthusiasts. But there was definitely an electric feel buzzing around me.
Much to the joy of black metal fans all across North America, Norwegian black metal legends Mayhem and the diabolical Swedes Watain have announced that they will co-headlining a North American tour sweep. They are calling it the Black Metal Warfare tour and it will commence January 8th in Philadelphia.
The trek takes them through several stops in the upper Midwest, portions of Canada, the Northeast, and the Pacific Northwest before winding down January 31st in Los Angeles.
Check out the full list of videos and listen to a couple of the bands’ tracks below.