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Watain's Erik Danielsson Talks Satanism, Pig's Blood, and Privacy

Few things pique my interest more than authentic, hardcore Satanic metal musicians. But at the same time, there's a part of me that is convinced that most satanic metallers are a bunch of prima donnas.

I do know that it's important to tread lightly when discussing the terms atheistic Satanism and thiestic Satanism with devil-worshipping musicians. If you confuse the two, you'll likely have to deal with some wrath; It's not like I'm getting huffy when someone calls me Catholic and I'm Episcopalian. The basics seem easy enough to distinguish -- atheistic Satanists don't believe in any higher power than oneself, and focus on surviving and indulging in the pleasures of flesh, while theistic Satanists actually believe Satan is "the master."

With Satanic bands, it's rare to get insightful interviews, and even then the musician's answers are vague and aloof. Then again, I'm a nosy journo, so it's instilled in my psyche to ask a bunch of questions and expect straight-up answers. When the chance arose to chat with notoriously arrogant frontman Erik Danielsson of Watain, a band with some of the trust theistic-Satanic metallers around, I jumped at it.

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Lauren Wise has worked as a rock/heavy metal journalist for 15 years. She contributes to Noisey and LA Weekly, edits books, and drinks whiskey.
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