The themes addressed in the texts are similar to those in Lawless Darkness, that is darkness, temptation, as in “De Profundis”, rebellion, anti-religion and similar staff; the third track “Black Flames March” is a real prayer to an anti-god. Even though one may not share Watain’s alleged satanism, I must admit that text writer Eric Danielson really knows how to address such themes: no gratuitous blasphemy, nor continuous invocation to Satan. The texts are full of morbid visions of desolated landscapes, evil and insanity. The Wild Hunt is an honest album with no commercial breakthrough. In conclusion a really good album but not one from the most important black metal band.
The Wild Hunt was released through Century Media on 19 August in Europe and 20 August in USA. The cover art was painted "in oil and mixed materials" by Zbigniew M. Bielak, who was also responsible for the artwork of Lawless Darkness.
Erik Danielsson – vocals, bass, guitar
Håkan Jonsson – drums
Pelle Forsberg – guitar
Set Teitan – lyrics on "Black Flames March"
Staffan Winroth - accordion, fiddle
Anna Norberg – additional vocals at the ending of "They Rode On"
Text by Herjann