Wiegedood – De Doden Hebben Het Goed III
Released: 20th April 2018
Line up —
Levy Seynaeve // Guitars & Vocals
Gilles Demolder // Guitars
Wim Sreppoc // Drums
Wiegedood Online —
If you’re not aware of the Church of Ra yet, I highly recommend that you at least browse a few of their entries. It’s a collective of some of the most intuitively creative blackened bands making music today, including but not limited to: Amenra, Oathbreaker, Throane and of course, the reason this review exists, Wiegedood.
Wiegedood (pronounced ‘Vay-geh-dohde’) are a trio of extremely creative musicians who, instead of exploring any avant garde avenues of black metal, choose to instead apply their skill to create traditionalist black metal of the highest standard. Their previous albums, I and II are described as atmospheric, yet this album strips those aspects down to a minimum, employing them more tactfully. The change highlights the bone eroding causticity of their musicianship, expressing the despair and rage in their music more effectively.
The album is as sudden as it is harsh.
Levy Seynaeve assaults the listener with his air splitting shrieks whilst the other members whip up a Mayhem-esque frenzy behind him; relentless black metal drumming and riffing faster than any machine gun can fire. ‘Prowl’ just hammers the listener before fading into a well deserved moment of a lone guitar. Using the atmospheric breaks and transitions they’re so well known for, the first track recycles the instrumentation and adds an ominous throaty chanting into the mix. ‘Doodskalm’ continues at the same speed as the previous track but places a spotlight on the intense wizardry of the riff writing. Black metal melody akin to Mgła weaves its way around the tortured howls of Seynaeve until the strings plucks their beautiful way to the foreground and take centre stage (at 5:17 to be exact), leaving one utterly breathless. I’d weep at the sheer beauty of the song if it wasn’t so fucking full desperation and acute yearning.
As you may have noticed from the lineup above (if you read that), Wiegedood do not have a bassist, and this aspect of their music is expressed triumphantly in the eponymous centrepiece of the album. An atmospheric, moody introduction sees a lonely guitar picking its way through the points of melody before its quickly enveloped by the remaining instruments in wave of headbanging, teeth baring glory. Relying on the drums to weigh down the ‘heavy’ aspects of the song allows the guitars freedom to twine themselves around each other. Coated in frost, the riffs are clearly second wave, but oh so satisfying crisp and groovy. Whereas most atmospheric black metal albums tend to end their albums on a softer note, ’Parool’ anything but. As vicious as any track Wiegedood have done in the past, the guitars are low, fast and thunderous, accompanied by an ear rupturing crashing storm of cymbals, culminating in one monstrously rage driven outro that does not only the album justice, but the entire trilogy as well.
Wiegedood are known as an atmospheric band and it’s for good reason. Their use of transitions regularly highlight the surrounding moments of their previous tracks, much like ‘Doodskalm’ has done on this current album. However, the contrasting moments in ‘Prowl’ and ‘Parool’ are simpler and employed in an almost jagged way. Wiegedood are at their best when they’re making use of their outrageous creativity and song writing, so while the sheer speed and ferocity of this album is welcomed, the middle tracks are the most compelling and memorable.
De Doden Hebben Het Goed III sheds layers of fury and sadness like a hunk of wood under a chisel, but its when you get to the heart of the album that the true beauty of their sculpture can be seen. Wiegedood are known as one of the best atmospheric black metal bands around, and this is a stunning example why.
Wiegedood – De Doden Hebben Het Goed III tracklist —
- De Doden Hebben Het Goed III