Wijlen Wij
Wijlen Wij


2.5
average

Review

by rasputin USER (196 Reviews)
December 15th, 2008 | 21 replies


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Wijlen wij is which?

Coming into Wijlen Wij, several doubts lingered in my mind. As a relatively obscure funeral doom band with an absolutely ridiculous name, it was highly likely that the album was going to suck. Nevertheless, I felt it my duty to give it at least one listen and not write it off as mediocre garbage from my own presupposed assumptions.

Beginning with the introductory ‘L'anathème’, any notions of ‘mediocre’ were expelled from my mind. Chant like singing and an organ introduces us to Wijlen Wij, before continuing onto an almost medieval inspired five minute piece of music. ‘L'anathème’, as opposed to the following track, is a moving and dense song, its hopeful, anthemic nature characterized by saturating organ lines and the band’s signature guitar fuzz. In the case of Wijlen Wij, the fuzzy production on the odd occasion culminates in a superb track (‘L'anathème’), but overall it does not do much but leave a thick layer of unneeded grime over the album. Moving on, the title track vanquished what little hope I had for Wijlen Wij, plodding along for a painstaking eleven minutes, not really reaching any poignant climax or resolution; even so, the aforementioned chanting returns at the end of the song and gives an immediate dose of relief, but not enough to rescue it.

Ultimately, this is the album’s downfall. While having moments which shine out through the mediocrity, such as a well placed organ interlude or cleanly sung vocal section, the album’s overall feel is one of monotony, and meaninglessness. Every track, however, has one little thing about it that kept me interested, and somewhat allowed me to get through the album without much hassle. ‘Falling Stars’ is based around an up tempo black metal ‘chorus’, for want of a better word, which although giving a sense of diversity to the album, feels terribly out of place; a slow moving wall of fuzz overshadowed by a despondent guitar line, before the tempo quickens and the vocalist begins to scream, typifies the song, the band seemingly doing it on purpose to show that slow and boring tempos are not what they’re all about. The next track, ‘Aware of the Void’, is quite literally eleven minutes of fuzz, its only saving grace a momentary lapse of piano towards the end.

The fact that all the good things about the album seem to be a stroke of luck rather than the band’s own intention leaves Wijlen Wij as rather uninspired. Each song up to this point, other than the introduction, ranges from passably poor to forgettably so (excluding ‘L'anathème’), and the various elements that do shine out from the album’s murk have been done far better by other funeral doom bands. Nevertheless, I still found it difficult to write-off Wijlen Wij. Ending the album with the monumentally long ‘Bridges’, the band invoke a sense of Skepticism-imitated fluidity, due mostly to the song’s persistent organ use and relative diversity, ranging from an interesting passage that felt almost tribal, to the song’s relentlessly addictive droning fuzz. The track’s attempts to reproduce dejection with its use of growling over soft, mellow sections, very much akin to Worship, come off a little forced but nonetheless add another sense of texture to the song. Being the longest track, ‘Bridges’ gives Wijlen Wij the opportunity to unify all the ‘good’ elements that were touched upon in previous songs into one cohesive twenty minutes of music.

In all honesty, I would have liked to give Wijlen Wij more praise than I have. An inkling of greatness surrounds the band to the extent that the album almost feels wasted; it could have been so much better but was undoubtedly let down by the band’s conformity to typical funeral doom conventions. The good in the album is really good, but then the complete and utter failures such as ‘Aware of the Void’ really dampen its effect. Wijlen Wij comes close to separating itself from the genres limitations, but ultimately doesn’t succeed, and in a genre where being like the others simply isn’t enough, there really isn’t much else to say. After having listened to it several times for the purposes of this review, I have no desire whatsoever to listen to it again, leaving all of its minimal ‘good’ as pointless.



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taylormemer
December 15th 2008


4917 Comments


Looks pretty meh.

Good job.

rasputin
December 15th 2008


14550 Comments


Yeah, it is pretty average.

JumpTheF**kUp
December 15th 2008


2710 Comments


99 doom reviews, floating in the summer sky

nice work

foreverendeared
December 15th 2008


14678 Comments


excellent. what's up with the "total playing time" underneath the track listing? i've never seen that before. i like it.

rasputin
December 15th 2008


14550 Comments


I don't know, I didn't add the album to the database. I think that's how it was on MA though, and whoever did add it just copied and pasted.

Spamue1G
December 15th 2008


1292 Comments


Great review, sounds really boring. I probably need to try and get into some funeral doom some time soon - Any ideas where to start?

rasputin
December 15th 2008


14550 Comments


Here's a bunch of albums that are all very good, and represent the different types of funeral doom you'd expect to hear.

Skepticism - Alloy
Worship - Dooom
Ataraxie - Slow Transcending Agony
Mournful Congregation - The Monad of Creation
Asunder - A Clarion Call
Colosseum - Chapter 1: Delirium

Thor
December 15th 2008


10200 Comments


Best summary I have come across in some time.

Zippermouth
December 15th 2008


1305 Comments


Here's a bunch of albums that are all very good, and represent the different types of funeral doom you'd expect to hear.

What about Let There Be a Massacre and Cthonic Rites? Or are they just doom, not funeral doom.


Crysis
Staff Reviewer
December 15th 2008


16440 Comments


WIJLEN WIJ!

RASPUTIN!

Digging: Swallowed - Lunarterial

fireaboveicebelow
December 15th 2008


6837 Comments


what's gonna be your 100th?

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
December 15th 2008


16440 Comments


Something more crushing and slow and brutal than the world thought possible.

fireaboveicebelow
December 15th 2008


6837 Comments


so either the schindler's list soundtrack or menudo

kingsoby1
Emeritus
December 15th 2008


4950 Comments


id like to see arghoslent do a review of schindler's list soundtrack.

Altmer
December 15th 2008


5652 Comments


is this band Dutch

rasputin
December 16th 2008


14550 Comments



What about Let There Be a Massacre and Cthonic Rites? Or are they just doom, not funeral doom.

No, neither of them are typically funeral doom, but both have certain characteristics of the genre.

what's gonna be your 100th?

I've started writing it, it's not doom though.
is this band Dutch

I think they're from Belgium actually.

Willie
Moderator
December 16th 2008


16051 Comments


Another excellent review. I think I head a song from these guys and wasn't impressed.
So, reviewing anything special for 100?

Remembrance
December 16th 2008


45 Comments


Wijlen wij means "Death us" in Dutch.
But it is a rather old way of speaking.

Altmer
January 6th 2009


5652 Comments


Belgium still makes sense if they are from Flanders. Or maybe they are Walloons that bothered to learn some Flemish.

rasputin
January 6th 2009


14550 Comments


Or maybe they're just from Belgium and used a Dutch name.



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