Wiegedood
De Doden Hebben Het Goed III


3.5
great

Review

by zaruyache USER (24 Reviews)
October 3rd, 2018 | 38 replies


Release Date: 2018 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Now That's What I Call Wiegedood: Volume 3

Wiegedood are an interesting black metal band. Or, no. In a manner of speaking they’re not interesting; Wiegiedood have been notably straightforward in their take on the typical “icy and blasty” second wave-esque style of black metal since releasing their first album in 2015. Lyrically their native origins may provide some sense of originality--hailing from the dark hinterlands of Belgium, one could easily presume songs to discuss such brooding concepts as waffles, beautiful museums, or life in fucking Bruges--but that’s simply a guess, given their lyrics are unavailable at the time of this writing. Probably the waffles, though.

But what one might argue actually makes Wiegendedooden an interesting project (outside of their being composed of 2.5 members of Oathbreaker), however, is not strictly their artistic uniqueness so much as their ability to remain instrumentally bog-flipping-standard while still standing out amidst the unending sea of bubbling Bandcamp Burzumcore. If anything, the band’s uncanny ability to seem interesting while definitely not being interesting somehow makes them a more interesting, or at least compelling, group.

On previous records Wiegedood formulated their songwriting by, in essence, taking nibbles and bites from notable projects like Burzum, Dissection, and Emperor (a melody here, an identifiable riffing technique there), and stretching those singular ideas into full pieces that felt both new, yet proud of their obvious parentage. For “Wiegedood 3: The Dedodening” the band have surprisingly almost totally abandoned this previous tradition, opting for a more straightforward and general sound rather than seeking specific, identifiable influences to emulate.

Interestingly enough, this change of format has apparently freed Wegiedood’s members to write their most powerful material yet. While definitely not reinventing any wheels, “De Doden Hebben Get Going III” features exceptionally solid black metal that mostly keeps its tempo up and its temperature down. Running just under 34 minutes over 4 tracks, the album features neither wasted time nor energy, its songwriting clearly emphasizing a maintained sense of instrumental intensity throughout--it seems to really try to cram as much power into each track as possible. Whether it’s the near-constant galloping chugs of opener “Prowl”, the epic and icy melodic work of “Doodskalm”, or the driving Drudkh-y rhythms of its title track, “De Doden III” never finds itself wanting for memorable content.

It seems that, this time, the band’s style of straightforward writing has not only worked out for them but also allowed them to achieve their greatest work yet under the Wiegedood banner. “De Doden III” might not provide many new or even interesting ideas for the genre, and it doesn’t spend time bringing in fancy influences or making artistically or poetically meaningful statements. It’s just frigid black metal with icy riffs, doing frigid icy black metal things.

And this time it just hits the nail on the frosty head. While eating waffles. Down a canal. In Bruges. And for Wiegedood, that’s actually good enough this time.



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zaruyache
October 2nd 2018


20994 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Sometimes something In Bruges joke

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Hawks
October 2nd 2018


71529 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Shit I gotta jam this still.

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zaruyache
October 2nd 2018


20994 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

it's p solid

Hawks
October 2nd 2018


71529 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Gotta jam your dig too.

FearThyEvil
October 2nd 2018


16811 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Lol the summary is hilarious

Papa Universe
October 3rd 2018


21562 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Well, at least it to a review.

WiegePOS

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Hawks
October 3rd 2018


71529 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

First 2 albums are solid as fuck. Def pumped to hear this one.

XingKing
October 3rd 2018


14651 Comments


I wish I could like this band because I deeply love Oathbreaker and Amenra but this just doesn't do it for me

Hawks
October 3rd 2018


71529 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This isn’t similar to those bands at all so makes sense.

XingKing
October 3rd 2018


14651 Comments


For sure, and Oathbreaker and Amenra don't sound alike either, I was just expecting to love this because that "collective" always seems to strike gold for me

Trifolium
October 3rd 2018


6746 Comments


I'm Dutch, and what makes this weird for me is seeing Dutch being used in a black metal way. Just not used to that I guess.

Hawks
October 3rd 2018


71529 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah I feel you. Amenra never did much for me. I dig Oathbreaker but honestly not as much as most people around here.

Papa Universe
October 3rd 2018


21562 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I don't like Amenra, I am okay with Oathbreaker, I love Wiegedood.

Guess there's a pattern.

ThyCrossAwaits
October 3rd 2018


3443 Comments


Wonder how De Doden Hebben Het Goed IV is gonna be

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DungeonBoy
October 3rd 2018


6067 Comments


Had no idea members from Oathbreaker were a part of this. Band is pretty good from what I've heard, nothing that really hooked me, but will maybe check this. Weege Dude

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zaruyache
October 3rd 2018


20994 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

i should email them and ask them to go symphonic next time heh.

Papa Universe
October 3rd 2018


21562 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

U should email them and interview them before Claire does.

zaruyache
October 3rd 2018


20994 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Claire who? I will smite them



Edit: I meant to say *i should ask them; autocorrect on this tablet is wonky af.

Azog
October 3rd 2018


178 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"I'm Dutch, and what makes this weird for me is seeing Dutch being used in a black metal way. Just not used to that I guess."



There's plenty of Dutch black metal out there, and some of these bands are actually quite good. (Most, however, not so much.)



I really like Wiegedood. Solid album.

Trifolium
October 4th 2018


6746 Comments


Yeah, true, but I've never really looked into them because of the Dutch. It's too weird, that's what I meant.



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