Two years ago, I had the opportunity to pen the review for Wiegedood‘s De Doden Hebben Het Goed debut. It had all the right elements of Oathbreaker (a band who it shares members with), but it lacked the same levels of emotion. Therefore, it didn’t hit me as hard is it did other people. But, the fact that it’s not Oathbreaker is one of the reasons I liked it as much as I did. Who likes a copycat, anyway? Just the same, it’s a good album and I’ve returned to it often. And now these Ra-ers are back with the sequel to their 2015 debut De Doden Hebben Het Goed. A sequel that shares many similarities to the debut—including a four-track, 30-minute runtime—while bringing a new energy and flavor to the mix.

Wiegedood‘s debut may not be as pretentious as a band like Deafheaven (hallelujah!), but it’s thick with atmosphere and post-black attitude. The sequel hints at this heavy atmosphere, but De Doden Hebben Het Goed II never lets it meander for long. II, instead, unleashes a brutality fitting to a second-wave Norwegian outfit like Gorgoroth. The amount of hate and emotion set forth from II is enough to burn a hole right through your black heart. And it’s complimented by seamless fluidity. The seamlessness from beginning to end makes the record feel like one continuous song, with transitions appearing in the most unlikely of places. This keeps the disc from feeling long and it has the listener on their tippy toes. The transitions from one song to the next are so novel that Wiegedood are sure to come to mind if I ever hear anything like it again in the black metal world.

The first of these track changes occurs between opener “Ontzielling” and follow-up track, “Cataract.” The opener comes charging out of the gates with the same relentless assault and atmosphere as the debut’s “Svanesang.” And, after brewing up a storm for seven minutes, the song stops as sudden as a Michelin tire would claim to do. All that emotion and passion present on De Doden Hebben Het Goed is found within the next few minutes. A few seconds along this moody road and we find ourselves smack dab in “Cataract.” This song takes the closing moments of “Ontzielling” and rides them out for five minutes before building to the track’s climax. Once the climax is reached, the riffs heighten and the 1349-like pummeling ensues. But, of all the builds and riffs that saturate “Cataract,” the riff near the end is the best. Like any great song, there is great anticipation throughout. But it’s these final moments of the track that make it all worth it.

As “Cataract” fades, another song change occurs. The title piece takes the baton from “Cataract” and begins its own unique trot around the gravel track. Levy Seynaeve’s screams set the mood before this building beauty begins a mid-paced march up the steps of Hell. The resulting charge is one best categorized by the likes of Gorgoroth and Celtic Frost. It’s deliberate and hollow, using deep horn effects to emphasize every downbeat. After the chest-throbbing pulse subsides, we are left with distorted static. But, when the static comes into tune, we find ourselves traversing the waves of the most aggressive piece on the album. Closer “Smeekbede” doesn’t so much charge out of the gate as drag the gate down with it. This concise six-minute number is the least forgiving of the album. It’s designed for those with hate in their hearts and it doesn’t let up until the blood-curdling screams found in the opening minutes of the record return once more to close it.

In the end, there are few complaints from me. The production is equal to its predecessor, but it doesn’t stifle the music. One thing should be clear, though. While I like this newest Wiegedood outing the best, it doesn’t blow its predecessor out of the water. Instead, its increased levels of hate and its exceptional skills at fluidity compliment the debut album. Individually, they are but simple pamphlets on the ways of Wiegedoodian black metal. Together, they are chapters of a novel. What Chapter III has in store in for us; I have no idea. But, it’s clear there is a story to tell and Wiegedood is doing it.


Rating: 3.5/5.0
DR: 6 | Format Reviewed: 320 kbps mp3
Label: ConSouling Sounds
Websites: wiegedood.bandcamp.com | facebook.com/wiegedood
Releases Worldwide: February 10th, 2017

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  • AndySynn

    Counterpoint(s):

    The first one was better.

    Wiegedood are better than Oathbreaker.

    Dogs are better than cats.

    Testament are better than Slayer.

    Coke is better than Pepsi.

    • Dr. A.N. Grier

      Bullshit! Pepsi is better! Dammit…

      • AndySynn

        You are clearly mentally and spiritually ill, and I’ll have no truck with your kind.

        • Dr. A.N. Grier

          That hurts. But this is true.

    • Reese Burns

      Wiegedood > Oathbreaker
      Cats > Dogs
      Testament > Slayer
      Pepsi > Coke

      ..Fixed.

      • AndySynn

        Well, half right is better than nothing.

    • Juan Manuel Pinto Guerra

      Average Testament is better than average Slayer. Prime Slayer is better than Prime Testament. Slayer’s highs are way higher but their lows are also way lower. In the case of Testament, their “Low” is a high.

      • AndySynn

        Counter-counterpoint:

        “The Gathering” > any Slayer album

        Check and, indeed, mate.

        (Also, I am totally going to listen to “Low” tomorrow, as that album rules, and I haven’t listened to it in ages)

        • Juan Manuel Pinto Guerra

          If I made you go listen to Testament’s “Low”, my good deed for the day is done. On the other hand, not even a “Best Of” Testament album would be better than Reign In Blood. And before we get into arguments or anything, I’m going to quote YOU from the comments section in the Hadal Maw review:

          “Still, opinions, assholes, and whatnot!”
          Andy Synn

        • [not a Dr]

          Testament > (Cats || Dogs || Coke || Pepsi)

          • AndySynn

            Your ideas are intriguing to me, and I would like to subscribe to your newsletter.

    • The Unicorn

      ALL I WANTED WAS JUST ONE PEPSI.

    • Better than Oathbreaker? You sir have issues.

    • herrschobel

      Coke and Pepsi are both shit…come to Berlin an i show you some Fritz Cola…it´s the tits ! how could you bring soft drinks into this ?? i say Beer !

  • Yes! Great review! Can’t wait to check this one out. I loved their debut and I feel like I’m gonna enjoy this new one a lot more! The embedded track sounds phenomenal.

  • Lord Lucan

    I am unhealthily excited to listen to this.

  • Prostidude

    De doden hebben het goed, maar de lezers van Angry Metal Guy hebben het beter!

    • manimal

      Tenzji je beide is!

  • Reese Burns

    I read that review two years ago, but never got around to actually hearing the thing. I guess this is my chance to right that wrong. Also, Mors Principum Est have a new album coming and I somehow only knew about it today!

    • Dr. A.N. Grier

      And that MPE ain’t too bad.

      • Reese Burns

        Reclaim the sun might be the strongest track they’ve ever released as a single.

    • John

      Now THAT is a review I’m looking forward too. And Dr., nice review as always.

      • Reese Burns

        If the two tracks they’ve released so far are any indication, I’d say it’s destined for at least a 4.0.

        • manimal

          It would be nice though, to hear actual humans play on their albums for once.

      • Dr. A.N. Grier

        Thank you, good sir.

  • Joshua Walker

    Wiege-dood and Drude on the same day? Did you guys plan this? I am definitely looking forward to checking this one out too!

  • Treble Yell
  • The Unicorn

    Very excited for the new release. Loved the last one. Liking what I am hearing so far, and your review good Dr. http://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/6c64b3c7d3cbfa842d93f1f27c2e4d50869c13cdef189153cc053f33ea7e65ba.jpg

  • Juan Manuel Pinto Guerra

    What I like best about the embedded track is that it sounds like they need a new guitar pick every time they play the song.

  • Tofu muncher

    hearing the embedded track: More vocals like that, egad!

  • DrewMusic

    Zero gripes here. Solid track, solid review, I think I’m finally able to forgive 2017 for happening now.

  • herrschobel

    Wiegentot…die Toten haben es gut….sweet how this easily translates into German… i am just not digging depressive Names like that…

    • sir_c

      We’re neighbours for a reason :-)

  • Bas

    I agree with the (dutch or belgian) commenter on the facebook page: the bandname freaks me out too much (even though my kid isnt a small baby anymore).. maybe i am missing out on some good music.. So be it.

    • Dr. A.N. Grier

      Yeah, that became a good topic of the comment section of the band’s debut album?

    • sjforr

      I know I’m late to this discussion, but I agree. I know that BM is supposed to be misanthropic, but there are limits. For instance (although not BM) “Angel of Death” has always kept me from embracing Slayer – I don’t care how many lists RIB tops as best metal album of all time etc…

  • Dudeguy Jones

    Something about this bands name turns me off in the same way (although not as heavily) as that Numenorean cover from last year.
    Wiegedood is a much, much better band, but still… maybe its because Im a new father… Too close to home right now. Plus theres just so much other trash to force into my ears. Ungfell? Wrath From Above? Ominous Circle? Egads.

    I’ll wait till she’s five years old and then come back around to it.

    • sjforr

      My kids are 13 and 11 and this band name still turns me off. It’s a shame because the music is good.