WIEGEDOOD
WIEGEDOOD Belgium
“I, II and III all focus on the subject of loss,” say WIEGEDOOD in a collective statement. “It’s inherently in our nature to desperately hold on to the people and the things we love. All three records are dedicated to Florent Pevée [from Kabul Golf Club], a close friend of Wim [Coppers] and a great musician who lost his life at 21. This is our way of honoring his life.”

As the final part of the De Doden Hebben Het Goed trilogy—which translates to English as The Dead Have It Good—WIEGEDOOD’s newest album, De Doden Hebben Het Goed III, is a natural extension of its predecessors. What the three albums share sonically—a violent yet epic brand of black metal—they also share thematically and physically. III blends the atmospherics of I and the aggression of II. The band says they’ve “found the perfect crossover.” WIEGEDOOD have also found a four-song formula that affords the trio latitude to explore without the wearisome effects of interminable concept album lengths. And finally, the albums also benefit from similar covers—photographed by Stefaan Temmerman—where nature and the WIEGEDOOD sigil play important parts of the whole.

“Our logo represents our band perfectly,” WIEGEDOOD asserts. “So, we felt that just our logo and the soil which it is planted in, would be great for theses albums. The picture for III was taken in Sint-Eloois-Winkel, a small town near Kortrijk where Levy [Seynaeve] grew up. Subsequently, the cover for II was taken in De Haan, where Gilles [Demolder] spent his childhood and the first cover picture was taken in Ransberg, where Wim grew up and is still living today.”

As a band that has common membership with Belgian post-black metallers Oathbreaker and post-metallers Amenra, finding time for WIEGEDOOD—pronounced We-guh-doad—isn’t a challenge, but rather a directive. Time must be made and spent on behalf of WIEGEDOOD not in spite of it. Musically, the group don’t see similarities in or with Oathbreaker or Amenra, however. With this distinction the Belgians are empowered to express themselves singularly. As a result, the writing sessions for III (and its predecessors) don’t ‘bleed over’ or ‘bleed through’ with the band members’ other projects.

“Because of our busy schedules playing and touring in other bands, all our songwriting sessions are extremely productive,” says the band. “We know how little time we have and we set even tighter recording deadlines to push ourselves even more. All songs are therefore written for III. There is a clear evolution between all albums.”

Recorded by Christophe Dexters at House Rott Child Studios in Belgium over the course of 10 days, III is clear and powerful yet nuanced and nimble. Unlike WIEGEDOOD’s peers, III pivots on a different thought axle, where loss and reflection, anger and desperation are imbued into everything. To capture the essence of III—tracks like ‘Prowl’ and ‘Doodskalm’ highlight WIEGEDOOD’s tumult—the Belgians re-hired Californian Jack Shirley (Deafheaven, Oathbreaker) to mix and master at his Atomic Garden Studios. The result is overwhelming yet distant, dangerous yet tactful.

“House Rott Child Studios is the perfect place for us to record,” WIEGEDOOD say. “Because there isn’t that awkward engineer/producer/musician relationship. Christophe knows exactly what kind of sound we are going for and we know how he operates. This is why we love going to House Rott Child Studios so much. We feel right at home because of our previous experience recording there. We had the time to experiment and try out new ideas. In the studio we basically use the same set-up as we do live.”
 
Previously, the trio were with Belgian indie ConSouling Sounds for albums I and II. Now, WIEGEDOOD have signed over to Century Media Records to release III. With III ready to dominate, a new label supporting, and a broader audience waiting, WIEGEDOOD are poised to take their black metal marque beyond the confines of Europe.

“We’re excited to see where 2018 and the co-operation with Century Medial will take us,” say WIEGEDOOD. “There are a lot of plans for 2018, a bunch of concerts are lining up and we’re going to play on new continents.”

 



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TOURDATES
22-04-2018
Roadburn festival
Tilburg
Netherlands
 
05-05-2018
Direct Underground fest
Sydney
Australia
 
06-05-2018
Direct Underground fest
Melbourne
Australia
 
08-05-2018
Club Tavern
Christchurch
New Zealand
 
09-05-2018
Valhalla
Wellington
New Zealand
 
10-05-2018
Whammy
Auckland
New Zealand
 
16-05-2018
Vera
Groningen
Netherlands
 
17-05-2018
Doomstad @ Ekko
Utrecht
Netherlands
w/ Wrekmeister Harmonies
18-05-2018
Dynamo
Eindhoven
Netherlands
w/ Laster
19-05-2018
The Asylum
Birmingham
United Kingdom
 
20-05-2018
The Louisiana
Bristol
United Kingdom
 
21-05-2018
Brudenell Social Club
Leeds
United Kingdom
 
22-05-2018
The Black Heart
London
United Kingdom
 
24-05-2018
De Kreun
Kortrijk
Belgium
'DDHHGIII' Albumrelease show
25-05-2018
La Lune Des Pirates
Amiens
France
 
26-05-2018
Le Ferrailleur
Nantes
France
 
27-05-2018
Outch! Festival
Langres
France
w/ Igorrr, Deathrite
28-05-2018
Point Ephemere
Paris
France
 
31-05-2018
Toxoplasmose Festival
St Imier
Switzerland
 
01-06-2018
Ligera
Milan
Italy
 
02-06-2018
Freakout Club
Bologna
Italy
 
03-06-2018
Arena
Vienna
Austria
 
04-06-2018
Fuga
Bratislava
Slovakia
 
05-06-2018
Durer Kert
Budapest
Hungary
 
06-06-2018
Beatpol
Dresden
Germany
 
07-06-2018
Cassiopeia
Berlin
Germany
 
08-06-2018
Uebel & Gefaehrlich
Hamburg
Germany
 
09-06-2018
KB18
Copenhagen
Denmark
 
10-06-2018
Skjul Fyra Sex
Gothenburg
Sweden
 
11-06-2018
Bla
Oslo
Norway
 
12-06-2018
1000Fryd
Aalborg
Denmark
 
13-06-2018
Alte Meierei
Kiel
Germany
 
14-06-2018
Oetinger Villa
Darmstadt
Germany
 
15-06-2018
Juha West
Stuttgart
Germany
 
16-06-2018
MTC
Koln
Germany
 
29-06-2018
Summer Gloom
Antwerp
Belgium
w/ Cro-Mags
21-07-2018
Rock Herk
Herk De Stad
Belgium
 
26-07-2018
MetalDays festival
Tolmin
Slovenia
 
03-08-2018
Roadkill festival
Waarschoot
Belgium
 
11-08-2018
Brutal Assault festival
Josefov
Czech Republic
 
18-08-2018
Metal Mean Festival
Mean
Belgium
 
01-12-2018
Winter Assault
Brighton
United Kingdom