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
18-08-2018
Metal Mean Festival
Mean
Belgium
 
05-10-2018
Jubez
Karlsruhe
Germany
w/ YOB
06-10-2018
Soulcrusher festival
Nijmegen
Netherlands
w/ YOB
07-10-2018
The Fleece
Bristol
United Kingdom
w/ YOB
09-10-2018
Stereo
Glasgow
Scotland
w/ YOB
10-10-2018
Brudenell Social Club
Leeds
United Kingdom
w/ YOB
11-10-2018
Gorilla
Manchester
United Kingdom
w/ YOB
12-10-2018
The Garage
London
United Kingdom
w/ YOB
13-10-2018
Desertfest Belgium
Antwerp
Belgium
w/ Yob
14-10-2018
Gebaeude 9
Koln
Germany
w/ YOB
16-10-2018
Molotow Club
Hamburg
Germany
w/ YOB
17-10-2018
Vega
Copenhagen
Denmark
w/ YOB
18-10-2018
Sticky Fingers
Gothenburg
Sweden
w/ YOB
19-10-2018
Kraken
Stockholm
Sweden
w/ YOB
20-10-2018
Bla
Oslo
Norway
w/ YOB
23-10-2018
Petit Bain
Paris
France
w/ YOB
24-10-2018
L'Epicerie Moderne
Lyon
France
w/ YOB
25-10-2018
Le Rocher De Palmer
Cenon
France
w/ YOB
26-10-2018
Santana 27
Bilbao
Spain
w/ YOB
27-10-2018
Hard Club
Porto
Portugal
w/ YOB
28-10-2018
Caracol
Madrid
Spain
w/ YOB
29-10-2018
Boveda
Barcelona
Spain
w/ YOB
31-10-2018
Old Capitol
Langenthal
Switzerland
w/ YOB
01-11-2018
Santeria Social Club
Milan
Italy
w/ YOB
02-11-2018
Freakout Club
Bologna
Italy
w/ YOB
03-11-2018
Caves Du Manoir
Martigny
Switzerland
w/ YOB
04-11-2018
Between
Bregenz
Austria
w/ YOB
06-11-2018
Arena
Vienna
Austria
w/ YOB
07-11-2018
Robot
Budapest
Hungary
w/ YOB
08-11-2018
Ut Connewitz
Leipzig
Germany
w/ YOB
09-11-2018
Hydrozagadka
Warsaw
Poland
w/ YOB
10-11-2018
Soulstone Gathering festival
Krakow
Poland
w/ YOB
11-11-2018
Musik & Frieden
Berlin
Germany
w/ YOB
01-12-2018
Winter Assault
Brighton
United Kingdom
 
14-12-2018
Eindhoven Metal Meeting
Eindhoven
Netherlands