Written by: Kev Rowland
This album is the final part of the ‘De Doden Hebben Het Goed’ trilogy, (‘The Dead Have It Good’), and is the natural ending to what has gone before. All three albums are built of epic black metal, and ‘III’ blends the atmospherics of ‘I’ and the aggression of ‘II’. The three albums are brought together not only sonically but also visually, with each cover featuring their sigil photographed in the landscape. The trio of Gilles Demolder (guitars), Wim Coppers (drums) and Levy Seynaeve (guitars and vocals) wanted something that represented the band as individuals as well as a unit. The photo for ‘III’ was taken in Sint-Eloois-Winkel, a small town near Kortrijk where Levy grew up, while the cover for ‘II’ was taken in De Haan, where Gilles was raised and the first cover picture was taken in Ransberg, where Wim grew up and is still living today.
The guys are in other bands as well, notably post-black metallers Oathbreaker and post-metallers Amenra, which means that they set themselves specific time to focus on Wiegedood, pronounced We-guh-doad, so that it doesn’t get in the way of other projects and outlets. Certainly, the result in ‘III’ is a band who are incredibly tight and structured, knowing when it is time to provide lightness into the dark, and when to come back with the hammer down to really hit home. The atmosphere within the music as a whole is incredibly important, as it is what binds everything together as one. My only minor complaint is that there are times when there just isn’t enough in the bottom end, so the music appears too top heavy, but this does seem rather minor when taken into consideration of the album as whole.
Century Media have consistently promoted some great bands, and this is definitely no exception, as if you haven’t not come across these guys before, but enjoy black metal, then this is simply essential – especially as there are times when it reminds me of “Discovery” from 2112; there is something within the atmosphere.
3. De Doden Hebben Het Goed III