Sometimes bands work their way up to known recognition and other times they come out of left field. Sometimes it is a mix of both. Wiegedood is not new as 2017 is seeing their second album release after a marginally well received debut. The interesting thing about this year is the continuation of themes and names as Wiegedood has decided to do a second installment of their debut with De Doden Hebben Het Goed II. The gloom patrol rounds the bend for a second night out.
Translations are always funny as De Doden Hebben Het Goed poorly translates to “The Dead Do It Well” from a band whose name means Death in the Cradle. Whether or not tone and theme are lost in translation we can assume that Wiegedood is preoccupied with death and probably a litany of connected emotions on that theme. If the second installment is going to be similar in tone with the debut the lyrics, in English, are centered around the abstract notions of death and transition all thrown around violently in some sort of horrid dance. The cover is almost identical to the debut with an absence of band and album title leading to a continual void of information on intent. This unrequited emotions are hallmarks for an album that is both cruised and fiery with temper and emotion.
Black metal can sometimes become hampered with the aesthetic of cold and divorced calm. De Doden Hebben Het Goed II is very much a visceral record whose strength is in raw feelings and a desire to be irrational and unreasonable. It’s memorable for its tenacity and ability to make everyone feel unease.