Three years after the first act, the third album in the trilogy De Doden Hebben Het Goed was released, a magnificent development by Belgian band Wiegedood. This result is not the result of chance, after all these musicians are involved in the well-known Church Of Ra (whose spearhead is AmenRa, of which the vocalist and guitarist of Wiegedood, Levy Seynaeve, is a member), so, although we are in the presence of a record of pure black metal, the interpretation of the genre that is offered is sublime and well above average. As is often the case, it is from mournful events that the most emotionally involving works emerge, and this project, born to pay homage to the memory of a friend of drummer Wim Coppers (whose mother band is Oathbreaker, as well as the other guitarist Gilles Demolder), does not escape this rule. De Doden Hebben Het Goed III is an admirable synthesis of those contrasting forces that usually animate black metal, namely the atmospheric and the raw component: thanks to this, the four tracks of the album are furiously intense, wonderfully cathartic. Precisely because in this musical expression there is little left to invent, the difference can only be made by the impact, emotional or destabilizing as it may be: Wiegedood‘s black is rooted firmly in the cold Norwegian soil but is returned with the typical urgency to which we have become accustomed to the bands belonging to the circle of the Belgian collective. It’s natural, then, to let oneself be enveloped by tracks like Doodskalm, with its splitting central break of “post” matrix, and a final of painful beauty, or the title track, monumental example of how the evocative power of music will always belong to the (few) things that make our earthly journey bearable. De Doden Hebben Het Goed III is a frightening test of strength, but never as frightening as the idea that Wiegedood‘s journey could end here: there are still too many stories that need their music to be adequately told.
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