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Wiegedood - There's Always Blood At The End Of The Road review




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Band: Wiegedood
Album: There's Always Blood At The End Of The Road
Release date: January 2022


01. FN SCAR 16
02. And In Old Salamano’s Room, The Dog Whimpered
03. Noblesse Oblige / Richesse Oblige
04. Until It Is Not
05. Now Will Always Be
06. Wade
07. Nuages
08. Theft And Begging
09. Carousel


I'm starting to think that "dood" might not mean "dude".

Hey, I made that mistake with Doodswens too, or "Dude Swans" as me and X-Ray Rod like to call them. But it probably means "death" or something in Dutch. But I'll still call them "Wicked dude". But the pronunciation is probably miles off. Anyway, what really set me off about this Wiegedood album is how long it's been since the last one. They had just one or two years between the previous ones, now suddenly there's a four-year gap. And There's Always Blood At The End Of The Road is not De Doden Hebben Het Goed IV, meaning that said series is now a complete trilogy. Wiegedood felt like the more black metal project of Oathbreaker / (now ex-)Amenra alumni, a black metal bordering on melodic and atmospheric, but not quite really. Well, this definitely feels like a new chapter.

There's Always Blood At The End Of The Road is a pretty stark tonal departure from the trilogy that preceded it. While still remaining within the same black metal framework, it replaced the mournful tone of albums past with some reinvigorated vitriol and unabashed anger. A whole lotta murk and filth sits on Always Blood, not necessarily in a death metal way, but as something to harshen the emotional appeal of the album. It seems like a lot of the hardcore parts of Oathbreaker's sound have seeped into Wiegedood this time around, but the post-hardcore amped up to even more violent means. Always Blood is honestly not that far away from a blackened screamo album.

And for a blackened screamo album, you'd usually find those messing around with either chamber music or post-rock or shoegaze or something, but Always Blood keeps some of the atmosphere and melody of works past, so it's not like it's a completely different band at the helm of the sound, but one who sharpened their sound and poured fire on it. So there's a combination of pretty cool riffing, that sits between melodic, hypnotic, and pummeling, and a complete drum blasting assault, and noise injections, and filthy blackened screams. There's still neat surprises, like the aforementioned noise injections, some chants, some of the best riffs I've heard this year, and whatever the hell happens during "Wade". And with this being the longest Wiegedood album, as in the first to go over 40 minutes of runtime, it also feels like the fullest and most accomplished.

While I definitely enjoyed the preceding trilogy, I still had the slight feeling that those were more of an afterthought and Wiegedood was overshadowed by the members' other bands. Well, There's Always Blood At The End Of The Road puts them right alongside them.





Written on 18.01.2022 by Doesn't matter that much to me if you agree with me, as long as you checked the album out.


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Comments: 9   Visited by: 161 users
18.01.2022 - 12:07
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Tage Westerlund
I didn't like it, I do like older ones, this is some Hardcore influenced scream vox... I never get into in those 3 singles in ms news either, same with an album.
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18.01.2022 - 15:56
nikarg
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^ I, on the other hand, think this is by far their best.
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18.01.2022 - 16:39
Rating: 9
RaduP
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Written by nikarg on 18.01.2022 at 15:56

^ I, on the other hand, think this is by far their best.

Same
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19.01.2022 - 12:03
Rating: 9
Still I’ve enjoyed the album
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22.01.2022 - 21:01
X-Ray Rod
Skandino
Really enjoyed it. Will have to check the previous albums at some point as I always sort of dissed them (same with most of the Church of Ra bands besides Amenra and Oathbreaker).
I love the intensity of the vocals and riffs. The production makes sense though. A bit artificial sounding lik a hive of bees type of sound which adds this noise touch to the whole thing.
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Written by BloodTears on 19.08.2011 at 18:29
Like you could kiss my ass
Written by Milena on 20.06.2012 at 10:49
Rod, let me love you.
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23.01.2022 - 04:26
no one

Blackened screamo album? Maybe, but I'd hate to say it is because it sounds a lot better than that shit.
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23.01.2022 - 06:04
Rating: 9
RaduP
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Written by no one on 23.01.2022 at 04:26

Blackened screamo album? Maybe, but I'd hate to say it is because it sounds a lot better than that shit.

Screamo is shit?
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23.01.2022 - 06:31
no one

Written by RaduP on 23.01.2022 at 06:04

Written by no one on 23.01.2022 at 04:26

Blackened screamo album? Maybe, but I'd hate to say it is because it sounds a lot better than that shit.

Screamo is shit?

Well shit is a bit harsh, but id hate to see a good black metal album get lumped into that category........not that it really matters.
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30.01.2022 - 15:31
Rating: 8
DarkWingedSoul

Good stuff indeed, pure holocaust thanks for the review, dod
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