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Mike Tyson once said that, everyone has a plan, until they get punched in the face. On a symbolic way, that was a summary of what happened to me when I came to see WIEGEDOOD at the Portuguese festival Amplifest. A thunderous, bestial, and straight-to-the-point black metal. I didn’t know them at all, I almost got there by accident, and I’m glad of it, because the surprise was even bigger. I wasn’t the only one at that venue that was impressed. My moral obligation was to speak with that surprising band from the festival and ask them for which kind of hell they had been released. This is the result.
Subterráneo Heavy: How did the band start? Although, it has already been stated that it is one year old, you already have a debut album. How did the band’s name come up?
Levy Seynaeve: Wim came up with the name before we had even rehearsed. We’ve had the idea of doing this kind of music for a while but the timing was never right up, until now so when our schedules opened up a bitm we just picked up our instruments and about ten rehearsals later the record was ready.
Subterráneo Heavy: All of you are professional musicians, Levy is on AMENRA and Wim on WHITE JAZZ. Do you think that the fact that you were already in a band, made things easier to start another combo and go further with it? Do you consider WIEGEDOOD as a proper band or just an aside proyect, for now?
Levy Seynaeve: None of us are professional musicians, but we’ve all had our share of experiences with other bands yes. I believe it certainly gave us an insight on how to approach things. WIEGEDOOD is not a side-project, no. It’s still difficult to tour with all our other ongoing bands taking up a lot of our time but we try to tour as much as possible.
Levy Seynaeve: It’s difficult but we manage to do it somehow. Planning ahead is a very important aspect of it all. There are periods where our other bands need to take time to write new material so we try to take advantage of those periods to play as much as possible. When our other bands are busy we try to take some time off to write new material ourselves.
Subterráneo Heavy: Speaking about bands, Levy is the bass player in AMENRA, but here he switches to guitar and vocals. Ironically you don’t have bass playerneither for studio, nor live. Why did you decided to change from bass to guitar, Is it that you feel more confortable with six strings? Why you don’t use the bass? I can’t even hear it on the album. Can this change in a future?
Levy Seynaeve: I’ve always played guitar. My first rehearsal with AMENRA was the first time I picked up a bass, so the choice to play guitar in WIEGEDOOD wasn’t that far fetched. We wanted two guitars that could intertwine with each other. When the songs were done we never really considered to add a bassplayer to the band. Adding another person wouldn’t have felt right. I don’t think that’ll ever change honestly.
Subterráneo Heavy: How was the songwriting process for the album? Is there a main composer or is it an equal job?
Levy Seynaeve: Me and Gilles would work on guitarparts and then take them to rehearsal where we’d work on them becoming proper songs.
Subterráneo Heavy: Sometimes when musicians play with various groups, they try to use some of the ideas that come up to their minds but they don’t fit with the trademark sound of their main band. Is that your case, or when it comes to songwritting you have very clear ideas about where each idea goes? I mean, you make your mind to compose for AMENRA, WHITE JAZZ… and then WIEGEDOOD?
Levy Seynaeve: I can’t speak for Gilles and Wim but when I write a guitar riff it’s always pretty clear for what purpose. I don’t think it’s a good thing if they’d be too interchangeable within the different bands I play in.
Subterráneo Heavy: Besides those four tracks that form De doden hebben het goed, is there any other track that didn’t make the cut? Do you have any more material composed at the moment?
Levy Seynaeve: We’re writing the second part to the De doden hebben het goed threepiece at the moment but we’re taking our time with it.
Subterráneo Heavy: It draws my attention that your lyrics are dutch written, but all of you are Belgian. I think that in some parts of the country Dutch is spoken, maybe I’m wrong, but why did you choose that language that can be less comprehensible than English or French?
Levy Seynaeve: None of the lyrics are in Dutch I’m afraid. [I’d failed completely just trusting on the songs titles .ndr]
Subterráneo Heavy: Continuing with the languages, at the end of the album, we can hear a Russian (or Slavic) female voice, what does she say? Wht do you want to transmit with it? Why did you put that voice there?
Levy Seynaeve: It’s a repetition of the lyrics throughout the song. I see it as a conversation between two people who hold each other dear and wish each other well when they part ways.
Levy Seynaeve: It’s our symbol. It’s based on old runes and represents WIEGEDOOD.
Subterráneo Heavy: Although your black metal is quite peculiar, people often label you as post black metal (the new trend in the metal world), ambient black metal, modern black metal and a few names more, but what is most important, how would you label your music?
Levy Seynaeve: I’d call it black metal. If people want to add anything to that or call it something else, so be it. How people label our music is none of my concern.
Subterráneo Heavy: Which were your influences for this record?
Levy Seynaeve: Bands like CELESTIA, PESTE NOIRE, MAKE A CHANGE… KILL YOURSELF… The more depressive side of black metal. I think it’s important to keep the bands who pioneered everything in account as well. You know, DARKTHRONE, MAYHEM…
Subterráneo Heavy: When I first spoke to you, to ask you for this interview, I told you that I previously attended to your show at Amplifest, how did you feel when you saw the whole venue packed? Did you expect that success at the festival? Do you have any more tour dates ahead?
Levy Seynaeve: Amplifest was great. It was great playing for a packed venue and we definitely hope to be back in Portugal soon. We’re playing Damnation Festival in Leeds in November which we’re really looking forward too and we’re still taking any offer in account. There will be more EU tours next year for sure so we’re not resting.
Subterráneo Heavy: Thanks for your time answering our questions, Is there anything else you
would like to say to our readers?
Levy Seynaeve: Thank you.
Live photos: Pedro Roque