Album Review

Wiegedood – There’s Always Blood At The End Of The Road: Album Review

Extreme metal trio Wiegedood rip up the black metal rule book to expose and explore the filth that makes us.

Released: 14th January 2022

Label: Century Media

Format: CD / LP / Digital

As far as opening albums goes, Wiegedood take no prisoners in destroying the path ahead. FN SCAR 16 is a song about an assault rifle and as far as embodying the sound of such a firearm in a song, Wiegedood have the musical trigger constantly pulled. Blast beats abound and relentless riffs obliterate. If fast and furious is your thing then this will satisfy. The segue into the wildly titled And In Old Salamano’s Room, The Dog Whimpered Softly is instant; almost unrecognisable as the music soars. What does come in the latter is a change in tempo and style with chugging guitars underpinning the maelstrom. Disturbing and distressed vocals adorn the despairing strains as the song concludes.

Again, the flow of the album does not abate as Noblesse Oblige Richesse Oblige enters the fray. Noblesse oblige is a French expression that talks of how the noble and wealthy have responsibilities to help others. This philosophical outlook echoes the bands mantra around the album that talks of focussing on the ‘filthiest and most disgusting parts of human nature and society.’ Too many of our ‘nobles’ do not act nobly. Wiegedood harness that frustration in this most brutal piece of music.

Frustration and brutality are two notions that drive the whole album. Until It Is Not does not relent but the second part of the song feels more uplifting in how the guitars play out. An unerring distorted noise ends the piece which gives way to a more serene opening of Now Will Always Be. The entr’acte doesn’t last too long as the furore once again starts. Shrieked vocals pierce but it is the droning of the low shamanic like vocals that disorientate. It is truly scary when you fully immerse yourself in the music. A tolling bell conjures further dark images; this is a masterclass in creating a vile aura.

Wade offers a true interlude with an off kilter and atonal acoustic diversion however the unease does not go away. As the short piece concludes, Nuages offers more genuine fear. You will be hard pressed to find a more evil sounding song. On the song, the band comment that is ‘a black metal homage to Django Reinhardt. So chaotic and dissonant that the man himself would have hated it for sure. It’s hard to disagree! As this record moves forward you’ll find yourself thinking can this get any heavier or harder; it gloriously bludgeons more and more as it progresses. Tension is increased with more dark samples and distressed guitars.

Theft And Begging is another no prisoners affair with vocals that shatter – the guitars pulse to get your blood boiling and your head banging. Guttural screams and cries from the seeming doldrums of the underworld create a truly abominable picture. Carousel closes out this blistering record and without realising it, you have navigated the blackened world of There’s Always Blood At The End Of The Road from Wiegedood.

Wiegedood have built a strong fanbase over the years and their latest effort will only add to the ranks. They are a band of the road and tour relentlessly when they can. This record will be an absolute treat to hear live, but by god it will be loud! There’s Always Blood At The End Of The Road really does ooze filth, fire, fever and fury; it is certainly a record to challenge the senses.

Wiegedood will tour the album in early 2022.

Listen to and watch the video for Nuages from Wiegedood below.

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