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Woods Of Ypres

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Formed: 2002
From: Toronto, Ontario , Canada
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Woods Of Ypres News

Below is our complete Woods Of Ypres news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

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Merch Bundles to Benefit David Gold's Family

On Dec 21st, 2011, there was a shock wave felt around the world when David Gold of Ontario's Woods of Ypres died on Highway 400. In loving memory of this immensely talented artist and beautiful human being, the family of David Gold has made available a range of merchandise bundles can be found here.

The following press release was issued about the merch bundles: More...

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Ypres Metal Fest Announced

Empyrean Plague will be performing at the upcoming first annual Ypres Metal Fest, which doubles as a tribute to the recently deceased David Gold. The show has been announced for April 7th, 2012 at The Canadian Nightclub in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. The following press release was issued by Dismembertainment:

"We are proud to announce the first annual Ypres Metal Fest, which will also double as a tribute show for the late and dearly missed David Gold, frontman of Woods Of Ypres. Celebrating the release of what many are calling his finest work - Woods V: Grey Skies & Electric Light, as well as celebrating the life of David and the impact he has undeniably made on many, many people.

"This fest is a very personal matter for me, his family and for all of the performers involved - there are some really amazing things in store for this night. Bringing this festival to fruition was something David and I had discussed on many occasions, and I felt that after his untimely passing, it was just the right thing to do. Please join us for an incredible evening of performances and tributes that will not soon be forgotten.

"We also have an incredibly special performance coming from two members of Woods Of Ypres... Guitarist Joel Violette and Drummer Rae Amitay will be teaming up for an acoustic set of Woods material. There are potentially more acts TBA, and tickets will on sale by the end of this week. Locations will be announced. Proceeds from the event will be donated to the Gold family to help cover the expenses of David's final arrangements, and to support the annual David Gold Music Scholarship made available to Sault College students."

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Woods Of Ypres Streaming New Track

In December, Woods of Ypres frontman David Gold lost his life in a terrible accident just outside Barrie, ON, Canada. Unfortunately, David was unable to see the release of "Woods 5: Grey Skies and Electric Light" (reviewed here), which was to be the band’s first effort since signing with the mighty Earache Records. "Woods 5" is now scheduled for an April 10th release.

Now, fans have a chance to get a taste of what "Woods 5" had to offer as “Kiss My Ashes Goodbye (Part I)” is being streamed via Hails & Horns here. The following press release was issued about the track:

"The song is an epic, chilling journey that should remind the metal community just what an incredible writer and performed David Gold was. ‘Woods 5: Grey Skies and Electric Light’ is certainly the most impressive effort in the band’s history and will stay with you for weeks to come after just one listen." More...

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Woods of Ypres Comments on Gold's Death

Woods of Ypres frontman David Gold was tragically killed in a road traffic accident on the 21st of December, outside Barrie, in his home country of Canada.

In accordance with the wishes of David's family and band mates, the recently completed album "Woods V: Grey Skies & Electric Light" will be released, as planned in February.

The Gold family issued a statement for David's friends and fans as follows: More...

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Remembering David Gold

Fourteen. That is the staggering number of metal and hard rock musicians who left us this calendar year. Fourteen. It is without question that the year 2011 was a cruel one for the metal community, taking from the world some exceptionally talented people whom many had long lives left to live. Most, if not all, of us never knew the likes of Cory Smoot, Gary Moore or Seth Putnam in person but we lived through them vicariously through the legacies left by their music. When you are a fan of a band for an extended period of time you come to feel as if you know the people behind the drum kits and holding the guitars, they become your friend who's always there to comfort you regardless if you've never spoken to them, shaken their hand or have met face-to-face. When one of them is tragically taken from this earth we can't help but feel sorrow and pain, as if one of our own family members has passed away. Unfortunately, the pain is ever more intense when you have had the pleasure to come to know one of these truly gifted individuals. More...

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Woods Of Ypres Frontman Killed in Car Accident

Earache Records has reported that David Gold, frontman of Canadian doom metal band WOODS OF YPRES, was killed in a car accident last night. He was 31 years old.

Woods of Ypres was formed in 2002 by David Gold, Aaron Palmer and Brian McManus. The band signed a deal with Earache records in 2010 and their forthcoming new album, "Woods 5: Grey Skies & Electric Light," which was recorded with producer Siegfried Meier at Beach Road Studios in Ontario, Canada, and was mixed by U.K. producer John Fryer (NINE INCH NAILS, PARADISE LOST), is due out on February 13th, 2012. The band has been previewing new material from this album.

Metalunderground.com last spoke with David in October 2010. You can read that interview here.

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Woods of Ypres Streaming "Traveling Alone"

Canadian blackened doom metal outfit Woods of Ypres have released another new song from their forthcoming new album, "Woods 5: Grey Skies & Electric Light," available February 13th, 2012.

The new track, titled "Traveling Alone," is streaming now on the Metal Hammer Germany website.

The track appears on a German-language site, but English readers should find the track without any hassle. Additionally, the site includes a slide show of the band in various environments, which fits well with the song's traveling theme.

Woods of Ypres front man, David Gold comments on the track:

"When lead guitarist Joel Violette and I were deciding how to title this song, I suggested 'Customs', 'Kuwait' and 'Traveling Alone'. Joel voted for 'Traveling Alone' because it was a broader concept that we thought lots of metalheads could relate to, hoping it would create some intrigue.

"The song is about travel to a foreign land, the meeting between people of different cultures and a discussion of an interrogative nature about existence and God, inspired by my travels to Kuwait to work as a teacher last year.

"The 'Traveler' claims to be traveling alone and has 'nothing else to declare' and the local challenges the reasons for his beliefs. The traveler understands why a culture might believe in God if they live in abundance and therefore believe to have seen evidence of a God who loves and cares for people, while someone who does not live in abundance and has not seen evidence of God might not believe in the existence of one at all. See the lyrics: 'When I look around you, I understand why you believe. I see your evidence of God, all around me. You have so therefore you are, but I have not. You are too rich for hate, and I'm too poor to love'.

"The song arrangement is quite traditional, with an intro, verses, soaring choruses, a solo bridge, a spoken word breakdown and a crushing modern rock outro.

"We hope you enjoy it."

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Earache Records Announces HMV Next Big Thing

Earache Records has checked in with the following announcement about several of the label's bands performing at the HMV Next Big Thing festival:

"Earache Records is pleased to announce its very own evening of metal mayhem at HMV's third annual Next Big Thing music festival tour in 2012.

"HMV's Next Big Thing showcases and celebrates the very best in new and emerging talent, drawn from all genres across the music spectrum, who are tipped to make it big in the coming year. This year's event saw 140 breakthrough artists performing live, including fast-rising blues-rockers Rival Sons, who returned to the UK later in the year for a completely sold out headlining tour.

"The third HMV Next Big Thing festival will run over 11 days between 2nd and 12th February, 2012, at nine venues across the UK, including for the first time ever, Manchester's HMV Ritz, where Earache Records will be presenting a night of live music from some of the best new and breakthrough metal bands around. More...

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Woods Of Ypres Streaming New Track

Canadian blackened doom metal outfit Woods of Ypres has released a brand new song from the forthcoming album, "Woods 5: Grey Skies & Electric Light." The new track, titled "Kiss My Ashes (Goodbye)" is available to listen to now through the player below.

"Kiss My Ashes (Goodbye)" is the second track to be released from the album. Listen to the first track, "Career Suicide (Is Not Real Suicide)" at this location.

"Woods 5: Grey Skies & Electric Light" was recorded with producer Siegfried Meier at Beach Road Studios in Ontario, Canada, and was mixed by U.K. producer John Fryer (NINE INCH NAILS, PARADISE LOST). The album is due to be released in early 2012. More...

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Woods Of Ypres Seeks Touring Bassist

Canadian blackened doom metal outfit Woods of Ypres is seeking a touring bassist for early 2012, in support of the band’s forthcoming album "Woods 5: Grey Skies & Electric Light." The effort is slated for release through Earache Records on January 30, 2012.

Frontman and founder David Gold states, "This [album] is the best one yet! Drawing inspiration and influence from some of our favorite albums, the best of the Woods Of Ypres sound was created, selected, refined and perfected into our best self-contained, stand-alone songs to date, while still maintaining the flow of an ongoing concept as a WoY album should, however, with less art, less expressionism and more of what you want when you want it.” Check out our recent interview with Gold to learn more about Woods Of Ypres and their past, present, and future.

Those interested in vying for the touring bass slot are encouraged to contact Gold via email at davidypres@gmail.com.

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Woods Of Ypres Posts New Song Preview

Woods of Ypres has posted an advance mix preview of the new song "Career Suicide (Is Not Real Suicide)" online, which is available in the clip below. The track is taken from the upcoming new album, "Woods 5: Grey Skies & Electric Light," due to be released on January 30th, 2012 via Earache Records.

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Woods Of Ypres Comments On New Album

Canadian blackened doom metallers Woods of Ypres have recently finished recording their forthcoming new album, "Woods 5: Grey Skies & Electric Light" at Beach Road Studios in Ontario, Canada, with producer Siegfried Meier.

Band front man David Gold took some time to discuss a new era for the band as the group prepares for its first new album since signing to Earache Records:

"W4: 'The Green Album' was the first true Woods of Ypres album, the three before it were prequels, W5: 'Grey Skies & Electric Light' is the sequel and Woods 4.5: 'You Were the Light' was the preview before the sequel. However, unlike the movies, this W5 sequel is the best one yet! Drawing inspiration and influence from some of our favourite albums, the best of the Woods of Ypres sound was created, selected, refined and perfected into our best self-contained, stand-alone songs to date, while still maintaining the flow of an ongoing concept as a WoY album should, however, with less art, less expressionism and more of what you want when you want it.

"W5 is a tighter, more effective Woods of Ypres for a broader audience of listeners young and old, new and loyal. A satisfying 'press play and drive' kind of album drawing the best from old Woods, current Woods and the Woods yet to come on what will be a milestone album, our sixth in less than 10 years and nearing the 10th anniversary of the founding of the band. We've never sounded better and we'd never been fully satisfied with any recording, until now.

"10 songs, just as much about modern life as death, existence, society, the forest, the city, hurt and love. Story wise, picking up where Woods 4 and 4.5 left off, sound wise evoking the feelings of Woods I: 'Against the Seasons - Cold Winter Songs from the Dead Summer Heat' and Woods III: 'Deepest Roots & Darkest Blues' with modern and futuristic tweaks. There is black metal, there is doom, there are ballads, there is pop, guitar solos, double bass, blasts, techno, dark humour, irony, reality, harmonies, uplifting hope to get you through the moment and crushing, irreversible sadness. I count a total of 7 genres in 10 songs. It's a new Woods of Ypres album and I can't wait wait for you to hear it!"

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Woods of Ypres Drops Off Goregrowler's Ball

Due to contract obligations with their record label, Woods of Ypres is forced to cancel their appearance at this year's Goregrowler's Ball. The band will be writing and recording a new album instead and apologizes to their fans for this cancellation and promised to make it up.

Replacing Woods of Ypres on this Metalunderground.com-sponsored festival will be Dehumanized, who has not played a live show in nearly ten years.

Tickets for the fifth annual Goregrowler's Ball are on sale now. The event is set to take place in San Antonio, Texas on November 18-20, 2011.

The latest bands confirmed are as follows: More...

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Hirax Co-Headlining Goregrowler's Ball 5

Goregrowler Entertainment announced the addition of old school thrashers Hirax to the fifth-annual Goregrowler's Ball on November 19th, 2011 in San Antonio,Texas. Hirax will co-headline the Saturday show with Swedish death metal morticians, Aborted. This appearance marks the band's first visit to San Antonio.

Forming in 1984 among California's emerging thrash scene, Hirax became one of the more respected and steadfast punk-crossover-thrash bands.

Other artists on the three-day bill include Suffocation, Exhumed, Woods of Ypres, Hod, Lair of the Minotaur and Internal Bleeding.

Additional details on the Goregrowler's Ball are available by heading over to the festival's official website at this location.

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Woods Of Ypres Posts New Tour Blog

Canadian act Woods of Ypres is on the road in North America for the band's headlining "Pain & Piss" tour, and is also taking fans along for the ride with a series of exclusive tour blogs on MetalSucks. Now half-way through their month-long trek, the group's bassist Shane Madden has posted the second part of the tour blog. An excerpt from the new blog follows:

"I really hope that isn't my appendix. Sudden, inexplicable pain on the road makes you realize it would be an especially inconvenient time to have an organ burst. Also, I think the drummer has gangrene. Poison ivy is devouring his right arm at an exponential rate every day and it just doesn't look right. We're two weeks into this weird trip and no one is falling apart on death's door quite yet, but there have been enough figurative assaults on the organs of the tour machine already. The Midwest is an unforgiving place for what we're doing."

Read the rest of the blog for the full account of Woods of Ypres' journey of pain and piss at this location. You can also check out the band's latest tour video update below.

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Woods Of Ypres Comments On Latest Album

"Woods 4: The Green Album," the latest album from Canadian blackened doom merchants Woods of Ypres, has just been re-issued in Europe and is due to hit North America on Tuesday, March 22nd. Founding member and front man David Gold recently took some time to discuss the writing process for the album. Gold commented:

"A year from the day I arrived back in Canada, July 2009, we were in the studio with a new band, two tours already behind us, and we were recording W4: The Green Album. By the fall and another tour later, we were signed to Earache Records. Now, March 2011, The Green Album gets a worldwide release, less than two years since we started writing it and less than four years since I first said 'fuck it all' and moved to Seoul. What can I say? The plan? It was just so crazy that it worked!

"The Green Album was certainly the only album I knew how to write as it was the only thing still preoccupying what was left of my heart and brain at the time and I'm thankful that something good could come of it all, after all. The 16 songs of the album tell the story through the stages of such a journey that inevitably gets a whole lot worse before it gets any better. What starts with total life-changing devastation ends with the arrival of spring again and the promise of summer. If nothing else at all, at the time, it was enough. More...

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Woods Of Ypres Announces North American Tour

The Canadian blackened doom merchants Woods of Ypres have lined up a North American tour in support of the Earache reissue of the their 2009 effort, "Woods IV: The Green Album." These dates will be the band's first full-on tour since mainman David Gold got back from a teaching stint in Kuwait. David checked in with the following update:

"It's perfect! W4: The Green Album was always intended to be a 'spring' album centered around themes of rain, renewal, reinvention and recycling of the soul and here we are at the dirty end of winter 2011, having The Green Album re-released on Earache Records and touring the east coast in the very green and hopeful but yet typically still cold and cloudy month of March. It'll include a special green beer St. Patrick's Day show in Worcester and a long awaited return to celtic-flavoured Eastern Canada! So pack a cheap umbrella of which you can plan to get drunk and forget at the venue because us bad-luck-fucks are bringing our no-leaf-clover doom and gloom to your town this March with the black cloud-still-a-followin' over our heads. Even though we've got nothin' left to lose and no other purpose left in life but to exhibit our cathartic recklessness for your entertainment.

"We knew what love was and now, we also know how to be cruel. A Woods of Ypres show is a heavy, heaving slab of both. It's poison-medicine for both hardworking modern minds who've just given up on their dreams and fellow bleeding fucking hearts who no longer give a shit. Anyways, the timing of The Green Album re-release and The Green Album tour may be the first thing in the history of this band that has ever gone right...so we're very excited and surprised about the coincidence, because that's all is really is. Bring your merch money for a 'Wet Leather' t-shirt and a Green Album double-vinyl. See you in March! Come drink beers, hear the band's music and watch watch us personally destroy what's left of ourselves!"

The dates are as follows: More...

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Woods Of Ypres Posts Performance Footage

Woods of Ypres has posted footage online from the band's performance at The Heart of Winter Festival in Richmond, VA, on Saturday February 12th, 2011. You can check out the clip below.

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Woods Of Ypres Posts New Music Video

Canadian blackened doom metal act Woods of Ypres has released a brand new music video for the song "I Was Buried In Mount Pleasant Cemetery." The video clip can be viewed through Decibel Magazine's Deciblog at this location.

The song comes from "Woods IV: The Green Album," which is set to be reissued on March 22nd, 2011 through Earache Records. Woods of Ypres is also set to release the new album "Woods V" later this year on an as-yet-determined ate.

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Woods Of Ypres Signs To Earache

Earache Records has checked in with the following announcement about signing a record deal with Woods of Ypres:

"Earache Records is proud to announce the worldwide signing of the Canadian cult metal act, Woods of Ypres. Formed in 2002, Woods of Ypres have earned critical acclaim for their ever-evolving, envelope-pushing mix of blackened doom metal. Most often compared to bands such as Agalloch and Type O Negative, Woods of Ypres toe a thin line between the catchy, the artistic and the extreme to create an unmistakable signature sound.

"With this signing comes controversy. As many may know, Woods of Ypres had previously announced that they were disbanding so why would Earache sign a defunct act? Truth is, the band never really broke up to begin with. Let front man, David Gold explain his side of things."

David Gold commented: "After 8 long years of pushing forward, recording five albums and going on multiple tours as an independent band, we are very proud to announce that we have finally signed Woods of Ypres to Earache Records. To address the rumors (some that we ran with and some that we started ourselves), Woods of Ypres never actually broke up/disbanded/quit/ended, at all. Allow me to explain. More...

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