Remembering Woods Of Ypres Founder David Gold
Band Photo: Woods Of Ypres (?)
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.
Just three days before Christmas, on December 22, it was reported that David Gold - founder, guitarist and vocalist for Canadian doom band Woods of Ypres - had been killed in a deadly car accident in Barrie, Ontario just a short distance from his hometown of Sault Ste. Marie. The news was not only shocking for all those who knew David but it was also devastating and beyond unbelievable. Gold, who was only 31 years of age, had countless friends, family and fans who were left with an indescribable sense of loss. Not only did the passing of David come at the worst possible time of the year but it happened to someone that had decades of life ahead of him and untold amounts of potential left within to be unleashed.
His band Woods of Ypres, which he founded in 2002 with longtime friend Aaron Palmer, were just now starting to receive the recognition from the wider metal community. Having spent eight years in the Canadian underground metal scene, the band had achieved the goal of every indie metal group, to be signed to a premier metal label. This came thanks to its recent signing with British extreme metal label Earache Records, whom Gold was very fond of, in October of 2010. The signing to Earache injected new life into the band at a time when rumors of its demise had been building for many months. Woods of Ypres was David's love and joy and the chance to have more people hear his music meant the world to him.
I had the pleasure of getting to know David myself on a personal level through the latter end of 2010. Upon first meeting David he instantly struck me and someone who was vastly different from many others in the current metal scene. Different from many of those in other bands who I have had the chance to interact with throughout my time spent working for Metalunderground. Without question David was someone who truly loved his music and even more-so loved the people who listened to it. No matter how ridiculous the request or question he always had the time and patience to sit down and talk with anyone who wanted to speak with him. Out of all the musicians I have met over the past two years David was the only one who I would want to hang out with on the weekend and talk metal over a six-pack, he just had the total down-to-earth vibe about him which many people seem to lack these days. Its a shame more people didn't have the chance to meet him. A loss that no words could ever accurately describe.
Not only was David's passing unexpected and tragic but 2012 was also set to be the biggest year in the history of Woods of Ypres. On February 13, 2012 Earache records is set to release David Gold's final opus in "Woods 5: Grey Skies & Electric Light." David spoke of this album in a way he never had for any of his past releases and it was apparent that he put all of his heart and soul into his latest body of work. A work which will now serve as the cornerstone to his musical legacy and expose many more people to the unlimited talent that was David Gold. As I finish this article I will leave you with the last music video released from Woods of Ypres for the track "I Was Buried In Mount Pleasant Cemetery," and a quote from the song;
"Buried in Mount Pleasant Cemetery, between the monuments and trees. At the heart of the city, amongst the statues and fountains. New life could begin, where the old path I ran came to and end" - David Gold, 6/19/1980 - 12/22/2011.
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