Friday, January 06, 2012


Woods of Ypres frontman David Gold was tragically killed in a road traffic accident on 21st 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:

"The Gold family is incredibly saddened in the wake of David's sudden passing. We want to thank everyone for the ongoing outpour of support, as it is greatly appreciated. Although he was only 31 years old, David lived more than most would be able to in an entire lifetime. He was well educated, well travelled, incredibly talented, passionate, compassionate, and loved dearly by thousands of friends, family, and fans all over the world. David's legacy will not only live on, but continue to grow. We ask you to keep David's spirit alive by continuing to listen to his music, and let him inspire your life."

Donations can be made to support his funeral costs through his Paypal account at

Joel Violette was David's band mate and long-time collaborator, he had the following statement:

"I am completely shocked and utterly at a loss for words about David's passing. I write this with a very heavy heart, and I can only imagine what David's family is going through, as well as the rest of his friends. My heart goes out to them all.

This tragedy comes at a truly inopportune time for Woods of Ypres, though there is never an opportune time for these things to happen. We'd booked to tour Europe in support of Woods 5, we'd recruited the talented Rae Amitay and Brendan Hayter, and we were only waiting for January rehearsals before setting off. We had an exciting album to play and exciting places to play it.

It's hard to say what is next for Woods. David was unequivocally the voice, heart, and soul of the band. In the last year or so David and I planned out many projects for Woods of Ypres in great detail. It would be a shame for none of them to come to fruition, and David would have wanted his fans to hear them. So I will examine these, discuss them with Earache, and endeavour to complete what can be completed given the circumstances. David was always and still is the essence of Woods of Ypres. So if and when any Woods projects come to light, it will be with this fact firmly and unwaveringly in mind.

For the present time my immediate task is to promote and release Woods 5: Grey Skies & Electric Light. We finished the audio portion in August at Beach Road Studios, and David D'Angelo finished the stunning album art last month. All that remains is press and promotion for the album. And I'm more than willing to do my own share as well as David's, with the same passion, enthusiasm, and good humor David would have had. So please direct any interviews to me, and I will be thrilled to answer questions.

It was an honour to have worked with David, an honour to have shared the stage with him, and an honour to have spent a summer writing and recording with him. He was an extremely talented, driven, and generous man. He will be sorely missed."

Earache will be working closely with David's family moving forwards, and join the hundreds of fans around the world that have offered their condolences to the Gold family.

Facebook tribute (run by David's family and Earache Records):

View tribute images here:

'Career Suicide (Is Not Real Suicide)' -

'Kiss My Ashes (Goodbye)' -

WOODS 5: GREY SKIES & ELECTRIC LIGHT was recorded with producer SIEGFRIED MEIER at Beach Road Studios in Ontario, Canada, and was mixed by famed UK producer JOHN FRYER (NINE INCH NAILS, PARADISE LOST).

WOODS 5: GREY SKIES & ELECTRIC LIGHT is available to pre-order here:
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Anonymous said...

"It's hard to say what is next for Woods."

It shouldn't be. Woods of Ypres is no more. With David Gold's passing, there can be no further Woods of Ypres. Any consideration to the contrary is ludicrous.

Bozzltov said...

If it isn't exactly written and recorded by David, it does not belong under the "Woods of Ypres" monicker. Do not cash in on what he worked so hard to achieve.

Anonymous said...

This is fucked up! This is not in David's honor, this is an attempt to cash in the money cow. I will not support this!

Anonymous said...

WHat money cow? This is underground metal people. Fucksakes.

R.I.P. David Gold

Anonymous said...

"In the last year or so David and I planned out many projects for Woods of Ypres in great detail. It would be a shame for none of them to come to fruition, and David would have wanted his fans to hear them."

This, pretty much. "Great detail" could mean many things like planning out riffs, themes, lyrics, arrangements, maybe even some demos. We still have at least 4 unreleased tracks as well. I believe in Joel V and whoever else he takes along for the ride. I hope it honors Dave and its a great success.

Add WoY to the long list of
Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesnt. I'll wait to cast my judgement. I hope it blows everybody's pants off.

I respect anybody else who feels differently. Just the way I feel right now.

A long time fan.

Mike McAvan of Sixes & Sevens said...

As an old friend of Dave's, I commend the guys in Woods Of Ypres if they choose to carry on. Dave would've wanted it that way. It would be an absolute shame if the chemistry and music was lost. Dave will forever be with us in the legacy he left in the five albums that he graced us with. There is no "cash cow" here. I know how he struggled sometimes and anyone going for the jugular on this topic really needs to examine his/her priorities in life. David will live on forever in the incredible music that he created and it would be a shame if it wasn't celebrated by the people who helped him create it.

Mike McAvan
Sixes & Sevens