Woods of Ypres was a blackened doom metal band from Ontario, Canada, formed in 2002 by David Gold, Aaron Palmer and Brian McManus. They released five albums, each somewhat differing in style, before the death of founding member David Gold. According to the official website, Woods of Ypres can be defined as "…atmospheric doom-laden Great-White-North flavored black metal."
In 2002, the demo "Woods I: Against the Seasons, Cold Winter Songs from the Dead Summer Heat " was released on Krankenhaus Records. Later, In 2003, David Gold moved to Toronto to begin working on a full length album and by 2004 the band's first full length album,"Woods II: Pursuit of the Sun & Allure of the Earth" was also released on Krankenhaus Records. "Woods III: Deepest Roots & Darkest Blues" was released in 2007, again on the Krankenhaus label. The most recent album, "Woods IV: The Green Album", was released in November of 2009 on Practical Art Records. This is the longest album by Woods of Ypres with 16 tracks total.
In 2010 it was rumoured that Woods of Ypres would split up, because front man David Gold was moving to Kuwait. Woods would record and release their fifth record, Woods 5, and that would be the end for Woods of Ypres. In October 2010 David Gold stated that Woods of Ypres didn’t quit. It never happened. In the same statement David Gold announced that Woods of Ypres signed a contract with Earache Records. In 2011 Earache Records re-released all 4 previous albums and Falling Apart, an single with two tracks on it, Falling Apart and You Where the Light.
On December 23, 2011, it was announced that founder David Gold died as a result of a car accident. In the beginning of 2012, Earache records officially released the fifth and final Woods of Ypres album, called Woods 5: Grey Skies & Electric Light.
Rest in peace, David. You will be missed.
David Gold - Guitars, Vocals
Joel Violette - Lead Guitar
Shane Madden - Bass
Evan Madden - Drums
Other past members:
Bryan Belleau - Lead Guitar
Brian McManus - Guitar, Vocals
Aaron Palmer - Bass, Vocals
Jessica Rose - Keyboards
Dan Hulse - Bass, Guitar, Vocals
Against the Seasons: Cold Winter Songs From the Dead Summer Heat
Pursuit of the Sun & Allure of the Earth
Woods III: Deepest Roots and Darkest Blues
Independent Nature 2002-2007
Allure of the Earth single
Woods 4: The GREEN Album
Woods 5: Grey Skies & Electric Light
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