Woods Of Ypres - Woods 5: Grey Skies & Electric Light


8.5 | 248 votes |
Release date: 15 February 2012

Owners:

254 have it
33 want it


01. Lightning & Snow
02. Death Is Not An Exit
03. Keeper Of The Ledger
04. Traveling Alone
05. Adora Vivos
06. Silver
07. Career Suicide (Is Not Real Suicide)
08. Modern Life Architecture
09. Kiss My Ashes (Goodbye)
10. Finality
11. Alternate Ending

Top 20 albums of 2012: 5

Line-up
David "Veillko" Gold - vocals, rhythm guitar, drums
Joel Violette - lead guitar, rhythm guitar, bass & piano

Guest musicians
Raphael Weinroth-Browne - cello
Angela Schleihauf - Oboe

Additional info
This album was first released as a free promo on the web on December 23, 2011 by Earache Records when they learned of the death of founding member David Gold. The promo contains 192 kbps mp3s, lyrics, and the promo artwork, which does not have the band's original band logo on it. It has a different track order as well, also splitting "Kiss My Ashes (Goodbye)" into two parts and omitting "Keeper Of The Ledger."

Recorded by Siegfried Meier at Beach Road Studios in Ontario, Canada.

Mixed by John Fryer at Bordello Recording Rooms, Oslo
Shannon O'Shea, SOS Management

Artwork by David D' Andrea

Released on Earache Records.
Released on CD, Vinyl and digital download.

Limited vinyl numbers
Silver - 100 copies only
Blue - 200 Copies only
Snow & Lightning (White/Yellow) 300 Copies only
Black - 400 Copies only

Staff review by
Doc Godin
Rating:
N/A
Wow, what a difficult review to write. On one hand, you want to reject any inclination to get caught up in posthumous worship that seems to happen to any deceased artist, on the other, it's hard to claim that the knowledge that you're playing that artists last message to the world doesn't add certain power. Listened to in context with David Gold's death, Woods 5 comes across as the most depressing album to drop in years. However, taken at face value, it's pretty decent. Nothing amazing, but well worth the listen.

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published 07.02.2012 | Comments (22)

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29.08.2011 - 11:20
Rating: 9
Skøllgrim
Northern
I've never been so excited for any album ever.
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29.08.2011 - 21:30
Rating: 10
trendkill-
Written by Skøllgrim on 29.08.2011 at 11:20

I've never been so excited for any album ever.



I Agree. It can't come soon enough!
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30.08.2011 - 23:16
Rating: 10
Evilquince
To any god out there - may this December come faster, please.
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Some suffer to the point when they grow numb.
Others are so numb they deserve to suffer.
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13.09.2011 - 12:14
Rating: 9
Skøllgrim
Northern
With the departure of the Madden brothers, it seems that David Gold is to take on drum duties
Here's a picture that does imply so: http://earache.tumblr.com/post/10128438230/woods-of-ypres-hard-at-work-on-the-new-album
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23.12.2011 - 15:52
Absak
I hope this album still gets released, despite this horrible tragedy.
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23.12.2011 - 21:18
Troy Killjoy
perfunctionist
Written by Absak on 23.12.2011 at 15:52
I hope this album still gets released, despite this horrible tragedy.

I'm sure it will, and the proceeds will likely go towards paying off debts from the cost of the funeral.
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Prettier than BloodTears.
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24.12.2011 - 15:28
Marcel Hubregtse
Grumpy Old Fuck
A shame that David Gold dies leaving this boring album behind as his final legacy.
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Member of the true crusade against European Flower Metal

Yesterday is dead and gone, tomorrow is out of sight
Dawn Crosby (r.i.p.)
05.04.1963 - 15.12.1996

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25.12.2011 - 04:02
Milena
Learning To "X"
This thread is now pretty creepy.
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"There comes a time when you look into the mirror and you realize that what you see is all that you will ever be. And then you accept it. Or you kill yourself. Or you stop looking in mirrors."
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01.01.2012 - 05:44
Rating: 8
Boxcar Willy
yr a kook
I must have this.
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01.01.2012 - 05:54
Rating: 8
Boxcar Willy
yr a kook
I really hope this band continues, even without dave.
i see they lost they're bassist and drummer...

if need be i will fill in for the bass how awesome that would be.
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01.01.2012 - 05:58
Troy Killjoy
perfunctionist
Written by Boxcar Willy on 01.01.2012 at 05:54
I really hope this band continues, even without dave.

Why? I'm pretty sure he was the primary composer, if not the sole composer. The sound would be completely different.
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01.01.2012 - 06:04
Rating: 8
Boxcar Willy
yr a kook
Written by Troy Killjoy on 01.01.2012 at 05:58

Written by Boxcar Willy on 01.01.2012 at 05:54
I really hope this band continues, even without dave.

Why? I'm pretty sure he was the primary composer, if not the sole composer. The sound would be completely different.

I suppose your right. Maybe they'll pull an AC/DC, but even if it is like that it will never be the same. We need to have a way to bring back the dead.



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01.01.2012 - 06:07
Troy Killjoy
perfunctionist
Written by Boxcar Willy on 01.01.2012 at 06:04
I suppose your right. Maybe they'll pull an AC/DC, but even if it is like that it will never be the same. We need to have a way to bring back the dead.

You might like The Green Evening Requiem, featuring the Madden brothers.
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01.01.2012 - 06:14
Rating: 8
Boxcar Willy
yr a kook
Written by Troy Killjoy on 01.01.2012 at 06:07

Written by Boxcar Willy on 01.01.2012 at 06:04
I suppose your right. Maybe they'll pull an AC/DC, but even if it is like that it will never be the same. We need to have a way to bring back the dead.

You might like The Green Evening Requiem, featuring the Madden brothers.

not bad, but its missing that amazing vocalist
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01.01.2012 - 06:15
Rating: 8
Boxcar Willy
yr a kook
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 24.12.2011 at 15:28

A shame that David Gold dies leaving this boring album behind as his final legacy.

you've heard it?

link? e-mail me the audio file?! something!!?!?
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01.01.2012 - 10:59
Marcel Hubregtse
Grumpy Old Fuck
Written by Boxcar Willy on 01.01.2012 at 06:04

Written by Troy Killjoy on 01.01.2012 at 05:58

Written by Boxcar Willy on 01.01.2012 at 05:54
I really hope this band continues, even without dave.

Why? I'm pretty sure he was the primary composer, if not the sole composer. The sound would be completely different.

I suppose your right. Maybe they'll pull an AC/DC, but even if it is like that it will never be the same. We need to have a way to bring back the dead.






With AC/DC Bon Scott only wrote the lyrics. So it was much easier to replace him. Here Gold also composed the music.
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Member of the true crusade against European Flower Metal

Yesterday is dead and gone, tomorrow is out of sight
Dawn Crosby (r.i.p.)
05.04.1963 - 15.12.1996

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01.01.2012 - 15:19
Rating: 8
Boxcar Willy
yr a kook
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 01.01.2012 at 10:59

Written by Boxcar Willy on 01.01.2012 at 06:04

Written by Troy Killjoy on 01.01.2012 at 05:58

Written by Boxcar Willy on 01.01.2012 at 05:54
I really hope this band continues, even without dave.

Why? I'm pretty sure he was the primary composer, if not the sole composer. The sound would be completely different.

I suppose your right. Maybe they'll pull an AC/DC, but even if it is like that it will never be the same. We need to have a way to bring back the dead.






With AC/DC Bon Scott only wrote the lyrics. So it was much easier to replace him. Here Gold also composed the music.

I know... im just... sad.
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08.01.2012 - 00:24
Rating: 9
Skøllgrim
Northern
Earache's webstore has loads of cool stuff on Woods 5 now for all the fans. CD/Vinyl/7 inch/poster/t-shirt.

And David Gold was the guy who wrote the music and lyrics all the way from the first release were he was the drummer 'til this newest release, even though I read that on the latest album Joel actually wrote some parts.
There is no hope of more WoY, David Gold was WoY. Even through insane amounts of lineup changes he kept the core always.
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13.01.2012 - 19:37
Fredd
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I have this one already
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13.01.2012 - 19:45
Marcel Hubregtse
Grumpy Old Fuck
Written by Guest on 13.01.2012 at 19:37

I have this one already


it's not even released yet
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Yesterday is dead and gone, tomorrow is out of sight
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13.01.2012 - 19:49
Fredd
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Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 13.01.2012 at 19:45

Written by Guest on 13.01.2012 at 19:37

I have this one already


it's not even released yet

I found it... somewhere.
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13.01.2012 - 20:07
Marcel Hubregtse
Grumpy Old Fuck
Written by Guest on 13.01.2012 at 19:49

I found it... somewhere.


I already have it for nearly two months now as legal promo download and it's immensely boring and wya too long, though not as bad as IV
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Member of the true crusade against European Flower Metal

Yesterday is dead and gone, tomorrow is out of sight
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05.04.1963 - 15.12.1996

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13.01.2012 - 22:04
Fredd
Account deleted
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 13.01.2012 at 20:07

Written by Guest on 13.01.2012 at 19:49

I found it... somewhere.


I already have it for nearly two months now as legal promo download and it's immensely boring and wya too long, though not as bad as IV

How the hell?
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14.01.2012 - 09:58
Rating: 8
Doc Godin
Full Grown Hoser
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 13.01.2012 at 20:07

Written by Guest on 13.01.2012 at 19:49

I found it... somewhere.


I already have it for nearly two months now as legal promo download and it's immensely boring and wya too long, though not as bad as IV

I was listening to it earlier today. I quite enjoyed it. Not perfect, but decent.

I remember talking to David a few months ago, and his description of the upcoming album was perfect: sad, classy and dark. I think he hit the nail on the head with that description. He was an interesting guy. Kind of weird how a person you only met a small handful of times can still leave you with that lump in your throat when they die.

EDIT: I see he used the same words in the interview I sat in on on that same night:
http://metalstorm.net/pub/interview.php?interview_id=610
TL;DR version:
Quote:
Emily: Describe Woods 5 (The Next Album)

David: If there's a colour it's black, if there's a time of day it's at night, if there's a season at all its winter. It will be sad, classy, dark and heavy. I like storytelling and lyrical based songs because that's what I get in to. I'm almost 30 years old I've heard a lot of blast beats and a lot of guitar wanking but at this age I like a good song writing. I think people get into the music and connect with it because of that.
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21.01.2012 - 06:23
Rating: 8
Boxcar Willy
yr a kook
Written by Doc Godin on 14.01.2012 at 09:58



I was listening to it earlier today. I quite enjoyed it. Not perfect, but decent.

I remember talking to David a few months ago, and his description of the upcoming album was perfect: sad, classy and dark. I think he hit the nail on the head with that description. He was an interesting guy. Kind of weird how a person you only met a small handful of times can still leave you with that lump in your throat when they die.

EDIT: I see he used the same words in the interview I sat in on on that same night:
http://metalstorm.net/pub/interview.php?interview_id=610
TL;DR version:
Quote:
Emily: Describe Woods 5 (The Next Album)

David: If there's a colour it's black, if there's a time of day it's at night, if there's a season at all its winter. It will be sad, classy, dark and heavy. I like storytelling and lyrical based songs because that's what I get in to. I'm almost 30 years old I've heard a lot of blast beats and a lot of guitar wanking but at this age I like a good song writing. I think people get into the music and connect with it because of that.


I wish I could have met him... I really connected with his music.


I'm going to miss him.
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02.02.2012 - 01:21
Rating: 9
Fade To Black
The Song "Adora Vivos" is kinda weird to listen to if you consider what happened to Dave Gold
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02.02.2012 - 14:37
Marcel Hubregtse
Grumpy Old Fuck
Very very average album built around discarded Paradise Lost riffs and Katatonia melodies.
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Member of the true crusade against European Flower Metal

Yesterday is dead and gone, tomorrow is out of sight
Dawn Crosby (r.i.p.)
05.04.1963 - 15.12.1996

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02.02.2012 - 20:03
Rating: 9
Chris Steele
A very great album! Kinda reminds of Type O Negative
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04.02.2012 - 03:12
Rating: 8
hadriel
Written by Fade To Black on 02.02.2012 at 01:21

The Song "Adora Vivos" is kinda weird to listen to if you consider what happened to Dave Gold


Go listen to "The Shams of Optimism" off of Against the Seasons. Sent shivers all down my spine.
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04.02.2012 - 20:21
Rating: 9
Skøllgrim
Northern
The album isn't really released apart from the promo that earache let out, so it's sort of stupid to give ratings already (even though the fanboy in me couldn't resist)
To me the promo really hits home, everything just sounds right, I've been obsessively playing the album since it hit the web and it still feels great.
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