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Celebrate The Life Of David Gold With Heart Of Gold

Heart Of Gold

David Gold was the Canadian mastermind behind the magnificent doom/black metal hybrid Woods Of Ypres. Woods’ final album Woods V: Grey Skies & Electric Light has been in heavy rotation for me since he tragically passed in December of 2011. Woods V is a masterpiece of melancholy that inadvertently plays like the most tender, poetic and inspirational suicide note ever written and due to its emotional resonance it has become one of my favourite albums of all time.

I was lucky enough to be living in Toronto, Canada around the time of his passing and I was fortunate enough to be able to attend his memorial concert. There, in the Annex Wreckroom a couple of hundred of his friends, family and fans all gathered together to offer a fitting tribute and send him off in a meaningful way. There was smiles, tears, laughter, sobbing and great music. The music in question was served up from many doom and black metal acts that had all known Gold in life, and mourned him in death.

Heart Of Gold is a compilation album comprised of covers of Woods Of Ypres songs, performed by a variety of acts (some were present at the memorial concert)  that showcase the sheer power of Gold’s music and why it touched so many different people. The songs picked to cover span Woods’ entire career, picking some of the best songs across all five of their albums. Naturally, some of these covers are better than others, but the whole album is worthy of digestion because despite personal preferences, every band on this compilation have an intense love and respect for the music that they’re covering, and most importantly the man that the music represents.

Take a listen below and celebrate the life of David Gold, because we’re all family here. Don’t forget to head over to their Bandcamp and purchase the album.

What do you guys think? Were you a big fan of Woods Of Ypres? Do these songs do the originals justice? Sound off in the comments!

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