It’s been three weeks since David Gold, a founding member of the Ontario, Canada-based black and doom metal band Woods of Ypres, was in a car accident at the age of 31.
“I am completely shocked and utterly at a loss for words about David’s passing,” says Joel Violette, Gold’s bandmate and longtime collaborator. “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 V, 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,” Violette said. “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 endeavor 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.”
Gold’s family also issued a statement, and agree that Woods’ fifth release, Woods V: Grey Skies & Electric Light, should be released.
“The Gold family is incredibly saddened in the wake of David’s sudden passing,” says the statement. “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.”