Woods of Ypres' swansong album Woods 5: Grey Skies & Electric Light has been added to the Earache Records Bandcamp. It's a soulful, dark gem of an album that was released early this ear; and has been included in a few of the "Best of 2012" lists I've seen so far. Two of those lists were written by contributors to Metal Bandcamp, so I'll defer to my betters and let them do the talking.
From Atanamar Sunyata's Top 10 Albums of 2012 from Metal Injection:
David Gold’s last will and testament has been a constant companion throughout the year. Metal may often be obsessed with death, but Woods 5 is an academic study of life’s cessation, the eradication of love, and the passing of our dreams. These concepts are conveyed via infectious songwriting in tongues of morose, melodic doom. Ingenious hooks, captivating vocals and righteous rhythms demand introspection, uncontrolled headbanging, and more than a little bit of singing along. David Gold tells us in no uncertain terms that “the dead are to be forgotten.” David’s music, however, makes this request impossibleFrom Andy Osborn's End of Year Round-Up from The Alchemist's Cave:
I was lucky enough to spend time with David Gold before he passed away when Woods crashed at my house during their North American tour last year. I’m not going to pretend I knew him well but from the short time I spent with him, he was an extremely kind and passionate person who poured his soul into his music. This album is the final product of that catharsis, and it eerily and ironically deals extensively with the prospect of death. Woods V is the best thing he has ever produced, and a fitting tribute and legacy to a life cut much too short.
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