I’m sadly late to the Woods of Ypres, which seem to be a band combining elements of multiple metal subgenres I adore. What started as a somewhat melodic black metal evolved into a melodic death, doom, gothic sonic masterpiece. Covering esoteric topics like life, death, and nature, Woods of Ypres released four full-lengths plus an EP.
Vocalist David Gold’s clean voice is some of the most sorrowful and beautiful doom metal vocals I’ve ever heard. His delivery immediately elevates every song. The heavy vocals contrast perfectly with their ferocity.
Musically, later era Woods of Ypres would ride a fine line between death/doom and gothic metal, with hard hitting riffs, beautiful keys, and a dark atmosphere.
I say I’m sad to have found Woods of Ypres late, because in 2011 we tragically lost David Gold and his amazing vision and voice. It’s hard to imagine what further stories Woods of Ypres had to tell. Luckily some of Woods of Ypres’ magic lives on through Thrawsunblat, honouring David’s memory.