It is with a heavy heart that e.V.'s Underground reports that founder, frontman, principal songwriter & lyricist for blackened-doom metal masters "Woods of Ypres", has died as a result of a car accident, near Barrie, Ontario. He was 31.
The very talented Gold was pretty much of a modern day renaissance man - a multinstrumentalist (drums, guitar, vocals) and frontman, an accomplished lyricist, who ran his own independent record company, (Krankenuhaus), mixed his own albums, and who taught English in Korea and Kuwait for a spell to pay down debts he incurred making all but the upcoming album, "Grey Skies and Electric Light" (produced when Woods was finally picked up by Earache Records earlier this year).
on his own label:
Outside of WoY, Gold was an accomplished drummer, drumming for the Korean death metal band Necramyth, for the Sault Ste, Marie based symphonic metal band "Gates of Winter" and was founder of, and drummer for, the Ontario Black Metal Preservation Society. He also drummed with the superb gothic metal band, l'Anguisette. You can read more about David from the man who he played with before he went off to start WoY, here. He had one more side project, with bandmate Joel LaViolette the folk-ified black metal duo, Thrawsunblat.
Gold exhibited a dark, wry sense of humour in his lyrics (check out Wet Leather), which have been compared to Type O Negative, as well as penning a blues song about going overseas to pay off debts (see below). Along with his regular twitter account, he maintained one for David Yprez, a tongue and cheek shot at gossip columnist accounts, where he took caustic Petez Hilton-like aim at Woods of Ypres, claiming "I hate that band!", and posting bad reviews and TMZ-esque pics. Woods of Ypres blogs were filled with his sense of humour.
He was hard working, kind, and very well thought of by folks at CKCU (here at e.V.'s Underground and also Crossing Boredom) and he will be sorely missed. :-(