I’d go for Amon amarth….oh and Augury! I need to take my ass up there someday and cover Heavy MTL!!!!!!
Joel Violette, a man I admire. A man with intellect, talent and a desire to continue on after hard times. Joel is the main writer of the Canadian Blackened Folk band “Thrawsunblat” and ex-lead guitarist of Woods of Ypres. Now focusing on Thrawsunblat, we’re going to be seeing new music and much more coming from this band in the near future. I had a couple of questions for Joel and I enjoyed what he had to say. So sit back, relax and enjoy the deep responses this man gives.
Listen to Canada 2010 while you read this. Enjoy.
Odium, an unsigned Canadian band that has potential. The music is pretty good but I don’t like the vocals singing on the track. The growls are fine but the singing makes it too close to Five Finger Death Punch to me. Which I can’t stand. The song/video is still worth checking out so DO IT!
Odium – “At the Bottom”
David Gold, founder and frontman of the great band Woods of Ypres, would have been 32 today. Remember him and listen to his great work. Listen to Woods of Ypres and hear him play drums in Thrawsunblat and Necramyth!!! HAIL DAVID GOLD!!! We all miss you man. You still continue to inspire and influence me to this day. See you on the other side my friend. Cheers!!!!
Wretched has announced a US headlining Summer 2012 tour with King Conquer starting June 14 and will continue on to Canada on July 4, 2012 to support 3 Inches of Bloodin their tour.
Wretched is super stoked to get back on the road this summer and complete their fifth headlining show before heading to Canada to support 3 Inches of Blood. Vocalist, Adam Cody said, “I’m pumped to visit our Canadian fans again. Even more so because the trek will include the metal powerhouse 3 Inches of Blood. They are fun to watch live and are a genuinely nice group of dudes!”
|Jun 14, 2012||Charlotte, NC @ Tremont Music Hall w/King Conquer|
|Jun 15, 2012||Spartanburg, SC @ Ground Zero w/King Conquer|
|Jun 17, 2012||Richmond, VA @ Kingdom w/King Conquer|
|Jun 18, 2012||Springfield, VA @ Empire w/King Conquer|
|Jun 20, 2012||Baltimore, MD @ Sonar w/King Conquer|
|Jun 21, 2012||New York, NY @ Webster Hall w/King Conquer|
|Jun 22, 2012||Trenton, NJ @ Championships w/King Conquer|
|Jun 23, 2012||Allentown, PA @ Crock Rock w/King Conquer|
|Jun 24, 2012||Pittsburgh, PA @ The Ironworks w/King Conquer|
|Jun 26, 2012||Cleveland, OH @ Peabody’s w/King Conquer|
|Jun 27, 2012||Crest Hill, IL @ Bada Brew w/King Conquer|
|Jun 28, 2012||Fort Wayne, IN @ Broadripple w/King Conquer|
|Jun 29, 2012||Peoria, IL @ The Brass Rail w/King Conquer|
|Jul 1, 2012||Des Moines, IA @ Vaudeville Mews w/King Conquer|
|Jul 4, 2012||Montreal, QC, CA @ Underworld w/3 Inches Of Blood|
|Jul 5, 2012||Hamilton, ON, CA @ The Casbah w/3 Inches Of Blood|
|Jul 6, 2012||St. Catherines, ON, CA @ Level 3 w/3 Inches Of Blood|
|Jul 7, 2012||London, ON, CA @ Call the Office w/3 Inches Of Blood|
|Jul 10, 2012||Thunder Bay, ON, CA @ Crock’s w/3 Inches Of Blood|
|Jul 12, 2012||Regina, SK, CA @ The Exchange w/3 Inches Of Blood|
|Jul 13, 2012||Calgary, AB, CA @ The Gateway w/3 Inches Of Blood|
Cancer Bats upbeat rockin’ album “Dead Set On Living” reminds me of just good times, drinkin and being with friends. The music reminds me of Black Label Society A LOT; the writing style, techniques and harmonics make this highly noticable. The riffs are catchy and I found my self really getting into the songs and headbanging a lot. Groovin’ along with the tunes as I worked. I really enjoy Liam Cormier’s vocal style, it’s unique…he has this tone that isn’t super low, super high nor is it bad in any way. It’s very fitting with the music and gives the album more of it’s own personality. The sound of the album is good, the rhythmic drumming patterns and bass work make the album sound powerful but without going overboard. It will definitely rock your house at the next party you throw, which I suggest playing this album if you have people over for some beers and good times. This is definitely one of those albums.
I’m going to begin this review with the notes that were found within the promo. Canada’s WOODS OF YPRES push their haunted brand of bleak metal into new dimensions of tortured gloom. ‘Woods 5: Grey Skies & Electric Light‘ defines the sound the band have been striving for, marrying downbeat doom rock with catchy melody and hooky choruses into a sound that promises hope on one hand and delivers desolation on the other. Band mastermind David Gold delivers his dry Nick Cave-esque lyrical approach with a rumbling, rich baritone offset with a heartfelt ‘regular’ vocal, laying his soul bare on tracks such as ‘Career Suicide (Is Not A Real Suicide)‘ or the frail ‘Finality‘. With a rich production courtesy of John Fryer (Depeche Mode, NIN, White Zombie, HIM), the lush orchestration sets the emotions on edge in songs such as ‘Traveling Alone‘ or ‘Death Is Not An Exit‘. Woods of Ypres manage to make music that sounds catchy and upbeat, while crushing hearts at the same time, producing a dangerously addictive combination of self depreciation and eternal hope making ‘Woods 5: Grey Skies & Electric Light‘ a dark curse for those who dare to dream.
More after the jump.
This week I want to feature Thrawsunblat for the Wreckommendation of the week. If you’re a fan of black metal, folk metal or whatever it is that makes Woods of Ypres & Agalloch so special, then you’ll abso-fucking-lutely love Thrawsunblat. Oh and Joel Violette & David Gold from Woods of Ypres are on this, maybe that’s why it’s so damn good. I wrote about this band early on when this blog started and it doesn’t lose it’s charm. I could try to chat you up on how good this is but you should just listen to it instead. Check them out on Bandcamp and Facebook! Enjoy Thrawsunblat.
On April 7th, 2012 in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario at The Canadian Nightclub, several bands came to rock the place and honor their fallen brother David Gold, founder/guitarist/vocalist of Woods of Ypres, one of the best bands to ever come out of Canada and one of the most beloved bands in the world by it’s fans. Many videos have been uploaded from that night and the bands performed great covers of classic Ypres tracks. Bands such as November’s Doom, Eclipse Eternal, Kittie, Gypsy Chief Goliath, Panzerfaust and many more played heartfelt dedications to remember David Gold and to show that no matter what, Woods of Ypres’ music was important and their music will never die.
Woods of Ypres drummer Rae Amitay had this to say about her time spent at the Ypres fest:
If I had to sum up everything from Ypres Metal Fest in one word, it would be “gratitude”. I am so grateful to have been given the chance to know David’s family and friends, and I am so grateful to David. He made a choice to bring me into his life, and I will always choose to further his legacy in whatever ways I can. It was a pleasure and a privilege to perform with Joel Violette, Bryan Belleau, and Al ‘Yeti’ Bones in David’s hometown of Sault Ste. Marie.
As David said, “There is no destination, there is only the journey.” Being a part of all this has given greater meaning to my own journey, and I will never forget this experience.
Woods of Ypres guitarist Joel Violette commented as well:
I just want to thank the Gold family for organizing (and labouring over) this celebration.
And all the bands for playing out their hearts. It was an honour to share the stage with Bryan Belleau, Rae Amitay, and Al Yeti Bones. And an honour to pay tribute to David using the very songs with which *he* captured *us* over the years.
What made the night so interesting was that each band in the wide array had its own unique connection to David. Each band contributed in its own distinct and fitting genre. So as the night went on, it was like watching the jigsaw of David’s musical tastes slowly pieced together.
And likewise with the musicians themselves and the fans. So many people were gathered from so many aspects of David’s life, it was again like viewing a sort of encompassing patchwork of David’s life. It was an unforgettable evening, and a glowing celebration of David Gold, as both a musician and as a man.
Woods of Ypres even took the stage for a short set and performed in front of adoring fans. One concert goer provided us with a long video showing just how the show went with each band performing Woods songs throughout the night. Here is the set list for the video and the footage itself. Enjoy.
Hallows Die – The Northern Cold
Panzerfaust – A Meeting Place and Time
Pagan Ritual – The Shams of optimism
Eclipse Eternal – Crossing the 45th parallel
Kittie – Everything I Touch Turns To Gold (then to coal)
Sixes & Sevens – You Were The Light
Bolero – Allure of the Earth
Empyrean Plague – Shedding the Deadwood
Musk Ox w/ Paul Kuhr – You Are Here With Me (In This Sequence Of Dreams)
Gypsy Chief Goliath – Suicide Cargoload
November’s Doom – Wet Leather
Here are a couple more videos from that night. We have Garden of Bedlam & Guests covering “I Was Buried In Mount Pleasant Cemetery” and The Bear Hunters playing “Kiss My Ashes (Goodbye) Part 2″.
One of my favorite bands, Beyond Creation, a progressive/technical death metal band from Montreal, Canada has been playing a new song recently at some shows and one fan in the crowd filmed and posted up the new track, entitled “Earthborn Evolution”. The song has average quality for being bootleg but the song sounds great. It’s slower and more progressive but there are still faster technical parts within the song as well. I can barely hear the bass work but what I do hear coming out of Forest’s amp is fucking awesome once again. Great song! I can’t wait for their new album to come out! Beyond Creation posted on their Facebook that the new album is planned for 2013, so we’ll have to wait longer than we want to. But that’s ok because their last album, The Aura, should keep you satisfied until then.
So apparently the band that likes to shred your face off and feed it to the local folk are going to tour in Europe! A complete listing of dates is available below. Guitarist Topon Dos commented on the upcoming run:
“It’s been a couple of years since we’ve last been to Europe, so we’re excited not only to finally get back over there, but to also have the opportunity to play some countries like Finland and Hungary for the first time. We’ve been ripping through a bunch of songs from our new album “Die Miserable” recently, so you can expect to hear a lot of newer tunes. See you soon!”
Also, the band has been nominated for Canada’s prestigious 2012 Juno awards in the Metal/Hard Music Album of the Year category and Sirius XM’s Indies Metal Artist/Group of the Year category. More info on the Juno awards is available here while voting for the Sirius XM awards can be accessed here. So be sure to go and vote for FUCK THE FACTS and help them win! Unless of course you like some other Canadian band more, then vote for them I guess. It’s your choice! In case you haven’t heard of the new album, be sure to check out their bandcamp page because the new album “Die Miserable” is streaming in full.
Oh yeah, here are the tour dates!
FUCK THE FACTS – DIE MISERABLE IN EUROPE – TOUR 2012
March 7- ITA Bologna at Atlantide
March 8 – ITA Milano at Lo-Fi
March 9 – SWI Zurich at Dynamo Werk 21
March 10 – GER Trier at Exhaus
March 11 – GER Karlsruhe at Halle 14
March 13 – BEL Liege at La Zone
March 14 – HOL Rotterdam at Worm
March 15 – HOL Nijmegen at De Onderbroek
March 16 – GER Mulheim at AZ
March 17 – GER Hamburg at Elbdeich
March 18 – DEN Aalborg at 1000 Fryd
March 20 – SWE Goteborg at Härden
March 21 – NOR Oslo at Internasjonale
March 23 – FIN Oulu at Ykan Pub
March 24 – FIN Jyvaskyla at Musta Kynnys
March 25 – FIN Tampere at Kahvila Hertta
March 27 – FIN Helsinky at Lepakkomies
March 28 – SWE Stockholm at Svarta Dörren
March 29 – DEN Copenhagen at Dödsmaskinen
March 30 – GER Leipzig at Zoro
April 1 – CZE Prague at Modra Vopice
April 2 – CZE Ostrava at Plan B
April 3 – CZE Brno at M13 Muzak Klub
April 4 – SLK Kosice at Collosseum Club
April 5 – HUN Budapest at Szabad Az A’
April 6 – AUS Wien at Escape Metalcorner
April 7 – SLO Ljubljana at Klub Gromka
From the cold frigid north comes some unique black metal from Thrawsunblat. Joel Violette (Woods of Ypres) pilots this beast that is a mesh between GOOD folk metal and black metal. Keeping things enjoyable for the whole family! Thrawsunblat is a good listen and I highly recommend it. If you like it, purchase the album! Check out the entire album HERE!
Rae Amitay from Metal Review wrote out this amazing blog post about David Gold, his legacy and the people he knew. Band mates express their feelings and thoughts and it’s just an extremely touching and emotional article. Here is just a small sample from the post, click here to read the rest. I highly recommend reading this.
On November 27th, David Gold gave me the opportunity of a lifetime. I’d responded to his announcement about needing a new drummer for Woods of Ypres, and after a few days of discussing my commitment, ability, and willingness to relocate to Canada, David offered me the position with open arms and incredible enthusiasm. Over the course of the next few weeks, I learned to play Woods 5: Grey Skies & Electric Light as I continued to build my friendship with David and prepare for our upcoming shows in the UK. Upon hearing the album for the first time, I knew it was David’s masterpiece, and the most stunning Woods album to date. I am eternally grateful that I was able to tell him how much I loved his music. For nearly a month, I lived and breathed that record. When I wasn’t playing through it, I was listening to it, always moved by David’s sorrowful voice and beautiful songwriting. Although today marked the first time I’ve been able to listen to Woods 5 since his passing, the songs never stopped running through my head. It hurts me so much that I will never be able to perform these songs with him.
RIP David Gold, I never got the chance to tell you how much I enjoy the album but I love it. Thank you for everything. Check out the review for Woods V: Grey Skies and Electric Light here.
Now that my 12 hour shift and daughter’s birthday party is over (Happy 1st Birthday Emily Erin!!!) I now have a couple of minutes to post my Wednesday feature.
It’s no secret that Woods of Ypres is one of my favorite bands I’ve heard this year. Woods IV was amazing and their previous work is equally as good if not better! WoY are releasing Woods V early next year and both songs they have leaked are really good. David Gold’s vocal style is brilliant and the style of Ypres, which they call blackened doom, is one of the best things to happen to my ears in a long time. Woods of Ypres has changed my life for the better and not only did they inspire me to write some kick ass songs, they inspired me enough to start this very blog. I never heard of Woods of Ypres and I wanted to share the news with my friends and community of the lesser known bands.
Woods of Ypres widened my range of music even more and helped me appreciate music that is slower than the usual death metal/death core fast BPM stuff all of the time. Doom is a great genre and I think it’s one of the best. Woods‘ older material is also some amazing black metal. Sit back, relax and listen to some Woods of Ypres.
Blackened Doom titans from the north, Woods of Ypres, have a new album coming out on January 30th, 2012. The new album “Woods 5: Grey Skies & Electric Light” will be released through Earache Records and it’s already on of my most anticipated releases of early next year. the song Kiss My Ashes (Good Bye) is a return to that slow doom sound that graced my ears throughout the entire year this year. The guitar solo is out of this world, the riffs are catchy and the great “Whoa” chants are present. Kiss My Ashes (Good Bye) has me wanting MORE Ypres. Late January could not come any faster.
If the title doesn’t explain it well enough, then head over to their bandcamp and enjoy the music they are offering. Then buy the album!
I’m currently listening to this as I type it and I am really digging it! I just listened to the album in full and IT IS FUCKING GOOD!!! I like their approach to folk metal. It’s the best adaptation I’ve ever heard of this genre, quite frankly.
Blackened Doom metal band, Woods of Ypres, have come out of nowhere it seems and has taken over my iPod. Woods IV: The Green Album was released this year via Earache Records and it’s one of the most amazing metal albums I’ve ever heard. It’s so dynamic and powerful, you never lose interest. They just got done with their “Pain and Piss” tour and I believe they are working on Woods V now. Follow David Gold, the bands singer/guitarist/mastermind on twitter or add him on Facebook! Subscribe to their Youtube channel as well. David uploads videos quite often of shows and other tomfoolery.
Happy first day of summer, here is a cold song for your warm day.