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Woods 5: Grey Skies & Electric Light
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 21 May 2013
It took me long time to order this album and I regret waiting so long, I kept listening to a couple of their songs on YouTube and loved them. Thankfully I eventually bought this album and couldn't be happier with it. Woods have always cemented themselves firmly in the depressing dark black metal style and I think this album is the pinnacle of what they recorded.
It moves further away from the black metal sound they started with and incorporates cleaner vocals which add to the dark atmospheric tone of the album. David Gold's bassy voice is just incredible, it booms from my stereo and I just love the way it sounds. The whole album is absolutely incredible and I am always blown away by it every time I put it on. Highlights for me are 'Career Suicide' and 'Kiss My Ashes Goodbye' and the way the album ends with 'Finality' and 'Alternate Ending' borders on the heart breaking for me.
I wont dwell on the story behind Woods and this album as most people know that Gold tragically died before this album was released and before Woods could get the recognition they deserved, incidentally they won a Juno award for this album posthumously. Knowing that woods of Ypres will never record or perform again and knowing that Gold has passed away makes this album an intense listen.
My favourite album of recent years and my new favourite band. I wish I'd listened to them before David Gold had passed away.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 3 July 2012
I was truly overwhelmed by this album, it carries even more emotion with the untimely demise of David Gold. It is almost like a prediction of his impending doom; at times he speaks in the past tence as if he knew he was going to die.

Some lines and melodies made me cry, something a song has never done to me before. I would whole-heartedly insist that you listen to this fitting tribute to David Gold, especially the songs 'Finality' and 'Traveling alone'.

The whole thing is an emotional roller coster; if you enjoy metal, this album will convince you to buy all of woods of Ypre's material and delve further into Black & Doom metal, it's too bad I will never hear them live.
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on 7 July 2013
The first time I heard about this band it was in terror magazine which titled, the last interview which I found quite sad, so I checked the band out. I never heard such a beautiful message in buried in my entire life, then I wanted to check out more than one song so then I found this album but when I found out it was the last album they ever released it made me choke up.

It's hard for me to listen to this album just because it was 2 guys mainly in this and the lyrics were so inspiring but without whining about things, which showed me much about life. the one song worth listening to is Finality, it's short but sweet and the album artwork is beautiful. David Gold has from then on been one of my favourite musicians of all time.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 19 March 2012
The death of Woods mainman David Gold will obviously overshadow the release of this record but Woods 5 stands as a fitting tribute to a brilliant talent.This is a an amazingly strong set of songs, very well produced and lyrically haunting.
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I love this band,but unfortunately I discovered Woods of Ypres too late ,because David Gold is already dead( such a talented musician was killed in stupid car accident,such a pity )and I never will see their live concert.David had a powerful voice,he wrote an excellent lyrics and his image was fantastic.In present world with full of crap music,Woods of Ypres with David Gold were like pearls,their music is so real and beautiful,everybody who love rock and roll- metal must buy this CD.
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on 1 April 2013
This has to be one of the best cds I have had in a long time. Only bad point is its the last one they will do. Worth the price any day
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 28 October 2012
As most other reviews have said this is indeed a very fitting tribute to the late great David Gold who was killed before this album saw the light of day,but he left us with a beautiful set of songs from the opener "Lightning & Snow" to the haunting and emotional "Alternate Ending" which seems to have eerie and almost predicting lyrics to David Gold's untimly demise. Pick this album up and you will take a walk through a journey destined to make you feel something that no other band will make you feel.

Best tracks

-Death is not an Exit
-Keeper of the Ledger
-Traveling Alone
-Silver
-Alternate Ending
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this is dark stuff, brooding and sobering in its bleakness and when you consider this was released after the main man david gold was killed in a car crash it becomes all the more poignant. That being said this isn't funeral dirge or doom, these songs are catchy, they are real songs going in a brilliant direction and its all so memorable. a sure fire piece of masterful stuff.
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0 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 17 September 2012
Good album, though not as good as "The Green Album". Again it is worth checking out, the band did really well, it is a shame that David Gold is no longer alive, I do think the album carries a lot of emotion.
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