Nearly immediately after Woods of Ypres’ frontman David Gold passed away in December, fans, friends and other bands started discussing ways to pay tribute to his life and music. Two of the most discussed ideas were a concert and an album covering Woods of Ypres’ songs. In April the latter of the two came to life through a pair of shows in Toronto and David’s home town of Sault Ste Marie. Now I’m excited to hear news that the album is coming together as well.
Spearheaded by Steph LeDrew, A Heart of Gold : A Tribute to Woods of Ypres will consist of twenty-two different bands/artists covering songs spanning the entire Woods of Ypres’ discography. Some notable mentions include Gypsy Chief Goliath, Novembers Doom and Woods of Ypres’ alum Joel Violette and Rae Amitay who will be covering “Silver” from the band’s final recording Woods 5: Grey Skies & Electric Light which was released earlier this year. The albums’ artwork was created by the talented Jason Hicks.
The album is tentatively scheduled to be released in late August/early September. There has been talk of some CD/shirt package deals available. Putting the album out on vinyl has also been mentioned, but due to the costs involved that is still up in the air.
For additional information or updates, go to the Facebook page that has been set-up to promote the album. I’ll also update this post as needed with any additional details that surface such as a firm release date. It goes without saying that I’m really looking forward to hearing this.
A Heart of Gold : A Tribute to Woods of Ypres Track Listing:
Novembers Doom – “Wet Leather”
Gypsy Chief Goliath – “Suicide Cargoload”
Eclipse Eternal – “Crossing the 45th Parallel”
Empyrean Plague – “Shedding the Deadwood”
Panzerfasust – “A Meeting Place and Time”
Pagain Ritual – “The Shams of Optimism”
Amaranth – “Allure of the Earth”
Albireon – “Retrosleep in the Morning Calm”
Anemic – “The Sun Was in My Eyes: Part Doom”
Begotten – “The Sea of Immeasurable Loss”
Reliquis – “Career Suicide (Is Not Real Suicide)”
Rae Amitay and Joel Violette – “Silver”
Canopy – “Falling Apart”
Unbowed – “Your Ontario Town is a Burial Ground”
Deathmarch – “The Northern Cold”
Kuhrzoth – “Finality”
The Gov’ and Friends – “Intro: The Looming Of Dust In The Dark (& The Illumination)”
The Bear Hunters – “Kiss My Ashes (Goodbye) Part 2”
Svarte Krake – “You Were the Light”
Justin Bender of Into Eternity – “Trillium: The Third Of Three Winters 2004-2007”
Catuvolcus – “Thrill of the Struggle”
Raphael Weinroth-Browne – “Adora Vivos”
Note: The order of the tracks has not been confirmed yet.