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Metal musician killed on highway 0

LANCE HOLDFORTH, Special to the Examiner
Myspace Photo  David Gold, who led the heavy metal band Woods of Ypres, was killed in a crash on Highway 400 earlier this week. The 31-year-old was a Sault Ste. Marie native.

Myspace Photo David Gold, who led the heavy metal band Woods of Ypres, was killed in a crash on Highway 400 earlier this week. The 31-year-old was a Sault Ste. Marie native.

The heavy metal community is mourning the loss of multi-instrumentalist David Gold, who was killed on Highway 400, north of Highway 89, on Wednesday afternoon.

Fans knew the 31-year-old Sault Ste. Marie native as the driving force behind the doom metal band, Woods of Ypres.

Ian Morris said he remembers Gold as a talented musician and a humble person.

"The music meant a lot to him personally," Morris said in a telephone interview from South Bay, Calif. "He was a very interesting character."

Gold displayed his talent in live settings and in the studio after recording all the instruments on his five albums, including Woods 5: Grey Skies & Electric Light, set to be released on Earache Records in 2012, Morris said.

Ontario Provincial Police shut down the highway's northbound lanes Wednesday afternoon.

What caused the collision between a car and a pedestrian, which resulted in Gold's death, remains under investigation.

The four-piece band played a show at the Avalon Club in South Bay, where Morris was writing reviews of up-and-coming acts which included Woods of Ypres.

"(Gold) contacted me directly and said thanks, and that's the kind of person he was. He was very in touch with his fan base," Morris said. "It was a very emotional experience especially for David Gold, because most of the work was written and produced by him."

Morris said fans connected with Gold because they could identify with his music, as the lyrics spoke to fans on multiple levels.

"A lot of his lyrics were very personal. He dealt with things he had gone through in his life and what he personally had to deal with in life," Morris said. "I think that's why his music resonated a lot with people."

Earache Records set up a memorial page on its website after learning of Gold's death.

"A great musician, and a friend. RIP, Dave. You'll be missed," wrote one fan.

"My whole world just shifted," wrote another.

The band formed in 2002 and released their first full-length album, Pursuit of the Sun & Allure of the Earth, in 2004, shortly after Gold moved to Toronto in 2003.

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