Woods 5: Grey Skies & Electric Light
Label: Earache Records Ltd
Recording four months before he was killed in an Ontario car crash, singer/guitarist/drummer David Gold clearly had mortality on his mind. He philosophizes about death in nearly every song here: "I only had one life to live," "shouldn't worship the dead," on and on. He and guitarist/bassist/pianist Joel Violette shape forlorn, rain-soaked Joy Division-via-Sisters Of Mercy funeral-metal to match -- chiming transcendently in "Traveling Alone" and the black-humored "Career Suicide (Is Not Real Suicide)," slogging through an aptly eternal 11-minute abyss in "Kiss My Ashes (Goodbye)": Dust to dust.