Tuesday, July 23, 2013

YouTube Channel Profile Series: DavidYpres' Channel

Apologies for the day's delay, but here is this month's YouTube Channel Profile! This monthly series looks at 1-3 randomly selected YouTube channels that have at least a 50% concentration of local metal/hard rock videos, so you can know about their videos, information, reasons to check it out, and more! This month's selected channel is arguably the biggest in content and scope for local metal on YouTube, and the channel owner is still greatly missed by many fans and friends in the area, so read on below for this month's YouTube Channel Profile (and check out some fallout from the Shinedown concert in Sault Michigan in the post below this one!)
DavidYpres' channel (http://www.youtube.com/davidypres)

Owner: Late Woods of Ypres frontman David Gold (also known as a former drummer in Gates of Winter and numerous out-of-town projects)

Channel Timeline: Launched on March 31st, 2007; Videos posted between November of that year and August 2011

Channel Summary: The largest YouTube channel maintained by a local metal musician (and arguably the most prominent), David Gold maintained and uploaded numerous videos to his channel for over 4 years, with 129 surviving on the channel at present. His earliest 12 uploads were live videos of him drumming with Necramyth & Gates of Winter, though he began posting Woods of Ypres videos in December 2008, which would comprise most of his future uploads. The majority of his channel comes from either Woods of Ypres concerts (mainly from 2008-2011, though with some assorted 2002-2003 clips) and tour vlogs & road footage from their 2009-2011 tour cycles. The channel also includes a number of song postings from both Woods of Ypres & Necramyth, and a good amount of live videos from the latter, while the remaining videos include footage from David's unfinished South Korean metal documentary, songs from his late 2000s bands, recording session footage, and unique clips like Woods of Ypres' last music video, the end of Krankenhaus Records' video that teased a band breakup, and their 2003 CBC News featurette, among many others.

Why Should You Watch: For Woods of Ypres fans, this is a must-watch channel, as it comprises a great amount of Woods of Ypres footage, exclusive clips, and insights that other channels won't have! Dozens of videos are included that will run the gamut from songs & concert clips to preview and jam footage, with David's assorted side projects featured frequently as well, and he did a great job maintaining and updating this channel, so definitely look through all 129 and see what you'd like! Note however that it obviously hasn't been updated since David's passing in December 2011, he did delete some videos from the channel (such as the music video for "The Northern Cold"), and the channel doesn't feature any live videos from concerts between 2004 & 2007, so the channel isn't comprehensive for Woods of Ypres' entire run.

Our Recommended Videos To Check Out:

WOODS OF YPRES - "PAIN & PISS" Tour Vlog #4: Part Two, The Show in St. Paul: With so many live concert videos from Woods of Ypres' run on David's channel, it's very hard to pick just one live video to feature on here. I settled on this tour vlog installment from their May 14th, 2011 concert at Station 4 in St. Paul, Minnesota from their final "Pain & Piss Tour" of North America that year, which features 14 minutes of action from their last live lineup! Included clips have Woods of Ypres playing "By The Time You Read This (I Will Already Be Dead)", "The Sea of Immeasurable Loss", "Halves & Quarters" (complete with slow mosh pit), "The Sun Was In My Eyes (Part 1)", "Falling Apart", "Pining (For You)", "Suicide Cargoload (Drag That Weight!)", "A Meeting Place & Time", and "Awaiting The Inevitable" (plus a brief sound check clip from Evan Madden's drum cam), and the quality's very solid on this camera!

Nice to see a huge crowd too, and this is a good sampling of latter-day Woods of Ypres concerts in a concise package! Note that if you like what you see, David uploaded 7 other videos from this St. Paul stop onto his channel, which make up his last uploaded tour vlog and live concert video footage before his death.

WOODS OF YPRES - In Studio "Woods 5" Preview: In August 2010, Woods of Ypres hit the studio to record an EP named "Woods V: You Were The Light" at Stereo Soul Studios in the Soo with producer Miguel Gauthier (same as on "Woods IV"), but after the band's signing with Earache Records that fall (and their desire for a full length album), the original "W5" sessions were retracted to "Woods 4.5", with only 2 of the 5 tracks being released as the "Home" vinyl single the following spring before David's passing. The non-release makes this video even more notable, as it remains our only major public glimpse of the material and recording sessions, including early instrumental samples of the songs (including the two "Home" tracks at the beginning) and about 1:40 of David playing along with unreleased tracks in the middle. I have no faith that a full release will ever happen, but it'd be great to see some unreleased material like these 3 songs put out in some fashion down the road. There'd be an audience for it, especially with their posthumous success!

WOODS OF YPRES - "Shards of Love" (Song #1 from W4: The GREEN Album): Before the release of 2009's "Woods IV: The Green Album", David uploaded 10 of the album's 16 tracks onto his YouTube channel that fall as a preview, with only one being viewed less than 13,000 times. "Shards of Love" (the opening track on "W4") received a channel-high 63,000+ views, with almost all of it's comments coming before David died, so that's impressive on it's own! A dark doom metal ballad that you may remember from a memorable sing-along at the Ypres Metal Fest last year, this set the tone well for Woods of Ypres' first doom-influenced album, and it's well worth hearing again! Note that the cover artwork on the video features rain effects and an unused title font, and now-inactive purchasing directions to order physical copies are at the end, though all of which ended after David's passing.

I hope you guys liked this month's YouTube Channel Profile! Next month in this series, I've randomly chosen the YouTube channel of former Sativa Rose/Valentine's Day Massacre bassist Adam Veale's dad John Veale, who posted a number of videos from Adam's music projects in the last 3 years, so watch out for that on or around August 22nd! That's all for today, but stay tuned for more Shinedown concert fallout in our next post, and more soon as well! Thanks everyone!

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