Dutch avant-garde dark rock ensemble, GOLD, have released the video for their track Taken By Storm – which will hit streaming platforms from tomorrow.The track is taken from their upcoming album, titled Why Aren’t You Laughing? which will be released on April 5 via Artoffact Records. The video is premiering via Post-Punk.com
Of the video guitarist, Thomas Sciarone, comments:
“Black metal has been one of the few constants in my music consumption since it hit me first in 1993. If you’d have the chance to dissect some of the GOLD songs and listen to the guitar layers, you’d hear that there’s a lot of black metal in the core. Taken By Storm is probably the first song we wrote, that actually really makes that black metal connection also in the rhythm section. This gives the song a tumultuous and turbulent climax, fitting with the lyrical theme.”
And of the song itself, vocalist, Milena Eva says:
“Besides writing, playing live is probably the best thing about being in this band. We really love to go on tour and experience the show together with our fans. And it’s been too long, we really can’t wait to go out there again. In this video we try to capture our live performance. I’ve been working on a new stage outfit with Devastator, a Rotterdam based design duo. I’m wearing one of their creations in this video. Thanks to visual artist Bart Kalkman’s mad skills the video for Taken By Storm really brings the GOLD performance into your living room.”
This video also reveals GOLD’s new bass player Leyla Overdulve, who’s recently taken over Tim Meijer’s position, and who will make her live debut with the band at Roadburn Festival.
Vocalist, Milena Eva is adept at detailing deeply personal experiences which are presented in a universal way; her feelings of vulnerability, confusion, indignation, curiosity, and hope provide a springboard for resonance. Whilst much of the album’s poetic lyricism is rooted in the darker side of society and experience, a glimmer of daylight has always permeated GOLD’s sonic output.
The sound of Why Aren’t You Laughing? marries hypnotic gothic vibes with layers of blackened guitars, overlaid with atmospheric, often dream-like vocals. The multi-faceted album is complex in its construction, but by enlisting producer Jaime Gomez Arellano (Paradise Lost, Grave Pleasures), each element is given ample room to breathe – and indeed shine.
Why Aren’t You Laughing? track list
1. He Is Not
2. Things I Wish I Never Knew
3. Why Aren’t You Laughing?
4. Please Tell Me You’re Not The Future
5. Taken By Storm
7. Lack Of Skill
8. Truly, Truly Disappointed
9. Killing At Least 13
10. Mounting Into Bitterness
11. Till Death Do Us Part
As well as presenting Why Aren’t You Laughing? at the 2019 edition of Roadburn Festival, GOLD will tour Europe and play Hellfest this summer. Full dates are as follows:
12.04.2019 – NL – Tilburg @ Roadburn Festival
25.04.2019 – DE – Berlin @ Urban Spree
26.04.2019 – PL – Warszawa @ Chmury
27.04.2019 – PL – Kraków @ Kwadrat
28.04.2019 – AT – Wien @ Arena
29.04.2019 – SI – Ljubljana @ Gromka
30.04.2019 – AT – Linz @ KAPU
01.05.2019 – DE – Jena @ Kassablanca
02.05.2019 – DE – Köln @ MTC
03.05.2019 – FR – Lille @ La Brulle Café
04.05.2019 – BE – Zottegem @ Maboel/Klsjr
10.05.2019 – DE – Giessen @ Post Valley Festival
11.05.2019 – NL – Utrecht @ Doomstad/EKKO
17.05.2019 – DE – Lohr @ Umsonst Und Drinnen
23.06.2019 – FR – Clisson @ Hellfest
GOLD released its debut record Interbellum in 2012 on Germany’s cult label Ván Records. No Image followed in 2015 released by Ván in Europe and Profound Lore in the USA, and in 2017 GOLD released its most well-received record to date, the brooding and hypnotic Optimist. The latter was unanimously praised as a tour de force in songwriting, atmosphere, and existential innuendo. On each record, the song craft has deepened and widened as Milena Eva’s poetic lyrics and delivery have connected strongly to the depths of the soul. The band as a unit – rounded out by Thomas Sciarone, Kamiel Top and Jaka Bolič on guitars, Tim Meijer on bass, and Igor Wouters on drums – are primal and whirling; full of life, and yet a memento mori.
Recalling the experimentalism of Godspeed You! Black Emperor, the dark and sweet beauty of Kristin Hersh and Throwing Muses, but firmly rooted in a powerful, yet artsy rock vibe, GOLD have tapped into something truly unique. The band’s delicate balance has caught the attention of the likes of Converge, with whom they toured in 2016 and 2017, as well as New Model Army, who invited GOLD as support for dates in 2018.