“The evolution of GOLD has been magnificent to observe. As they have matured as human beings, their sound too has evolved – gracefully and ambitiously.”
This is how Roadburn Festival attempts to capture the majesty and grace that is the six-piece rock outfit from the Netherlands. And indeed, since the band’s formation by Milena Eva and ex-The Devil’s Blood guitarist Thomas Sciarone, they have been hard to categorize.
In 2011, GOLD started the slow but satisfying process of searching for a more introspective, nuanced, and sublime art. From the get go to the present, through three albums and hundreds of shows, and with the band’s fourth album, Why Aren’t You Laughing? (debuting at Roadburn in 2019) GOLD has risen to their self-imposed challenge and broken the mold for what death-rock can be in the new millennium.
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 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.
GOLD wonderfully blends the confidence of post-metal with the fragility of goth rock – with electrifying results. 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. In 2019, GOLD will tour Europe, including performances at Roadburn and Hellfest.
GOLD’s fourth and finest studio album, Why Aren’t You Laughing?, was recorded by Jaime Gomez Arellano (Paradise Lost, Grave Pleasures), and was released worldwide on Toronto-based Artoffact Records in 2019.