WOODS OF YPRES was honored in the "Metal/Hard Music Album Of The Year" category at this year's Juno Awards (the Canadian equivalent of the Grammy Awards), which is being held in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada.
WOODS OF YPRES mainman David Gold was killed in December 2011 in a car accident near Barrie, Ontario.
His mom accepted the award on his behalf with tears in her eyes.
"I'm speaking to you as a mother with a broken heart," she said. "Everything that we think, say, feel and do runs parallel with our sorrow.... He was a beautiful man (and) I miss him dearly."
The "Metal/Hard Music Album Of The Year" category is an award to honor artistic achievement, technical proficiency and overall excellence in the Canadian recording industry, without regard to album sales or chart position. Eligible albums include metal, metalcore, hardcore, heavy rock, thrash metal, death metal and their respective sub-genres including (but not limited to) nu-metal, power metal, grindcore, extreme metal, industrial metal, viking metal, folk metal, doom metal, gothic metal, speed metal, and sludge metal.
This year's "Metal/Hard Music Album Of The Year" nominees were as follows:
* CANCER BATS - "Dead Set On Living" (Distort/Universal)
* CASTLE - "Blacklands (Prosthetic/Sony)
* DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT - "Epicloud" (HevyDevy/eOne)
* EX DEO - "Caligvla" (Napalm/Fontana North)
* WOODS OF YPRES - "Woods 5: Grey Skies & Electric Light" (Earache/eOne)
"Woods 5: Grey Skies & Electric Light" was recorded with producer Siegfried Meier (KITTIE) at Beach Road Studios in Ontario, Canada, and was mixed by John Fryer (NINE INCH NAILS, PARADISE LOST).
Formed in 2002, WOODS OF YPRES earned critical acclaim for its ever-evolving, envelope-pushing mix of blackened doom metal. Most often compared to bands such as AGALLOCH and TYPE O NEGATIVE, WOODS OF YPRES toed a thin line between the catchy, the artistic and the extreme to create an unmistakable signature sound.