Gaylord: “Wings Of The Joyful” – Confrontational black metal via Blackened Death Records – OUT NOW

“I love neofolk and I love black metal, but I absolutely despise how both have become breeding grounds for hateful ideologies.”
Those are the words of Richard Weeks, the man behind the confrontational underground force that is Gaylord. Unafraid, unapologetic Weeks has been taking the fight to the fascist infiltrators of underground music since 2015, firstly with Sea Wolves Of The Atlantic, then Olivia Neutered John and since 2018 with Gaylord. Gaylord’s debut album, The Black Metal Scene Needs To Be Destroyed, was a viral hit on Bandcamp but as Weeks freely admits the message and biting humour came first, with the actual music something of an afterthought.

“The first album was definitely lacking in the instrumentation department” he laughs. “I wrote all eight songs in four sessions. I wanted it to sound like old school Burzum, this raw and ugly sound that sounded ‘legitimate’ – but I almost succeeded too closely to that idea because it sounds like shit!”

With new album, Wings Of The Joyful, things have changed dramatically. The music now possesses a formidable, convincing power that stands tall in its own right. Just listen to the unforgiving attack of first single ‘Devils From The Black’, or the searing intensity of ‘Borne From Inferno Winds’ – the time for jokes is most definitely over. Weeks is no outsider taking pot shots at a genre he doesn’t understand – the songs that make up Wings Of The Joyful have been crafted by a man with the black flame in his heart. Just try and deny the vehemence of ‘Silencing The Voice Of God’! And as the music has developed, drawing in additional influences from death and Viking metal, so have the lyrics, with the humorous approach falling by the wayside, as Weeks explains…

“The vitriol is still there. The anger is still there. But both the music and the lyrics have been honed to a venomous spearhead.”

And if you’re still struggling with that band name, well you’re just going to have to get over it because it’s not going to change. Taken from a once commonplace schoolyard insult, the Gaylord name is Weeks’ way of showing his support for LGBTQ metal fans and if it happens to upset the very people he’s fighting against then so much the better. So, while the music has reached new levels of power and potency and the lyrics have become more serious and focused, the Gaylord message remains essentially the same…
“Heavy metal is for everyone regardless of social caste, skin colour, religious affiliation, or gender. Heavy metal is about feeling strong. Heavy metal is not about disparaging those different from yourself. We are in this together, those who would divide this scene can fuck off!”

Richard Weeks – All music and vocals

1 – Red Wing, Dead Wing
2 – The First To Die
3 – Devils From The Black
4 – Hunger
5 – Borne From Inferno Winds
6 – Godless Universe
7 – Thorns From Below
8 – Odd
9 – Silencing The Voice Of God
10 – Circle Of Spears
11 – Wings Of The Joyful


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