(8/10) When an album has just four song you're tempted to say that it's an EP. Not in the case of YOB. Their four song lead to an album length of more than an hour.
My first experience with YOB was on the Roadburn festival this year, when they have performed twice. So it must be a band that has a certain status; thinking about the fully crowded venue during their shows.
The trio from Eugene, Oregon was founded by singer and guitarist Mike Scheidt in 1996. The band was active till 2006, before the disbanded. Two years later the band was reformed and released since then 2 more full-length albums. The latest one was "Atma" in 2011. The doom powerhouse worked on their next record which is the first one for Neurosis' label Neurot Recordings. The name of the new disc is "Clearing the path to ascend" and contains the mentioned four tracks. All of them are intensive doom tracks with a length between 10 and 18 minutes.
The opener "In our blood" starts very relexed. A few spoken words and the guitar kick-off the song. But the real start is after a bit more than a minute. It's the ten tons riff from Scheidt which breaks the silence. It feels like the start of a undertow that pulls you down into the abyss. YOB can process riffs in an almost endless repetition which never gets really annoying. The songs have to many sounddetails which let time fly.
"Nothing to win" starts surprisingly fast. At least for YOB. A downtuned wall of guitars hit you directly. There is no short intro like in the opener. You're in the song from the very first moment on. For the rest the track is a riff orgy of 11 minutes. By the way, it's the 'shortest' song on the album.
The opposite comes next. The very shereful "Unmask the spectre" is a slow track with a very reduced guitar line. The special vocals of Scheidt give this song their special expression. After six minutes the song builds up to became a slow, but heavy beast. The track takes over your mind slowly.
The same goes for the final song; the eighteen minutes long "Marrow". Frighting soundscapes and a hypnotic intense riff are more than just doom metal. It's threatening aural assault which you have to handle. So better be prepared.
YOB plays music which isn't for the masses. But if you're searching for an intensive soundtrack for the autumn season you found what you're looking for.
Label: Neurot Records
Genre: Doom Metal
Doom metal trio YOB is one tour in Europe right now. Are they also close to you're hometown? Here are the dates:
9/03/2014 Tivoli de helling – Utrecht, NL
9/04/2014 The Fleece – Bristol, UK
9/05/2014 Roadhouse – Manchester, UK
9/06/2014 Audio- Glasgow, UK
9/07/2014 Brudenell Social Club – Leeds, UK
9/08/2014 The Underworld – London, UK
9/10/2014 FZW – Dortmund, DE
9/11/2014 Vera - Groningen, NL
9/12/2014 Atlas – Aarhus, DK
9/13/2014 Truckstop Alaska – Gothenburg, SE
9/14/2014 Hostsabbat @ Betong – Oslo, NO
9/16/2014 Tavastia – Helsinki, FI
9/17/2014 Slakthuset – Stockholm, SE
9/18/2014 Loppen – Copenhagen, DK
9/19/2014 Connewitz – Leipzig, DE
9/20/2014 Firlej – Wroclaw, PL
9/21/2014 Bi Nuu – Berlin, DE
9/23/2014 Klub 007 – Prague, CZ
9/24/2014 Arena – Vienna, AT
9/25/2014 PMK – Innsbruck, AT
9/27/2014 Lo-fi Club - Milan, IT
9/29/2014 Le Romandie – Lausanne, CH
9/30/2014 Jubez - Karlsruhe, DE
10/01/2014 Black Ship - Montpellier, FR
10/02/2014 Razzmatazz3 – Barcelona, ES
10/03/2014 Villamanuela – Madrid, ES
10/04/2014 Amplifest – Porto, PT
10/05/2014 ES ESonora – Erandio, ES
10/06/2014 Le Dynamo- Toulouse, FR
10/07/2014 Le Ferrailleur - Nantes, FR
10/08/2014 Glazart - Paris, FR
10/10/2014 Kyttaro Club – Athens, GR