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Especially when it is slower music, there has to be a feel there. You can’t
fake it. There’s just not enough notes in there to trick anybody otherwise. –
Yob are heading out on a headliner with Black Cobra in tow as main support but with possibly the sickest batch of city to city support acts…ever?
It was a thrill to talk again with Mike Scheidt for the second time since writing for this site and recap their recent tour with Enslaved/Ecstatic Vision, why it is cooler when bands develop a unique sound and more.
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NYC’s celebrated Gramercy Theatre was host to a plethora of true metal fans of various stripes, from denim jackets to hipsters to black t shirts to hairbags. The occasion was the inredible package tour of Witch Mountain, Ecstatic Vision plus headliners Yob and mighty black metal/prog legends from Norway, Enslaved. The tour is a celebration of much of what is good about metal right now, deep roots of Yggdrassil extending into the past, present and future.
I was really excited as I’d yet to see any of these great bands live. I’ve been an Enslaved fan since my artist pal Simon Ampel gave me a mix cd years ago with “Entrance Escape” on it along with Malevolent Creation (who turned out to be racists, unbeknownst to me and Jewish Simon at the time, so I never listen to them anymore).Enslaved, however, have left a long lasting impression on me and were pretty much my introduction to black metal. Their viking/Bathory influence interested me a lot more than groveling in the dark for Satan bands and since they have remained a tour de force for pushing metal into new territory. I love their new stuff as much as the old and it was so fucking cool to finally bask in their onslaught.
It was awesome to see the marquis saying “Enslaved Tonight”, like some crazy bondage party was about to go down. It was also cool to catch up with metal scribe Kim Kelly who was holding down the merch table for Yob.
Witch Mountain were up first and Kayla Dixon, the new vocalist, had the job of winning over the toughest crowd of snobs in the world (NYC music fans). Uta Plotkin was a tremendous talent but Kayla amply filled her shoes and people were talking about her all night! At first she seemed a touch nervous and admitted as much at the merch table later but she ended up killing it! I’d say Dixon has a more soulful voice than Plotkin, who is a bit eerier. Kayla kind of stalked the stage like Angela Bassett making grim, contorted faces in American Horror Story one minute and suddenly her face looking like a quite sweet and comely model the next. It was very theatrical. It will be awesome to hear what she brings to the next Witch Mountain record. Kayla really brought the massive sound the band was putting out down from the rafters and into her body, channeling it out in stark wails.
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For someone who is poor, struggling with any number of things, searching for meaning, transcendence….if they are able to reflect their real feelings into their medium, it’ll be medicine and someone else may be able to resonate and have it be medicine for them too. For someone who has wealth, and they have disillusionment, are still depressed, having to work on their own bigger questions that wealth cannot solve, mortality, their work can still have amazing power. It’s all about being 100% there. – Mike Scheidt
So much has been written elsewhere about Yob that it is hardly fair to call them the “next big thing” or “best kept secret in Metal” anymore. Yob in 2014 were nothing short of a presence, a band who follow their own muse and in the course of doing so have re-invigorated many other bands – unsure of what path to take in economic times of uncertainty – to do the same. You may be tired of music critics slobbin’ Yob’s knobs, but the band deserve every accolade thrown their way. Through depression, trials and tribulations and anything life throws at them, Yob prove the way out is through.
It was a pleasure to interview Mike Scheidt about one of the most revered and discussed metal records of 2014, the pure soul revolt of Clearing The Path To Ascend.
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You should probably halt whatever it is you’re involved in right now because sludge metal group YOB are streaming their entire upcoming album and that means you should listen to it, because everything else is pointless. The album is called Clearing The Path To Ascend and consists of four rather long and atmospheric songs that fans are sure to be listening to on repeat for the next couple weeks. The album is scheduled for release on Septermber 2nd with Neurosis’s own label Neurot Recordings.
You can find the stream right here.
Clearing The Path To Ascend will be YOB’s seventh album to date and the follow up to 2011′s Atma. CTPTA was recorded at Gung Ho Studio in Eugene, Oregon and mastered by Brad Boatright (Sleep, Beastmilk, Nails) at Audiosiege Engineering.
Vocalist Mike Scheidt recently commented on the release:
“Writing this album felt like being plugged into a main. Emotionally, it’s our heaviest. But it also has some real beauty and light. We dug the deepest we ever have to get to the heart of these tunes.”
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Sludgy doomsters YOB are streaming the first single from their upcoming album “Clearing The Path to Ascend.” The song is called “Unmask the Spectre” and it’s a little over 15 minutes of awesome. They’re planing an album release on Septermber 2nd with Neurosis’s label Neurot Recordings and you should definitely pick it up.
You can find the song streaming right here.
Clearing The Path To Ascend will be YOB’s seventh album to date and the follow up to 2011’s Atma. CTPTA was recorded at Gung Ho Studio in Eugene, Oregon and mastered by Brad Boatright (Sleep, Beastmilk, Nails) at Audiosiege Engineering.
Vocalist Mike Scheidt recently commented on the release, “Writing this album felt like being plugged into a main. Emotionally, it’s our heaviest. But it also has some real beauty and light. We dug the deepest we ever have to get to the heart of these tunes.”Add to My Radar
Seeing alt rock heroes Failure the other night terraform glistening space rock imaginary worlds in a small Boston club made me just so thankful even more than usual for inspired bands who don’t give a damn what others think they ought to do. Sludge giants Yob certainly fall into that category.
This September the trio will release the follow up to Atma, entitled Clearing The Path To Ascend. A purge, a dousing, a deep spelunking of the soul, Yob can’t help but move earth and create beauty out of mystery. The power and personal growth in their work is perfect for Neurot Recordings,
Prog, doom and drone combine with poetic and wailed vocals to create pure release.
Comments vocalist Mike Scheidt, “Writing this album felt like being plugged into a main. Emotionally, it’s our heaviest. But it also has some real beauty and light. We dug the deepest we ever have to get to the heart of these tunes.”
Behold the artwork that will adorn this work, and check out the track listing below:
Long-running Oregon doom metal conjurors and recent Neurot signees, YOB, are pleased to unveil the first taste of their forthcoming new long player. Titled Clearing The Path To Ascend, the trio’s latest audio exploration was recorded at Gung Ho Studio in Eugene, notorious for its reserve of vintage equipment, alongside longtime collaborator/iconic sound-sage Billy Barnett, who mastered YOB‘s Atma, The Great Cessation, The Unreal Never Lived and The Illusion Of Motion. Mastering was handled by Brad Boatright (Sleep, Beastmilk, Nails) at Audiosiege Engineering. The result is a wholly cathartic, sonicly enormous, riff-soaked sound collage of dark and light.
Comments founding vocalist/guitarist Mike Scheidt, “Writing this album felt like being plugged into a main. Emotionally, it’s our heaviest. But it also has some real beauty and light. We dug the deepest we ever have to get to the heart of these tunes.”
Neurot Recordings is pleased to welcome long-running Eugene, Oregon-based doom metal trio, YOB, to their expanding household of eclectic, thought-provoking music. The band — founding vocalist/guitarist Mike Scheidt, drummer Travis Foster and bassist Aaron Rieseberg — will release their seventh studio offering this Fall preceded by an appearance at the illustrious Roadburn Festival in Tilburg, The Netherlands in April.
Comments Scheidt of the recent union, “YOB is very happy to have signed to Neurot for our new album. Travis, Aaron and I agree that Neurosis is the epitome of forward-thinking heavy music, made with zero compromise. Our love for their music is total. Neurot’s dedication to putting out uncompromising music is no different. To have this opportunity to put an album out on their label is an honor that runs deep. We cannot wait to share our new music with Neurot and our friends worldwide.“
Neurosis’ Steve Von Till notes, “This was meant to be. Neurot has always sought out to work with those who share in the purification of spirit through sound and who harvest their sound from originality and intensity. When I listen to YOB, see them leave it all on the stage, or share a conversation with them about life, I can say beyond a shadow of a doubt that they embody what Neurot stands for completely and we are so very honored that we get the opportunity to work together with them on their next album.”
Adds Scott Kelly, “YOB, as with all things that actually matter, there is only one. They have built their temple with a foundation concreted in absolute truth. The truth is the riffs, the truth is in the delivery, it’s in the unwavering commitment, and in the handshake and the look in their eyes. If you don’t know them, then you are fucking up your own lifes’ truth. There’s is nothing heavier on the face of this earth than this band. The Neurot Family is honored to be a part of legacy of this, the monolithic treasure of sonic achievement that is YOB.”Add to My Radar
How many of you Metal Rioters out there have gone to your local record store of choice and picked up a new metal album solely based on the art that graces its cover? Unfortunately, with the growth of iTunes and Pandora it seems easier and easier to overlook album cover art in general, but in the world of Heavy Metal we’re here to remind you that the art form is still alive and well!
Each Tuesday we will present to you the best album covers of the week and draw focus into what makes each cover so damn badass. Check out this week’s offering right here and VOTE on which cover YOU think should win “Cover Art of the Week”!Add to My Radar
The Oregon threesome are releasing ‘Atma’ as a 2xLP vinyl which will consist of 5 new tracks. Fans of Neurosis will also note the additional vocals from Scott Kelly as he guests on the album.
This particular version of the 2xLP will showcase cover painting from Stevie Floyd and this art will be released in a limited edition colour version and an unlimited black vinyl version.
Yob have timed the release in conjunction with their European tour which also begins this September and hope to have the albums ready for purchase on tour.
The lead track from the LP ‘Prepare The Ground’ can be streamed here. For all the American fans out there the band have kicked off their American tour tonight in Seattle alongside Dark Castle.
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OMNIUM GATHERUM have just released their brand new single “Blade Reflections”. It is now available on all streaming and download platforms and will also be featured on a limited Edition Omnium Gatherum / Skalmöld split 7-inch, which will be available on the upcoming "Arctic Circle Alliance” European Tour (see below for all dates). You can watch the lyric video for “Blade Reflections” streaming here: https://youtu.be/j5glljbcJPw Singer Jukka Pelkonen comments, "In the light of recent events we wanted to voice our opinion about the tragedy of suicide. This is a subject that may concern anyone at some point. ʻBlade Reflectionsʼ is a statement against suicide and an encouragement to all of those who dwell in the depths of self-annihilation. Having been there myself too, I know how devastating it can be. There is nothing more precious than this life itself and it is worth seeing through. Though, we do not condemn those who choose to go, rather we want to stand by with all the rest, all of us, who are staying."