[Photo by James Rexroad]
The latest bout of touring from Northwestern psychedelic doom trio, YOB, has been announced, as the outfit has confirmed their first trek to Australia this Summer.
YOB’s live show is everything you’d want from a power trio. From frenetic riffs and furious drumming to slow, crushing doom, a YOB gig is less a performance and more a communal brain-fuck. They hold their audience transfixed with brief moments of brooding, atmospheric, almost ambient respite, before pulverizing them with a massive, brutal crush of noise. And now, Life Is Noise is proud to present the Australian debut of one of the finest doom metal bands in the world on their first trek to the Australian continent this August.
"We have been wanting to come play in Australia for a long time,” issues iconic YOB guitarist/vocalist Mike Scheidt. “A number of my favorite bands are from there! Also, we've made some good friends there over the years. So now to finally be able to go play some shows and hang in real time is very exciting. Massive thanks to Dave Cutbush, Jack Midalia and everyone at Life Is Noise for making it possible! We're very much looking forward to this."
Australian Tour August 2015:
8/19/2015 Rosemount Hotel - Perth, AU
8/20/2015 Enigma Bar – Adelaide, AU
8/21/2015 Max Watt’s -Melbourne, AU
8/22/2015 Manning Bar - Sydney, AU
8/23/2015 Crowbar - Brisbane, AU
As a precursor to the Australian dates, YOB will make an appearance at this years Maryland Deathfest, headlining Ram's Head Live on Thursday May 21, for more info visit: www.marylanddeathfest.com
YOB’s Clearing The Path To Ascend is available now via Neurot Recordings HERE.
In 2014, YOB released the best doom metal album of the year. Universally praised, Clearing The Path To Ascend topped Rolling Stone’s list of the best metal albums and was critically lauded by everyone from Pitchfork to The New York Times. Never has doom metal been at the forefront of the public consciousness like this, and it’s easy to see why: though it’s come almost two decades into their existence, YOB has made not just the best album of their career – they’ve made what will come to be regarded as one of the defining records in the pantheon of doom metal.
Which is not to say any of this came easy. Few bands hit their creative stride after seven records and almost twenty years, and YOB’s recording career has led them to stints with Metal Blade and Profound Lore before settling at their current home with spiritual siblings Neurosis at their label Neurot Recordings. The Neurosis comparison is obvious, but for every moment of earth-shaking post-metal, there are flourishes of old-school, soul-crushing sorrow that hark back to Black Sabbath and Saint Vitus; for every Earth-like meditation, there’s a measured catharsis of energy that recalls the explosive sludge of Melvins. What makes Clearing The Path To Ascend such a landmark record is its stellar two-track second half.
While the album’s opening act bathes in layers of funeral dirge and existential dread, its penultimate and closing tracks mark one of the genre’s finest half-hours as the trio push through to the other side of hell. With every repetition, Mike Scheidt’s riffs grow all the more hypnotic, his pious incantations ever-more compelling. YOB has succeeded where many of their contemporaries fail, imbuing the tropes of a monolithic genre with untold emotion and transcendent zeal. This is doom metal reborn.
Yob might be one of the best bands in North America. – The New York Times
“Psychedelic rock, stoner rock, stoner metal, blues metal, ambient: all reside comfortably in YOB’s wheelhouse, coalescing and collapsing on a path that stretches as far as the listener’s imagination.” – Pitchfork
“Clearing The Path To Ascend is magnificently loud and rapturously strident, but, at its heart, it quietly provides a sense of support for our innermost being; succor for our very souls.” – Steel for Brains
“All dreams must end—but by extension, so must all nightmares. On Clearing The Path To Ascend, YOB has beautifully, brutally conjured a bit of both.” – The A.V. Club