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Clearing The Path To Ascend

by YOB

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Al Jones
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Al Jones Really untouchable live show. Really. Favorite track: Marrow.
Regnārs Breikšs
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Regnārs Breikšs This here is a state of art album written by one of the greatest metal bands of our time.

The more I listen to this record, the more it grabs me. There is always something I missed during the previous listen, and even though I've listened to it numerous times, I find its entire beauty nearly impossible to grasp.

Yob cannot be described in words;
Yob is a perception-widening experience;
Yob is Love. Favorite track: Marrow.
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Katimavik86 Love the atmosphere on this album: Lengthy, monumental songs with vocals low in the mix. Everything is thick and dense but nothing's blunted with distortion. Highly recommended. Favorite track: Nothing To Win.
Bardo Morales
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Bardo Morales Unmatchable epic doom excellence, that is what YOB is. Emotion, atmosphere, beauty. Favorite track: Unmask the Spectre.
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Zhakathoom I was planning on getting this as vinyl, but when both the 180 gr. black and the grey one was sold out over at Neurot, I figured I might as well get the digital for now and get vinyl from discogs later.

As for commentary on the music itself I can never aspire to top what Mike has written, so I'll just applaude, bow and salute him and his linguistic and articulatory prowess.
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Michael In the beginning was dogma, practiced for aeons as a form of catharsis. Then came the great cessation, a ball of molten lead burning the altar and effecting the silence of heaven. Quantum mystics battled mental tyrants across Samsara until both were adrift in the oceans of the kosmos. They breathed from the shallows, grasping air upon sight of the other shore. There, they prepared the ground before finally, the path was clear to ascend. And ascend they did, to the pinnacle of doom. Favorite track: Unmask the Spectre.
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Two years after leveling the expectations of critics and listeners alike with Atma, doom trio powerhouse YOB unleashes Clearing The Path To Ascend, an aptly titled album for what will undoubtedly be the crowning achievement for a band whose journey now nears two decades of creating music as commanding as it is cathartic. As is the YOB way, the tracks here don’t simply offer a vacuous glimpse into the already riff-soaked doom genre. These songs demand the tandem attention of mind, body, and soul – etching a mark across a sound that finds YOB as formidable and unequaled as they’ve ever been. True ascension requires a destruction of those barriers that prevent any movement forward. Unsurprisingly, YOB pummels any and all of these obstacles with absolute authority, clearing the way for a genuinely visceral listening experience and climbing upward into a realm that sets the band in a heavy metal place that has been and will always remain wholly their own.

YOB’s music is not unlike the path that’s led them to their current place among heavy metal’s elite, slowly building from a hushed ethereal vapor into the thunderous and masterful tumult of sound domination. The ethereal mists of Eugene, Oregon no doubt provided the perfect catalyst for founding member and vocalist Mike Scheidt to call up the signature of surging doom that would soon come to garner YOB its current position as one of the most respected and revered bands in all of heavy metal. While giving due sonic credit to cornerstone influences such as Cathedral, Sleep, Electric Wizard, and Black Sabbath – YOB immediately set out to define a sound wholly singular and utterly devastating in its cathartic enormity, incomparable to any other music being created at the time.

Those threads of progressive rock and drone that have always underscored the music of YOB are now fully realized with Clearing The Path To Ascend, as each track forges into the next with a ferocity that’s as completely unhinged as it is utterly focused. Drummer Travis Foster wields his signature rhythmic furor here with bombastic precision while bassist, Aaron Rieseberg, coils around the sonic tide with an unforgiving churn – all the while in a deadly synchronicity with Scheidt’s uncanny vocal range and its pendulous movement between the triumphant howls of a medieval madman and the earth splitting growls of a war-battered titan. With Clearing The Path To Ascend, YOB explores a thunderous dimension that’s familiar in its auditory clout but completely new in the execution of its trajectory, taking the band’s sound into a remarkable place as ethereally compelling in its aesthetic as it is merciless in the magnitude of its sound.


released September 2, 2014

Travis Foster - drums
Aaron Reiseberg - bass
Mike Scheidt - guitar, vocals

Hammond organ on 'Marrow' by Billy Barnett
Recorded by Billy Barnett at Gung Ho Studio, Eugene OR
Mastered by Brad Boatright at Audioseige
Artwork by Orion Landau

Alan Watts sample is from the audiobook 'Simple Truths'
(c) 2000, Alan Watts
Used with permission of New World Library, Novato, CA



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