OUR RAW HEART (June 8th 2018)

From tragedy to triumph, YOB’s incredible 8th full-length recording was conceived amidst dire circumstances that nearly left frontman Mike Scheidt dead. Suffering from an extremely painful and potentially fatal intestinal disease, Scheidt miraculously recovered and reinvigorated the Oregon trio with a new sense of purpose for Our Raw Heart, an album informed by the will to survive. More exposed than ever both physically and emotionally, YOB bleed out seven riveting tracks of enormous volume and pensive, transcendental beauty across 75 minutes of ultimate doom. A brilliant musical progression in the YOB continuum, Our Raw Heart is the band at their most aggressive, impassioned and eclectic. The riffs are massive, the vocals captivating and the songwriting sublime. Existing in its own organic universe, Our Raw Heart is truly the band’s finest work to date and the apex achievement of what heavy music can accomplish. 

Our Raw Heart was co-produced by the band and longtime collaborator Billy Barnett at Gung Ho Studio in Eugene, Ore., with mastering handled by Heba Kadry (The Mars Volta, Diamanda Galas, Slowdive).

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releases June 8, 2018 


Clearing The Path To Ascend

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.  

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released September 2, 2014 on LP by - Relapse Records | CD/Digital - Neurot Recordings


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
newworldlibrary.com

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The Great Cessation (Reissue)

Relapse is proud to present the deluxe reissue of YOB's The Great Cessation. Originally released in 2009, the trio's 5th full-length record is a master lesson in cosmic Doom. Epic, crushing, and heavy beyond words, YOB achieved legendary status in recent years due to their unmatched aesthetic and incredible body of work. The Great Cessation is a flawless document of a band reformed and reinspired like never before. Ebbing and flowing between thunderous, skull-splitting riffage and rhythm to meditative moments of introspective psychedelia, The Great Cessation is an essential piece in the pantheon of YOB's illustrious output. This definitive edition has been completely remastered by Heba Kadry (The Mars Volta, Diamanda Galas, Slowdive) and includes stunning new artwork plus two bonus tracks (previously only available on vinyl).

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Re-issued December 8, 2017 by Relapse Records
Previously released by Southern Lord and Profound Lore

Aaron Rieseberg - Bass
Mike Scheidt - Vocals, Guitars
Travis Foster - Drums

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CATHARSIS

After being out of print and hard to obtain for many years, Profound Lore is proud to finally re-issue YOB’s cult doom metal classic "Catharsis", the way it was meant to be presented, on the tenth anniversary of its initial release. 

“Catharsis” was the album that would define and shape YOB’s signature style of colossal cosmic monolithic doom. It was the album that became the harbinger of what YOB would deliver with their succeeding full-length albums, and it is even the album in which some of the die-hard, old-school YOB fans would even claim is the doom metal trio’s best release. 

But it was with “Catharsis” in which YOB would create a new sound of their own, a sound of doom which would inevitably develop itself over the years and finally be recognized as one of the most powerful sounds emanating from the doom metal scene as proven by YOB’s succeeding albums. 

“Catharsis” laid down the groundwork for YOB which allowed Mike Scheidt and co. to be recognized as visionaries in heavy music; three massive tracks of monolithic spaced-out heaviness to characterize such an album that climaxes in the 20-plus minute epic title track that many recognize as one of the greatest YOB songs ever...  more

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released November 12, 2013 by Profound Lore

Remastered from the original tapes by Tad Doyle. Artwork courtesy of Aaron Edge.

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ATMA

Behold glory in our hands..."

Following up their triumphant comeback album “The Great Cessation”, YOB have once again created another opus of doom metal mastery that will go down as one of the great American doom metal albums of our age (even though you can pretty much say that with any album within YOB’s repertoire). But with “Atma” the Eugene, Oregon three-piece, led by vocalist guitarist Mike Scheidt, have unleashed a new level of dynamics and depth with an album in which many will call the band’s magnum opus.

Transcending (there’s that word again) the foreboding darkness and oppression that was “The Great Cessation”, “Atma” sees YOB continue their soul searching cycle of reaching that higher state of being through five crushing spiritually levitating tracks of pure doom metal mastery. The word “Atma” is defined as the existence of the core of the soul and that the highest value of knowledge comes from one’s true self. In turn, “Atma” is the culmination of YOB’s career that has reached a current self-reflective peak in their musical journey.

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released August 2, 2011 by Profound Lore

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THE UNREAL NEVER LIVED

In 2005, after the release of the highly praised The Illusion of Motion the band entered the studio once again to begin recording their next opus The Unreal Never Lived. The band headed back to Dogwood Studios to track out their latest material and then finished up with mixing/mastering at Gung Ho Studio both in Eugene, OR.

"Stylistically this is very much a YOB album, and it is different than our other ones too" states guitarist and vocalist Mike Scheidt. "I would say overall The Unreal Never Lived is more aggressive than our other albums. It still has all of the twists and turns, atmosphere and melody that our supporters have become familiar with but there are definitely some new vibes and approaches in riffage for us. We are VERY excited for people to hear it." One major difference in the recording of The Unreal Never Lived versus the bands previous albums is that they took more time to focus on sound than they have in the past. Moving mics, recording tracks and then taking the time to really listen to the sounds they were getting and make changes when they needed to. Once the band finished recording they hit the road for a very successful tour across the US showing fans that just because you are a three piece band doesn’t mean you can’t create as heavy and thick of a sound as preformed on CD. YOB has become known for putting on an astounding and innovative live show so if you ever get a chance to check them out do it as you will not be let down!

Released August 23rd 2005 by Metal Blade Records

Mike Scheidt - Vocals, Guitars
Isamu Sato - Bass
Travis Foster - Drums


THE ILLUSION OF MOTION

Hailing from the ever-grey skies of Eugene Oregon comes YOB, a band destined to make their mark in the DOOM metal scene worldwide. In 1996, founding member Mike Scheidt started creating and destroying ideas that would become the foundation for one of DOOM metals most shining hopefuls; YOB. The first three song self-titled demo was submitted to the underground authority, STONERROCK.com in 1999, sending shockwaves through the scene worldwide. This demo was a bold statement of intent: uncompromising HEAVY DOOM METAL.

Equal parts SLEEP, Burning Witch, Neurosis, High On Fire and Electric Wizard, YOB recorded its first full-length record for 12th Records in Spokane, WA entitled "Elaborations Of Carbon". This offering received rave reviews from magazines and fans worldwide, securing YOB's place as one of the best DOOM metal bands in the scene today. Playing countless shows since their formation, YOB is just as at home playing to hardcore punk and extreme metal fans as they are in front of stoner/doom metal audiences. Having shared the stage with diverse bands such as Isis, Soilent Green, Electric Wizard, Botch, Darkest Hour, The Locust, Orange Goblin, Alabama Thunderpussy, High On Fire, Will Haven, Fireball Ministry, Acid King, Bongzilla, Unida, and many more, it is clear to those who have witnessed YOB live that they easily carve their place into any line-up they appear with.

YOB is prepared to release their new record "The Illusion Of Motion" with the pioneers of all that is heavy, Metal Blade Records. Slated for an October 19th release, "The Illusion Of Motion" will permanently secure YOB as one of the heaviest, most original DOOM metal bands of any era past or present.

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Released October 19th, 2004 by Metal Blade Records

Mike Scheidt - Vocals, Guitars
Isamu Sato - Bass
Travis Foster - Drums

 


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Elaborations of Carbon

Elaborations of Carbon is the debut album of the band YOB.

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Released  in 2002 by 12th Records

Lowell Iles - Bass
Gabe Morley - Drums
Mike Scheidt - Vocals, Guitars


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YOB

Demo recorded in November 1999. Engineered at Dogwood Recording in Elmira, Oregon. Originally released in 2000 on CDr by the band. "White Doom" recorded live at CD World in Eugene, Oregon in March 2005.

Band members

Mike Scheidt - Vocals, Bass, Guitars

Greg Ocon - Drums