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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CDYOB: Clearing The Path to Ascend, Sept 2014 - NR090


Full Albums

• Elaborations of Carbon (12th Records, 2002)

• Catharsis (Abstract Sounds, 2003)

• The Illusion of Motion (Metal Blade, 2004)

• The Unreal Never Lived (Metal Blade, 2005)

• The Great Cessation (Profound Lore, 2009)

• Atma (Profound Lore, 2011)

• Clearing The Path To Ascend (Neurot Recordings, 2014)


Downloadable Bio (.pdf) - September 2014

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Untitled Document

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Tue Mar 10 -Vancouver BC -Rickshaw Theatre [ tickets ] *
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 % with Ecstatic Vision   
 + with Witch Mountain  
 # with Will Haven, Church

Maryland Deathfest
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band Members

Mike Scheidt – vocals/guitars
Travis Foster – drums
Aaron Rieseberg – Bass


US: Nanotear Booking, represented by Nathan Carson
Europe: Odyssey Booking, represented by Vincent Royers


YOB: Clearing the Path to Ascend – Coming September 2014

YOB - "Kosmos" Live in Los AngelesSeptember 2012
Shot live by David Becker