YOB - Clearing The Path To Ascend

Kategorie: CD-Reviews | Genre: Doom Metal | Heft: Jahrgang 2014, eclipsed Nr. 164 / 10-2014 | VÖ-Jahr: 2014 | Wertung: 8/10 | Label: Neurot | Autor: NM

Slowly but steadily Yob have worked their way up into the first league of the Doom scene. With the song "Burning The Altar" from the album "The Great Cassation" (2009), the trio from Oregon succeeded in creating a genre classic that brings the strengths of the band to the point, such as the belief in the absolute (endless) riff as the basis for cathartic monumental songs, in which the mood of the end is mixed with feelings of redemption. These characteristics also distinguish "Clear The Path To Ascend". It is the first collaboration with Neurot Recordings, the label of Neurosis heads Steve von Till and Scott Kelly. In fact, sound and arrangements sometimes reveal influences from that side. All in all, the four songs between eleven and almost 19 minutes long stand for a consequent further development of the absolutely independent Yob sound framework: The drone-factor was reduced, but singer/guitarist Mike Scheidt and his colleagues leave room for confusingly beautiful melodies and harmonies - not only, but especially for the vocals, which have once again gained in clarity and sovereignty. In highest perfection this applies to the final track "Marrow".

Top track: Marrow

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