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August 26, 2014

YOB: New Full-Length From Portland Doom-Bringers Now Playing In Full Via Pitchfork; Clearing The Path To Ascend To See North American Release Next Week

As commanding as it is cathartic, Clearing The Path To Ascend, the long-anticipated new full-length from Portland doom technicians, YOB, demands the tandem attention of mind, body, and soul. The path to ascend is clearly an arduous one, fraught with the peril of mediocrity. YOB pummels that path however, climbing upward into a realm that sets the band in a heavy metal place that has been and will always remain wholly their own. Recorded at Gung Ho Studio in Eugene alongside longtime collaborator/iconic sound-sage Billy Barnett, and mastered by Brad Boatright (Sleep, Beastmilk, Nails) at Audiosiege Engineering, Clearing The Path To Ascend is a genuinely visceral listening experience.



In an advance investigation of the record, Last Rites dubs YOB, “one of the heaviest bands currently walking the third rock from the sun, even if they sometimes sound as if they are transporting their sounds from deep space.” Stereogum concurs, “YOB are the best doom band in the world today, and Clearing The Path To Ascend is the best doom album you’ll hear this year. It is, quite possibly, the best metal album you’ll hear this year, maybe the best album of the year, period.” Elsewhere the sentiment echoes. Sludgelord notes, “Heavy, discordant, startling and genuinely touching, this album is a true-blue metal odyssey that rewards every listener who dares to take the journey with them. Headphones on. Eyes closed. Experience YOB.” Noisey gushes, “In the worlds YOB make, the music's solidity pulls against its subject's uncertainty. The slow drips of percussion and roars of guitar feel geologically real, while the lyrics and samples hidden in the songs hint that ‘real’ is only a feeling,” while MetalStorm adds, “YOB have a unique way of creating music that's entirely sheltered in acute directness and yet still manages to deliver undiscovered subtleties on repeated listens. I love their startling ability to sink to new depths of desensitizing heaviness with song designs that are more or less uncomplicated but still can appease the layman's metal music listener.”

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In celebration of its imminent release, now just one week away,
Pitchfork is offering up Clearing The Path To Ascend in its bone-crushing,
soul-cradling entirety via their Advance Series at THIS LOCATION.
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In conjunction with the release, YOB will spread their purifying riff rituals overseas this Fall on an epic binge of performances slated to commence on September 3rd, 2014 in Utrecht, the Netherlands. The band will be joined by Little Rock’s Pallbearer. See confirmed ceremonies below.

UK/European Tour w/ Pallbearer

9/06/2014 Audio- Glasgow, UK
9/11/2014 Vera - Groningen, NL
9/13/2014 Truckstop Alaska – Gothenburg, SE
9/17/2014 Slakthuset – Stockholm, SE
9/19/2014 Connewitz – Leipzig, DE
9/21/2014 Bi Nuu – Berlin, DE
9/23/2014 Klub 007 – Prague, CZ
9/25/2014 PMK – Innsbruck, AT
09/27/2014 Lo-fi Club - Milan, IT
9/29/2014 Le Romandie – Lausanne, CH
9/30/2014 Jubez - Karlsruhe, DE
10/01/2014 Black Ship - Montpellier, FR
10/02/2014 Razzmatazz3 – Barcelona, ES
10/04/2014 Amplifest – Porto, PT
10/05/2014 ES ESonora – Erandio, ES
10/06/2014 Le Dynamo- Toulouse, FR
10/07/2014 Le Ferrailleur - Nantes, FR
10/08/2014 Glazart - Paris, FR
10/10/2014 Kyttaro Club – Athens, GR


YOB will release Clearing The Path To Ascend on CD and digitally in North America via Neurot Recordings on September 2nd, and on vinyl via Relapse Records on September 15th. Clearing The Path To Ascend preorder bundles are currently available. For CD orders point your browser HERE. For special T-shirt bundles go HERE.




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August 21, 2014

IDES OF GEMINI: New Psalm Now Streaming At Revolver

With the official unveiling of their Old World New Wave full-length now less than one month away, Los Angeles ethereal dream-raiders, IDES OF GEMINI, are pleased to offer up another helping of sonic sanctity with “The Adversary.”


Elaborates guitarist Jason Bennett of the consuming tune, “The album was sequenced with vinyl in mind, so the ‘old world’ songs are on side one and the ‘new wave’ songs are on side two. ‘The Adversary’ is from the ‘new wave’ side of the album, which we see as a hint toward the musical direction of future IDES OF GEMINI releases. At least that’s what we’re saying now, until we write a bunch of new stuff that sounds nothing like this”

Lose yourself in the ‘new wave’ courtesy of Revolver Magazine at THIS LOCATION.


And if you missed it, sample the ethereal majesty of ‘old wave’ track “The Chalice & The Blade,” still streaming at Noisey HERE.


IDES OF GEMINI features Bennett, drummer Kelly Johnston-Gibson and the haunting vocal prowess of singer/bassist Sera Timms, also of West Coast dark-psych conjurors Black Mare. The follow-up to the band’s 2012 Constantinopledebut, which Pitchfork christened “darkly beautiful,” and Terrorizer likened to, “a metallic-filtered kinship to Cocteau Twins and Mazzy Star,” Old World New Wave was recorded at Valley Recording in Burbank, California, engineered and mixed by Chris Rakestraw (Danzig), mastered by Grammy award winning producer Matt Hyde (Slayer) and boasts the striking hand-drawn cover art of Johnston-Gibson. Notes Timms of their latest manifestation, “For Old World New Wave we all really coalesced as a band, and were able to work off one another’s strengths. J came up with the basic concept and musical framework of the album, and Kelly and I gave it form and identity. For me, my own personal musical identity, taste, preferences etc. were eclipsed by the power of the music which worked as an animate force unto itself — so much so that I cannot listen to any of it objectively, or tell you if it’s good or bad, but I can tell you that it’s distinctively IDES OF GEMINI.”

IDES OF GEMINI will grace the stage this Fall with a pair of live performances, the first serving as the trio’s official record release gala in Los Angeles, the second playing Intronaut’s tenth anniversary show. Additional IDES rituals will to be announced in the coming weeks.

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IDES OF GEMINI Live: 
9/19/2014 The Complex – Los Angeles, CA IDES OF GEMINI Record Release Show
w/ Ancestors, Glaare, Maja D’Aoust (as The Oracle) [info]
12/18/2014 The Roxy – Los Angeles, CA [info]
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Old World New Wave will be released on CD and digitally via Neurot Recordings and on vinyl via SIGE Records on September 16th, 2014.





August 11, 2014

YOB: New Track From Clearing The Path To Ascend Now Playing At Stereogum

As the release of Clearing The Path To Ascend, the forthcoming new long player from Oregon doom icons, YOB, dawns, the band today reveals the chest-cavingly thick resonance of "Unmask The Spectre." Already teased in the album’s record trailer, fans finally get a taste of the track three in full courtesy of host site, Stereogum.

Comments founding vocalist/guitarist Mike Scheidt, "This part of the album gets dark, but it also has a sense of beauty and resolve. The mood and atmosphere nod equal parts to old and new YOB. It's one of my favorite things we've ever done."

Adds Stereogum, “Scheidt’s guitar bends like steel in a forge, and it bounces like hard rubber… YOB, the unit, function as a pure rhythm section: There are moments on Clearing The Path To Ascend when all three instruments [guitar, bass, drums] come down on the same beat that make me feel like I just got hit by a car. It’s also hard to shift focus away from Scheidt, who is exerting a gravitational pull all his own. He makes one guitar sound like a fleet of F-14s; his voice ranges from Leonard Cohen lows to Ozzy Osbourne highs to Matt Pike roars, and he somehow manages to shift between those extremes with the ease of Tony Bennett practicing scales… YOB are the best doom band in the world today, andClearing The Path To Ascend is the best doom album you’ll hear this year. It is, quite possibly, the best metal albumyou’ll hear this year, maybe the best album of the year, period.”


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Listen to the Dark and Brooding Sounds of "UNMASK THE SPECTRE" at

Stereogum.com/1697670/Yob-unmask-the-spectre-stereogum-premiere
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Already listed among The Obelisk’s Records Not To Miss Before The New Year HitsClearing The Path To Ascend is 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.

                                                                                                                                                                      Photo credit: ©James Rexroad

Recorded at Gung Ho Studio in Eugene, notorious for its reserve of vintage equipment, alongside longtime collaborator/iconic sound-sage Billy Barnett, and mastered by Brad Boatright (Sleep, Beastmilk, Nails) at Audiosiege Engineering, YOB will release Clearing The Path To Ascend on CD and digitally via Neurot Recordings on September 1st (UK/Europe) / September 2nd (US), and on vinyl via Relapse Records on September 15th.

YOB will bring their otherworldly riff dominations to the stage beginning with a headlining performance at Portland’s Hoverfest alongside Witch Mountain, Eight Bells and more! The shows come in advance of the band’s previously announced overseas trek this Fall slated to commence on September 3rd, 2014 in Utrecht, the Netherlands. YOB will be joined by Little Rock’s Pallbearer. For full YOB tour dates, including upcoming stateside dates, see below or visit tour.neurotrecordings.com.

Don't forget that Clearing The Path To Ascend preorder bundles are currently available: For CD orders check here and for special T-shirt bundles, here.



YOB UPCOMING TOUR DATES:
8/23/2014 Hoverfest – Portland, OR [info]

UK/European Tour w/ Pallbearer
9/06/2014 Audio- Glasgow, UK
9/11/2014 Vera - Groningen, NL
9/13/2014 Truckstop Alaska – Gothenburg, SE
9/17/2014 Slakthuset – Stockholm, SE
9/19/2014 Connewitz – Leipzig, DE
9/21/2014 Bi Nuu – Berlin, DE
9/23/2014 Klub 007 – Prague, CZ
9/25/2014 PMK – Innsbruck, AT
09/27/2014 Lo-fi Club - Milan, IT
9/29/2014 Le Romandie – Lausanne, CH
9/30/2014 Jubez - Karlsruhe, DE
10/01/2014 Black Ship - Montpellier, FR
10/02/2014 Razzmatazz3 – Barcelona, ES
10/04/2014 Amplifest – Porto, PT
10/05/2014 ES ESonora – Erandio, ES
10/06/2014 Le Dynamo- Toulouse, FR
10/07/2014 Le Ferrailleur - Nantes, FR
10/08/2014 Glazart - Paris, FR
10/10/2014 Kyttaro Club – Athens, GR

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