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Two years after leveling the expectations of critics and listeners alike with Atma, doom powerhouse YOB unleashes Clearing the Path to Ascend, an aptly titled album for what will undoubtedly be the trio s crowning achievement. As is the YOB way, the tracks here don t simply offer a vacuous glimpse into the already riff-soaked doom genre they demand the tandem attention of mind, body, and soul. True ascension requires a destruction of the barriers that prevent movement onward. Unsurprisingly, YOB pummels any and all obstacles with absolute authority, clearing the way for a genuinely visceral listening experience, the culmination of a musical journey approching two decades in length. 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 sonic 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 has earned YOB its current position as one of the most respected and revered bands in all of heavy metal. While giving due credit to cornerstone influences such as Cathedral, Sleep, Electric Wizard and Black Sabbath, YOB defines a sound wholly singular and utterly devastating in its cathartic enormity. The echoes of progressive rock and drone that have underscored YOB s music on past releases are fully realized on Clearing the Path to Ascend, as each track forges into the next with a ferocity that s as unhinged as it is utterly focused. Drummer Travis Foster wields rhythmic furor with bombastic precision while bassist Aaron Rieseberg coils around the sonic tide with an unforgiving churn all 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. Clearing the Path to Ascend is a work as ethereally compelling in its aesthetic as it is merciless in the magnitude of its sound.


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  • Audio CD (September 2, 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Neurot Recordings
  • ASIN: B00LZGTKVI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,934 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Scott Rosenbluth on September 6, 2014
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Smashing. Crushing. Powerful. Atmospheric. Touching. Transcendent. Exactly what you look for in a YOB record on every second of every track. If you thought Pallbearer were the only game in town as far as Doom album of the year goes, you're wrong. YOB build mountains of sound and let the epic sweeping of the tides erode them away into sand and seas. A must have for doom fans in 2014.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Anesthesiac on September 9, 2014
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I've always been on the fence when it came to Yob. I liked their previous releases, but none of them really got me there. "Clearing the Path" hits me in all the right places and manages to do it without ever being boring. If you like doom, drone, or psychadelic, then make sure you give this one a spin.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Scott Hedegard on September 20, 2014
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Yob fans know this band is right up there with Pallbearer as the two best doom bands out there, forget Electric Wizard. We who love doom overall mourn the breakup of Cathedral, but Yob not only provide the doom, they stretch it out to the point of breaking, like silly putty. "Clearing the Path to Ascend" is heavier tone wise than the predecessor, "Atma", although that classic certainly is no slouch. Sonically speaking, the production harkens back to "The Great Cessation", or "The Unreal Never Lives", two very brutal albums indeed. However, Mike Scheidt throws a few curves this time around, particularly the second track, "Nothing to Lose", which, for Yob, moves at a bit faster tempo, a deep gutteral roar throughout, and relatively short at over 11:00, which is almost single territory for a band that can keep you mesmerized for 20 plus minute opuses without batting an eye. "Nothing to Lose" is actually closer to a straight ahead rocker than anything they've done, but the real standout is the closer "Marrow", which explores heaviness and psychedelia in equal terms, slamming you down, caressing you for a while, letting you eventually drift away at songs' end. It's quite incredible, and truth be told, shows that Yob are a doom band in the most general sense of the term. As far as this reviewer is concerned, Yob make Yob music - hard to define, impossible to resist. Ascending with Yob is to do so in a vehicle so heavy you'd never think it could get off the ground, but somehow does. Along with Pallbearer, one of the two best doom bands in America.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Autonomeus TOP 1000 REVIEWER on February 11, 2015
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YOB's latest is on Neurot Recordings, the record label of Neurosis, the seminal doom metal band from Oakland. This is perfect -- the two bands pursue a similar heavy and serious sound.

YOB is:
Mike Scheidt -- guitar and vocals
Aaron Rieseberg -- bass
Travis Foster -- drums

Across four long tracks, YOB clears the path, focusing intention on ascending to enlightenment. Assisting in this journey is the excellent artwork of Orion Landau.

Scheidt's lyrics are weighty and thought-provoking, similar to the Neurosis lyrics of Steve Von Till and Scott Kelly. His vocals alternative between a hoarse bellow and a clear clean tone, as well as a high tenor that sounds like a woman's voice. He sometimes harmonizes with himself. Scheidt's guitar lays down huge dark riffs, with a second guitar track over it in places, adding texture and complexity.

This is the first YOB album I've heard -- I look forward to going back to their previous releases.

Clearly this is one of the best metal albums of 2014.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Robert Teisher on February 22, 2015
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This album certainly does, as others have mentioned, give Pallbearer's "Foundations" a run for it's money on 'doom album of the year'. Gives it a run...but doesn't quite win. Still a brutal, beautiful, atmospheric work. "Marrow" is an instant doom classic, and the other three tracks are all pretty good. In an age where doom has now developed about a million sub genres (funeral, stoner, psychedelic, electronic, etc, etc), albums like this that are straight-up, down-the-middle doom are always welcomed in my collection
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ruben on November 1, 2014
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In the world of metal, it's sometimes hard to get lost among the hundreds of choices you have, especially when you are craving for a full album experience. Often, we find works with a good 50% of worthy material while the other 50%; well, let's say that if you get interrupted by a phone call or an unexpected visitor, you won't be really bothered.
Yob have always stood firmly on the higher side of the spectrum. "Clearing The Path To Ascend" is, without a doubt, one of those rare albums that you'll be coming back to again and again. One of those discs that won't let you try anything else once it's done with you.
With only for songs, "Clearing..." sends you on a journey of introspection that, in this day and age, very few artists manage to achieve. The level of musicianship and the soulful delivery are up there with the best albums by Neurosis and Rwake, to name only a couple..This is music for the patient and dedicated listener. A mandatory reference for today's metal.
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This is not just an album, but a fantastic journey into whatever you are reading along the lines of fantasy or horror, this is not a party album, or a quick listen such as a Slayer record, it is something you would want to listen to while reading a novel.

There are 2 records in this set, yet there are only 4 songs, and each one spans 17-20 minutes in length.

The vocals are unique considering the vocalist can get high pitched notes somewhat like Bruce Dickinson of Iron Maiden, and can get the traditional black metal growl such as the likes of Bolt thrower or Cannibal corpse.

The music is also a mix of acoustic, and heavy crunches on guitar.

If you like to read Terry Goodkind, or H.P Lovecraft then this album will help with the ambient musical score of the 2 genres mentioned.
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