Clearing The Path To Ascend

YOB
September 2, 2014 | Format: MP3

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15:25
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18:48
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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: September 2, 2014
  • Release Date: September 2, 2014
  • Label: Neurot
  • Copyright: 2014 Neurot Recordings
  • Total Length: 1:02:30
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  • ASIN: B00N3BBJN0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,183 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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One of those discs that won't let you try anything else once it's done with you.
Ruben
I have all of their albums, best one thus far.
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9 of 9 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 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By CC on December 16, 2014
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I love this record!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By SWoodbridge on October 21, 2014
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Stellar album from great Eugene, Oregon band. I can't stop listening. Even in my head In listening.
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