Release Date: Jun 8, 2018
Record label: Relapse Records
Mike Scheidt, the vocalist and guitar player for Oregon doom metal trio YOB, was hospitalized with diverticulitis early last year. In a recent Decibel cover story, he made the ailment sound pretty metal, likening it to a Chestburster wallowing inside him. But the experience--which nearly killed him--left Scheidt so changed that he wasn't sure, at first, if the band would continue.
Pain, frustration and healing with YOB... The past few years have been a whirlwind in YOB's career. While riding high on the momentum created by Clearing the Path to Ascend, front man Mike Scheidt went through life threatening issues with diverticulitis. Fortunately, after several surgeries (plus months of recovery), everything is back under control and he managed to ferociously return to the stage and ultimately, the recording studio.
Photo by Jimmy Hubbard Our Raw Heart by YOB The genres with which YOB is most closely identified, doom metal and stoner metal, resonate with the band's knuckle-dragger name. But their music increasingly challenges the haze of melancholia and befuddlement invoked by those labels (and some of us have a psychological allergy to the term "stoner metal"; you want to smoke up, have at it, but you don't get to claim whole swaths of sound). On their past several records, YOB have turned the ponderously dense, downtempo and disconsolate properties of doom toward spiritually transcendent thematic and aesthetic aims.