YOB
Catharsis


4.5
superb

Review

by ChaoticVortex USER (41 Reviews)
January 19th, 2016 | 27 replies


Release Date: 2003 | Tracklist

Review Summary: „He broke the sixth seal, and there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth made of hair, and the whole moon became like blood…”

Few bands in contemporary metal is as audacious and tough as Oregon extreme doom metal masters YOB. By breaking the average concept about song lengths with huge and lengthy compositions that combine every angle the heaviest guitar-centric musical genres listening to their work is closer to a real transcendent experience that just simply enjoying some mashes of feel-good notes. With a large emphasis on ridiculously slow but catchy pacing with distorted, noisy and detuned guitar riffs and equally mud-drenched bass, simplistic but effective drumming they don’t represent themselves as the pinnacle of technicality but they don’t have to. The sheer atmosphere they can create with their well-timed simplicity is amazing and that’s what matters.

On their second album “Catharsis” pretty much build upon the foundations of their first record “Elaborations of Carbon” but they also make some key corrections. The production is better and assessable, the songwriting is much more focused and straight-to-the-point thus “Catharsis” paints a very clear picture about a band that managed to form their own style of music while also paying respectable amount of homage to the ones that influenced them greatly. But it’s also not a simple headbanger from start finish, it’s a complex and fascinating beast that ranges from many quiet and peaceful to wild and maniac. Sometimes it’s Black Sabbath on steroids, other times it’s Neurosis with more fuzz.

The album has only three songs and even their titles are very fitting: “Aeons”, “Ether” and “Catharsis”. “Aeons” is 18 minute long, “Catharsis” is 23 minute long thus “Ether” feels like a short breather compared to the with its 7 minute length. As you can see Mike Scheidt and his company have a lot of time to work with but they sure as hell don’t begin to fluster around. “Aeons” begins with quiet percussions and bass lines and only after two minutes we get some bluesy leads from Scheidt. Then at the four minute mark when the song explodes with a wall of sound and fury. From here the song becomes an oscillation of cleaner and heavier parts, the former being led by Scheidt’s nasal, high-pitched vocals buried under studio effects. There is a very heavy sense of psychedelia in this song that makes its overall feel eerie close to stoner doom pioneers Sleep and that’s definitely a good comparison to bring up.

With its rhythmic tempo and dynamic grooves “Ether” is without the doubt the most accessible track on the whole record. Funny how this song can easily remind stoner/doom metal fans to another Matt Pike project, the equally monolithic and sludgy High on Fire. And something like this is surely well needed before the gigantic title track which sprawls around the band’s entire musical hallway in its 23 minute length. It is a trailblazing display of the band’s ability to push the continuous build-up to its limits and then making a right transition just before the song would become boring. Starts out somewhat uplifted before it ascends into increasingly hellish and brutal riff territories and guttural voice passages just before ends with sheer dissonant mayhem.

From its sluggish and crunching guitar accords and chaotic solos, to its raw, crude and instinctive nature and musical texture, “Catharsis” show YOB as a fully equipped band with ten tons of atmospheric drone doom under their belt which they deliver with flawless execution. Their passion and talent is palpable, and their ambition is grand yet they didn’t collapsed under it. You might not get into their music easily but it sure as hell worth the try.



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ChaoticVortex
January 19th 2016


475 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

While an amazing record it requires patience and acquired taste...just like anything from these guys.

As always any constructive criticism is welcome.

Spacesh1p
January 19th 2016


6927 Comments


Only listened to Clearing the Path and Atma, but I'll check this

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Voivod
Staff Reviewer
January 20th 2016


7552 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Good review, pos.



This is by far, the best blues-driven extreme doom metal album out there.

tempest--
January 20th 2016


20481 Comments


best band name ever

Oceandrowned
February 27th 2016


717 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Those who seeking something beyond of stoner-metal realm, look no further. Perfect mix of stoner and post-metal. The vocals are really good here, especially when the aforementioned vocalists sounds like possessed robots or cyborgs of some kind.

evilford
March 15th 2017


40509 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

checking these guys out soon, hear they're good

evilford
March 19th 2017


40509 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

band is loud



in the absolute best way

necropig
March 19th 2017


2772 Comments


Yea I need to sit down and yob myself off if you know what I mean

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evilford
March 19th 2017


40509 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

it's a good time

evilford
March 20th 2017


40509 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

aeons for best song ever made

BigPleb
April 11th 2017


50994 Comments


Man this is so trippy, awesome builds and so sooooo LOUD when it all explodes m/

DominionMM1
April 11th 2017


14853 Comments


yob is love yob is life

evilford
April 11th 2017


40509 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

word dude glad u dig



nominon was swet

BigPleb
April 11th 2017


50994 Comments


I've been sleeping on this band for too long, really unique doom.

Also swee dude, nice rating I'm tryna spread the word m/

evilford
April 11th 2017


40509 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

yob is love yob is life [2]

evilford
April 13th 2017


40509 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

aeons for best song ever made [2]

necropig
April 13th 2017


2772 Comments


Ford just [2]'d himself.
Metal.

evilford
April 13th 2017


40509 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

u know it

ChaoticVortex
April 13th 2017


475 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Jammed to this again. Soooo heavy.

evilford
April 13th 2017


40509 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

heavy as shit with some badass blues attitude I love it



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