YOB
Our Raw Heart


4.5
superb

Review

by PsychicChris USER (300 Reviews)
December 7th, 2018 | 8 replies


Release Date: 2018 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Your heart brings me home

Yob’s eighth full-length album may draw inspiration from guitarist/vocalist Mike Scheidt’s highly publicized medical battles, but it doesn’t paint the typical picture of triumph. True to title, Our Raw Heart is an incredibly painful listen presented by a thoroughly exhausted band. The guitars sound warped, the drums lurch as if they’ll collapse at any second, the held-out chords are enough to make one wonder if they have the strength to get up again, and the vocals are delivered in an incredibly painful wheeze.

Yet despite such description, these flawed components all come together to form a beautiful whole. This is best demonstrated on “Beauty in Falling Leaves.” While a sixteen-minute run time in combination with the album’s slowest tempos would suggest agonizing dullness, the drawn-out vocal lines and subtly shifting dynamics strike an emotional core that allows time to freely float by while one is in the throes of catharsis. “Lungs Reach” works in a similar fashion as its minimalist first half provides some satisfying ambiance that pays off at its pummeling climax.

Of course, this album isn’t an easy listen by any means. The predominately heavier songs seem somewhat out of place as nearly ten minutes of the slowed-down gallop on “The Screen” feels like beating a dead horse after a while. I also feel like the album could’ve ended at “Beauty in Falling Leaves;” the two songs after it are great, the title track is quite strong, but ending there would have culminated in an even more powerful climax than “Marrow,” which closed 2014’s Clearing the Path to Ascend.

Our Raw Heart may offer the same post-metal sludge that fans have come to expect from Yob, but it holds an emotional core that none of its imitators could ever hope to match. It’s not an accessible listen, but its compelling presentation can pull even the most hardened listeners past its flaws to experience that, despite this being among the band’s least aggressive efforts, its contrasting dynamics hit incredibly hard. It is an album that is not to be taken lightly. Those with the time and patience to withstand its pain are sure to be deeply rewarded.

Highlights:
“Ablaze”
“Lungs Reach”
“Beauty in Falling Leaves”
“Our Raw Heart”

Originally published at http://indymetalvault.com



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Comments:Add a Comment 
teamster
December 9th 2018


4226 Comments


Still have to check this. Excellent review and thanks...

teamster
December 9th 2018


4226 Comments


These guys and Ufomammut are my go to heavy quirky shit..

Dewinged
Contributing Reviewer
December 9th 2018


16295 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Have you checked Bongripper teamster?



Good review Chris, stellar album.

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DominionMM1
December 9th 2018


18224 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

not my favorite yob record but the songs go over well live

rockandmetaljunkie
December 9th 2018


8107 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

that picture in the album artwork always seemed to me like a twisted depiction of a human heart

teamster
December 10th 2018


4226 Comments


Dewinged - only album I listened to is Hate Ashbury ...rec another please.

Relinquished
December 10th 2018


40443 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

check any of the latest 3 Bongripper records

DDDeftoneDDD
December 10th 2018


5851 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

There is nothing else

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