Posted in metal | music on August 19, 2010

by BBG

YOB at Scion Rock Fest (more here)
YOB

Of all the epic performances that I managed to catch at Scion Rock Fest, one smoked 'em all: the return of the mighty YOB who played to a packed crowd.

Yob, the three-man doom-metal band from Eugene, Ore., played a show here at Skully's on Saturday night that left you wondering when you'd heard something as good, and when you might again. It was all graceful molasses cohesion, moving in focused minor-key riffs and strong processional grooves from the bassist Aaron Reiseberg and the drummer Travis Foster, lighted up by Mike Scheidt's fat, fuzzed guitar tone. His solos were creeping abstraction with a plan, an almost visual display of cathedral-echo notes, bending and decaying and transforming.

The band envelops you without hard sell, in big and small ways. The biggest is that Yob just doesn't get out much anymore. "We don't make enough money on tour," Mr. Scheidt said on Sunday. "I've got 14-year-old twins and an 11-year-old boy, and doom metal don't pay the bills." (Yob hasn't come to New York since 2005, when it played the Lower East Side club Rothko.)

Yob might be one of the best bands in North America...-[NY Times]

Scion had a video crew in the house as the band tore through "3.5 songs" including the firestarter opening track "The Great Cessation", and into "Burning The Altar", "Ball of Molten Lead", and a portion of "Catharsis". Still no NYC dates to announce, but the never-seen-before video of two of those songs from Ohio, as well as an interview with Mike Scheidt, is below.

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Scion Rock Fest: YOB Interview


YOB - "The Great Cessation" at Scion Rock Fest

YOB - "Burning the Altar" at Scion Rock Fest

Yob - 2010 Tour Dates
Sep 11 - Roseland Theatre Portland, Oregon
Sep 17 - The Highline Seattle, WA

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Comments (12)

crushing. doom metal, indeed, does not pay the bills but YOB still slays. glad to see they are still kickin around.

Posted by Anonymous | August 19, 2010 11:03 AM

yob is too much hype, i saw them in holland, and i am a fan of the style, i just though they were predictable and do not stand out. None the less it's good they are kicking and keeping the genre alive....

Posted by Anonymous | August 19, 2010 11:11 AM

One of the best live bands on the planet. Shame they don't tour more.

Posted by JT | August 19, 2010 11:47 AM

Yob pulls my nob

Posted by the masked fauxhemian | August 19, 2010 2:10 PM

I think I see myself in the video, what a great performance. It was entirely too short though.

Posted by Anonymous | August 19, 2010 3:38 PM

please come to NYC soon YOB!

Posted by Anonymous | August 19, 2010 6:52 PM

YOB is mind blowing. I'm now a fan.

Posted by Anonymous | August 19, 2010 7:00 PM

Too bad vimeo sucks, or the drummer's hands might match the beat. Yob rules.

Posted by Anonymous | August 19, 2010 9:54 PM

definitely the best doom live experience. please come to nyc. someone bring them here!!

Posted by Anonymous | August 23, 2010 12:33 PM

Way to fuck up the song titles. Mike sounds like a douche when he mentions "soul searching".

Posted by Anonymous | August 27, 2010 8:26 AM

I was at this show and YOB stole the night. The NY Times has this one correct. I disagree with SPIN mag with regard to Pelican, as their performance was also fantastic. But, YOB. Nothin' more to say!

Posted by DrJ | September 12, 2010 9:17 PM

The guy who is the douche is the guy who believes YOB is predictable. You are a fan of what genre? When your at a show and the amps are cranked up, the nuances are sometimes lost. Buy the albums or just be a douche.

Posted by DrJ | September 12, 2010 9:23 PM

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