by Doug Moore
We mentioned a ways back that Oregonian doom giants YOB are remastering, repackaging, and reissuing their classic sophomore album Catharsis. We just debuted another track from the remaster, "Aeons," over at Invisible Oranges. YOB are one of the best doom bands in the game, and we had a lot to say about them. Here's an excerpt from the writeup:
YOB's Catharsis-era rhythm section, which featured Isamu Sato on bass along with long-time drummer Travis Foster, was as good at slow-motion Sabbath swing as any. That swing served as a solid platform for Scheidt, who really began making his case for best-metal-frontman here. Doom is a conservative genre by nature, but Scheidt has a remarkable gift for honoring its past while pushing it forwards; he strings together traditional ideas with dissonant modulations and distorted growls. You can hear the tension between the two on Catharsis's 18-minute opener "Aeons". About halfway through the song, YOB drops into a restrained, almost genial blues section. The riff feels a little weird at first, surrounded as it is by psychic carnage, but YOB carry it off effortlessly -- that kind of riff is in their blood, no matter how rarely they deploy it.You can check out the whole writeup over at IO.
In related news, one of Scheidt's side projects -- the Aaron Edge-led doom band Lumbar -- have unveiled a song from their upcoming debut, The First and Last Days of Unwelcome. Edge is responsible for the Catharsis package redesign, and TAD main man/fellow Lumbar collaborator Tad Doyle handled the remaster. They like to keep things in the family in the Northwest.
The Catharsis reissue will come out on November 12 on Profound Lore; the Lumbar album will be available digitally via their Bandcamp on the same day. Stream both remastered YOB tracks available to date & the Lumbar tune below.