Monday, 12 January 2015

The Sludgelord News: YOB: Portland Doom Monarchs Announce North American Headlining Dates

In addition to their previously announced North American live takeover this March supporting progressive black metal technicians, Enslaved, long-running Portland doom monarchs, YOB, today reveal additional headlining stage rumblings. With various performances scattered prior to, throughout and following the Enslaved run, YOB will decimate ears in Sacramento, Boise, Columbus, Raleigh, Johnson City, Atlanta, Memphis, New Orleans, Houston, Austin, Albuquerque and Tucson. Support will be provided by noise rockers, Will Haven, doom wranglers, Witch Mountain and trance-inducing psych rock perpetrators, Ecstatic Vision (also on the Enslaved tour) on select dates. See confirmed itinerary below.

YOB North American Tour 2015:
3/04/2015 Press Club - Sacramento, CA w/ Will Haven
3/05/2015 Brick By Brick - San Diego, CA w/ Enslaved, Ecstatic Vision [info]
3/06/2015 Rey Theatre - Los Angeles, CA w/ Enslaved, Ecstatic Vision [info]
3/07/2015 Slim's - San Francisco, CA w/ Enslaved, Ecstatic Vision [info]
3/09/2015 Hawthorne Theater - Portland, OR w/ Enslaved, Ecstatic Vision [info]
3/10/2015 Rickshaw Theatre - Vancouver, BC w/ Enslaved, Ecstatic Vision [info]
3/11/2015 Corazon - Seattle, WA w/ Enslaved, Ecstatic Vision [info]
3/12/2015 Crazy Horse - Boise, ID w/ Ecstatic Vision
3/13/2015 Bar Deluxe - Salt Lake City, UT w/ Enslaved, Ecstatic Vision [info]
3/14/2015 Summit Music Hall - Denver, CO w/ Enslaved, Ecstatic Vision [info]
3/16/2015 Mill City Nights - Minneapolis, MN w/ Enslaved, Ecstatic Vision [info]
3/17/2015 Thaila Hall - Chicago, IL w/ Enslaved, Ecstatic Vision [info]
3/18/2015 Ace Of Cups - Columbus, OH w/ Ecstatic Vision
3/19/2015 Opera House - Toronto, ON w/ Enslaved, Ecstatic Vision [info]
3/20/2015 Les Foufounes Electriques - Montreal, QC w/ Enslaved, Ecstatic Vision [info]
3/21/2015 Gramercy Theatre - New York, NY w/ Enslaved, Ecstatic Vision [info]
3/22/2015 Union Transfer - Philadelphia, PA w/ Enslaved, Ecstatic Vision [info]
3/23/2015 Baltimore Soundstage - Baltimore, MD w/ Enslaved, Ecstatic Vision [info]
3/24/2015 Sinclair - Boston, MA w/ Enslaved, Ecstatic Vision [info]
3/26/2015 King's Barcade - Raleigh, NC w/ Witch Mountain 
3/27/2015 The Hideaway - Johnson City, TN w/ Witch Mountain 
3/28/2015 The Earl - Atlanta, GA w/ Witch Mountain 
3/29/2015 Hi-Tone - Memphis, TN w/ Witch Mountain 
3/30/2015 Siberia - New Orleans, LA w/ Witch Mountain 
3/31/2015 Walter's - Houston, TX w/ Witch Mountain 
4/01/2015 Red 7 - Austin, TX w/ Witch Mountain 
4/03/2015 Launch Pad - Albuquerque, NM w/ Witch Mountain 
4/04/2015 The Flycatcher - Tucson, AZ w/ Witch Mountain
YOB will be touring in support of their critically-fawned upon Clearing The Path To Ascend full-length, released early last Fall via Neurot Recordings. Recorded at Gung Ho Studio in Eugene alongside longtime YOB comrade/iconic sound wizard, Billy Barnett and mastered by Brad Boatright (Sleep, Beastmilk, Nails) at Audiosiege, Clearing The Path To Ascend has reaped the praise of major media outlets globally, including Rolling Stone who placed the record at the coveted  #1 spot on their 20 Best Metal Albums Of 2014 noting, "The seventh album from Oregon doom metal sky-gazers, YOB ... makes perfect bedfellows of volume and beauty, pain and transcendence." The esteemed publication further commends the record noting, "Opener 'In Our Blood' extends a simple riff into complex arches, tracing [vocalist Mike] Scheidt's voice as it moves from an exquisite falsetto to a death-metal bellow in the course of sixteen-minutes. And during the colossal closer 'Marrow' - possibly the best metal song of the year, one that uses low notes to play uplifting melodies - Scheidt sings 'Time will fall inside the dream.' His voice suddenly reaches out like a clarion's call, clear and telling and beautiful. It's a pronouncement from the living, a semaphore pointing into the future." Elsewhere the sentiment echoes. Free Williamsburg crowns Clearing The Path To Ascend, "An absolute monument of musicianship, songcraft, and raw emotion," noting, "this hour-plus slab of gut-wrenching, god-toppling doom, crafted by frontman Mike Scheidt in the wake of divorce and the decision to stop taking anti-depressants, operates on a grander scale, both sonically and philosophically, than any other album this year." Decibel Magazine concurs, "Mike Scheidt's songwriting has never been stronger or more dynamic... a masterful return to form by an American doom powerhouse," while Stereogum adds, "Clearing The Path To Ascend is YOB at their most frenzied ('Nothing To Win') as well as their gentlest ('Marrow'), but taken as whole, its four songs feel like the seasons or the elements: powerful, eternal, wondrous, and bigger than all of us." 

YOB's Clearing The Path To Ascend is available now via Neurot Recordings HERE. You can read our review here and interview with Mike Scheidt here

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