YOB with Maestus

February 23, 2018 - 9:00pm

            On Friday, February 23, the Community Center for the Performing Arts proudly welcomes YOB back to the WOW Hall along with special guests Maestus.

Epic, crushing, and heavy beyond words, YOB has achieved legendary status in recent years due to their unmatched aesthetic and incredible body of work.  Formed in 1996 in Eugene under the leadership of doom metal mastermind Mike Scheidt on guitars and vocals, the group initially released a three-song demo tape in 2000 that garnered them international attention.  Drawing comparisons to groups like Neurosis, Sleep and Electric Wizard, YOB succeeded in developing modern sounding doom metal that hearkened back to the classics.

In 2002, YOB released their debut album Elaborations of Carbon followed by Catharsis in 2003, a three song record that clocked in at a colossal 50 minutes.  The buzz about YOB was beginning to grow and the trio began to tour more extensively.  Remaining quite prolific during this period, YOB continued to release an album each year with The Illusion of Motion coming in 2004 followed by The Unreal Never Lived in 2005.  Despite all the momentum, YOB disbanded in 2006

In 2008 the band returned from hiatus and has remained strong ever since with Travis Foster on drums and Aaron Rieseberg on bass. Reinvigorated and re-inspired, YOB released The Great Cessation in 2009.  It was doom with a psychedelic twist, a sound that Pitchfork referred to as “cosmic doom.”  At this point in their career, the band found increased exposure in the media, with The New York Times going so far as to call them “one of the best bands in North America” after a performance at Scion Rock Festival.

For 2011’s Atma, YOB took a more organic to recording.  In Scheidt’s own words, he wanted the record to sound, “grizzly, with hair on it.”  Three year later, the group released Clearing the Path to Ascend, a record that upheld their legacy as a top-notch doom metal act and was hailed by Rolling Stone as the #1 metal album of the year.

In 2017 YOB teamed up with Relapse Records to reissue The Great Cessation. This definitive edition has been completely re-mastered by Heba Kadry (The Mars Volta, Diamanda Galas, Slowdive) and includes stunning new artwork plus two bonus tracks (previously only available on vinyl).

In the autumn of 2013, Maestus emerged from the Pacific Northwest under the Glossolalia Records banner with Scarlet Lakes, an EP of grief-stricken blackdoom featuring current and former members of Pillorian, Grst, and Arkhum.  This was followed in 2015 by the band’s debut record Voir Dire, a gargantuan slab of charred oak and granite steeped in the rituals of frustration, estrangement, and loss.  As such, the band’s existence reflects the principle of misery as it acts upon the world, and of the ceaseless decay that both precedes and follows it.

Check out the latest recording from Maestus:

 

Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 day of show (YOB wanted to keep ticket the ticket price low for the hometown fans.  Doors open at 8:00 pm and showtime is 9:00.

 

Door Time: 
February 23, 2018 - 8:00pm
Cost: 
$8 Advance, $10 Day of Show