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Formed: 1996
From: Eugene, OR, United States
Last Known Status: Regrouped

Latest YOB News

Below is our complete YOB news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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First Bands Announced For Stumpfest

Stumpfest - Portland, Oregon's "fantastic amalgam of music, bro love and art" - will return on April 24th - 26th, 2014 with its biggest lineup yet.

The three day festival, organized by Rynne Stump, will churn out heavy tunes from the city's legendary metal acts and their closest friends at Mississippi Studios and another yet-to-be-determined venue.

Tickets will be available through the venue websites as well as at the door. Prices and links will be provided soon. The currently announced lineup is as follow:

LIFE COACH (feat. Phil Manley from TRANS AM & Jon Theodore from QOTSA and ex-THE MARS VOLTA)
LORD DYING (nominated as one of Metalunderground.com's best newcomers of 2013)

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Yob To Re-Issue "Catharsis"

Nov 12th will see the re-issue of Yob’s cult doom metal classic “Catharsis” on the ten year anniversary of when it was first released. Profound Lore Records comments:

"Out of print and hard to obtain for many years, 'Catharsis' is an album which marked a turning point in the career of one of the most important doom metal bands today. It is the album in which helped define the signature style of massive colossal doom that YOB are known for harnessing unto the masses.

"Originally recorded in early 2002 but not released until fall 2003, 'Catharsis' was released at a time when the heavier side of American doom metal was recognized by a select few bands and releases (i.e. 'Holy Mountain,' 'Jerusalem,' 'Crippled Lucifer,' 'The Art Of Self Defense,' 'Goatsnake Vol 1' and various Neurosis releases) which helped play a part in influencing YOB’s sound.

"But it was with 'Catharsis' in which YOB would create a new sound of their own, a sound of doom which would inevitably develop itself over the years and finally be recognized as one of the most powerful sounds emanating from the doom metal scene as proven by YOB’s succeeding albums. More...

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Cormorant Announces U.S. Tour Dates

Besides the previously revealed short run of U.S. shows alongside Primordial in September, Cormorant has also announced a September tour with Norska and Yob. Details on the shows are available in the tour poster available below. More...

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MDF 2012 Full Lineup And Set Times Announced

The tenth annual Maryland Deathfest is set to take place in Baltimore, Maryland on May 24-27, 2012. Tickets are still on sale for Friday, Saturday and Sunday, with Thursday is sold out.

The final lineup is confirmed and the running order and set times have been announced as follows:

Thursday, May 24th - Entrance opens at 4:00 pm

Main room
Extermination Angel - 4:45 - 5:10
Die Pigeon Die - 5:25 - 5:50
Needful Things - 6:05 - 6:40
Rorschach - 6:55 - 7:40
Dying Fetus - 7:55 - 8:40
Absu - 8:55 - 9:40
Eyehategod - 9:55 - 10:45
Agalloch - 11:00 - 12:00
Autopsy - 12:15 - end

Friday, May 25th - Entrance opens at 3:00 pm More...

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Profound Lore Announces Label Showcase

Profound Lore Records has partnered with Scion for a label showcase that is scheduled for March 31st, 2012 at the Glass House in Pomona, CA. The bill features headliner YOB in the band's first live gathering since touring the east coast with Tool to kick-off 2012.

The lineup is rounded out by The Atlas Moth, Loss, Wolvhammer, and Pallbearer. Admission is completely free but fans must RSVP to gain admission. Entry is not guaranteed and early arrival is suggested. RSVP at this location.

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YOB Frontman Releasing Solo Album

Guitarist/vocalist Mike Scheidt of YOB will be releasing a solo album on June 12th via Thrill Jockey records. He's been busy with two YOB tours this year, but still found the energy to create a personal release. Titled "Stay Awake," the album was produced by Sub Pop grunge legend (and Mike's personal friend) Tad Doyle over at his Witch Ape Studios in Seattle. The cover art, featured below, was done by Stevie Floyd - who also did the most recent YOB album "Atma." Mike says that this acoustic album will be dramatically different from YOB in a spacious and intense way.


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Interment Drops Off MDF 2012 and Other Changes

When booking festivals so far in advance, there are bound to be some changes. The Maryland Deathfest organizers have announced some minor changes to their 2012 festival, which is scheduled to take place in Baltimore, Maryland on May...

Here are the announced changes:

Interment had to cancel their appearance at MDF, as one of the members must attend to some personal family issues around that time.

Black Witchery will now be playing on Saturday instead of Friday.

Due to the tour schedule for YOB in May, the band will now be playing on Sunday instead of Saturday.

You can find the complete lineup and running order for Maryland Deathfest X (2012) here.

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YOB To Support Tool On U.S. Shows

YOB released the "Atma" album via Profound Lore this year and now the band is happy to announce it will be direct support to Tool on an upcoming Jan/Feb North American tour. The currently announced dates are as follows (more to be announced soon):

Jan 28 2012 - TD Garden - Boston, MA, USA
Jan 29 2012 - Susquehanna Bank Center - Camden, NJ
Jan 31 2012 - Mohegan Sun Arena - Uncasville, CT
Feb 01 2012 - Izod Center - East Rutherford, NJ
Feb 03 2012 - TBA
Feb 04 2012 - Bojangles' Coliseum - Charlotte, NC
Feb 06 2012 - Bank Atlantic Center - Sunrise, FL
Feb 07 2012 - UCF Arena - Orlando, FL
Feb 08 2012 - Gwinnett Center Arena - Duluth, GA

YOB landed at #5 on New York Times writer Ben Ratliff's "Best Albums of 2011" and is also included in Spin Magazine's 'Best of the Year' wrap-up. The band landed #2 on Spin's "Best Metal Album" category and #49 on the overall "Best Albums of 2011."

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Maryland Deathfest 2012 Final Bands Confirmed

The tenth annual Maryland Deathfest is set to take place in Baltimore, Maryland on May 24-27, 2012 and the final 12 bands were recently announced. They are:

ARCHGOAT (Finland)
NEEDFUL THINGS (Czech Republic)
DIE PIGEON DIE (Australia)

Additionally, the organizers have announced the lineup for the first day (Thursday). AUTOPSY will be headlining this day and the rest of the bands playing will be: AGALLOCH, EYEHATEGOD, RORSCHACH, DYING FETUS, DESASTER, NEEDFUL THINGS, DIE PIGEON DIE, and EXTERMINATION ANGEL.

Four-day passes (Thursday-Sunday) and 3-day passes (Friday-Sunday) will go on sale on Monday, September 26th. Single day tickets for Thursday will also go on sale on the 26th. More...

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YOB Streaming Entire New Album

YOB is currently offering fans an opportunity to hear the new album "Atma" before it is released on August 16th via Profound Lore Records. To check out the tracks from the album, head over to NPR's website at this location.

YOB is wrapping up a trek through North America with label mates Dark Castle. Stay tuned for more information on touring plans for the band.

The album's track listing is as follows:

1. Prepare The Ground
2. Atma
3. Before We Dreamed Of Two
4. Upon The Sight Of The Other Shore
5. Adrift In The Ocean

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Live Video of YOB Performing New Song Online

Live footage of Yob performing their new song "Prepare the Ground," off of their forthcoming album "Atma," in Chicago on July 8th has been posted online. "Atma" will be released this next August. More details can be found here. Check out the bootleg video below:

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YOB Completes Work On New Album

American doom metal veterans YOB has announced that they have completed work on their sixth studio album, "Atma," which will be released on August 16th through Profound Lore Records. The album will feature two guest appearances from Neurosis frontman Scott Kelly, who will perform on the songs, "Before We Dreamed Of Two Mastered" and "Adrift In The Ocean."

The album's tracklisting is as follows:

Prepare The Ground
Atma Mastered
Before We Dreamed Of Two Mastered
Upon The Sight Of The Other Shore Mastered
Adrift In The Ocean

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Yob Announces Tour Dates With Dark Castle

Yob and Dark Castle have announced a U.S. tour beginning on July 1st and running through August 8th. Dark Castle will be supporting the band's recently released new album "Surrender To All Life Beyond Form" and Yob will be preparing to unleash a new album, upcoming on August 16th, which will be entitled "Atma." The currently announced dates are as follows:

7/1 - Seattle, WA @ El Corazon w/Samothrace, Aranya
7/2 - Portland, OR @ Branx w/Wizard Rifle, Sloths
7/3 - Boise, ID @ Redroom
7/4 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Club Vegas w/Eagle Twin
7/5 - Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge
7/6 - Lincoln, NE @ Duffy's Tavern
7/7 - Dubuque, IA @ Off Minor
7/8 - Chicago, IL @ Subterranean w/Indian
7/9 - Columbus, OH @ Ruby Tuesday w/Deadsea
7/10 - Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Tavern
7/12 - New York, NY @ Le Poisson Rouge
7/13 - Providence, RI @ Machines With Magnets
7/14 - Montreal, QC @ TBA
7/15 - Toronto, ON @ The Courthouse w/Sons of Otis
7/16 - Philadelphia, PA @ Kung Fu Necktie
7/17 - Baltimore, MD @ Sonar
7/19 - Charlotte @ TBA
7/20 - Savannah @ TBA
7/21 - Jacksonville, FL @ 8B Warehouse
7/22 - Orlando, FL @ Will's Pub
7/23 - Tampa, FL @ Orpheum
7/24 - Panama City FL @ C Level
7/25 - Atlanta, GA @ The Earl
7/26 - Nashville, TN @ Little Hamilton w/LOSS
7/27 - Memphis, TN @ Hi Tone Cafe w/Crowlord
7/29 - New Orleans @ One Eyed Jacks
7/30 - Houston, TX @ The Mink
7/31 - Austin, TX @ Emo's w/The Roller
8/01- San Antonio, TX @ Korova Basement
8/03 - Scottsdale, AZ @ Rogue Bar w/Rituals
8/04 - San Diego, CA @ The Casbah
8/05 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo w/Ancestors, Of the Horizon
8/06 - Berkeley, CA @ Gilman St
8/07 - San Francisco, CA @ TBA
8/08 - Arcata, CA @ The Alibi

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Yob Issues Band Update

American doom metal act YOB has posted the following update online, detailing its forthcoming new album as well as a new tour.

"This album is very aggressive. Certainly it has all of the elements of our other albums, but it propels and pummels in ways that are unique in our catalogue. We are very excited to share this new music with our friends worldwide.

"Yob has received many request over the years to tour again. This year, we will do exactly that. After we are done recording, we will begin rehearsing for a full U.S. tour beginning the first week of July, followed by a full European tour in September.

"We are thrilled to announce that our labelmates Dark Castle will be accompanying Yob on all of the dates both in the U.S. and in Europe, with Rob Shaffer of Dark Castle laying down drums for Yob on both tours.

"It is going to be a great year for us, and we can't wait to see you on the road! DOOM!!!"

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SXSW Music 2011 Day 2: Part 2

On the second day of SXSW Music, there were more options for metal shows at night. I enjoyed bouncing around between shows on the first day and hoped to catch a few bands at different shows this evening, such as Christian Mistress, Agalloch, and the Alex Skolnick Trio. It didn’t pan out exactly as planned, but was a good night nonetheless.

As I wandered a few alleyways, looking for a few of the more obscure venues where these bands were playing, I stumbled upon the Barbarella Patio first, which is where Agalloch would be playing later that night. Upon entry, Amber Asylum was playing and I literally went back to the gate to double check the lineup posted there. They were so mellow that I thought I was in the wrong place. The band did have a couple of slightly heavier moments toward the end of their set, but overall they were far too mellow for my tastes. More...

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SXSW Music 2011 Day 2: Part 1

After my struggles to stay awake the previous night, I slept in late so I wouldn’t be exhausted for the rest of SXSW.

I made it out to an afternoon session “Website? Get Real. You Need A Web Empire.” It was a decent talk about not only the band’s website as a central hub, but all of the social media and mobile presence that bands should work on to build their audience. There were some tips given on marketing and SEO and various related topics as well, but overall, I felt the title was a little misleading. They discussed some services such as cashmusic, bandcamp, and Topspin as well. It was an ok discussion overall, but I only learned a few tidbits here and there that I didn’t know already.

From there, I was headed over to Emo’s once again. On the way, I ran into San Francisco violin, cello and drums trio Judgement Day playing acoustically at a street corner. I stopped to shoot a few photos and hear a song, bought a CD and then was on my way. I hoped to catch them amped the following night at a proper show. More...

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BrooklynVegan Announces Four Day Shows During SXSW

BrooklynVegan has announced four free shows over two venues with 32 bands in total. The details are as follows:

3/16 Emo's (603 Red River Street Austin, TX 78701)
12:20 The Roller
1:10 Deafheaven
1:55 The Secret
2:40 KEN Mode
3:30 Dax Riggs
4:20 Trash Talk
5:10 Kylesa

3/17 Emo's (603 Red River Street Austin, TX 78701)
12:05 Goes Cube
12:50 All Pigs Must Die
1:35 Kvelertak
2:20 Rwake
3:10 Hull
4:05 Trap Them
5:00 Yob

3/18 Lovejoys (604 Neches St, btw 6th & 7th, Austin, TX 78701)
12:15 Owen Hart
1:00 Salvation
1:45 Kill The Client
2:30 KEN Mode
3:15 Cough
4:00 Magrudergrind
4:45 Gaza
5:30 Wormrot
6:15 Ringworm

3/19 Lovejoys (604 Neches St, btw 6th & 7th, Austin, TX 78701)
12:20 Altaar
1:00 Castevet
1:45 Wolvhammer
2:30 Batillus
3:15 Grayceon
4:00 Deafheaven
4:45 The Body
5:30 Dark Castle
6:15 Tombs

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YOB To Cancel European Tour And Festival Date

Doom metallers YOB have posted the following update online, in which it announces its decision to cancel the forthcoming European tour and Roadburn festival appearance:

"We regretfully must announce that YOB cannot appear at the Roadburn festival in April 2011. We are heartbroken to not be in attendance. Roadburn 2010 was and is one of the highlight experiences of our lives, as a band and individually as people. We do intend to come to Europe sometime in 2011 and hope to be invited to Roadburn 2012. Until then we want to thank Walter, Jurgen, and everyone who makes this incredible event possible. We also wish to apologize to anyone who wanted to see YOB there this year. We promise you we will be back."

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Enslaved Added to Roadburn Festival 2010

Enslaved has been announced as artists in residence for Roadburn Festival 2010, which will take place April 15-18 in Tilburg, Holland. Enslaved will be playing the Thursday.

Roadburn states: "We are thrilled to announce that Norway’s Enslaved will be our artists in residence for next years Roadburn Festival, set to be held from April 15 – 18, 2010 at both the 013 venue and Midi Theatre in Tilburg – Holland. Enslaved have been groundbreaking metal pioneers for almost 20 years. Since their Viking-metal inception, the band has been forging a connection between black metal and prog, arriving at an incredible melange of heavy psych and modern metal. Enslaved embodies the experimental, dark and psychedelic aspect of Roadburn, and we have invited them as our artists in residence – a premiere for Roadburn - for our 2010 festival. Enslaved, and various band members, will be doing several special shows during the festival.

Guitarist Ivar Bjørnson comments: “This show will pan towards the latter day Enslaved and will consist of a set list specially put together for Roadburn; emphasizing the heavy, the psychedelic and not but least – the visual aspect of what Enslaved is today. Be prepared for a surprise or two!”

Enslaved / Shining (NO) will be the main headliner of Roadburn Festival 2010, playing their 90-minute Armageddon Concerto on Saturday, April 17th. Composed by Enslaved’s Ivar Bjørnson and Shining’s Jørgen Munkeby and arranged together with the band members, Bjørnson describes the Armageddon Concerto as “an experience of a life time. Prog, doom, jazz, extreme metal, northern mythology, science fiction –this is going to be massive.”

The festival also features Dream of an Opium Eater, Trinacria, Mouth of the Architect, YOB, Triptykon, Altar of Plagues and many others. For more information, visit www.roadburn.com.

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YOB Confirmed For Roadburn Fest 2010

Reunited doom metal giants YOB will be making their European live debut with two different shows at next year's Roadburn Festival, set to be held from April 15 - 18 at both the 013 venue & Midi Theatre, Tilburg - Holland.

Roadburn will celebrate YOB's return to the fold by offering the band the opportunity to play different shows at both the 013 venue, and the Midi Theatre during the festival.

Mike Scheidt comments: "YOB is quite thrilled to announce our first European trip to play the most excellent Roadburn festival in 2010. We have wanted to come over to Europe to play for many years and to have our first show be at Roadburn is beyond incredible for us. We are looking forward to sharing in the atmosphere of the fest with all of the excellent bands and fans that will be in attendance. April will not get here soon enough! DOOM!!!"

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