From: Eugene, OR, United States
Last Known Status: Regrouped
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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.
Profound Lore Records has provided the following updates on YOB's reunion gig and their new album:
"Doom metal giants YOB have confirmed their gig to commemorate their reunion on 2/28/2009 at The Ash Street Saloon in Portland, OR with support from The Iommi Stubbs and Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth (featuring the legend himself TAD DOYLE). One can only expect something of the most epic nature, since pretty much a YOB gig is an event in itself. The band are also trudging away on the material for their anticipated new album, which is shaping up to be the most monumental and crushing YOB material to date.
"As of now, the band plan on entering the studio late march with the mighty Sanford Parker at the helm with the goal to get this monolithic piece of doom out this summer.
"As for the new material, mastermind Mike Scheidt had this to say about it:
'The newest material is such a trip, I don't know how exactly to describe it. We have one song that is maybe the most brutal thing I have written ala 'Grasping Air/Exorcism Of The Host'. But more brutal, and painful.
'We have another new tune that is very melodic in a weird way, almost poppy, but driving almost like some of the material from that 'other band'. With strangeness that is hard to convey.
'The final 'epic' song (that is 16 minutes so far and definitely NOT done) is like a mix of the song 'Catharsis' and 'The Unreal Never Lived...' big clean guitar intro, big slow melodic riffs, patient big builds that explode... it's going to be huge. It's also going to be an immense challenge to keep this album in the 60 minute mark. Five songs total. Lots of clean singing. Still lots of screams and death roars too.'"
From the trials and ordeals that had befallen Mike Scheidt (with lawsuits regarding a specific former band name), to resurrect YOB was the only natural thing to do. As previously reported, YOB has reformed and has now signed with Profound Lore Records with plans to release a new full length album.
YOB is currently preparing their return by writing new material that, according to Scheidt, will be the
heaviest and most-epic (and naturally best) YOB material to date.
As the stress of the lawsuit regarding Scheidt’s former band was coming to its untimely end, at the same time as Scheidt was meddling around with ideas for some new music (that was even going to go under a different moniker at first). He then came in contact with drummer Travis Foster and when both decided to start jamming again, the decision was made to bring YOB back to life.
Now joined by new bass player Aaron Reiseberg, YOB are currently in writing mode for their monolithic comeback release to be released sometime in the first
half of 2009.
Oregon's Middian (i.e. Age Eternal) has officially called it quits. As you may recall, the group was embroiled in a lawsuit with a Wisconsin band called Midian regarding the use of their name. Said legal action has apparently taken its toll as the band has issued the following statement:
"Our lawsuit is finally coming to a close. It has been a hard year, and we could not have done it without the support of the metal community world wide and the time and money people donated to our cause. We are eternally in your debt. Sadly, the lawsuit came with a high cost to us personally and interpersonally. Scott Headrick is quitting the band and moving. Mike S felt he needed to back off from touring due to family and work/lack of work issues, cutting his touring commitment from 60-70 shows a year to a handful of shows, mostly local to the West Coast, for an indefinite amount of time, maybe permanently. This extreme change in direction, coupled with the immense stress of our lawsuit and inner conflicts in the band resulted in Scott's decision to move on with his life. Scott Headrick is the highest caliber of person. We mourn his loss, and support his need to take care of himself. We are very sad to share this news about Age Eternal, but are confident that it must and will open the doors for new music creation and growth. Will Lindsay and Mike S will continue to write music with the goal of recording and doing some shows, under another name, as a new band and not Age Eternal. And with Will’s now full-time commitment playing guitar with the immaculate Wolves In The Throneroom, people should be expecting to see him in their hometown in the USA and abroad very soon. Once again, we cannot thank the metal community and people who donated their money and time enough. We feel extremely fortunate to be a part of such a quality group of people, and we will pay your kindness and generosity forward."
With Middian now done, Mike Scheidt has reformed his old band, YOB, which broke up several years ago. Here's the official word:
"YOB is reforming to record a new album and do a limited number of shows. We have a number of new songs we are working on and our goal is to record in the Spring for a Summer 2009 release. We are very excited about this new material.
"YOB will be doing a very small amount of shows to support our new recording. We hope to do 2-3 shows on the west coast, 2-3 on the east coast, and maybe get over to the UK/Europe for a couple of shows if promoters over there feel it would be worth their $$ to bring YOB over for a very short run. We will not add any other shows to these except in rare instances.
"Any booking inquiries can be sent to Nathan Carson at Nanotear Booking: email@example.com."
MIDDIAN, the band featuring former YOB leader Mike Scheidt, has issued the following update:
"So, we had a hell of a time finding a name. When MIDDIAN was suggested, we did a search and found nothing out there. So we went ahead and called ourselves MIDDIAN. However, in October, we received a cease-and-desist demand from MIDIAN of Milwaukee, LLC. After checking our options, we have found ourselves with no choice but to comply with the demand. So, MIDDIAN no longer exists. We have also been dropped from the Metal Blade roster as a result of this litigation, being unable to sell our album, 'Age Eternal', ever again as well. The three of us are still going to be playing music together. It just isn't going to be MIDDIAN anymore. We do not know what it is going to be called at this point. But we are still really into playing music with each other. Lots of folks were really good to us during the course of our existence and we really appreciate it. Please keep an eye out for us. Hopefully, you'll be hearing from us very soon. We are too overwhelmed with the situation to respond to e-mails regarding this, so don't take offense if we don't reply. Trust that we are grateful for people's love and support and ours is with you." More...
MIDDIAN, the band that features former YOB frontman Michael "Mike" Scheidt, has put one of the pre-mastered tracks, "Dreamless Eye," from its debut CD on its MySpace page.
"Age Eternal", the band's debut, is scheduled for a late April worldwide release via Metal Blade Records. ORANGE GOBLIN singer Ben Ward makes an appearance in the track "Sink to the Center". A world tour will follow.
YOB, who released their last album with Metal Blade Records in 2005, have officially broken up. Here's a statement from the band:
"This is Mike from YOB. I regret to say that YOB is disbanding after almost 10 years of existence. The time we spent with YOB exceeded our wildest expectations and hopes and it has truly been a dream come true. Travis Foster and Isamu Sato left the band in July, and I have been trying to decide what to do for the last six months. YOB has had 3 other line-ups, but this one was the best. At the end of the day the best thing for YOB is to call it a day. I want to thank everyone who has been supportive to YOB over the years...labels, bands, fans, the venues, our families...without you none of this would have been possible. I will be working on a new band called AGE that will very much be in the vein of YOB, with some new twists."
YOB have lined up a handful of spring tour dates. More shows will be announced soon, but hereare the confirmed tour dates:
dates w/ Graves At Sea
5/4 Eugene OR @ Samurai Duck
5/6 Medford OR @ Stix N Stones
5/7 San Francisco CA @ Elbo Room
5/9 Mesa AZ @ Hollywood Alley
5/10 Albuquerque NM @ Tiki Lounge
5/11 Denver CO @ Bender's
5/12 Lincoln NE @ Knickerbockers
5/13 Des Moines IA @ Hairy Mary
5/14 Oklahoma City OK T@ he Conservatory
5/15 Fayetteville AR @ 5 Squirrels
5/17 Cleveland OH @ Beachland
dates w/ Hidden Hand and Dove
5/18 Baltimore MD @ Talking Head
5/19 New York NY @ Rothko
5/20 Hartford CT @ Webster Underground
5/21 Boston MA @ Dee Dee's no Dove
5/22 Portland ME @ The Big Easy
5/25 Toronto ON @ Horseshoe Tavern
5/29 Youngstown OH @ Nyabinghi Emissions Festival
5/30 Chicago IL @ The Note
5/31 Milwaukee WI @ Vnuk's Lounge
6/1 Minneapolis MN 2 7th Street Entry
6/4 Seattle WA @ El Corrazon
YOB enter the Dogwood Studio today, Friday, March 18, 2005, to begin work on their fourth album, The Unreal Never Lived. The follow up to 2004’s The Illusion of Motion has the following tracklist:
The Mental Tyrant
The album is due out in late summer/early fall on Metal Blade Records, with artwork by Aaron Edge (Grievous). The band will be previewing some of these songs live.
YOB update from Mike:
YOB just had the privilege to play with one of the greatest crossover bands of all time, The Accused, in Portland, Oregon on October 15th. It was a packed show at Dante's in the downtown area. YOB opened with show and played a great set! Our setlist: 1) Quantum Mystic (a new song), two songs from our new cd 2) Ball Of Molten Lead and 3) Exorcism Of The Host, and 4) the middle to the end of the song Catharsis from our last album. Our set went over really well! The next up was Winter Of Apokalype which is three-fourths Thy Infernal. WoA are ripping black metal in the vein of early Mayhem and Burzum. They destroyed the audience with their dark soul-foul hymns! The Accused completely ruled! They were just as good as they have ever been with Blaine jumping all over the stage in convulsive bouts of zombie punk insanity. They were super great people to hang out with too and they were very gracious to YOB and their fans.
YOB has also launched our new merchandise section at our website! You can buy shirts, CD's, buttons and stickers in a shopping cart format with secure online visa and MasterCard transactions! Go here to check it out!
Stay HEAVY!!! DOOM!!! From Mike-slave to YOB!!!
Eugene, Oregon-based doom metal band YOB have inked a deal with Metal Blade Records. The group's new album, "The Illusion of Motion", is scheduled for release on October 19.
Commented founding member Mike Scheidt: "We are very excited about our new record, 'The Illusion of Motion'. It has the extremes that our fans expect of YOB, only more. Our slow riffs are much slower and crushing and our faster tunes are more jagged and chaotic. Our melodic parts are more atmospheric and our discordant riffs are angular and throttling. 'The Illusion of Motion' has YOB's shortest tune ever clocking in a just over 6 minutes and our longest tune clocking in at over 26 minutes. And the vocal extremes that are displayed on our earlier records are even more over the top. Plus this is our first recording with our new(ish) drummer extraordinaire Travis Foster who has been crushing skulls with us for almost two years now. It is by far our best record yet in songwriting as well as production and we are very happy to release it with Metal Blade Records."
YOB are expected to play a number of shows on the west coast throughout the rest of 2004, including a West Coast tour that will take the band down to San Francisco to play at The Days of Darkness festival on Friday, September 3. After that, the band will embark on a full U.S. tour in the spring of 2005. Dates and support acts will be announced as soon as they are made available.
Starting Thursday Jan.8th, YOB and Biblical Proof Of UFOs from Los Angeles are doing three shows together:
Jan 8th: The Samurai Duck on 10th and Oak in Eugene
YOB, Biblical Proof Of UFOs, Ditchliquor
January 9th: The Sunset Tavern in Seattle,WA
VALIS, YOB, Biblical Proof Of UFOs
January 10th: The Twilight Cafe in Portland, OR
YOB, Biblical Proof Of UFOs, Ditchliquor