YOB reveal “Unmask The Spectre” from their upcoming album, plus more tour dates announced‏

August 15, 2014
James Rexroad

James Rexroad

  As the release of YOB’s forthcoming album Clearing The Path To Ascend dawns, the band reveal one of the four tracks on it, the brutally heavy “Unmask The Spectre”. The band have already revealed snippets of the track via their album trailer, now it is time to hear the whole thing. Here’s what Mike Scheidt has to say about the song…”This part of the album gets dark, but it also has a sense of beauty and resolve. The mood and atmosphere nod equal parts to old and new YOB. It’s one of my favorite things we’ve ever done.
Clearing The Path To Ascend is an aptly titled album for what will undoubtedly be the crowning achievement for a band whose journey now nears two decades of creating music as commanding as it is cathartic. As is the YOB way, the tracks here don’t simply offer a vacuous glimpse into the already riff-soaked doom genre. These songs demand the tandem attention of mind, body, and soul – etching a mark across a sound that finds YOB as formidable and unequaled as they’ve ever been. True ascension requires a destruction of those barriers that prevent any movement forward. Unsurprisingly, YOB pummels any and all of these obstacles with absolute authority, clearing the way for a genuinely visceral listening experience and climbing upward into a realm that sets the band in a heavy metal place that has been and will always remain wholly their own.
  Recorded at Gung Ho Studio in Eugene, notorious for its reserve of vintage equipment, alongside longtime collaborator/iconic sound-sage Billy Barnett, and mastered by Brad Boatright (Sleep, Beastmilk, Nails) at Audiosiege Engineering, YOB will release Clearing The Path To Ascend on CD and digitally via Neurot Recordings on 1 September, and on vinyl via Relapse Records on 15 September.
Don’t forget that Clearing The Path To Ascend preorder bundles are currently available:
YOB will bring their riff domination to the UK/Europe with Pallbearer in support, the tour commences on September 3rd, 2014 in Utrecht, the Netherlands. See below for an updated list of tour dates:-
Wednesday 3 September 14 NL Utrecht Tivoli de helling
Thursday 4 September 14 UK Bristol The Fleece
Friday 5 September 14 UK Manchester Roadhouse
Saturday 6 September 14 SCO Glasgow Audio
Sunday 7 September 14 UK Leeds Brudenell Social Club
Monday 8 September 14 UK London The Underworld
Tuesday 9 September 14 Day off
Wednesday 10 September 14 DE Dortmund FZW
Thursday 11 September 14 NL Groningen Vera
Friday 12 September 14 DK Aarhus Atlas
Saturday 13 September 14 SE Gothenburg Truckstop Alaska
Sunday 14 September 14 NO Oslo Hostsabbat
Monday 15 September 14 Day off
Tuesday 16 September 14 FI Helsinki Tavastia
Wednesday 17 September 14 SE Stockholm Slakthuset
Thursday 18 September 14 DK Copenhagen Loppen
Friday 19 September 14 DE Leipzig UT Connewitz
Saturday 20 September 14 PL Wroclaw Firlej
Sunday 21 September 14 DE Berlin Bi Nuu
Monday 22 September 14 Day off
Tuesday 23 September 14 CZ Prague Klub 007
Wednesday 24 September 14 AT Vienna Arena
Thursday 25 September 14 AT Innsbruck PMK
Friday 26 September 14 CH Winterthur Gaswerk
Saturday 27 September 14 IT Milan Lo-fi Club
Sunday 28 September 14 Day off
Monday 29 September 14 CH Lausanne Le Romandie
Tuesday 30 September 14 DE Karlsruhe Jubez
Wednesday 1 October 14 FR Montpellier Black Ship
Thursday 2 October 14 ES Barcelona Razzmatazz3
Friday 3 October 14 ES Madrid Villamanuela
Saturday 4 October 14 PT Porto Amplifest
Sunday 5 October 14 ES Erandio Sonora
Monday 6 October 14 FR Toulouse Le Dynamo
Tuesday 7 October 14 FR Nantes Le Ferrailleur
Wednesday 8 October 14 FR Paris Glazart
Thursday 9 October 14 Day off
Friday 10 October 14 GR Athens Kyttaro Club
Saturday 11 October 14 BE Antwerp Desertfest Belgium

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