Yob - Clearing The Path To Ascend

A couple weeks ago, I wrote about the new album from Oregon doom trio Yob, Clearing The Path To Ascend, and rather than repost my entire review here, I’ll leave you with the two sentences that matter:

“Yob are the best doom band in the world today, and Clearing The Path To Ascend is the best doom album you’ll hear this year. It is, quite possibly, the best metal album you’ll hear this year, maybe the best album of the year, period.”

There are a couple qualifiers in there, which I offered for the benefit of the reader. I won’t hedge here, though: Right now, Clearing The Path To Ascend is my favorite album of 2014. For me, its only real competition is At The Gates’ At War With Reality, and that’s at least partly because the mere existence of At War With Reality feels somewhat miraculous. Clearing The Path To Ascend arrives with no such Homeric backstory, though; it is simply a gigantic fucking masterpiece that has spent more time on my headphones this year than anything else, maybe more than everything else combined (again, leaving aside At The Gates). We’ve got Clearing The Path To Ascend streaming in full right now, and if you have a free hour and the ability to listen LOUD, you gotta do it.

Clearing The Path To Ascend is out 9/2 via Neurot.

Comments (9)
  1. OH. FUCK. YES.

    Also, if you can only listen to one track, make it the last one, “Marrow.” It will just rip your emotions out and tear them to shreds. DO IT.

    • Yeah, I agree, “Marrow” is the one, altho “Nothing To Win” is a pretty close second IMO.

      • I think a lot of it has to do with the track ordering, too. “Marrow” definitely benefits from being last.

        “Nothing to Win”… Honestly, I’m trying to think of things to say about this album and I really can’t think of anything more than you’ve already said. It’s just that good.

        • Oh totally, I think the sequencing on this record is so perfect, and “Marrow” is my favorite song (and the album’s best). “Nothing To Win” is just such a barnburner, and I think Scheidt’s vocals/guitars are especially intense in that track, to say nothing of the drum performance by Travis Foster, which is like god-mode.

  2. Oh man. This is wicked good. What another great year for metal!

  3. Wait, so you’ve heard At War With Reality? And it’s good? That’s the best news I’ve heard all week!

    • Yep, I can confirm it exists and can say that, IMO, it’s great — and more importantly, I think most ATG fans will feel more or less the same way: I don’t see how you could view it as anything less than a worthy successor to Slaughter Of The Soul. Obviously I’ll write more about it when there’s some music to share, but yeah, if you’ve been laying awake at night worrying (as I had been), you can definitely rest easy; I truly do not think you (or anyone) will be disappointed.

      • That’s a relief! I was definitely worried – after all, for every Surgical Steel, there’s an Ilud Divinum Insanus, glad to hear it’s more the former than the latter. Can’t wait to hear it. (Oh, and just to stay somewhat on topic, the Yob album is great too!).

  4. Is there anybody in all of music better at album closers than YOB?

    Adrift in the Ocean
    The Great Cessation
    The Mental Tyrant
    The Illusion of Motion

    Answer: No.

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