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Music is a messy thing. There’s too much of it, too many genres, too many ideas, for anyone to make sense out of all of it — or even to hear all of it. The idea of imposing a narrative on 365 days of music, of making sense of a whole year, is a fool’… More »

The TV miniseries Cosmos, both in its O.G. Carl Sagan form and its rebooted Neil DeGrasse Tyson iteration, works, if you want it to, as a smart science lesson for kids. It’s a lionization of the iconoclasts, throughout history, who helped us understand how the universe works, and an approachable science-fictony way to teach science… More »

Guys, I usually kick off the Black Market with a lengthy introductory essay, an aggregation of my thoughts on the month in metal. But August … August kinda ate me alive. That is not to say that I don’t have thoughts, or that August didn’t generate enough thoughts to inspire an essay. I do! It… More »

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Stream 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 AscendMore »

By: Michael Nelson / August 26, 2014 - 12:59 pm

Yob – “Unmask The Spectre” (Stereogum Premiere)

If you follow baseball, you know what an analyst is talking about when he refers to a pitcher’s “arsenal,” but if you don’t, here’s a quick primer: Over the course of their development, pitchers are taught maybe a dozen different types of pitches (four-seamer, sinker, splitter, change, etc.), and by the time they make it… More »

By: Michael Nelson / August 11, 2014 - 1:01 pm

Mike Scheidt (Of YOB) – “To Live Is To Fly” (Townes Van Zandt Cover) (Stereogum Premiere)

There are two pretty distinct sides to Mike Scheidt’s voice: With YOB and VHOL, he deals in a bottomless roar (which is aided by occasional Halford-ian shrieks on the VHOL record); on his solo stuff, he sings in a warm, cracked, folky tone. There’s little sonic overlap between the two, but there’s an earthiness to… More »

By: Michael Nelson / February 18, 2014 - 11:22 am

Mike Scheidt – “In Your Light”

Mike Scheidt is best-known as the frontman of the thundering Oregonian doom metal power trio YOB. But on his forthcoming solo debut Stay Awake, Scheidt takes on an entirely different sound — a tender, emotive, Southern-inflected singer-songwriter style that might suit his voice even better than YOB’s elephant-stampede rumble. Download the lovely album track “I… More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 8, 2012 - 3:09 pm

Yob – “Prepare The Ground” (Stereogum Premiere)

Oregon doom trio Yob’s “comeback” fifth album The Great Cessation, the first post-Middian/Age Eternal offering under the Yob name since 2005’s The Unreal Never Lived, landed at No. 6 on my 30 Best Metal Albums Of 2009. In the accompanying writeup, I focused on mainman Mike Scheidt’s masterful “Wino-on-Deathspell Omega” vocal performance (and quoted the… More »

By: brandon / June 15, 2011 - 10:58 am

32 Must See Bands @ SXSW 2011

Come March every year, the same questions are asked, retreaded thought pieces get pitched: What does it mean to have a music industry festival in the decrepit climate of 2011? Does anyone actually get discovered at SXSW? What’s the point of signing to a label? What happened to that taco truck on Red River near… More »

By: Stereogum / March 16, 2011 - 9:10 am

Haunting The Chapel: The 30 Best Metal Albums Of 2009 (Plus Dozens Of Guest Lists)

Every year I’m tempted to — and sometimes do — say “this has been a great year for metal.” It’s a toss-away idea: If you consume the genre obsessively, every year seems sort of great, the chaff turning fuzzy and falling into the background, the favorites cementing themselves in your brain and eardrums. Or maybe… More »

By: brandon / December 19, 2009 - 6:41 pm