YOB – The Great Cessation
The return of doom metal legends YOB sees Mike Scheidt and co. deliver the pinnacle Yob album. “The Great Cessation” marks the return of one of the most respected doom metal bands today resulting in one of the most triumphant moments in doom metal to be heard all year.
After the many trials and tribulations Scheidt had to endure concerning his previous pre-resurrected Yob band (in which we, along with Schedit, are technically not allowed to mention because of legalities – but you should know who they are obviously), it was natural that Schedit (along with longtime Yob drummer Travis Foster and new bass player Aaron Reiseberg) would inevitably pen the heaviest, darkest, and most oppressive sounding Yob album to date.
Recorded and produced by Sanford Parker, who has given Yob their best production/sounding album to date, “The Great Cessation” also sees Yob deliver their most varied sounding album. With the behemoth-like monolithically paced traditional “cosmic” doom sounds that have helped define Yob’s sound over the years (along with the band’s tendencies to write songs that average ten minutes in length) which continue to resonate on “The Great Cessation”, Yob also incorporate new elements that give “The Great Cessation” a pummeling energetic vibe like no other Yob album, while at the same time, delivering even more plunging abysmal dirge-like histrionics that go so far as to even render moments on “The Great Cessation” as blasphemous and evil (as in the track “Silence Of Heaven”). In true Yob tradition, the album ends with the 20-minute title track (what some have even dubbed the Yob ballad!) which ends the album in that surging victorious moment; in the most epic of moments.
Tracklisting for “The Great Cessation” goes as follows:
1. Burning The Altar
2. The Lie That Is Sin
3. Silence Of Heaven
4. Breathing From The Shallows
5. The Great Cessation