Yob stretch the “doom” label until it is ready to burst. They always have, and they do so yet again with Clearing the Path to Ascend.
Their seventh long-player and first release since 2011’s Atma, Clearing the Path to Ascend molds the obligatory molten drones into vibrant displays of texture and tone, frontman Mike Scheidt’s vocals emerging from the depths in growls, then erupting in howls. “In Our Blood” stretches out with jagged riffing and atmospheric eruptions, and the album-closing opus, “Marrow,” is 19 minutes of throbbing gristle, shifting slowly, exposing nerves, veins, and a dark, dark soul.
Each time Clearing the Path to Ascend explodes, it does so like a well shaken bottle of Champagne, but the spume is dark. Rather than dissipating into the dirt, the bubbles that fall to the ground stay intact, dig in, and burrow their way toward the Earth’s core
Clearing the Path to Ascend is out now on Neurot Recordings.
Rating: 4/5 Stars