I am absolutely loving these Scion A/V label showcase videos. If you missed it before, they've done profiles on Prosthetic Records, Nuclear Blast and Relapse. Now, Profound Lore gets the label treatment, and for a niche label putting out some of the best ambient/stoner metal out there, it's certainly exciting to see their bands get the spotlight. After the jump, more with label owner Chris Bruni as well as live footage of Yob, Atlas Moth, Loss, Wolvhammer and Pallbearer. (more…)
You have to hand it to TOOL. They are so huge and such a force in mainstream rock, that when they announce an arena tour they could just take out some radio-friendly band, but instead, they chose to take out bands they enjoy: Intronaut and YOB. These are bands who are used to playing dive bars and shitty venues. To get an upgrade to playing arenas is a dream come true.
Intronaut have posted a blog about the experience on LA Weekly, and everything seems pretty rosy for the California quartet. Here is one of my favorite excerpts from the blog: (more…)
YOB are one of the two lucky bands who secured an opening slot on Tool's upcoming arena tour. It's quite a big deal for the band to play to a lot of people who probably never heard of them before. The band have now announced a few dates booked around the tour, to ease up the travel of leaving and coming back home from the arena tour. I highly recommend checking these guys out, if you enjoy your metal thick and doomy. Here are the dates: (more…)
You may not have heard of Yob, even as a fan of doom you might not have known half of the bands on the line up for their show at the Purple Turtle on the 10th October 2011. That’s because Dead Existence, Dark Castle, Kongh and Yob lie within the deepest and darkest recesses of the underground of the underground. And yet some of these bands have reputations and followings that are able to fill the tiny Purple Turtle several times over. (more…)
A/V Roundup: Full album streams from Mike Portnoy's New Band, REVOCATION, YOB, New music from WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM, HELLA; BIG BUSINESS Teach Metal
It's late Tuesday, sorry about the lack of blog updates but my internet has been having problems and I spent all day hanging out with the foreman of Time Warner Cable. Very exciting. The best part is my internet is still fucked. Anyway, here is a roundup of all the new music that was posted today:
Hey, remember Mike Portnoy? We've written about him enough. Well he has a new band now called Adrenaline Mob. It features the guitarist of Fozzy and the vocalist from Symphony X. My one sentence review of this: Noa will love this! Above is their full EP stream
I highly suggest you stop reading this post and go listen to the new Revocation album streaming in full, I really don't know how else to convince you it's worth a listen. I've talked about it enough. (more…)
What the fuck is going on in Oregon? Some of the most forward thinking yet hazy, cerebral and generally unhappy music of recent years – Agalloch, Wolves in the Throne Room, Yob – has emerged, drunk on small batch craft brew, out of those fog shrouded hills to lay a vicious beating on our collective synapses. Surely the Black Flag/Sabbath-worshiping heritage of neighboring Washington state has rubbed off over the years, but in the past decade cities like Portland, Eugene and Salem have staked a legit claim for Oregon being the new center of musical creativity on the West Coast (LA's resurgence of indie rock being their only real competition, Seattle still largely reeling from their grunge hangover).
The weekend is almost here! And this Thursday has graced upon us some really awesome new tracks that get us super excited for this Summer's upcoming releases. Let's begin, shall we…
You seriously need to stop what you're doing right now and listen to this new Revocation track. It's… just…. AWESOME. I cannot throw enough praise at these guys, they are just everything that is right about metal right now. The track, "No Funeral" premiered earlier today on Guitar World. Click that link! You will not be disappointed. Their new album, Chaos of Forms comes out August 16th. (more…)
Put down the joint for a second and add the proper date to your calendar. The ultra-doomy Yob and Dark Castle will be touring this country bringing their unique blend of darkness to cities all of the country. Both bands will be on tour to support their new releases, with Dark Castle's ecently released Surrender To All Life Beyond Form and Yob teasing fans with tracks off their August 16th release, Atma. Here are the dates: (more…)
As September 18th draws ever closer, the riff-hungry troops of doom are stocking up on earplugs and rolling papers, preparing to follow the sign of the Southern cross down towards their own uber-resinated version of Mecca. Past the Mason-Dixon line and just shy of Hell itself lies their destination - Asheville, North Carolina, which, thanks to a bevy of bands and some seriously ambitious promoters, is in turn gearing up to bear witness to the heaviest gig of the year. With the Metal Injection-sponsored (you're welcome) Planet Caravan Festival right around the corner and excitement running higher than Bobby Liebling on a day that ends in "y," we here at Metal Injection figured it was high time we gave y'all a peek behind the wall of sleep and unveiled a brand-new interview with those freshly resurrected, impossibly heavy and inescapably vital purveyors of cosmic, mind-altering "doom with a capital D and six extra O's," YOB.
Resident feedback worshipper Grim Kim caught up with YOB's Mike Scheidt for some gnarly Q&A action about stellar new record The Great Cessation, Planet Caravan, and the neverending triumph of DOOM (in all-Caps, of course). (more…)
The Metal Injection sponsored PLANET CARAVAN Festival has announced the schedule for the two-day-stoner-rock-wet-dream. We have the full schedule after the jump. You can also download a handy PDF schedule at the official website of the tour.
Single-day tickets have just been released Friday or Saturday are now available for $49.50, while two day passes are still available for $79.50. Two days of epic stoner metal for 80 bucks? Not too shabby. Check out the schedule after the jump… (more…)
The sickest rock festival to hit North Carolina just got sicker! The promoters of the Metal Injection-sponsored Planet Caravan just announced additional bands for the two-day festival happening on September 18th and 19th. In addition to Clutch, Pentagram, Kylesa, Burst, Yob, Wino and others, just added are Tombs, The Gates of Slumber, Zoroaster, Bison B.C., Sourvein, Salome and our good buddies in Hull and Battilus. If you are in the area, it's clear this show is not to be missed. Tickets are available at the official Planet Caravan website.
WOW, WOW, WOW! CLUTCH, PENTEGRAM, ORANGE GOBLIN, KYLESA, BURST & YOB all in one weekend. No, you aren't hallucinating after too many gravity bong hits of that sweet Atl Purp, this is an actual festival that is happening, which we are proudly sponsoring. The party goes down September 18th and 19th at the Orange Peel in Asheville, North Carolina so start saving your pennies. This is certainly not one to miss. Check out the full press release after the jump… (more…)
AGE ETERNAL (formerly MIDDIAN) have disbanded. Originally formed in 2005 by Mike Scheidt after Yob's breakup, Middian released their one and only album, Age Eternal, in 2006. The record expounded upon Yob's epic tranced-out dirges by experimenting with elements of pure doom and post-hardcore, and was greeted by an overwhelmingly positive response from sludgefreaks and doom 'heads all over. Two years after the album was released by Metal Blade, Middian were contacted by a little-known local band from Milwaukee called Midian (note the single 'd') and were dragged into a grueling court battle over the rights to their band's name. They were dropped by Metal Blade, forbidden from selling their merchandise and records, and forced to change their name to Age Eternal. One long, uncertain year later, the band has called it quits.
"Our lawsuit is finally coming to a close. It has been a hard year, and we could not have done it without the support of the metal community world wide and the time and money people donated to our cause. We are eternally in your debt. Sadly, the lawsuit came with a high cost to us personally and interpersonally.
Scott Headrick is quitting the band and moving. Mike S felt he needed to back off from touring due to family and work/lack of work issues, cutting his touring commitment from 60-70 shows a year to a handful of shows, mostly local to the West Coast, for an indefinite amount of time, maybe permanently. This extreme change in direction, coupled with the immense stress of our lawsuit and inner conflicts in the band resulted in Scott's decision to move on with his life. Scott Headrick is the highest caliber of person. We mourn his loss, and support his need to take care of himself. We are very sad to share this news about Age Eternal, but are confident that it must and will open the doors for new music creation and growth.
Will Lindsay and Mike S will continue to write music with the goal of recording and doing some shows, under another name, as a new band and not Age Eternal. And with Will’s now full-time commitment playing guitar with the immaculate Wolves In The Throne Room, people should be expecting to see him in their hometown in the USA and abroad very soon.
Once again, we cannot thank the metal community and people who donated their money and time enough. We feel extremely fortunate to be a part of such a quality group of people, and we will pay your kindness and generosity forward."
On the bright side, according to the Mike Scheidt (guitars/vocals) himself, sorely-missed bringers of dooom YOB have reunited and plan to record a new album of original material that they hope to release in 2009. They also plan to play a limited number of West Coast, East Coast, and possibly UK/European shows, so keep an eye out for updates and get those frequent flier miles ready – this is one reunion you can't afford to miss.