|Have you ever woken up in the middle of the night, wondering if Godzilla is passing by? Or experienced a very local earthquake that shakes the nearby houses? Well, let me comfort you with the fact that it's most likely that your neighbour is playing his YOB CD's a bit too loudly.|
Indeed stoner rock has been competing with doom metal for the award 'heaviest genre on earth'. To achieve their immense heaviness, YOB mix the two genres, and successfully do one of the best attempts at the award thus far. It doesn't happen often that I get to label a doom/stoner act as extreme metal, but in this case there is just no other choice.
But this CD isn't just made to wreck concrete houses, although it does a good job for that purpose. There are also lots of great riffs for all the headbangers out there. Vocals that remind me of Anti-Flag, growls and an occasional guitar solo keep the music interesting. Despite that most of the tracks are above 10 minutes, you don't mind it at all.
How these guys managed to incorporate a slightly laid back vibe into this crushing heaviness is beyond my comprehension. But the fact that it is does give it a resemblance of Electric Wizard and Sleep, their other über heavy side also allows for the comparison to Ufomammut.
But I have to stop my review here. My neck really hurts. Humans don't seem to be designed to headbang all the way down to the knees. Trying not to headbang while listening to YOB is like driving a car from the passenger seat. You just know deep inside that something is wrong.
1. Universe Throb
2. All The Children Forgotten
3. Clear Seeing
5. Piano J
6. Asleep In Samsara
Duration : Approx. 70 minutes
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