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YOB : The Illusion Of Motion

Despite the fact that the title of the album is no less than perfect for a band with this magnitude of slowness, it's not the reason for the title. All four tracks on the album is inspired by the thoughts of philosopher and author Eckhart Tolle. Largely this includes awakening the mind, purifying it from all untruths, and preparing it for the actual truths.

I also remembered something a few days ago. I have long known that though the vocals of Mike Scheidt reminded me of someone, but I couldn't remember who. I then remembered a noise/nu-metal band from Japan which is called The Mad Capsule Markets. The music is vastly different and has nothing to do with stoner, but the vocals are remarkably similar. It's also the only comparison that I've found thus far.

Those of you who have heard YOB's earlier releases will probably remember the laid back vibe on those songs. The two longest tracks on this album, 'Exorcism Of The Host' (13 min.) and 'The Illusion Of Motion' (26 min.), still hold some grip on this but the music has otherwise become much more brutal and aggressive. However, with the exception of 'Doom #2' (which is ironically the least doomy track), the pace of the music is not affected by this. It's as unforgivingly slow as ever before. If you think it was loud then, you should hear them now. And if you think they were good before, you'll be blasted away with this one.

Indeed YOB is no ordinary stoner/doom band. Hardly any stoner bands can be considered extreme bands. And then I'm almost certain that only a handful come near to the level of extremeness that YOB operates on. Despite this it's a must have for anyone who enjoy heavy head-banging music. In fact I'd go so far in my worship of this album that I'd state that this is (in my opinion) the best release of it's year, 2004.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Ball Of Molten Lead
2. Exorcism Of The Host
3. Doom #2
4. The Illusion Of Motion

Duration : Approx. 56 minutes.

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Reviewed on 25-04-2010 by Arnstein Petersen
Hate Your Guts Records
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