YOB: Doom Metal Masterminds


Epic, crushing, and heavy beyond words, YOB has achieved legendary status in recent years due to their unmatched aesthetic and incredible body of work. The band join a line-up with the likes of heavy noise legends Neurosis and Godflesh, bringing to the Supersonic stage their uniquely developed, modern sounding doom metal which harks back to the classics.




Formed in 1996 in Eugene, Oregon under the leadership of doom metal mastermind Mike Scheidt on guitars and vocals, the group have continually reinvigorated and reinspired their sound over the years. From doom with a psychedelic twist (a sound referred to by Pitchfork as ‘cosmic doom’), to aggressive, impassioned riffs of their latest cathartic album Our Raw Heart, there are few bands that do what YOB do.


“The band envelops you without hard sell, in big and small ways…Yob might be one of the best bands in North America.”- The New York Times


With massive riffs and captivating vocals, YOB bleed out riveting performances of enormous volume with pensive, transcendental beauty. From their earlier, more grizzly sounds, their latest music exists in its own organic universe. The stirring Our Raw Heart album was created after guitarist and vocalist Mike Scheidt suffered from a severe episode of diverticulitis, and realised on stage shines with ebbs and flows from ballad-like meditations to the caustic grunge of the bands origins. Their performances move with a graceful molasses cohesion, moved by strong processional grooves from the bassist Aaron Reiseberg and the drummer Travis Foster, lightened by the unique tone of Scheidt’s guitar which continuously bends and transforms each careful note. They are the apex of what heavy music can achieve, and will melt yer face off this year at Supersonic’s very special 15th anniversary.

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