When: Wed., Jan. 25, 9:30 p.m. 2012
Cosmically heavy Oregon doom trio Yob has had a bumpy career path. They disbanded in 2006 after nearly ten years and four solid albums, and front man and guitarist Mike Scheidt went on to lead Middian; after just two years, though, Middian began to falter, due in part to a lawsuit from a Wisconsin band with a similar name, and in 2008 Scheidt opted to re-form Yob. The band's comeback record, 2009's The Great Cessation (produced by Chicago's Sanford Parker), is a landmark of late-aughts heavy psych metal—but even that didn't quite prepare fans for last year's Atma (Profound Lore). One of the richest, most fully realized slabs of trippy doom ever to come out of the genre, the album roiled, boiled, howled, and soared onto many a 2011 top-ten list, and was voted the year's best album by readers of Roadburn.com. Yob have the chops of a great classic metal band—Reader music editor Philip Montoro ranked their previous Chicago show among his five favorite metal sets of the year—and an imagination fit for space-rock, channeled instead into great eerie globs of dark matter. Scott Kelly of Neurosis guests on two of Atma's tracks, and the band's primordial ooze surges around him like lava. For this summer's tour, Rob Shaffer of openers Dark Castle filled in on drums, but now Yob's own Travis Foster is back behind the kit. —Monica Kendrick Anatomy of Habit and Mike Scheidt (playing a solo set) open.
Price: $12, $10 in advance.