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Yob, Dark Castle, Indian 17+ Early Warnings (Music) Soundboard

When: Fri., July 8, 10 p.m. 2011

Oregon doom-metal mystics Yob broke up in 2006 after a ten-year run, and Mike Scheidt—the band's guitarist, vocalist, and sole constant member—started a new group called Middian (and later Age Eternal). Yob's reunion a couple years later wasn't originally intended to be permanent, but it led to a contract with Profound Lore and a well-received "comeback" album, 2009's The Great Cessation. Their sixth full-length, Atma, is due in August, and it'll be worth the wait—a 55-minute, five-song monster, it's fulfilling, weighty, richly textured, and flat-out lovely all the way through. Not to downplay the fat, roiling riffs, but a huge part of what makes this band so special is the vocals: doom metal is full of front men who are better off not trying to sing properly (and who don't), but Scheidt's power, reach, and heartfelt expressiveness are downright moving. It's like some mad-scientist Sabbath fan took DNA from Ozzy, Dio, and Ian Gillan to create the perfect shrieking, trilling, wailing Frankenvoice. —Monica Kendrick 17+

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