YOB bring thunder to Slakthuset

As was to be expected, the set was a wall of sonic epicness!

Last week Stockholmers were treated to the almighty YOB cranking out doom mayhem at the cosy Slakthuset with supporting act Pallbearer. The room was full enough to be producing sweaty condensation but with just enough space to grab a beer or two from the bar without having to rub nipples with too many people.

Pallbearer helped get the crowd warmed up with some reasonable rumbling but, for my personal taste I found that they lack a little in consistency of quality in their song composition and seemed to be having a few minor tuning issues. That being said I do think that they were the better known by the crowd and appeared to be well loved.

YOB got started without any fanfare and you could even be forgiven for not quite realising that they had got underway, rest assured that hazy illusion was to be shattered soon enough. As was to be expected, the set was a wall of sonic epicness! Finely crafted subtle somber sections sometimes slowly building into crushing crescendos and other times exploding with the impact of a brick wall out of nowhere. A good chunk of the set came from from their recently released 2014 album Clearing the Path to Ascend. Like all of YOB’s work, this is a great evolution of doom that builds on the ideas put out by stoner doom legends Black Sabbath.

If you’re not in the habit of getting out to see bands in Stockholm perhaps with the thought that there is nothing worth checking out, this is a prime example of the great bands that are attracted to various stages around this fantastic city. If you think that going out in Stockholm is prohibitive due to cost, at the super price of just 170Kr you’d have to be tighter than a cats arse not to fork out for it.

Written by William Riever, 2014-09-22