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YOB: CatharsisCatharsis (2003)
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Reviewer Rating: 4


Contributed by: FortyMinutesWestFortyMinutesWest
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Well, I just got done listening to about fifty minutes of music. That's nothing out of the ordinary for me, but this EP compresses that much music into three songs. No one ever accused stoner/doom metal bands of being short and to the point, but three songs in fifty minutes could be quite daunting.
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Well, I just got done listening to about fifty minutes of music. That's nothing out of the ordinary for me, but this EP compresses that much music into three songs. No one ever accused stoner/doom metal bands of being short and to the point, but three songs in fifty minutes could be quite daunting. Luckily, YOB makes the most of the time and delivers a quality EP.

I'll be honest with you; before I actually listened to this I was nervous. A quick glance at the track listing showed that the shortest song on here clocked in at around seven minutes and made me wonder just what the hell was I getting myself into. But all doubts were cast aside the second I pressed the play button. After an intro that was innocent enough, YOB lets loose a heavy, distorted monster that pummels the listener until they simply give in. While I played Tokyo to this band's Godzilla I began to notice to subtleties of the music and I really started to become impressed. These songs, although being the very definition of heaviness aren't just heavy for the sake of being heavy. The vocalist has great range, as he can hit low, throaty growls, and high notes as well. It's not easy to pick everything out with all the distortion going on here, so this one takes patience but it's worthwhile in the end. The guitar playing on here ranges from heavy-as-fuck doom metal to spacey, psychedelic sounding riffs. These elements blend to create the atmosphere of these tracks.

Not everyone is going to like this one, but if it sounds interesting to you, I'd recommend picking it up. Just remember, this might not immediately strike a chord with you, but if you give it time, I think you'll enjoy it as much as I did. If you like bands like Neurosis or High On Fire, check this out.

 

 
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Anonymous (January 18, 2004)

This review was good, but here's how I would make it better:

1. Which chord does it strike?

2. E-minor?

3. I was in the school band at age 7.

4. They took away my tuba but that was good because it was bigger than me and I couldn't stay balanced so I had to half sit, half stand and that wasn't fun.

PetroBPettson (January 18, 2004)

just judging by the cover, this is probably one of the worst albums ever.

FortyMinutesWest (January 16, 2004)

Haha, I knew BSD would mention The Yobs, I was going to mention them in the review but I forgot. And what is this bases ball you speak of?

maverick (January 16, 2004)

A few years ago, I had a theory that every single major league team had an ex-Cub on it at the time. I wish I would've documented it, because it was pretty amazing just how many did off the top of my head.

-Scott

Anonymous (January 16, 2004)

Jeff Innis, Dan Quisenberry, Mark Eichhorn and Todd Frohwirth

what did they all have in common?

tyroneshoelaces (January 16, 2004)

Seeing that Forty wrote this article why dont we got the topic of old school baseball players {I know nothing about this band: sounds way too long}
But here's some of my favorite players:
Dennis "Oil Can" Boyd
Rafeal Belliard
Otis Nixion
Steve Balboni
Jesse Barfield
Chris Sabo to name a few

PetroBPettson (January 16, 2004)

I was gonna make a Yobs comment.....but as expected, BSD beat me to it. But yes, buy the Yobs(and the Boys), but not this crapola.

boba_fett (January 16, 2004)

3 songs in 50 minutes? wtf?

Anonymous (January 16, 2004)

I wish this was The Yobs...

-BSD

ilikebandssuchasopivy (January 16, 2004)

yeap

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