When: Thu., March 26, 8:30 p.m. 2015
YOB | THURSDAY, MARCH 26
KINGS, RALEIGH—After nearly two decades as a band, Oregon's YOB reached a new level of attention only last year with Clearing the Path to Ascend, the graceful doom syndicate's seventh full-length. The album landed on multiple end-of-year lists, even nabbing Rolling Stone's top heavy metal slot for 2014.
But vocalist and guitarist Mike Scheidt remains unfazed and humble, seeming to put music ahead of the temptation of arrogance that can stem from success. During the middle of an extended North American tour, for instance, Scheidt exudes positivity for his tourmates, especially the Norwegian prog masters of Enslaved. (Unfortunately, Enslaved will not join YOB in Raleigh.)
"The tour has been fantastic. The audiences have been amazing to us," Scheidt says. "As a longtime fan of Enslaved, watching them every night is like going to church, school and a party all at once. We've had a great connection with them, and there is a sense of mutual admiration and respect. We all laugh a lot, and the beer doth disappear."
The "path" to YOB's current success has not been an easy one for Scheidt, drummer Travis Foster or bassist Aaron Rieseberg. The band disappeared for several years, and Scheidt has continued to offer candid glimpses into his struggles with depression and how those battles have affected his creativity. That vulnerability serves as Ascend's most powerful component, the emotional engine beneath the riffs.
Scheidt has remained an unabashed positivist and workhorse. From the thrash punk throwback of his supergroup VHÖL to the low, slow weirdness of doom purveyors Lumbar, his output is impressive. Thanks to his energy and YOB's fresh laurels, Scheidt has perhaps never been a more present, titanic figure in underground metal than he is right now.
Witch Mountain and Demon Eye open. 8:30 p.m., $13–$15, 14 W. Martin St., Raleigh, 919-833-1091, www.kingsbarcade.com. —Jonathan Dick