Eugene, Oregon-based doom metal band YOB have inked a deal with Metal Blade Records. The group's new album, "The Illusion of Motion", is scheduled for release on October 19.
Commented founding member Mike Scheidt: "We are very excited about our new record, 'The Illusion of Motion'. It has the extremes that our fans expect of YOB, only more. Our slow riffs are much slower and crushing and our faster tunes are more jagged and chaotic. Our melodic parts are more atmospheric and our discordant riffs are angular and throttling. 'The Illusion of Motion' has YOB's shortest tune ever clocking in a just over 6 minutes and our longest tune clocking in at over 26 minutes. And the vocal extremes that are displayed on our earlier records are even more over the top. Plus this is our first recording with our new(ish) drummer extraordinaire Travis Foster who has been crushing skulls with us for almost two years now. It is by far our best record yet in songwriting as well as production and we are very happy to release it with Metal Blade Records."
YOB are expected to play a number of shows on the west coast throughout the rest of 2004, including a West Coast tour that will take the band down to San Francisco to play at The Days of Darkness festival on Friday, September 3. After that, the band will embark on a full U.S. tour in the spring of 2005. Dates and support acts will be announced as soon as they are made available.