It was many, many moons ago when I was first introduced to Yob, the doom metal juggernauts from Eugene, Oregon. And although I somewhat lost touch after 2004’s The Illusion of Motion, the band reentered my life late last year at an arcade bar (that’s right, an arcade bar) in Portland. While playing Paper Boy on a classic machine and sipping a pint of the devil’s brew, I started to recognize what had been incessantly spinning–it was Catharsis, the band’s second album and arguably their best, the music that would eventually land them a deal with Metal Blade, where they remained prior to their untimely disbandment.

After reuniting in 2008 and releasing The Great Cessation the following year, Yob are back with Atma, their sixth studio effort slated for an August 16th release. The album’s first track, “Prepare The Ground,” is currently streaming at Stereogum.  Full track listing and artwork can be viewed below.

Atma Track Listing:

  1. Prepare The Ground
  2. Atma Mastered
  3. Before We Dreamed Of Two Mastered (feat. Scott Kelly of Neurosis)
  4. Upon The Sight Of The Other Shore Mastered
  5. Adrift In The Ocean (feat. Scott Kelly of Neurosis)

In addition, the band has announced the following run with Dark Castle:

07/01 – Seattle, WA @ El Corazon (feat. Samothrace, Aranya)
07/02 – Portland, OR @ Branx (feat. Wizard Rifle, Sloths)
07/03 – Boise, ID @ Redroom
07/04 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Club Vegas (feat. Eagle Twin)
07/05 – Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge
07/06 – Lincoln, NE @ Duffy’s Tavern
07/07 – Dubuque, IA @ Off Minor
07/08 – Chicago, IL @ Subterranean (feat. Indian)
07/09 – Columbus, OH @ Ruby Tuesday (feat. Deadsea)
07/10 – Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Tavern
07/12 – New York, NY @ Le Poisson Rouge (feat. Batillus)
07/13 – Providence, RI @ Machines With Magnets
07/14 – Montreal, QC @ TBA
07/15 – Toronto, ON @ The Courthouse
07/16 – Philadelphia, PA @ Kung Fu Necktie
07/17 – Baltimore, MD @ Sonar
07/18 – Raleigh, NC @ King’s Barcade
07/20 – Savannah, GA @ TBA
07/21 – Jacksonville, FL @ 8B Warehouse
07/22 – Orlando, FL @ Will’s Pub
07/23 – Tampa, FL @ Orpheum
07/24 – Panama City FL @ C Level
07/25 – Atlanta, GA @ The Earl
07/26 – Nashville, TN @ Little Hamilton (feat. Loss)
07/27 – Memphis, TN @ Hi Tone Cafe
07/29 – New Orleans @ One Eyed Jacks
07/30 – Houston, TX @ The Mink
07/31 – Austin, TX @ Emo’s (feat. The Roller)
08/01 – San Antonio, TX @ Korova Basement
08/03 – Scottsdale, AZ @ Rogue Bar (feat. Rituals)
08/04 – San Diego, CA @ The Casbah
08/05 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo (feat. Ancestors, Of the Horizon)
08/06 – Berkeley, CA @ Gilman St
08/07 – San Francisco, CA @ Elbo Room
08/08 – Arcata, CA @ The Alibi

For more information on Yob, check out:

www.myspace.com/yobdoom