Following their 2005 split, the Oregon doom trio reconvened to unleash their fifth album in 2009. It’s a particularly fine example of Mike Scheidt’s expertise in crafting crushing extended riff-fests, tempered with nuanced and spacey quieter passages. Both double LP and CD versions include the two bonus tracks previously only available on the original vinyl version. If you’re not familiar, this is well worth a go if you’re a fan of Sleep, Electric Wizard, or Om.
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9/10 gbar Customer review, 21st January 2018
Four years can be an eternity in the world of music. After going their separate ways in 2005, YOB got back together with a new bassist, and were faced with a challenge in making a comeback album big enough to make an impact. In 2009, 'The Great Cessation' signified their return, and no one was expecting an album of this magnitude and depth. "Burning the Altar" opens the album with the riffs invoking a very Middle Eastern feel, yet this trio still anchors this epic with ferocious intensity. The guitars are just mind-melting and keeps you craving for riff after riff after riff, such as on "Breathing Through the Shallows" and "Silence of Heaven", where Mike Scheidt's guttural vocals really break through with much more emotion than ever. But if one track is the one to truly define this album, it's the 20-minute title track. Beginning with a very somber and powerfully clean guitar intro and slowly building into a monolith of self reflection, this track is a perfect representation of why they are one America's best underground bands. 'The Great Cessation' announced YOB's return in the most dramatic and powerful way imaginable, showing that Mike Scheidt and the gang truly put their hearts and souls in this masterful piece of art.
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