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June 20, 2018 | doors at 8:00pm
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Dude City Productions presents:
YOB
Bell Witch | Lazer/ Wulf
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YOB
YOB
Epic, crushing, and heavy beyond words, YOB has achieved legendary status in recent years due to their unmatched aesthetic and incredible body of work. Formed in 1996 in Eugene, Oregon under the leadership of doom metal mastermind Mike Scheidt on guitars and vocals, the group initially released a three song demo tape in 2000 that garnered them international attention. Drawing comparisons to groups like Neurosis, Sleep and Electric Wizard, YOB succeeded in developing modern sounding doom metal that hearkened back to the classics.

In 2002, YOB released their debut album Elaborations of Carbon followed by Catharsis in 2003, a three song record that clocked in at a colossal 50 minutes. The buzz about YOB was beginning to grow and the trio began to tour more extensively. Remaining quite prolific during this period, YOB continued to release an album each year with The Illusion of Motion coming in 2004 followed by The Unreal Never Lived in 2005. Despite all the momentum, YOB disbanded in 2006.

In 2008 the band returned from hiatus and has remained strong ever since with Travis Foster on drums and Aaron Rieseberg on bass. Reinvigorated and reinspired, YOB released The Great Cessation in 2009. It was doom with a psychedelic twist, a sound that Pitchfork referred to as “cosmic doom.” At this point in their career, the band found increased exposure in the media, with The New York Times going so far as to call them “one of the best bands in North America” after a performance at Scion Rock Festival.

For 2011’s Atma , YOB took a more organic approach to recording, opting to track everything at once. In Scheidt’s own words, he wanted the record to sound “grizzly, with hair on it.” Three year later, the group released Clearing the Path to Ascend , a record that upheld their legacy as a top notch doom metal act and was hailed by Rolling Stone as the #1 metal album of the year.

Now in 2018, the band has announced their newest album ‘Our Raw Heart’ to be released on Relapse Records. As for how Our Raw Heart will be received? Mike Scheidt (guitar/vocals) is wise enough to know that it’s out of his hands. “I think every era of Yob fan will find something on there to dig—it’s just a matter of whether they can go on the whole trip or not,” he ventures. “And that’s none of my business. The music has a life of its own. It goes out there into the world and it’s gonna be received however it’s received.”

Bell Witch
Seattle based duo BELL WITCH have, since their inception in 2010, carved a unique niche in the metal scene. Utilizing only bass, drums and vocals to create a mournful, melodic take on minimalism and an ethereal but crushing approach to magnitude.
Their most recent LP, Four Phantoms (2015, Profound Lore) was recorded by Billy Anderson and is their most focused, structured and melancholy release to date. Four epic sentiments of funeral / death doom are orchestrated into arias of the four titular ghosts.
Lazer/ Wulf
To say Lazer/Wulf is on point is an understatement— with each song, the intensity grew and even the most jaded and pretentious of audience members could not help but drop their jaws. The brief silence following the set was an appropriate response to the performance. When the universe aligns and a band pulls off that kind of flawless and crisp congruity, there are really no words." – Flagpole Magazine

It's worth noting that the progressive trio Lazer/Wulf formed in the indie-rock microcosm of Athens, GA, where it was recently named Flagpole Magazine's Band of the Year, and now reside in Atlanta, the state's thrash- and sludge-smeared capital: they're also lodged stylistically somewhere in between. It's hard to place, really: L/W is an instrumental metal trio at its core, or an evil funk group with thrash roots, or an aggro jazz trio with doom issues. Whatever it is, it's not the easiest thing to describe, as the band bridges surprising gaps between genre devotees. Just ask the band's diverse and rabidly devoted following.

Lazer/Wulf continues to expand its already-debatable style with the new Vinyl, Cassette, and Downloadable EP, There Was A Hole Here. It's Gone Now., with the Cassette iteration available for the first time tonight. The art for each cassette was hand-crafted by the band, so that every piece is unique. Inspired by the band's exploration of various abandoned prisons and mental hospitals, this four-song EP is much darker than L/W's previous recordings, and flows effortlessly as one, contiguous piece. You can stream this album, and Lazer/Wulf's previous releases, at lazerwulf.bandcamp.com.
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