To år efter at have overvældet kritikere såvel som lyttere med albummet "Atma", udgav doom trioen YOB "Clearing The Path To Ascend"; et passende navn for et album der uden tvivl er en foreløbig krone på værket for et band, hvis rejse nu nærmer sig to årtier med at skabe musik, der er lige så kommanderende som det er rensende.

YOB’s music is not unlike the path that’s led them to their current place among heavy metal’s elite, slowly building from a hushed ethereal vapor into the thunderous and masterful tumult of sound domination. The ethereal mists of Eugene, Oregon no doubt provided the perfect catalyst for founding member and vocalist Mike Scheidt to call up the signature of surging doom that would soon come to garner YOB its current position as one of the most respected and revered bands in all of heavy metal. While giving due sonic credit to cornerstone influences such as Cathedral, Sleep, Electric Wizard, and Black Sabbath – YOB immediately set out to define a sound wholly singular and utterly devastating in its cathartic enormity, incomparable to any other music being created at the time.

Support: Black Cobra

Amerikanske Black Cobra har siden 2001 hærget sludge/stoner scenen, og udgav i 2011 milepælen "Invernal" på Southern Lord Recordings med Kurt Ballou (Converge) bag knapperne.