Self-release, Metal Blade Records
October 19th, 2004
Release length: 56:29
The music on this release is your typical slow paced Doom Metal feel, but at the same time, the band interjects some of the older hard rock and Stoner Metal sounds, much like you would find on a Black Sabbath album with heavy distortion to give off a very low, menacing sound to the album. All the while, the songs aren’t all that repetative. Granted some riffs will be played a little longer then they would on some Doom CDs, but that’s the charm of this album. While that riff may be played for a longer amount of time then some bands would be comfortable with, there’s so much going on with it that it all just feels like a natural progression from start to end. This crushing sound is complimented perfectly by the distorted, higher pitched vocals that sound very innocent, as well as the rather deep shouts that, yes, are also distorted and sound somewhat gutteral because of it.
The first three tracks on this release are amazing, with “Doom #2” being the faster one of the three. While it’s shorter, and some may find it more accessible to listen to because of it, it really isn’t the best track on the release, though it is pretty close. The final track on here, “The Illusion Of Motion”, is where the band shines, but at the same time just gets to be a bit too much. While it’s a great song, there’s one moment on there that will just feel a bit too overdawn, when the band stums a chord, holds it, and you hear some well spaced cymbol crashes, reminiscent of today’s deathcore scene’s breakdowns, but that doesn’t really last long as the song picks right back up after a short bit.
The Illusion Of Motion is a great album, and definitely worth a look, especially if you are into this style. The band’s fresh take on the style, as in not using long, drawn out droning moments that clash completely with the sound to create a kind of atmosphere, as well as a bridge to another portion of the song, is really invigorating, making Yob one of the most important bands in their style today.
01. Ball Of Molten Lead – 11:09
02. Exorcism Of The Host – 12:59
03. Doom #2 – 6:11
04. The Illusion Of Motion – 26:10
|Overall Score: 9/10