Yog - Half The Sky (Division Records)

All good things to those who wait...
Release Date: 
15 Nov 2011 - 12:30am

Do you like grind? Do you like math? Do you like math-grind, hard-core goodness? Then you'll (quite possibly) embrace Swiss madmen Yog. I was meant to get this album at the start of the year but due to a 'mysterious parcel disappearance' incident, I didn't get my copy of Half The Sky until the other week, hence why I'm reviewing it six months late - but MY WORD! It's a violent, angry piece of loveliness. Fans of Dillinger Escape Plan should immediately get on board with this album; 28 minutes comprising 12 songs. I didn't get a track listing so won't be breaking it down song by song but needless to say, this is the good shit for lovers of this type of precision engineered metal.

Opening with some mellow hammer-ons and slightly dischord janglings, I thought 'Hey, this is quite easy on the ear...' then about two seconds later my face was pulled off by the drums, the blast beats, the throat tearing vocals and fast, fiery guitar work. It's all stop/start rhythms and split second changes. Yog also throw in some awesome off-kilter harmonies that really break up their signature wall of noise. Production-wise it's cool and understated (almost clinical in places) but it seems to work well with what Yog are doing. I've really been enjoying this album over the last couple of days, and I'd go as far as to say that as a follow-up to their 2007 Years of Nowhere album, HTS is just as good, if not better.
There, I said it. Now go check 'em out.