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The Unreal Never Lived (Re-Release) [VINYL]

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  • Vinyl (30 Jan. 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Metal Blade Records
  • ASIN: B006HJ3JBK
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 422,260 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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By A Customer on 13 Oct. 2005
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Written before their last album was even released (The Illusion Of Motion), it won't come as a suprise to learn that this carries on in much the same direction. Thank god for that. That's not to say that the ideas/riffs are recycled - each one of the four songs here are quite different. The album starts with a midpaced song (similar tempo to 'Ether' from Catharsis), which many are touting as Yob's best yet. I would have to agree. This is followed by Grasping Air, a grinding, churning doomfest full of death-grunts and topped off by a killer solo. Kosmos comes in half way between the two previous tracks tempo-wise and mixes up the vocal styles nicely. The final track is over 21 minutes long and, much like previous 20+ minute Yob songs, never gets boring - constantly changing, plenty of great riffs and a bit of psychodelia to boot.
There's something about Yob that makes them sound utterly unique, probably a combination of that guitar tone and (of course) the amazing vocals of Mike Scheidt. Let's just hope they continue to put out albums this good.
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The opening track "Quantum Mystic" can be easily summarised as the pinicle in the career of the best band that ever existed. Lyrically based around the life of a spiritual teacher in India called Sri Nisargatta, the song dips and dives in usual YOB fashion but with seemingly even more density, yet steadier pace, than previous releases. The album continues to invigorate and make you step back awe-struck from then on in. Through the gravely sombre "Grasping Air", awesome cog turning riffs and vocal extremities of "Kosmos", to the epic (seriously, 20+min long) closing track "The Mental Tyrant". This is a record which you simply HAVE to own! YOB will be sorely missed following their split in early '06.
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By Tom Chase VINE VOICE on 10 Sept. 2007
Format: Audio CD
"The Unreal Never Lived" follows up the excellent "Illusion of Motion" in typical YOB style. Consisting of four juggernaut tracks (which combine to nearly an hours music), the band continue their delve into the deep and dark realms of doom/stoner metal.

While YOB's sound is overtly doom with its huge crushing tones and often slow pace, the band tend to venture into progressive tendencies, thus giving them a distinct writing style. This is evident with the album's opener "Quantum Mystic", a superb piece that twists in and out of mighty pummelling riffs, Mike Scheidt's distinctive wailing/death vocals and some ethereal and trippy guitars. The song builds momentum, and with each new movement comes a real surge of power. This style is applied to all four tracks, and especially on the epic 20 minute closer "The Mental Tyrant" which fashions a mighty tempo shift from snail-pace to a positively rip-roaring blast, and also in "Grasping Air" which swirls into some melancholy and eerie guitar motifs. These shifts and changes in momentum give the band a definite progressive element, and stop the songs from being monotonous - something that too many doom and stoner bands fall into.

"The Unreal Never Lived" is a very enjoyable and solid outing and will definitely please long time fans and attract new ones. If you like your Sabbath and other bands in the same ilk, then give it a try.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x90e16ccc) out of 5 stars 13 reviews
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x90e4e99c) out of 5 stars Definitely a Must-Own 6 Dec. 2006
By CandyStalker - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
"The Unreal Never Lived" is Yob's fourth and, lamentably, final album. All of their albums are distinctive while still carrying their trademark sound. If there is a heavier, trippier, better Stoner/Doom Metal act around then I have yet to hear it.

There's not one thing I would change about this album except maybe add more songs. The production is amazing: totally intense and psychedelic and absolutely worthy of comparisons to the greatness of Black Sabbath and Pink Floyd. Slow, thick, brilliantly understated riffs. Haunting, awe-inspiring vocals. The bass and percussion sound exactly as they should. This is the only band I've known that can make long intros enjoyable!

I cannot imagine how any fan of the genre could be disappointed by this album. It does what it's supposed to do: It leaves you hungry for more! YOB FOREVER!!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x90e4edc8) out of 5 stars Another Level 6 Mar. 2012
By JT123 - Published on Amazon.com
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If YOB makes music for your troubled soul (Your inner BOY), the Unreal Never Lived breathes life into your eardrums. Slow, methodic, purposed doom metal. There are several moments in this album that will transport your mind while on that open road and simply make you smile. Saw them live in 2011 when they were opening for that band for tools; YOB should have played a three hour set. This album is amazing - get it.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x90e4ee1c) out of 5 stars Buddha + Doometal = Brilliance 24 Aug. 2005
By Pauly Paranthropus - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Wow, what an epic slab of doom here. This Portland, OR trio has actually added a unique testament to the doometal canon. Their last cd was awe inspiring and so is this. Four songs in 55 minutes with the longest being 20 minutes (a true journey into mindbending aural assaults). If you crave originality and music that may stomp you into a trancendental metal state, this is the one (and pick up the last one too!)
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x90e53180) out of 5 stars Doom done the Yob way is a strange trip 8 May 2013
By Scott Hedegard - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
One hopes that Yob will have success with the followup to their excellent "Atma", thus increasing interest in potential fans and maybe encouraging their label to release their earlier stuff which is astronomically overpriced because of its rarity. That said, "The Unreal Never Lived" is the followup to the massive "Illusion of Motion", one of the heaviest doom metal albums ever recorded. Here the crushing attack continues and while a bit shorter at four long tracks, it's no less a bludgeoning yet intriguing CD. With Mike Scheidt's peculiar vocals when he isn't roaring, and the funeral pace, one has no choice but to classify Yob as doom metal but they are rich in their long songs with variety and atmosphere, at all times very intense but compelling.
It's not easy to describe the Yob sound. All their albums have that unmistakable feel with thunderous bass, ultra thick guitars and drums that can pass themselves off as thunderstorms. But the songwriting is unique enough to make it difficult to pin down, and that's good because we all tire of clones and no doubt countless bands who rehash Black Sabbath over and over again without adding anything to that foundation. This is why doom metal has a relatively small number of successful bands because of too much imitation and not enough imagination. "The Unreal Never Lived", along with all Yob's stuff is simply put, Yob music, and nobody sounds like them. They are underground legends, and those wanting ultra heavy with a long strange trip included need look no further.
HASH(0x90e533cc) out of 5 stars (4.5) Epic Doom Metal 24 Aug. 2007
By Tom Chase - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
"The Unreal Never Lived" follows up the excellent "Illusion of Motion" in typical YOB style. Consisting of four juggernaut tracks (which combine to nearly an hours music), the band continue their delve into the deep and dark realms of doom/stoner metal.

While YOB's sound is overtly doom with its huge crushing tones and often slow pace, the band tend to venture into progressive tendencies, thus giving them a distinct writing style. This is evident with the album's opener "Quantum Mystic", a superb piece that twists in and out of mighty pummelling riffs, Mike Scheidt's distinctive wailing/death vocals and some ethereal and trippy guitars. The song builds momentum, and with each new movement comes a real surge of power. This style is applied to all four tracks, and especially on the epic 20 minute closer "The Mental Tyrant" which fashions a mighty tempo shift from snail-pace to a positively rip-roaring blast, and also in "Grasping Air" which swirls into some melancholy and eerie guitar motifs. These shifts and changes in momentum give the band a definite progressive element, and stop the songs from being monotonous - something that too many doom and stoner bands fall into.

"The Unreal Never Lived" is a very enjoyable and solid outing and will definitely please long time fans and attract new ones. If you like your Sabbath and other bands in the same ilk, then give it a try.
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