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5.0 out of 5 stars Oikes, 13 Oct 2005
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars The last stop of an entrancing journey, 17 Sep 2006
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars (4.5) Epic Doom Metal, 10 Sep 2007
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"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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