YOB
The Unreal Never Lived


4.5
superb

Review

by DickLaurentIsDead USER (1 Reviews)
July 16th, 2016 | 16 replies


Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A call from the sky.

I remember having this dream years and years ago. I was standing alone in the middle of a vast, endless deserted landscape with nothing but mountains in sight. It was bright outside, yet there wasn’t any other life to be seen. Even though I was physically alone, there was another presence with me. One that let itself be known through the sound of siren-like wails and thunderous roars that seemed to be directed towards me from way beyond the towering hills in my sight. A voice that soared over the rumbling noises the mountains were making. I got a sense of fear, despite that voice, that consistently seemed to alternate between wails and roars, assuring me there was no reason to be scared. I felt haunted and desolate…but at the same time I felt larger than life, knowing I was witnessing something that was as primordial as it was surreal.

*snap* dream over, back to reality again…

“What does this have to do with anything?”, you might ask. Quite simply because after I had that dream all those years ago, I could never imagine that there would ever be a band, let alone a metal band, that was able to evoke the same feelings out of me as that dream once did. The name of that band is YOB and they’re, at least in my opinion, one of the most interesting and one of the most forward thinking doom acts of the new millennium.

The Unreal Never Lived was the last album YOB did with its original line-up, before breaking up in 2006. Guitarist, vocalist, shaman and big chief Mike Scheidt resurrected the band in 2008, but The Unreal Never Lived still stands as one of YOB’s crowning achievements.
The band pulls off many of their signature tricks on this album. Opener Quantum Mystic gets down to business with a faster, rock-ish tone, while Grasping Air provides the listener with a crushing, airy slab of doom. By the time Grasping Air's final notes have played out, the band decides to speed things up again and pummel the listener into oblivion with the riff-centric Kosmos. Of course, YOB wouldn’t be YOB if they weren’t ending the album with one of their trademark monstrously long closing tracks. The Mental Tyrant is a 21 minute gargantuan which profits from an eventful, esoteric build up which burrows its way into the listener’s skull, before smashing that same skull into smithereens with an absolutely pounding wall of doomy terror.
The members of the band fire on all cylinders here; drummer Travis Foster provides the whole with a tight rhythm section while bass player Isamu Sato makes use of a warm, rumbling sound which gives the music more than enough texture to construct itself upon. Though the main star of the show here is Mike Scheidt. From the ethereal, psychedelic guitar licks to the crushing doom riffs he provides in all four songs to the spaced out, proggy solo in Grasping Air…Mike’s guitar work is instantly recognizable. On top of that one cannot look past his by now infamous chameleon-like work he does as a vocalist: Scheidt’s able to go from soaring Neil Young-like cleans to ominous whispers to ear-piercing screams to clangorous growls all within the course of one song. His clean vocals might be an acquired taste, yet in their own way they enhance the kaleidoscopic atmosphere YOB’s music conveys.

Even though the band in my opinion created their masterpiece with 2014’s Clearing the Path to Ascend, this The Unreal Never Lived stands together with its predecessor The Illusion of Motion as one of the band’s most formidable works. A true testament to the talent of a peculiar, but unique band and a must hear for any self-respecting fan of one of metal’s fine subgenres, doom metal.


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DickLaurentIsDead
July 16th 2016


112 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

First review. I thought this album really deserved a review and I thought about giving it a try.



Comment, trash it...constructive criticism is always welcome. One can only learn from his mistakes...

rockandmetaljunkie
July 16th 2016


6450 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Best YOB album ever

ChaoticVortex
July 16th 2016


378 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I was planning to review this album but never got through it. Glad somebody else did, because this album deserves it. A monolithic, crushing beast of a record and possibly YOB's finest moment.

DickLaurentIsDead
July 16th 2016


112 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Clearing the Path to Ascend moved me just a bit more, but this one is way up there as well. Love this band.

teamster
July 16th 2016


1161 Comments


If u dig these guys , try Ufomammut. The two best in the genre right now.

DickLaurentIsDead
July 16th 2016


112 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I've given most of Ufomammut's stuff a listen already, but for some reason their stuff doesn't do as much for me as I expected it to.

Aphelion
July 16th 2016


8 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Meah, not much into these guys, can't say why though. I love Ufomammut on the other hand. Weird

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
July 16th 2016


7355 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Fuckin' awesome album and major props for the review.

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DickLaurentIsDead
July 16th 2016


112 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thanks man!

DominionMM1
July 17th 2016


13786 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

sweet rev dude. best yob right here.

DickLaurentIsDead
July 18th 2016


112 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thanks man!

Inveigh
January 8th 2017


26167 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I can't believe there wasn't a review for this until last year. Just a massive slab of some of the heaviest stoner doom ever m/

DominionMM1
January 8th 2017


13786 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

mental tyrant man

Inveigh
January 8th 2017


26167 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Fuck yeah man just finished it now onto Ball of Molten Lead m/

DominionMM1
January 8th 2017


13786 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

little illusion of motion eh? good record

Inveigh
January 8th 2017


26167 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Absolutely. Bruh all their records are great



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