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Unreal Never Lived (Vinyl) Import

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Product Details

  • LP Record (Jan. 30 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Sony UK
  • ASIN: B006HJ3JBK
  • In-Print Editions: Audio CD
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Product Description

UK double vinyl LP pressing of this 2005 album from the Oregon-based Doom Metal merchants. Metal Blade.

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0xa78ff318) out of 5 stars 13 reviews
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa7975708) out of 5 stars Definitely a Must-Own Dec 6 2006
By CandyStalker - Published on
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(0xa797d468) out of 5 stars Another Level March 6 2012
By JT123 - Published on
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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(0xa7975558) out of 5 stars Buddha + Doometal = Brilliance Aug. 24 2005
By Pauly Paranthropus - Published on
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(0xa7c323d8) out of 5 stars Doom done the Yob way is a strange trip May 8 2013
By Scott Hedegard - Published on
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(0xa797d90c) out of 5 stars (4.5) Epic Doom Metal Aug. 24 2007
By Tom Chase - Published on
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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