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.