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YOB : The Unreal Never Lived

At first when I got this CD, I though it was far inferior to their previous CD. It's probably because the sound hasn't gone in the direction that I expected it to be. Still, once I got my head around that part and accepted their new trancelike stoner/doom, I find that this is one of the CD's I just can't do without. It's yet another masterpiece from the band. In fact I'm having problems separating my mind from the music so I can write this review.

This CD sees the band taking a step further in the direction that they have already taken with 'The Illusion Of Motion'. The music has grown even more aggressive, mostly due to the fact that the laid-back vibe that they used to have is now gone. Luckilly this aggression doesn't manifest itself in the music becoming any faster. Rather, it manifests itself as a massive wall of sound. It makes the air thick as water. On high volume it should be possible to choke someone with the waves of sound alone.

At first glance the cover art seems very misplaced. I can imagine someone picking up the album and mistake the gothic-looking logo, the ravens and the beautiful white color of the cover, as a Christmas collection or some gothic music in the vein of Era. However, if you look closely then you'll see the lightning and what looks like a solar flare. The backside of the cover is far more intense with what looks like a white void full of static, lightning and towering - almost endless - obelisks. It might not seem particularly fit for a stoner band, but once you hear the music you'll be all out of doubt.

The most important thing that sets this apart from their other albums as well as most other bands within the stoner/doom genre, is that it doesn't lure you into slowly grooving with the music by making you relaxed. It fills the room and forces energy into your body. It'll make you bang your head no matter if you'd like to or not. Actually, you will want to bang your head unless you really can't stand this kind of music.

Anyone who like YOB's other stuff should check this one out. Anyone into having music as heavy and intense as possible should check it out as well. This is the very essence of heavy.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Quantum Mystic
2. Grasping Air
3. Kosmos
4. The Mental Tyrant

Duration : Approx. 52 minutes.

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Reviewed on 25-04-2010 by Arnstein Petersen
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