YOB The Unreal Never Lived

Eugene, Oregon’s trio of doom-obsessed slow-motion fanatics are back, in what seems like a blink of an eye since their last opus, The Illusion of Motion (a more apt title never existed). Guess it’s been a year or so, but time seems to lose all relevance when one is dealing with discs like this that contain four songs in 52 minutes; listening to The Unreal Never Lived feels like taking a year off your life. And it’s awesome: heavy, bottom-end-worshipping doom metal, with emphasis on all things slow, bass-drenched and completely over the top. One of the more extreme bands in today’s doom scene, Yob still manage to incorporate a bit of melody into their songs, and also have a great production sound to boot. I miss the crazy high pitch vocals that made the last album so enjoyable, but this time around, the sub-Cookie Monster vox make up for it. There’s not much in the way of variety, of course; while the band may notice the differences between discs, the listener is hard-pressed to. This time around, there are a few minutes of slightly more up-tempo playing and a greater sense of humanity fuelling the destruction. Totally fucking brutal in every sense of the word, Yob make serious music for serious people. It doesn’t get much heavier than this. (Metal Blade)