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Yoav Landau, better known as The Living Tombstone, is a YouTube-based electronic musician from Tel Aviv, Israel. His unique musical style combines bouncy, circus-like instrumentation with dirty, growling basslines. Landau is mostly known for his fan music for various media, including Five Nights at Freddy's, Undertale, and My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic. He has also done a few original songs, such as "Cut the Cord" and "My Ordinary Life."
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During his time producing content for the Friendship is Magic fandom, he was arguably considered the face of the fan-music scene, but he later branched out and started making songs about other subjects, starting with a song about Five Nights at Freddy's that went viral and effectively turned him into a YouTube celebrity. While he was popular before releasing this song, it was a major tipping point for his channel in terms of popularity.

He is also notable for providing music for the fifth installment of Tom Ska's ASDF Movie series. His remix of EurobeatBrony's Discord was available as a downloadable track on the Rock Band Network, but has since been delisted.


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Songs by The Living Tombstone contain the following tropes:

  • Descent into Addiction: "Drunk" is a vivid illustration of how addiction feels both in the lyrics and the visuals in the music video itself. As the song progresses the singer/Drunk Guy sound more unhinged and sound less like rapping an more like rambling.
  • Darker and Edgier: Out of all of his music, Guncakes definitely takes the cake. It's explicit and it's about Pinkie secretly owning and selling guns. And she is apparently a master assassin who's really good at handling them as well.
  • Deranged Animation: The music video for "Jumping Devil" is full of this.
    • So is "Drunk", which shows a lot of rather appropriate metaphorical imagery of what can happen to someone going on a drunken bender.
  • Despair Event Horizon:
    • The mother in "It's Been So Long" seems to have crossed this a long time ago. Hard to blame her, considering her son had died due to her not watching him.
    • Near the end of Drunk: Drunkguy literally falls right into it and lands in a river of wine or his own blood. Despite the lyrics; he looks distraught and helpless knowing that his alcoholic tendencies are going to destroy him but has reached a point of no return. Unfortunately, this is a all too common case for those who suffer from chronic alcoholism.
    • Lazy has the singer intensely describing how much he's failing at his career due to feeling depressed and overworked, to the point that he's "done" and wants to give it all to somebody else. He outright states he "gives up" at the end of the song.
  • Electronic Music: Many of his later songs feature this as an influence, such as "It's Been So Long."
  • Elongating Arm Gag: In the music video for "My Ordinary Life", the giraffe stretches her neck to pull down a tall tree to stop the police car chasing them, with a scene dedicated to showing her neck zig-zagging all over the place. Her neck then retracts back to her body, before her head pops back onscreen to give a wink to the camera.
    • Drunkguy does this too multiple times in Drunk so much so that it takes up most of the music video.
  • Evil Mask: A concept that's played with by the Tombsonas. The zero_one album itself portrays the titular zero_one as a mask that the singer physically puts on before bonding with it, a process that "Animal" then depicts as somewhat frightening and beyond the singer's control. By contrast, the "Chosen" comic book depicts zero_one as "infecting" its host in a manner similar to a virus, and the "Meet Rust" video confirms that Rust is the only Tombsona that bonds with its host through actual clothing. Nonetheless, the Tombsonas are implied to be, if not evil, then at least not adhering to human morality. Additionally, zero_one's human host is shown screaming in pain and begging for help in the comic while being "bonded" to.
  • Expressive Mask:
    • The main character from the Drunk music video (and the visualizers he makes appearances in by extension) has a very expressive skull mask complete with blacken sunken in eyes with no pupils.
    • Diddo for the main character of Love I Need, if it's a mask at all.
    • The main character of the zero_one album itself: zero_one counts as this as well but only for the Meet zero_one video. Also the other four tombsonas count as this for their respective meet___ videos as well.
  • Fear Song: "Basics in Behavior" is sung by a kid at Baldi's school. It mostly describes the child's fear of Baldi, an Evil Teacher who chases them and their classmates down for failing to follow his rules.
  • Filk Song: Most of his music is based on pop culture, particularly indie horror games.
  • Foreshadowing: The music video for "Sunburn" has a TV which shows the Tombsonas performing, presumably, the song "Chosen". The opening melody for "Chosen" also plays at the end of the music video.
  • For Science!: Out of the Tombsonas, the Tesla symbiote's hosts are the only ones who willfully transform themselves into Tesla for the sake of scientific discovery, despite this being just as painful a process as it is for most of the other symbiotes.
  • Grand Theft Me: Animal seems to heavily imply this. The host for zero_one starts to lose his sanity and humanity as zero_one starts to take over his body and mind.
    Human Host: I move my body but it feels like someone taking over me; My thoughts are gone like they're locked up and someone threw away the key ; It's like a creature from a nightmare
  • Humans Are the Real Monsters: The music video for "Jumping Devil" shows horrifying demons attacking a town, and then getting brutally killed by the humans living there.
  • Ironic Nursery Tune: His Halloween 2017 song is a creepy take on the Hebrew children's song Yumbo Bear.
  • Last Note Nightmare: "Five Nights At Freddy's", as should be expected for a song about the game of the same name, uses the robots' scream at the end as a sample.
  • Lyrical Dissonance:
  • Madness Mantra: Lazy has a rather heart breaking one with...
    Narrator So help me, I'm lazy, I'm lazy, I'm lazy, I'm lazy, I'm lazy, I'm lazy, I'm lazy, (7 more times)
  • Mind Screw: The video for "Cut the Cord" is about...something.
    • The music video for "Drunk" counts too but that's kind of a given since the video itself represents what it's like to either go binge drinking or on a drunken bender that may have lasted for weeks. The Body Horror coupled with the Involuntary Shapeshifting make it really intense to watch if your not prepared.
  • Mr. Fanservice: The zero_one music videos has at least six of them ranging from a spider-man like cyborg Bishonen and a once average looking albeit alcoholic joe who got a looks upgrade from his original appearance.
    • zero_one looks as if he's wearing a skin tight jumpsuit with orange-yellow circuit lines showing off his lean and athletic figure. He even has a flaming Mohawk as well.
    • Rust is a badass rebel biker guy with a cool trench coat to boot. He even has rather muscular arms in Chosen.
    • The drummer of the band: Doc is a dapper looking witch doctor with a open shirt showing off his bear chest with visible glowing ribs. Walking Shirtless Scene anyone?
    • Tesla looks like a mad scientist out of The Phantom of the Opera. He even plays bass guitar too.
    • Armstrong is a badass bara astronaut with a burned arm. He plays electric guitar.
    • Drunkguy from Drunk in some of the visualizers has a more lean almost curvaceous figure. In Longtime Friends and Lazy the lighting almost makes him look like he's shirtless.
  • Non-Standard Character Design: In the 'Drunk' music video Drunkguy is the only character that's fully colored and has the very conspicuous skull mask attached to his face. The other people are just silhouettes with lighting on their faces and mostly monochrome.
  • Oh, Crap!: Their are two instances of this in the music video for Drunk. One is in the thumbnail for the video itself where Drunkguy is reminded by his inner demons that he had 12 drinks before he was apparently sent to a hospital. The second time is when he hallucinates blood shot eyes staring at him from the night sky and sports more of a My God, What Have I Done? look on his face.
  • Our Zombies Are Different: Armstrong seems to be an interesting example of this trope since his body that the tombsona 'pilots' is a cosmonaut that got lost in space and was exposed to the vacuum of space.
  • Painful Transformation: It's implied or outright stated that becoming a host for the Tombsonas is very painful, though of particular note is Tesla, whose host needs to alter themselves willingly using the specifications it gives them through radio waves.
  • Record Needle Scratch: Used to usher in Jayneycakes's part in "No Mercy".
  • Sampling: "My Ordinary Life" features samples from Nichijou, which the title is a reference to.
  • Sanity Slippage:
    • Drunk is a gradual example of this. As soon a Drunkguy loses his hoodie he starts to lose his sanity bit by bit the more inebriated he gets. It reaches a boiling point when he starts to hallucinate blood shot eyes staring at him from the sky. And given that alcohol psychosis is a real thing, this isn’t much of a surprise. Also when he goes outside to smoke, Drunkguy speaks as if he's on the edge of losing his mind and then proceeds to... lose the remaining contents of his stomach.
    • Can't Wait is a more direct example of this since it's from the prospective of someone with clinical depression (and/or some other mental health issue) who has been overwhelmed by his stressful job and "Can't Wait to Die". The bridge near the end of the song is a near perfect description of what depression is like for most people.
    Narrator But then some days; Feeling one way; The clouds part again; Then the day ends ;And it's gone (echoed 3 more times)
  • Self-Deprecation: "It's Been So Long" outright calls itself a "stupid song" at one point.
  • Take That!: Living Tombstone takes a shot at IGN at the beginning of his Stop the Bats remix: "10/10 it was ok" - IGN
  • Teacher/Student Romance: Love Me Cheerilee.
  • The Symbiote: The titular entity zero_one along side the other four tombsonas are an example of this trope. It isn't clear if they have malicious intentions or they simply don't adhere to human's standards of morality. What ever the case may be, the process of being bonded with one is... existentially terrifying to say the least.
  • Three Chords and the Truth: He has become known for this (for better or for worse) to his listeners. Many of his songs feature a chord pattern of I-vi-ii-V, with an emphasis on "bass, snare, bass-bass, snare" for the drums.
  • Title Drop: A few of his songs have been known to use this trope, with "Five Nights At Freddy's", "I Got No Time" and "I Can't Fix You" having some of the more frequent usages.
  • Tomato in the Mirror: The narrator of "September" describes walking through an abandoned, ruined town, where everyone has died for an unspecified reason, and he can't remember what happened, as if there's a hole in his memory. At the end of the song, he regains his memories and discovers the truth: the reason everyone is dead is because he killed them.
  • Too Dumb to Live:
    • The night guard, according to the animatronics in "Five Nights at Freddy's".
    animatronic: "We're really quite surprised we get to see you another night. You should have looked for another job, you should have said to this place goodbye."
  • Unusual Euphemism: In "Guncakes", cupcakes are used as an euphemism for guns.
  • Villain Song: ‘Die in a Fire’, the Five Nights at Freddy's 3 Filk Song, written from the perspective of the Purple Man violently dismantling the animatronics.
  • "The Villain Sucks" Song: In Magic, he criticizes Trixie's magic show.
  • Wham Shot: In My Ordinary Life, the titular characters drive off to the horizon in their car, only for the screen to zoom out to show it was all actually on a TV. It then cuts to the three characters on the couch, showing it was just a video game and they were just stoned outta their minds.
  • Wham Line:
    • "I just remembered what happened in September; I'M THE ONE WHO KILLED THEM ALL! I SURVIVED AFTER THE FALL!"
    • Drunk has a gut punching one in "I'm gonna hate myself tomorrow (in a chilling whisper) then I'll do it again"
    • Can't Wait definitely pulls no punches either since the song is about depression and suicidal ideation with the later part of the chorus : "I know I should be fine and I cannot tell you why ; But I have lost my mind and I just can't wait to die"
  • Why Don't You Marry It?: Jayneycakes deploys this as her opening gambit in "No Mercy".
    Blackgryphon: You should've picked Mercy
    You should've picked any kind of support
    We ended up losing and it's all your fault
    You should learn how this game works
    You should've been helping
    [Record Needle Scratch]
    Jayneycakes: If you like Mercy so much why don't you just marry her?!
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: His pony persona has a teal mane and tail with red highlights, and the protagonist from "Cut The Cord" in the video goes through Pink, Green, Yellow, White, Red, and Black hair.

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