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Editorial Reviews


1. Bilateral
2. Forced Entry
3. Restless
4. Thorn
5. Mb. Indifferentia
6. Waste Of Air
7. Mediocrity Wins
8. Cryptogenic Desires
9. Acquired Taste
10. Painful Detour

Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 23, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: 2011
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Inside Out U.S.
  • ASIN: B005CAAXXM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #135,796 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The album continues on this very intense path throughout.
Justin G.
One particular song features Ihsahn on the vocals and the entire musical theme of the track is much more "metal" than the rest of the album.
Old School Gamer
I will warn you that the album may take a few spins to hit you, but it is such a rewarding experience once it does.
D. Sourile

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Brian on March 26, 2012
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There are certain albums over the years that I believe qualify as essential/must-own albums for any fan of progressive music, both classic and current. For me, albums such as "Close to the Edge", "Lamb Lies Down on Broadway" to "Metroplis 2: Scenes from a Memory", "Milliontown" and "Bridge Across Forever" would be good examples of "essential prog" and for my money, Bilateral is as well.

While it's not as instantly accessible as some of the other albums that I mentioned, it's well worth the investment to get into their head space because once you do, the music comes alive and is just absolutely brilliant. For me, it took 4-5 spins to really "get" what they were doing, but once I got there, it's proving to be one of the best albums I've heard in a long time.

Not only are they very talented musicians who are technically proficient and write great music, it's very original which is what really sets them apart from a lot of progressive bands who can shred and even produce some enjoyable songs, but don't really push the boundaries. As for their sound......imagine 1 part Riverside, 1 part Shaolin Death Squad, throw some Nu Metal growling offset by some beautiful Muse/Queen style vocal arrangements and a myriad of other influences and you get a sense for how much fun this band is.

I highly recommend this album to fans of progressive music UNLESS you are really more a fan of the classic 70's prog-scene and aren't a big fan of some of the heavier elements found in today's prog-music. While those heavier elements don't dominate the album - and aren't even in some of the songs - they are ubiquitous enough that they might detract from your ability to enjoy the album. I will say this, I myself am not a big fan of the growls in Death or NU metal but they didn't bother me at all on this album, especially after the first few spins.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By YG on December 10, 2012
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As a big fan of prog rock and metal, from classics like Pink Floyd, Yes, and King Crimson to newer acts like Porcupine Tree, Pain of Salvation, and The Pineapple Thief, I was looking for something new to try on. Having already played all of Porcupine Tree's albums on repeat, I wanted a breath of fresh air but was still craving that modern approach and heavy energy to prog that some of the 60s and 70s bands just can't provide.

Leprous stepped in with flying colors. The musicians are talented and their work is unique and enjoyable; the melodies are creative and will loop in your head for days, and the breakdowns are headbangingly satisfying. After buying this album I quickly picked up Tall Poppy Syndrome as well and have been trying desperately to find Aeolia, I only wish that Leprous had more albums to offer because I cannot get enough.

Let it be noted that this album is HEAVY. It is definitely metal, and heard best at loud volume (and on a good sound system). I am not usually a fan of growling (except for Opeth, sometimes) but it does not bother me at all on this record, and I'd encourage others who feel similarly to step out of their comfort zones and give this one a whirl.

I am a prog metal lover for the sake of prog, not for the sake of metal, and this band and album scratched my itch perfectly. 5 stars.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. Sourile on June 10, 2013
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Leprous succeeded with Tall Poppy Syndrome in becoming a blossoming progressive metal band with both skill and songwriting abilities. They also had a unique vocalist with a wide range of skills. The only problem was that they weren't as unique as one might like, and hadn't really found their niche yet. This album takes a turn from their prior one and really finds Leprous coming into their own. Most bands have an album which defines their carer and typically changes the trajectory of their musical path; I believe we may look back at Bilateral as that defining album for Leprous.

First of all, the album artwork is bizarre. It looks like they've been listening to The Mars Volta recently, and the album is honestly more in that direction musically as well. So, I must say that the artwork fits the music. Leprous has definitely managed to incorporate a more progressive rock style into the songs on this album, and also seems to be having more fun this time around. The group of songs on here are very diverse and because of that, I feel this album needs a track-by-track review.

1) Bilateral - Much like Tall Poppy Syndrome, the title track on this album was disappointing for me. I expect a LOT out of title tracks and this is honestly my most skipped track on the whole disc. That's not to say it's a bad song, but it's my personal least favorite on this album. The song opens with a very theatrical chorus preview and then begins the first verse with some odd drum rhythms and some terrific vocals. I think that the chorus of the song is the part that I really am not thrilled by. There's a terrific bridge section with some fun drumming around 2:46. I really enjoy the way the last word of the song is sung. Overall it is not a bad song, but not one I listen to frequently.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Murat Batmaz on September 18, 2011
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If you discovered Leprous with their previous album Tall Poppy Syndrome, you can safely pick up Bilateral because, being familiar with the band, you should know that you can expect something similar yet at the same time something different. That is to say the differences are there, but at the root of it the band is still the same band you discovered and came to love two years ago.

Bilateral is harder to review because I've had it for only a little while now while I had years to fully absorb Tall Poppy Syndrome. In general terms, the new album delves into more experimental territory, exploring the depths of progressive rock with myriad sound textures, varied instrumentation, and stunning musical performances. Compared to its predecessor, Bilateral is definitely less heavy but it still retains the band's heavy/light characteristics in its varied song selection. The use of growls has noticeably dropped as well. Actually calling them 'growls' may be a stretch, as the aggressive vocals presented on this album are more akin to those on later-day Agalloch or Novembre discs more so than Enslaved, who Leprous is likened to mostly (maybe because both bands are from Norway). The only song that utilizes significant amount of aggressive singing is "Waste of Air" with its complex intro, pummelling drums, and off-the-wall arrangement.

Other tracks feature the aggressive singing style sparingly: "Restless" sets jazzy drums against a powerful clean voice that is both very deep and affective. The production also highlights gorgeous distant vocals humming a sweet melody over a simple, two-note guitar chord.
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