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  • Audio CD (May 5, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: 2009
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: LASER'S EDGE GROUP
  • ASIN: B0021BUXV2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #179,239 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Debut release from Leprous, currently working as the touring band for Ihsahn , also known as the frontman of the legendary Emperor. This Norwegian quintet s explorations of the dark side of metal draws inspiration from Emperor, The Mars Volta, Opeth, as well as 70s era progressive rock. The album was tracked and mixed by Jonas Kjellgren of Scar Symmetry.

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There are even tinges of symphonic bands like Therion but only in atmosphere.
Old School Gamer
In any case, Leprous is more than just bits and pieces of other bands; they certainly have their own sound and an unique formula for creating amazing music.
Irishking
It begins with a very heavy guitar line that is very theatrical and epic sounding.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Justin G. TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 9, 2010
Format: Audio CD
Tall Poppy Syndrome is the second album from Norwegian progressive metal band Leprous, and is the band's first release since signing to Sensory Records. Sensory has an impressive track record when it comes to discovering cutting edge progressive metal bands, but they found something quite special with Leprous.

I suppose you could compare Leprous to a pair of fairly well known Norwegian progressive metal bands - Winds and Age of Silence - but that doesn't really do justice to just how...moving...an album like Tall Poppy Syndrome really is. It's as progressive and avant-garde as either band, but unlike those bands, Leprous' "metallness" is never in doubt and they just seem more alive and vital than their peers. This is not a power metal band with a lot of keyboard solos, nor is Leprous another insipid Dream Theater wannabe. This is unconventional metal that combines precision musicianship, intricate melodies, a uniquely Scandinavian sense of soul-crushing melancholy, and an extreme metal ferocity that's unleashed at just the right moments. Think Winds, Age of Silence, Opeth, Katatonia and perhaps Between the Buried and Me. Tall Poppy Syndrome recalls each of these bands, but sounds like none of them exactly.

In terms of musicianship, the members of Leprous all pass the prog metal proficiency test with flying colors. What's nice is that they didn't have to resort to a bunch of 10-minute instrumentals to do so. The technical wizardry they employ is all in service to fully-actualized songs and the cohesive album as a whole. There are some incredible guitar solos though, and the keyboard work...let's just say it's not at all surprising that Einar Solberg was chosen to support black metal icons Emperor.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Old School Gamer on January 5, 2011
Format: Audio CD
Leprous is the definition of Prog. They blend traditional keyobard-heavy prog metal/rock, extreme metal, black metal, avant-garde metal, and jazz so fluently, you'll wonder how a group of youngsters(they all range from 19-24 years of age) could hit the scene *this* freaking hard. This cd sounds refined and practiced beyond anything people their age usually do. In my eyes, this cd is perfect. There is not one speck of less-than-perfect composition or performance in this album. It is also most certainly one of a kind.

The closest bands that they share styles with have mostly been described by reviewers already. Opeth certainly comes to mind, especially in their acoustic passages and vocal style. Dream Theater certainly for their very long songs, explosive instrumental passages, and a good amount of *worthwhile*(a very key word here, pun intended) keyboards. Wind's or lesser known bands such as T.O.C.(Throne of Chaos) for their avant-garde leanings. And other bands like Arcturus for their tonality and range in terms of progressions as well as vocal styling and avant-garde stuff. There are even tinges of symphonic bands like Therion but only in atmosphere. There are no operatic vocals/strings, but the keyboard/guitar/vocal melodies throughout recall those classical influences.

The cd is perfect for a fan such as myself. Opeth has been my favirote band for well over 10 years and I am constantly searching bands who can brilliantly blend brutallity and beauty on that level, where spine-tingling vocal melodies mean earth-shattering drumming/guitar passages. Bands like this just create well rounded beautiful music on the whole. Leprous has already learned how in less then 6 years.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Irishking on June 21, 2009
Format: Audio CD
Who says bands cannot mimic their predecessors without adding something unique, and fresh of their own? Some bands garner comparisons to Dream Theater, especially when they are considered in the "progressive metal" sub-category of metal. While Leprous really cannot be compared to Dream Theater, they are cousins in the sub-category of prog metal, even though listening to both of them will undoubtedly result in contrasting descriptions. Who Leprous does borrow sounds from are an amalgam of a few great prog bands, most notably Opeth and Porcupine Tree. Many young bands aspire to the levels of their idols, and may use their idols sound in their music. Whether or not bands find this insulting or inspiring is irrelevant; comparisons will always be made to other bands, and even so, it gives new listeners a template they can follow to familiarize themselves with the new band.

In any case, Leprous is more than just bits and pieces of other bands; they certainly have their own sound and an unique formula for creating amazing music. Guitars lace their music with catchy riffs, while the keyboardist tickles the ivory in an amazing fashion. If any comparisons to Dream Theater were to be made, it would be the equal skill in performing with their instruments. The lead singer, who also performs on the keys, has a multifaceted voice that can go from soft and relaxing to sheer brutal screams. Death metal vocals are found in small parts in one song. The production quality is certainly top notch for such a new band.

Overall, listening to new bands like Leprous reminds me why I simply no longer listen to the mainstream garbage that pollutes my ears from radio stations.
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