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First of all, before going into detail on the songs, I want to discuss the overall feel of this album. Tall Poppy Syndrome (first album) was just heavy to the nth degree. Bilateral was playful, fun, unpredictable and eclectic. Coal was stripped-down, "simple" and consistent in tone throughout, sorrowful and dripping with emotion. I knew this album would again change things up and it most definitely does - I could best describe it as a more synth-heavy, concise, devastating version of Coal with a sprinkle of the earlier works. It is the perfect mixture of all the previous albums' strengths - it has the melancholy and consistent feel throughout that Coal boasted, the occasional heaviness of TPS, and the pleasantly irregular song structures of Bilateral. The album is very layered - most of the songs build to a climax in slow steps of increasing intensity. There are less bone-crunching riffs than TPS but the intensity of that album is felt. Here's how this record unfolds:
1) The Price - This was the lead single and was a great one at that. The main riff immediately let's the listener know that they're in for a fun ride.Read more ›
If you're more of a "Bilateral" fan, you still might like it, just give it a chance to sink in.
New to Leprous? They are a progressive metal band out of Norway that got their start as Ihsahn's (of Emperor fame) live band. While their first two albums have all the hallmarks of the genre, with their 2013 release, "Coal", they moved to a softer, more melodic approach. "The Congregation" carries on with the stylistic shift and builds upon it. The result is a very carefully, and skillfully crafted ride. Give it a listen, let it digest, then give it another go.
This album continues the trend of the last 3. Although I don't think it's quite as ground-breaking as Bilateral, it's certainly fantastic from start to end. Highly recommended for metal heads looking for something a little different
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Leprous is amazing! If you like prog, metal, atmosphere, and emotionality in your music i highly recommend them.Published 5 months ago by Cynobyte
I've just discovered this band today. I'm SO stoked. I've listened to the last 3 albums today for the first time. BLOWN AWAY!!!Published 7 months ago by TheCreator
This brilliant, diverse, deep, thoughtful, amazing progressive metal. In the lines of Mastodon but not. Pick it up.Published 8 months ago by Metal Queen