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COAL

Leprous

 

Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

4.00 | 357 ratings

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poito
4 stars Another great release by this contagious band. Yeah, I know leprosy is not contagious, but like the virus of the flu, they keep evolving and spreading. Just from where it was left in their excellent previous album BILATERAL, this originally djenty-based band had gained a sophistication then that climbs here to much higher heights. Good news for Prog. Also, the land gained by singer Solberg keeps growing. His singing has become a main pillar in the composition, simultaneously to the reduction of his work at the keys, which gets limited, just accompanying and filling. On one hand, the dominant voices facilitate some textures that the band had never used and were unthinkable in their early work, but on the other, the tracks lose the briskly moments one always expect in Prog music when guitar or keyboard go riffing. These passages have nearly disappeared from the repertoire of Leprous. Yet, the music hasn't lost a bit of variety and fun. At times, the voice motifs repeat more than necessary and after a few times listening, they get tiring in your ears, such as in the tracks Foe, The Valley and Echo. A good guitar/keyboard riff instead might have work better. This was something I had anticipated it could happen when I noticed the growing presence of Solberg's singing in the structure of the music in former albums. Hopefully, they'll keep it there and it won't affect the quality of the composition in subsequent releases. Also, they began using some sounds from rock bands that make the arrangements more digestible to a wider audience but also dangerously recognizable. My favorite tracks are Chronicle, The Cloak, and The Valley
poito | 4/5 |

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