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PITFALLS

Leprous

 

Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

3.81 | 141 ratings

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javajeff
4 stars This is Leprous' lightest, most accessible album to date, and progressive rock fans will find a lot of good music here. The last track, The Sky is Red, sounds the most like classic Leprous with 11+ minutes of rhythmic guitar, unique vocal phrasing, and superb drumming... But somehow changes direction at the end to a more ethereal experience with chants. Distant Bells is another fantastic track with lush orchestration and piano. The songwriting is superb, and the vocals are fantastic as usual. This is more of an ear candy release with layers of voices and sounds providing ambiance at various times. Anyone that loves the raw power of Leprous will not find it here. Pitfalls has subtle beauty, and practices a more compositional approach. It is a change of direction for a band that was on a very formulaic path, and now has an opportunity to expand and grow. This is going to take many repeated listens to fully move beyond expectations. However, like past Leprous releases, I would not want to be without it.
javajeff | 4/5 |

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