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TALL POPPY SYNDROME

Leprous

 

Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

4.13 | 364 ratings

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Jadittir
4 stars Truely gem. One of the most elegant prog metal of this year...so far. I have acquired this album for a few week but I must admit that I was lost in words to describe my feelin toward their music. After let it distilled in my mind for a while, here I am...trying my best to describe my experience with such unique and diverse piece.

Leprous is a young Norwegian prog band. From this album I'm not so sure whether to classify them as Tech/Extreme prog metal. But as I have not listen to their previous album, it might be a little too premature to judge. Anyway, this album "Tall Poppy Syndrome", I humbly believe they lean more toward to Experimental/Post metal or even Progressive metal side. From start to finish, you'll experience fairly diverse genre of music. From a deep dark and atmospheric Scandinavian black metal, Dream Theater-ish prog metal, sad acoustic Opeth-like passage, strange Psychotic Waltz sound, sweet mainstream pop-rock to Jazz/Fusion interaction, all blended into one piece. It is safe to say that they play mainly prog metal, due to its lots of guitar distortion with lots of grunting and almost screaming high vocal, but with uniquely blend of various elements, it makes me think twice when it comes to it classification. However, their musical talent is, beyond any reasonably doubt, splendid.

Apart from above the objective description about what they are ( as much as I am trying to be), my short and subjective opinion about the album is "a journey". From one second, you'll fall for moody and beautiful music, and the next minute they suddenly want to slay your ear with its extreme brutality. Complex yet darkly beautiful and elegant. At first it might be hard to get into but slowly their music will grow on you. Next thing I know was that I constantly listen to this album, the whole CD, and still find some part of music that I like more and more.

This is a grandiose piece of prog metal album and they deserve a round of applaud. Beautiful, complex and effortless. Could not recommend enough!

Jadittir | 4/5 |

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