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TALL POPPY SYNDROME

Leprous

 

Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

4.13 | 364 ratings

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Robinanimate
4 stars Debut Album of the Year

What a surprising but fantastic effort these youngsters present. This album has been playing on my stereo on a weekly basis the last 6 months. And I'm not tired of it. There is a veil of originality covering every song. Most tracks vary from melancholy to the more extreme. Somewhat in the manner of Opeth when it comes to the composing and structure of the songs, but that is where the similarity ends. The metal tends to lean a bit more towards progressive metal with a touch of extreme metal on top. The clean vocals are sung with either ballad like stillness or frantic high pitch screams of fear. That is before the growling sets in of course. The singer deserves praise, but he did take some getting used to. Nevertheless, I would say that he is a major part of the atmosphere that is Leprous.

The instrumental parts are also performed with confidence. Though I would have to say that the strongest feature of the album is the atmosphere. Originality is what makes this album a killer hit for me, as I never before have heard something completely like this. If any random song were put on it could quickly be identified as no one else but Leprous.

The production could have been a little better, but that is just nitpicking. This album is a sure thing for fans of Opeth, In Mourning and Asgaut.

The whole band used to play as session musicians for Ihsahn, and it has clearly been good for them. The originality of their former employer shines through on every song. Check out Phantom Pain and be convinced. I am already waiting in excitement for what comes next from this incredible band.

Robinanimate | 4/5 |

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