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TALL POPPY SYNDROME

Leprous

 

Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

4.16 | 229 ratings

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Starhammer
Prog Reviewer
4 stars Close, but no opium pipe...

After the acclaimed debut comes the tricky second album from Noweigan band, Leprous.

I first came across Tall Poppy Syndrome some time ago on the list of "Little known but highly rated studio albums" featured on this website. Since then it's previously stratospheric rating has been reduced somewhat, but still remains one of the top albums of 2009 and deservedly so. Scandinavia has always been a gold mine for metal talent and this release is no exception, like a many tiered cake, each with multiple layers and all of the highest quality.

The vocals fall somewhere between Amorphis and Haken, although the overall sound is more akin to Katatonia, but infinitely more interesting.

I have been toying with the idea of awarding 'Tall Poppy Syndrome' a five star rating for a while now as there can be no denying its musical prowess. But there is also something missing. It's hard to describe, or even know what exactly this is, but I feel it lacks a certain level of enjoyment. Like a piece of fine art that you can respect and appreciate, but wouldn't hang up in your living room.

The Verdict: Even after countless listens I'm still undecided. Consistently excellent, and yet ever so slightly underwhelming.

Starhammer | 4/5 |

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