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3.59 | 122 ratings | 5 reviews | 22% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2006

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Disclosure (11:04)
2. Black Stains (4:50)
3. Last Word (3:19)
4. Aeolus Shadow (7:17)
5. The Great Beast (8:07)
6. Indecisive (6:25)
7. Close Your Heart (11:04)
8. Deformed Beauty (instrumental) (1:18)
9. Eye Of The Storm (10:56)

Total time 64:15

Line-up / Musicians

- Einar Solberg / lead vocals, synth
- Tor Oddmund Suhrke / guitar, backing vocals
- Øystein Skonseng Landsverk / guitar, backing vocals
- Halvor Strand / bass
- Tor Stian Borhaug / drums

Releases information

Demo CD

Artwork: Bjørn Tore Moen

CDr self-released (2006, Norway)
CD self-released (2010, Norway)

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LEPROUS Aeolia ratings distribution

(122 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(22%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(36%)
Good, but non-essential (31%)
Collectors/fans only (10%)
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Review by Conor Fynes
3 stars 'Aeolia' - Leprous (6/10)

Since breaking onto the scene, Leprous has gone through a not-unnoticeable development in their sound. While I am not a huge fan of this earlier work, they blew me away with their third opus 'Bilateral', which came in as one of my top albums of the year. With Leprous now having become one of the most adventurous progressive metal acts out there today, it's interesting to see them at a more primitive stage in their development. All the same, 'Aeolia' has its share of fans and lovers; a group I am sadly not a part of. Attempting to reintroduce myself to the earlier work of this band in the hopes that my love for 'Bilateral' might sway me to the other side, but it hasn't happened. That's not to say that 'Aeolia' is a bad album, it has plenty of strengths. But even outside of its retrospective context and comparison with the masterpiece 'Bilateral', there are still some flimsy issues that keep me from calling this a great album.

As the backing band for former Emperor frontman Ihsahn, it can be taken for granted that Leprous are excellent musicians. Despite their youth, they are able to execute complex arrangements. 'Aeolia' sees Leprous following somewhat in the footsteps of Dream Theater, only without the same devotion to instrumental indulgence. What Leprous aims for is highly vocal-driven progressive metal, something they still aspire to today, in some regards. As the vocals are arguably the most important aspect of Leprous at this point, it should be noted that Einar Solberg has an excellent voice, and is able to pull off some jaw- dropping vocal acrobatics, without losing any of the emotional intensity.

Halvor Strand's jazzy bass lines also stand out as one of 'Aeolia's better aspects. In short, it would be difficult for just about anyone to say bad things about the way Leprous plays. The band's performance is largely what holds 'Aeolia' together. Although this is a full-length, it is described on the band's website as a 'demo', and rightly so; it has a very muffled production, often to the point where the warmth and detail of the guitar performances are obscured. 'Aeolia' is certainly listenable in regards to the sound quality, but it totally lacks the studio dynamic I would hear even on their second album, 'Tall Poppy Syndrome'.

Of course, everything about an album boils down to the composition and songwriting. With 'Aeolia', it is something of a double-edged sword. Most of the musical concepts here have plenty of potential, and some of Einar's vocal melodies are almost painfully catchy to listen to (the chorus of 'Black Stains' will testify to this). Where 'Aeolia' goes wrong, however, is its predictability. Once the layout of Leprous' music is digested, it becomes easy to tell where melodies, ideas, or even entire songs are going to go, long before they're done. Perhaps it doesn't help that the production dulls the range of sound, but the dynamics in these songs feels bland. Paired with an inconsistent flow and unsteady use of ideas, 'Aeolia' comes across as being an album with plenty of potential, but misses its mark.

Review by The Crow
3 stars Leprous full-length debut!!!

And even if it's just a demo, the sound is good enough to prove the technical mastery and good ideas of these Swedes.

The bad thing is that for my taste, this good sound and this good work on the instruments is not accompanied by compositions that are addictive enough for this album to become indispensable for me. In addition, the surprising formula of the first tracks becomes rather predictable towards the end of the album.

However, it does show enormous potential that, given the current status of the band, was confirmed in successive releases.

Well done guys! Especially recommended for fans of bands like Opeth, Mastodon and Atheist.

Best Tracks: Disclosure (a great chorus and an enviable instrumental development, as evidenced by the final "piano concerto"), Black Stains (jazzy and funny), Aeolous Shadow (the most epic song of this Aeolia in my opinion) and Deformed Beauty (beautiful guitar playing que a layer of keyboards)

My Rating: ***

Latest members reviews

4 stars Aeolia is disrespected by several fellow reviewers on PA. Since Leprous was apparently quite reluctant to release this to the general public, the band members seem to feel the same way about it. I frankly don't understand it. I don't see Aeolia as a flawed precursor to Leprous' official relea ... (read more)

Report this review (#1225519) | Posted by thwok | Monday, July 28, 2014 | Review Permanlink

3 stars Bungle Origins I was both surprised and not surprised to find that Aeolia was actually a pretty decent album. Surprised because of its reputation as the band's disowned debut, choosing to always list Tall Poppy Syndrome as their first album, and obviously the big glaring 'DEMO' tag, as well a ... (read more)

Report this review (#1178249) | Posted by Gallifrey | Thursday, May 22, 2014 | Review Permanlink

5 stars I have been reading album reviews on Progarchives (my first choice source for music reviews) for many years, and I have finally decided to start writing my own reviews. I am from Norway, so it was easy for me to select a Norwegian band for my first review. I listened almost only to metal before I ... (read more)

Report this review (#859873) | Posted by OleNorway | Friday, November 16, 2012 | Review Permanlink

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