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4.01 | 126 ratings

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4 stars 4.5 stars. What a statement of a debut album! This is a confident young band with no limit on their potential. I encountered this group live before hearing the album, and they blew my expectations away. First off, we don't get a lot of great concerts here in Ottawa, As groups tend to play Quebec City & Montreal before skipping right past to Toronto. Imagine my surprise when of all groups, playing at a dingy bar a block from where I work, comes Leprous! I was excited for weeks leading up to the show, I felt like a kid eagerly awaiting Christmas right up until I was in the door. I was a bit late but caught a different opening act before Earthside set up. I remember having my back turned when "The Closest I've Come" began, and being immediately compelled to head right to the front row to see this group in action. My first thoughts upon seeing them were that none of these musicians could be 30 years old, yet here they were playing cinematic prog metal that is actually something I haven't heard before. Their music is modern and complex, delicate and grandiose, catchy and well-composed. The real standout track that everyone needs to hear is "Mob Mentality", a 10 minute symphonic prog metal monster that honestly will get stuck in your head just like any much shorter song you would hear on the radio. I left this concert also like a kid on Christmas, having received a new gift that I wasn't expecting at all. I would recommend this album to fans of prog metal and fans of classic prog alike.
Corcoranw687 | 4/5 |


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