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Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

4.14 | 441 ratings

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King Brimstone
3 stars - Review #21 -

Oh, Leprous, you were so close to having a four star debut. Unfortunately, I've always felt like there's a worryingly large amount of songs that really aren't memorable or surprising in any way. Luckily, the next album would fix that.

First off let's start with the facts. For a debut, this is amazing. Usually bands aren't too confident in their first releases since it's their first exposure to the music market, but Leprous is a band that has been confident, professional and excellent from the beginning. This band has a strong Opeth/Porcupine Tree influence, with music focusing mostly on giving the listener a mellow impression. Technicality is there, but it's not a main focus of the album. Can't really call this extreme prog metal though, I would say it's more like Progressive Metal. Sure, there's growls, but they're not too common and most of the time their music isn't too heavy.

There's songs like Passing and Fate that work as ballads for the album, they have great melodies. There's tracks focused more on the dynamic aspect, featuring multiple time signatures changes, like Phantom Pain, Dare You And He Will Kill Again, with the latter being the standout of the album. Of course you also have the epic White which closes the album very well, even if it's a little too repetitive. Not Even A Name and the title track are really boring and uninteresting, I usually skip both of them.

So I can say it's a good debut. I wouldn't say it's excellent and calling it a masterpiece is way too much of a stretch. I still recommend it, however. Three Stars.

King Brimstone | 3/5 |


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