Leprous – Malina (2017) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Leprous - Malina - Album Cover2017 will be a good year for Progressive and Alternative Rock and Metal. And I have a feeling that some of them players will end up on the 2017 Top 10 Records list. Increased sophistication seems to be the game these days too. Away from heavy-handed djent-ism to more refined shores. So much so that some bands lose their metal chops and reinvent themselves in pop and some tastier versions of rock. The last example is the late To The Bone from Steven Wilson. And no, it did not go pop, but sports some sort of Progressive Rock of the poppy kind. Not bad at all.

To change direction like that is like taking leave from your trusty and favorite New York steakhouse and be adventurous. Try some Nouvelle Cuisine. You know, these guys serving you next to nothing on big white plates with a pretty decoration. Dishes served with paired wine in dining rooms decked out in coldly calculated comfort that chill your soul. And then they charge you a gazillion of hard earned dollars for it. Very avant-garde and for food nerds of the wealthy kind.  [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!

Leprous – The Congregation (2015) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Leprous - The Congregation - Album CoverBoy, this is Scandinavian month @ RockmusicRaider – for sure. And with some more Progressive Metal to boot. This time we are going deep down into the cold Northern fjords. The Norwegian Progressive Rock and Metal band Leprous have been on a roll over these past years. They churned out album after album rating highly with fans on the #metal Richter scale. Their fourth studio album The Congregation serves us with a real tough cookie indeed. The whole concoction is – in style, not content – not unlike the Zierler début and – in part – somewhat reminiscent of Guilt Machine with their currently sole record.  

The influence of Ihsahn aka. Vegard Sverre Tveitan and his wife Heidi Solberg Tveitan aka. Ihriel can be felt strongly, which probably also explains the choice of the ugly cover of a dead dog or jackal, whatever the fuck it is. The cover was developed by French artist Nihil living in Norway too. The style is right up his alley. And there is a smelly underbelly to this record. Something dark and foreboding that does not come out right, just lurking somewhere in the background. A cold reptilian stillness that does not quite manifest itself, if you get my drift. Judging by the influence this band got and still is getting, I am not all too surprised.  [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!