Boy, 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. [...]