The path to greatness (or the lack thereof) by any one band out there often1) feels like a journey. Sometimes it is a stairway to heaven, but – more often – a friggin’ rollercoaster to doom. The latter one is usually driven by often bizarre tenets that must be followed. Because the powers that be demand it, whoever that might be, by the way. The road to hell is paved with good intentions, as the proverb goes.
It appears that a somewhat limited, yet pretty high-octane offering of prog will pass over the RMR review counter this year. And that’s a good thing. Even if we would have liked to see more, much more.
After the 2019 disappointment that Leprous produced, the deckhands on this RMR cruiser really look forward to some revival of Progressive Metal. Yet, Steven Wilson already telegraphed his urge to exploit the cheesily sweet pop soundscape worse than his current release To The Bone ever dared. And his next record will only show signs of life by January 2021, which may not be … [...] Click to raid more!
Well, this tune clearly harkens back to a time when Porcupine Tree, Steven Wilson1), and Leprous still made Progressive Rock and Metal worth its salt. Haken‘s newest extract from their upcoming piece prominently called Virus really pricked our ears. Not because it is exceedingly crunchy or some sort of powerful metal, but because Canary Yellow is one artfully mastered track.
It does impress with a pretty unusual and somewhat gentle, yet potent style of Progressive Metal at the top of its art. Subtly thunderous, yet amazingly soft-spoken. Which surprises even more, once you contemplate its fiery end.… [...] Click to raid more!
It is true. The RMR blog did post pretty critical coverage of Leprous‘ latest deliveries. And for cause, with Malina really taking the plunge in 2017.
Over the last years, the band with Einar Solberg at the helm, moved ever farther down into the sugary abyss other bands already shipwrecked in. And away from a once strong prog metal performance. Now, as the new release came closer, we got bits and pieces that indicated a new era approaching. For Leprous.
Yet, as it happens, this is Einar Solberg talking on Pitfalls, with Leprous – the band – … [...] Click to raid more!