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Release date: 5 May 2009
Style: Progressive metal


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03. Dare You
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07. Tall Poppy Syndrome
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If you're looking for some prog/avantgarde goodness without all the pointless technicality, just awesome songs, but still with a great original edge to which you can even headbang (Headbanging to prog? Who am I kidding?), these Norwegian gentlemen provide your cure.

I am writing this review one year after Leprous' next album, Bilateral was released. Yes, said album turned many heads, yes, it got promoted like crazy by Ihsahn, yes, most people who know the band now know it because of that album (me among them) and for many of us, it remains one of the great surprises of 2011 (which is a big deal, considering how progtastic 2011 proved to be). But let's take a look at what their previous release had to offer. Is it as groundbreaking as the follow-up, only less promoted and fallen through the cracks?

published 09.12.2012 | Comments (5)

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MetalDoomMaster - 14.10.2011 at 06:56  
Rating: 9 I think this is a lot better than Bilateral. A lot more memorable stuff on this album. Very good prog album
qlacs - 29.10.2011 at 16:54  
Rating: 10 Definitely better than Bilateral.
Demonic Tutor - 24.08.2012 at 04:29  
Rating: 9 Now I can die... Holy hell, what an album.
Monolithic - 14.10.2012 at 10:10  
Rating: 10 I was listening to it this morning. An epic album filled with memorable stuff.
undi - 22.04.2013 at 14:07  
Rating: 10 At first, you don't have the furthest idea what you're getting into.
Then, you don't know how you lived without this album until now.
When you finish... you just can't finish. You come back again, and again. And again.

I'm glad I somehow found this little known gem, and I hope they finally get the attention they deserve.
Hex_Omega - 17.08.2013 at 16:53  
Rating: 8 Dream Theater + Shining + Alchemist = This album. Bilateral is more Devin Townsendish.
BloodJuNkie - 28.11.2013 at 05:29  
Rating: 9 If you dislike this album give it another listen. I gave it a 5 after the 1st listen, now i can't give it less than 9.
Lit. - 28.11.2013 at 06:08  
  Tried it 2 1/2 times. Still wouldn't give it anymore than a 5. What a heinously overrated album from a heinously overrated band.
K†ulu - 28.11.2013 at 21:44  
Rating: 9
Written by Lit. on 28.11.2013 at 06:08

Tried it 2 1/2 times. Still wouldn't give it anymore than a 5. What a heinously overrated album from a heinously overrated band.

Argumentation? By the way 2 1/2 is way too few listens for this album. I have listened to this one more than 7 times probably, and while I like on the one hand, I still can't fully get my ahead around it, and still I feel this is a spectacular album.
Mr. Doctor - 28.11.2013 at 21:47  
  Inb4 Marcel's classic post: Most albums can be fully judged after one listen.

...and I couldn't agree more.
Lit. - 29.11.2013 at 01:35  
  I also agree with Marcel's post, and this album doesn't warrant more than two listens. I only needed to listen to it once to realize how boring it was. Thought it would be better the second time around, but nope.
Unhealer - 03.12.2013 at 03:02  
Rating: 7 Just gave this album a listen with full attention after several casual listens. I don't think it is better than any of the albums that followed, but certainly not bad. I find pretty "amateurish" songwriting at times, compared to everything that followed.
Diverge - 03.12.2013 at 05:46  
Rating: 9 Hmm I think that this album is getting a rather odd reception here on Metal Storm. On just about every reputable prog site, this album has been very well received. I'm certainly not going to acknowledge it's a perfect album, but it is an influential one and one with a surprising level of consistency. I tend to sympathize with those people who like what Leprous's contemporaries have done with the sound developed here and on the subsequent records, but this is certainly not a failure in any capacity nor is it nearly as boring or amateurish as some of the comments have suggested.

As for Leprous being overrated.... it's certainly something I can see. I personally never got into Bilateral, for example. That being said, the sheer quality of this record and Coal more than justify the hype for this group, in my honest opinion.

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