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Release date: 22 August 2011
Style: Progressive metal

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8.6 | 264 votes

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01. Bilateral
02. Forced Entry
03. Restless
04. Thorn [feat. Vegard Sverre "Ihsahn" Tveitan]
05. Mb. Indifferentia
06. Waste Of Air
07. Mediocrity Wins
08. Cryptogenic Desires
09. Acquired Taste
10. Painful Detour

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Review
Lyrics (10)


Line-up
Einar Solberg - vocals, keyboards
Tor Oddmund Suhrke - guitars
Øystein Landsverk - guitars
Tobias Ørnes Andersen - drums
Rein T. Blomquist - bass

Guest musicians
Vegard Sverre "Ihsahn" Tveitan - vocals
Vegard Sandbukt - trumpet

Guest review by
R'Vannith

Rating:
9.2
2011 proved to be a smorgasbord of interesting progressive metal acts, so much so that it was extremely difficult to keep up with the near constant influx of exhilarating, perplexing and fascinating material. When a progressive metal band attempts to release their own music into such a diverse and lively atmosphere one thing above all else is imperative to their receiving of your attention. Mushrooms! But seriously while that is some eye grabbing cover art which adorns Leprous' latest album Bilateral what is it about the music within that brings the band to the forefront of such a prosperous year for progressive metal?

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published 14.01.2012 | Comments (6)

Staff pick by
Introspekrieg

22.08.2011 A highly anticipated release from this up-and-coming Norwegian outfit, Leprous has exceeded almost insurmountable expectations. Their previous effort, Tall Poppy Syndrome, was thoroughly enjoyable but somewhat derivative (...Opeth). The off-beat brilliance hinted at before is fully realized and really shines with the dynamics of beautiful production. As the touring band for Ihsahn recently, it is appropriate that the man himself would make an appearance to add to the intensity of it all. Soaring vocals, great atmospheres, and techie musicianship make this a recommendation for fans of Arcturus, Devin Townsend and Shaolin Death Squad. (And Opeth... duh.)

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Introspekrieg - 15.07.2011 at 06:25  
Rating: 9 Yes! New song online: Restless
K†ulu - 19.07.2011 at 18:11  
Rating: 8 Mm... I don't really like the song. The cover art is great though.
Ag Fox - 19.07.2011 at 19:16  
Rating: 9 Oh sweet! didn't know a new one would be coming out soon. Tall Poppy Syndrome was a fab album of prog

EDIT: new song sounds pretty good too, but how do I bloody adjust the volume on facebook's player?
MechanisT - 30.07.2011 at 16:05  
  I just discovered Leprous with Tall Poppy Syndrome and their music is awesome! Looking forward to the new one. Nice cover, btw.
Introspekrieg - 02.08.2011 at 23:25  
Rating: 9 Ok, now this song is undeniably awesome: Thorn (ft. Ihsahn)

It figures Ihsahn would lend a hand eventually, considering Leprous were his touring band last year

Trumpets? FTW
qlacs - 05.08.2011 at 10:30  
Rating: 9 These new songs are even more complex than on the debut
qlacs - 20.08.2011 at 22:55  
Rating: 9 We got a leak, and the album - is awesome. :thumbup:
Introspekrieg - 21.08.2011 at 01:58  
Rating: 9 Look what just came in the mail!
K†ulu - 21.08.2011 at 09:49  
Rating: 8
Written by Introspekrieg on 21.08.2011 at 01:58

Look what just came in the mail!


one day earlier? cool. so how is it? I can't really get into either of the two songs. I actually have sort of a problem with Leprous. I listened to Tall Poppy Syndrome for many times, and it seems that I like it, but I somehow cannot remember it. To put it the other way, when listening to the album I sort of enjoy each song quite a lot but then when I finish listening I don't feel any satisfaction or something. Maybe I should listen to it more attentively...
Introspekrieg - 21.08.2011 at 10:11  
Rating: 9
Written by K†ulu on 21.08.2011 at 09:49

one day earlier? cool. so how is it? I can't really get into either of the two songs. I actually have sort of a problem with Leprous. I listened to Tall Poppy Syndrome for many times, and it seems that I like it, but I somehow cannot remember it. To put it the other way, when listening to the album I sort of enjoy each song quite a lot but then when I finish listening I don't feel any satisfaction or something. Maybe I should listen to it more attentively...


I don't know, this album is a bit different, much better imo. Tall Poppy Syndrome was great, but far too reliant on influences. This one incorporates the best refreshing parts of TPS with a much more focused songwriting.
AXA - 22.08.2011 at 21:01  
Rating: 9 This album for relax ,awesome tune and strong voice vocalist , nice album from 1 moment to the end .
Ag Fox - 23.08.2011 at 09:15  
Rating: 9 Finally, a stand out prog album from 2011!
Introspekrieg - 24.08.2011 at 15:45  
Rating: 9
Written by AXA on 22.08.2011 at 21:01

This album for relax ,awesome tune and strong voice vocalist , nice album from 1 moment to the end .


Einar is an amazing vocalist, he really stands out on this recording. Here's some behind the scenes:
silenius - 25.08.2011 at 00:18  
Rating: 9 Eargasm all the way, awesome album
AXA - 25.08.2011 at 02:39  
Rating: 9
Written by Introspekrieg on 24.08.2011 at 15:45

Written by AXA on 22.08.2011 at 21:01

This album for relax ,awesome tune and strong voice vocalist , nice album from 1 moment to the end .


Einar is an amazing vocalist, he really stands out on this recording. Here's some behind the scenes:




hi thanks for this video . good voice ,Awesome vocalist , this video in Ihsahn studio .
qlacs - 25.08.2011 at 12:46  
Rating: 9 I really like the first 4 songs and Painful Detour. I can't really get into the others.
Darkside Momo - 28.08.2011 at 15:59  
  Not bad at all. Waste Of Air is my fav so far.
BloodTears - 28.08.2011 at 16:07  
Rating: 9 One of the great prog albums of the year. Definitely.

Also, this is my first Leprous album.
Awesomesaurus - 31.08.2011 at 00:37  
Rating: 9 Bilateral is very listenable but also very complex and multi-layered album. I love it.

Personal favorites: Mb. Indifferentia and Painful Detour.
Night Sight - 10.09.2011 at 10:15  
  I love "thorn".specially when ihsahn sings
AXA - 14.09.2011 at 08:29  
Rating: 9 I really love this album more than opeth new album , and i prefer hear this album its very good sound
and nice stuff , every think new , its normally a greatfull album .
dizzl - 16.09.2011 at 13:51  
Rating: 8 I was like, wtf, they from norway?? I was not bored 1sec through this album, cool riffs, good vocals and overall energetic music. its like they have not taken the "prog" label to serious, which is a good thing.
SWAMPL0RD - 22.09.2011 at 06:19  
Rating: 10 I've never heard of these guys until Bilateral hit the MS charts a few days ago. All I can say is wow! Reminds me of Riverside, no wonder they share the same label. Totally awesome!
DrM - 28.09.2011 at 15:00  
Rating: 10
Written by dizzl on 16.09.2011 at 13:51

I was like, wtf, they from norway?? I was not bored 1sec through this album, cool riffs, good vocals and overall energetic music. its like they have not taken the "prog" label to serious, which is a good thing.

Not necessarily, the very first song has a 7/8 time signature and this is just them warming up (as a drummer myself I really like unusual time signatures). I'd say that's a pretty proggy album.

In my view it's not that they're not taking Prog too seriously, it's like they don't force it like most bands nowadays do (ironic that one of the songs is actually called "Forced In"), they just flow with the music. The result is a complex yet addictive and catchy album.
K†ulu - 29.09.2011 at 16:44  
Rating: 8 The first five listens I was trying to understand this album, and the first two or three I did not like it at all. Now, the last two or three listens I have actually been enjoying it. I am still amazed at how perception changes with time.
SWAMPL0RD - 07.10.2011 at 03:01  
Rating: 10 Whoa! The last half of Forced Entry is fucking amazing. This guy can belt it out
Unhealer - 09.10.2011 at 22:21  
Rating: 9 Just gave it the third spin.
I can now say this album is excellent, the vocalist steals the show IMO. Very Muse/Tool influenced.
The Benighted - 11.10.2011 at 00:06  
Rating: 9 This is definitely their best album. Only reason this is lower is because of idiot downvoters trying to boost albums.
Czerny Reiter - 15.10.2011 at 23:44  
Rating: 9 So sugary, so mellow, so powerful, so all of that and more, blended thoroughly in an excellently paced, diverse and entertaining record. Contender for top prog this year.
Risto - 25.10.2011 at 14:16  
Rating: 8 I'm going to buy this album. I thought this year's personal top 3 would be unchallenged, but Bilateral disagrees!
Kuroboshi - 07.01.2012 at 10:05  
Rating: 9 Much better than their previous efforts imo! The singer has such a powerful voice. And what's more interesting, I find the clean parts much better than the growl parts, which is kind of unusual! Usually it's the other way around, or about the same. The only other album I find this way is Opeth's masterpiece My Arms, Your Hearse.
InnerSelf - 05.02.2012 at 01:16  
Rating: 8 A crime I've committed ignoring this until now. Some seriously brilliant stuff
Milena - 28.07.2012 at 14:17  
Rating: 10 Last year, I thought this was okay but a step-down from TPS. Now, when I revisited it... it's like, holy fuck, could this be any better.
Monolithic - 14.10.2012 at 10:09  
Rating: 7 I'm afraid it doesn't do much favor for me. It is brilliant indeed but more than just a step-down from Tall Poppy Syndrome. Although it is indeed a good album.
-DC-002- - 02.02.2013 at 03:14  
Rating: 9 This album is still way awesome to go back to, I'm gonna try tall poppy syndrome finally.
Ag Fox - 02.02.2013 at 06:23  
Rating: 9 I personally like tall poppy syndrome more
qlacs - 19.09.2013 at 16:22  
Rating: 9 2 years after the release I started to really like the album. Damn..
Lethrokai - 04.01.2014 at 13:57  
Rating: 10 I'll say it.
This may just be my favourite album of all time. (I'm still not currently sure...)
This is what happens when you take a group of talented and original musicians, put an unstoppable force in on vocals, and let them do whatever they want.
Genre breaking, incredibly unique, and one of the best musical experiences in the prog scene.

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