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Leprous - Aphelion



8 | 155 votes |
Release date: 27 August 2021
Style: Progressive metal

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49 have it
27 want it


01. Running Low
02. Out of Here
03. Silhouette
04. All The Moments
05. Have You Ever?
06. The Silent Revelation
07. The Shadow Side
08. On Hold
09. Castaway Angels
10. Nighttime Disguise

Staff review by
musclassia
Rating:
7.8
Plenty of bands have taken stylistic directions that have lost them fans; fewer of them manage to win part of that lost fanbase back whilst continuing in the same direction. With Aphelion, Leprous may not convince everyone that was put off by Pitfalls, but they've at least got me back on board.

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published 25.08.2021 | Comments (11)

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Comments: 16   Visited by: 387 users
27.07.2021 - 16:30
Rating: 8
musclassia

On first listens, MUCH prefer this to Pitfalls - not just because its veers somewhat more towards rock (and to a degree, metal), albeit not to the level of even Malina, but because the instrumentation takes far more advantage out of Baard and Tor, and the songs feel less melodramatic and more sprawling in the directions they spread into. honestly wasn't expecting to like it all that much after the lead single but this is something I hope might actually inspire revisits after I've finished the review process
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27.08.2021 - 12:29
Rating: 9
robpal
Proglord
Excellent. Much more dynamic, less emo than the previous release.
Very positive surprise.
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27.08.2021 - 16:58
Rating: 7
Gopherhawk

Ah, the bi-annual experiment to see how close you can mic instruments and mouths. Love Leprous, but holy crap do they go out of their way to produce for hipster coffee shops.
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Follow your heart, not trends.
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27.08.2021 - 23:11
Rating: 8
Tom Muller

Way much better then pitfalls
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Fire walk with me
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28.08.2021 - 17:12
JoHn DoE

Just finished listening to it, quite good, better or at least more interesting and entertaining than their last couple of releases.
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I thought the two primary purposes for the internet were cat memes and overreactions.
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28.08.2021 - 18:25
Rating: 7
chomskeet

MUCH better than their last release, still my second least favorite album of theirs. Unlike most metal, my normie wife didn't hate it when I put it on in the car so I guess there's some use for this album.....
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29.08.2021 - 03:07
Aries Rising

Better than the last album but still not that great. It sounds so phoned in and boring.
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29.08.2021 - 11:57
Rating: 5
666tipex666

Its like with every album they're just asking themselves "how much more hipster we can get?"
I miss old Leprous.
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30.08.2021 - 16:50
Rating: 6
X-FrEaK

So far seems worse than Pitfalls. Pitfalls was softer but catchy, this one is neither catchy nor that much heavier that would indicate they are back to playing metal.
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01.09.2021 - 08:18
Rating: 9
HiddenDictator

I really dig this. It seems like they took the best parts of Pitfalls and improved (a lot) on the weakest. I think the contrast between the slow and fast sections is better achieved in this offering, although one thing I would want them to revise furthermore is their reliance on the later. That being said, the composition is overall strong and the album flows really well. The instruments have more shining moments and sound tighter together. It is a good step into the right direction. Good album!
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01.09.2021 - 13:16
Rating: 9
Kuroboshi

I think they're falling into a hole with their song writing. I love the congregation and Malina, and enjoy pitfalls. But it feels like their formula that they started with on congregation (ie long mellow intro, followed by some catchy chorus) is exacerbated here, to the point where it is just predictable and a bit boring. Works on some songs, but when evert single song basically follows this pattern (and is better done on previous releases), it results in a pretty average release to me. I think it's sad that the most interesting part is the last minutes of the final song, when things are finally shook up a bit, and I realize how much I miss a Leprous that blends musical styles more.
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04.09.2021 - 18:52
Rating: 4
Morbid Angel 13

This band, in my humble opinion, has been going down the drain after The Congregation. They used to be one of my favourites but now I just can't understand them at all. I really miss them 😭😭😭
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06.09.2021 - 06:49
Rating: 5
kingeryck

Meh. As weak as their last one if not worse.
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07.09.2021 - 23:30
Rating: 9
Lapkritis

Really good album. There's some Ulver vibes going on, that I like. By accident I listened to Silent Revelation and it got me hooked, now I'm fan again.
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08.09.2021 - 01:08
Rating: 8
Azerethum

It grows on you on with every listen, nice album overall
+Musicianship, song structures
+Maybe the finest Einar vocals
+Fresh ideas
+Some very addictive songs
-I wanted a bit more metal oriented approach once again...
-The album lacks continuity, it sounds more than a collection of good independent songs
-"All the moments" is not a good fit in this album
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16.09.2021 - 22:33
Rating: 9
Kuroboshi

Written by Kuroboshi on 01.09.2021 at 13:16

Quoting myself.

I stand by what I said earlier, but all the songs have grown on me. Especially Nighttime Disguise is a sick track. If they had some more songs of this vein, it would be their best album.

Written by Azerethum on 08.09.2021 at 01:08

It grows on you on with every listen, nice album overall
+Musicianship, song structures
+Maybe the finest Einar vocals
-I wanted a bit more metal oriented approach once again...
-The album lacks continuity, it sounds more than a collection of good independent songs

Agree with these points.
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