Our Norwegian 20 something’s, Leprous, have proven they can create a genre of their own on Bilateral. The band uses their killer vocals to create the intensity in their music, as well as paint a picture of fantasy for the listener in songs such as “Restless” and “Painful Detour.”
Einar Solberg’s (vocals/synth) voice is what drew me to their music but who could deny the triumphant drums, by Tobias Orner Andersen, or the enchanting guitar as heard in “Acquired Taste” by Tor Oddmund Suhrke coupled with Oystein Landsverk and the pulsating bass by Rein Blomquist as an alluring trait to this rising album and artist.
In Bilateral not only did they unite their progressive rock and metal with literal metal, the trumpet in “Thorn“ has living legend Ihsahn guest on the track as well.
As a Euro Trash and black metal connoisseur, I fell for this album. I find it to be the dark emo sister album of Muse’s The Resistance. This new album shows progression in a style to fit the listeners by staying true to the Rock and Metal sound whilst adding their own symphonic spice to tracks. This album truly has an impressive range, from head banging hair flipping blow out your speaker’s rock, then screaming to the whimsical in powerful songs that inspire, which to a prog rocker are easy listening on a chill night. The collective experience of 10 years behind the group shows greatly in their understanding of music and the crowd desires.
“I’m not a fan of following genres in general” said Solberg. Well said my friend, Leprous is the scientist of their genre always expanding and testing new sound, thankfully the prog crowd is open-minded and supportive as am I. Now shall we try something new my music fans? Join me on the journey that Leprous has created in Bilateral.
Key Tracks: Thorn, Acquired Taste, Mb.Indifferentia
July 22, 2011