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Old 12-19-2011, 06:47 PM   #30
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29.) Leprous – Bilateral


Leprous is a Norwegian band of very talented jazz and metal musicians. They’ve got all manner of synths, horns, saxophones, guitars, etc. They’re main gig over the last few years has been the live backing band to Ihsahn (see his excellent 2010 album, After, to hear Leprous’ work before 2011). But they also have a lead singer whose soaring, rich tenor is given room to shine without Ihsahn’s presence. These tracks are progressive metal, but not in the technical-power-metal way. They remind me of early Pain of Salvation in terms of the emotions created, only jazzier. Bilateral is a shifting, virtuosic album but also an emotional and accessible one. Any fan of progressive rock should check out this album. Even fans of Faith No More or Mr. Bungle will find plenty to like.



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