Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Leprous - Coal (2013)
Leprous' third album sees them showing off their more melodic/atmospheric side as opposed to the technicality of "Tall Poppy Syndrome" and "Bilateral" but, as expected, it's still a phenomenal work and is sure to be one of this year's best prog metal albums. Like Devin Townsend, Leprous have always had a penchant for the bombastic side of metal and it absolutely shines through on "Coal." Take for example the soaring chorus on "Chronic"or the uplifting epic "The Valley" which are some of my favorite parts on the album. Or consider the gorgeous ballads "Cloak" and "Salt" where vocalist Einar Solberg is at his best. Finally, consider the mindblowing closing track "Contaminate Me" which features an astounding performance from legendary Emperor vocalist Ihsahn and you'll most likely be tempted to conclude that this is a masterpiece of an album. It's certainly Leprous' catchiest album yet though it doesn't stray too far from the style they established with their two previous records. If you're looking for a unique, quirky album that stands out from most other prog metal releases then this is definitely up your alley.

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