One of the top metal albums of 2011. There seems to be an innovative and unexpected thing in every tune.rThe singer does a tremendous job and my hats off to him playing the Keys.rThere isn't a boring plain preset synth patch sound anywhere. rA very rhythmic and melodic album.
Albums like this don't come along very often. I've personally never heard an album where a band tries this many different ideas and executes them so flawlessly. Leprous combine the wacky vocals and theatricality of a band like Queen with a stylish and sometimes aggressive brand of in-your-face progressive rock. There are even metal influences at work here reminiscent of Opeth and sometimes even Meshuggah (listen to the intro of "Forced Entry"). When Solberg hits those high notes on songs like "Forced Entry" and "Mb. Indifferentia" he is a force to be reckoned with. Once you get used to their weirdness, this band shows itself to be one seriously hot contender in the progressive rock scene. Recommended Songs: Forced Entry, Mb. Indifferentia, Waste of Air, Cryptogenic Desires
I really expected huge things from this album: "Tall Poppy Syndrome" was a superb album and
a true grower for me. "Bilateral," while still a great album and also a grower, doesn't
quite live up to the previous album. Surprises pop up here and there throughout the songs,
which range from catchy (the first and last track especially), to unpredictably progressive
(for example, "Forced Entry"), to rather awkward "Thorn," which could have been so much