September’s vote was in almost unanimous agreement, having Cult of Luna’s seventh album, A Dawn to Fear, as your go-to album for the month. October was a much different kettle of fish, however, and saw a number of albums clawing their way up to the top spot. When the dust settled though, the winner was a well-deserved one. Leprous has always been a strong and creative band, and their shifts into various sonic territories over the years hasn’t gone unnoticed (or praised) within the Sputnik community. 2019’s Pitfalls is no exception. So with that, here’s a small blurb from Toondude, explaining why it’s an obvious winner.
OCTOBER 2019 AOTM: Leprous – Pitfalls
“Drastic change can take many forms, and in this case, it takes the form of Leprous’ Pitfalls – stripping back its heavy guitars and epic instrumentation in favor of an atmospheric production with pop-like songwriting, and vocalist Einar Solberg taking center stage. Einar has almost always been a terrific vocalist (granted his harsh vocals are somewhat of an Acquired Taste *wink*), but it’s easy to call Pitfalls his best performance to date. “Below”, “Observe the Train” and “Distant Bells” are just a few examples that showcase the man’s vocal capabilities. However, it wasn’t until “Alleviate” that I began to truly realize there’s still plenty of moments for the instrumentation – particularly from bassist Simen Børven and drummer Baard Kolstad – to shine through here. In the end, Pitfalls is just another masterpiece in the band’s near-perfect discography.” – Toondude.