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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.

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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.





DrGonzo1937
11.24.19
Sorry this one is so late, it's been a crazy-busy month. As always, thanks to everyone who participated in this, and a big thanks to Toondude for sharing his thoughts on the album.

I'll be opening up the vote for November this week and it'll only be a brief window, because the End of Year lists and so forth will be taking precedence in a few weeks.

nightbringer
11.24.19
Nice, both my picks have won so far. Guess I have generic Sput taste.

DoofDoof
11.24.19
You do

Nocte
11.24.19
Good little ditty Toondude. I really hope this feature builds some momentum well into next year.

Toondude10
11.24.19
I need to get back into reviewing, I did do that last Starset album but that was the only one I did this year.

Gyromania
11.24.19
Glad to see it beat Ghosteen

Pikazilla
11.24.19
who rigged this

Nocte
11.25.19
#anothercontribconspiracy

Dewinged
11.25.19
Good write up, hated the album.

Willie
11.26.19
Good write up, loved the album.

TheNotrap
11.26.19
It turned out to be a good outcome, the album is indeed interesting.

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