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Leprous Ranked (Top 5)

Leprous was one of those bands that, for years now, I had meant to delve into, but hadn't (as I was more into Tool-ish alternative metal and stoner rock/metal than progressive metal). While in a nearby CD warehouse (recently closed for good), I overheard a song on the loudspeaker that peeked my interest, and upon questioning, was informed that it was Leprous. I finally broke down and purchased one of their albums, Malina. I was ordering a number of Elder albums on-line, found Malina used for around $6, and threw it into the cart. Fast forward. I found that I dug Malina a lot, but hadn't heard much else by Leprous. Was at one of the McKays in TN and found Leprous' most recent album, Pitfalls, for a whopping $2.40. Had read reviews indicating this album was quite the departure from prior albums, and more progressive rock than progressive metal. Not typically my “cup of tea”, as I tend to favor my music heavy. Hesitated a bit, but at that price I was willing to take the plunge. Fast forward again. I have now heard most of Leprous' albums (still haven't heard Silent Waters or Aeolia). I can sense the progression with time towards more keyboards in their albums, and less harsh vocals and metal styling.

I see how the album Pitfalls would cause many to scream “foul”. However, there is something about Pitfalls which strikes at my inner core. It shines a flashlight on that part of me, the introverted part of me, which hides below the surface. My understanding is that most of this album was written by lead singer Einar Solberg concerning his honest travails with depression and anxiety. I feel this to be true - and this album has really spoken to me during the Covid days. Although part of me wishes this album was heavier musically, it is so damn powerful emotively that it is my #1. The extended version is worth getting.

IMO, this is quintessential Leprous. This album has the perfect blend of emotive lyrics, progressive metal, and other textures. I can listen to this album all the way through, with no desires to move it along. Should honestly be #1, if Pitfalls wasn't so damn powerful of a concept album.
The Congregation

A great album, if a bit overlong. From a pacing perspective; it seems like, each time I listen to it, the album hits its apex and comes down. And then I look at the tracklist and there's still more than half the album left. Great nonetheless.

Another great album, but a bit in-cohesive. The first seven tracks are cohesive. But when Contaminate Me comes in, it totally throws the album for a loop. A great song, but doesn't fit with the others. And then Bury returns with a feel more in-line with the first seven tracks.

Its good - a bit aged. Maybe if I had started here, back in the day, would like it better. Same for Tall Poppy Syndrome.
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