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Bilateral [CD]

Leprous Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (22 Aug 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Century Media
  • ASIN: B00596SLIS
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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Listen  7. Mediocrity Wins 6:070.99  Buy MP3 
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LEPROUS Bilateral CD

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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Third Album from this prog rock genius 28 Aug 2011
Format:Audio CD

i saw these guys live as a supoort band for Ihsahn, one month ago, great show.

I already own their second album "tall poppy...". Bilateral is more accurate in the song writing that their previous album.

A must have for fans of Devin Townsend and Porcupine Tree.

Stand out tracks: Restless, thorn, mb. indifferentia and mediocrity wins.

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great music from a great band 23 Nov 2011
Format:Audio CD
So, as I was reading about the forthcoming Amorphis tour, I learned about their support bands and searched for their music on the internet, so I could know what to expect when they played in Portugal (Porto - Hard Club).
And WHAT A GREAT SURPRISE! I immediately recognized this guys as Ihsahn's support band, but I've never heard their own material. I felt instantly in love with their music just by listening to their music video available on their official website ([...]).
When they played here (November 20th 2011) they delivered an amazing performance (they are a group of amazing musicians), full of energy and very professional. I bought all their three albums on the venue and this one ("Bilateral") is their best release!
Highly recommended for anyone who loves great and new music.
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I bought this and my toes fell off. 27 Mar 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Somebody recommended this to me, saying it would be right up my street. Sorry, but my street isn't in Norway - I went to Norway once, it was shut.
I suppose it's tolerable, but it's nowt special. My skin broke out in mushrooms after listening to it.

Now excuse me whilst I whip my anteater, to whisk me away in my daemonic chariot.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Masterpiece of Prog-Rock 26 Mar 2012
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There are certain albums over the years that I believe qualify as essential/must-own albums for any fan of progressive music, both classic and current. For me, albums such as "Close to the Edge", "Lamb Lies Down on Broadway" to "Metroplis 2: Scenes from a Memory", "Milliontown" and "Bridge Across Forever" would be good examples of "essential prog" and for my money, Bilateral is as well.

While it's not as instantly accessible as some of the other albums that I mentioned, it's well worth the investment to get into their head space because once you do, the music comes alive and is just absolutely brilliant. For me, it took 4-5 spins to really "get" what they were doing, but once I got there, it's proving to be one of the best albums I've heard in a long time.

Not only are they very talented musicians who are technically proficient and write great music, it's very original which is what really sets them apart from a lot of progressive bands who can shred and even produce some enjoyable songs, but don't really push the boundaries. As for their sound......imagine 1 part Riverside, 1 part Shaolin Death Squad, throw some Nu Metal growling offset by some beautiful Muse/Queen style vocal arrangements and a myriad of other influences and you get a sense for how much fun this band is.

I highly recommend this album to fans of progressive music UNLESS you are really more a fan of the classic 70's prog-scene and aren't a big fan of some of the heavier elements found in today's prog-music. While those heavier elements don't dominate the album - and aren't even in some of the songs - they are ubiquitous enough that they might detract from your ability to enjoy the album. I will say this, I myself am not a big fan of the growls in Death or NU metal but they didn't bother me at all on this album, especially after the first few spins.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Stunning 18 Sep 2011
By Murat Batmaz - Published on
Format:Audio CD
If you discovered Leprous with their previous album Tall Poppy Syndrome, you can safely pick up Bilateral because, being familiar with the band, you should know that you can expect something similar yet at the same time something different. That is to say the differences are there, but at the root of it the band is still the same band you discovered and came to love two years ago.

Bilateral is harder to review because I've had it for only a little while now while I had years to fully absorb Tall Poppy Syndrome. In general terms, the new album delves into more experimental territory, exploring the depths of progressive rock with myriad sound textures, varied instrumentation, and stunning musical performances. Compared to its predecessor, Bilateral is definitely less heavy but it still retains the band's heavy/light characteristics in its varied song selection. The use of growls has noticeably dropped as well. Actually calling them 'growls' may be a stretch, as the aggressive vocals presented on this album are more akin to those on later-day Agalloch or Novembre discs more so than Enslaved, who Leprous is likened to mostly (maybe because both bands are from Norway). The only song that utilizes significant amount of aggressive singing is "Waste of Air" with its complex intro, pummelling drums, and off-the-wall arrangement.

Other tracks feature the aggressive singing style sparingly: "Restless" sets jazzy drums against a powerful clean voice that is both very deep and affective. The production also highlights gorgeous distant vocals humming a sweet melody over a simple, two-note guitar chord. Sonically, the song recalls Devin Townsend's Accelerated Evolution until the harsh vocals kick in. "Thorn" suggests it was a leftover from Ihsahn's After album. Actually Ihsahn makes a brief guest appearance on this one. The song constantly shifts between catchy vocal parts to slowed-down jazz sections to aggressive singing, and the drum tone is excellent.

The album's more atmospheric statements also indicate where they may be headed on their next couple of discs. Given the nature of these tracks, I actually wouldn't be surprised if the band abandoned the aggressive vocals completely after a few more releases. I can sense a distinct Kevin Moore vibe (think Chroma Key and OSI) in places here: "Forced Entry" boasts a wicked, complex riff with a cool bass solo that belongs more on a freestyle jazz disc than prog metal, but the detailed mix also opens portals for spacey instrumental parts with Moore-like keys lingering over them. Also, the more ballady "Mb. Indifferentia" recalls Moore in that it features semi-sung vocals. I am talking about his apathetic singing style, like he'd rather not be there. Finally, on the heavily bass-centric "Mediocrity Wins," vocalist Einar Solberg emotes spoken lyrics over a subdued guitar guitar arrangement and haunting keyboard lines, which wouldn't be out of place on OSI's underrated masterpiece Free.

Those expecting heavy onslaughts of riffs with exploding shrapnels should look into the band's earlier discs as well as some Enslaved material. They won't find it here. That said, the band does know how to groove and lay down some pretty hard-hitting riffs. The synchopated riffs of the uber-eclectic "Cryptogenic Desires" sounds like something Mike Patton would sing. It's actually the groovy side of Faith No More (listen to the bass!) injected with the unexpected nature of Mr Bungle, and yet, it doesn't quite sound like either band. The final track is also the best on the album. It is the perfect amalgamation of the band's current musical vision realized in a little over eight minutes. The song packs the harmonic brilliance of the best songs on Tall Poppy Syndrome, psychedelic guitar sounds that are still paralyzingly heavy (think The Mars Volta), and stirring ambiance-laden passages filled with nifty improvised extensions, interesting lead solos, and unforgettable melodic signatures. This is the kind of song I expect Leprous to write more on their upcoming release, for this is the sound that sets them apart from all these other awesome musicians mentioned in this review. It gives them their own voice.

The stereo mixing is phenomenal. Anything inferior would make these songs suffer sonically.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great for both prog lovers and metal lovers 11 Dec 2012
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As a big fan of prog rock and metal, from classics like Pink Floyd, Yes, and King Crimson to newer acts like Porcupine Tree, Pain of Salvation, and The Pineapple Thief, I was looking for something new to try on. Having already played all of Porcupine Tree's albums on repeat, I wanted a breath of fresh air but was still craving that modern approach and heavy energy to prog that some of the 60s and 70s bands just can't provide.

Leprous stepped in with flying colors. The musicians are talented and their work is unique and enjoyable; the melodies are creative and will loop in your head for days, and the breakdowns are headbangingly satisfying. After buying this album I quickly picked up Tall Poppy Syndrome as well and have been trying desperately to find Aeolia, I only wish that Leprous had more albums to offer because I cannot get enough.

Let it be noted that this album is HEAVY. It is definitely metal, and heard best at loud volume (and on a good sound system). I am not usually a fan of growling (except for Opeth, sometimes) but it does not bother me at all on this record, and I'd encourage others who feel similarly to step out of their comfort zones and give this one a whirl.

I am a prog metal lover for the sake of prog, not for the sake of metal, and this band and album scratched my itch perfectly. 5 stars.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE progressive metal album of 2011 1 Oct 2011
By Justin G. - Published on
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Norwegian progressive metal upstarts Leprous are back with a new album, their third, titled Bilateral. After the sheer brilliance of their breakthrough 2009 offering Tall Poppy Syndrome and an eye-opening performance at last year's ProgPower USA festival, expectations were understandably high for this album. The band, which also performs as the backing band for former Emperor frontman Ihsahn, raised some eyebrows with the very Mars Volta-esque cover artwork, but as soon as you press play, it's obvious Bilateral is something special.

If Tall Poppy Syndrome bore a distinct resemblance to albums by Winds and Age of Silence, Bilateral finds Leprous continuing to push their sound into new territories. You can tell that right away from the triumphant opening strains of the title track, with its almost symphonic nature and intricate melodies and vocal harmonies. Before the impact wears off, the 10-minute "Forced Entry" kicks in, showcasing this band's considerable technical capabilities as well as their development as songwriters. It's almost the perfect Leprous song in that it really captures the band's unique and innovative mix of both progressive metal and progressive rock. There aren't a lot of bands that can make you think of Opeth, Porcupine Tree, Between the Buried and Me, Pain of Salvation, King Crimson and Van Der Graaf Generator - all in the space of a single song! The album continues on this very intense path throughout. The all too brief "Restless" has a mind-blowing range of vocal styles, including some harsh growls. Ihsahn makes a brief cameo there. "Thorn" also has a good deal of harsh vocals, set against some fascinating rhythms and yes even a horn section, which is a great contrast to the subtle, tranquil "Mb. Indifferentia," which would have been at home on an old Pain of Salvation album. The contrast continues when the almost death metal ferocity of "Waste of Air" (Tobias Andersen's drum work on that song is particularly amazing) gives way to the intricate "Mediocrity Wins." The energetic burst of "Cryptogenic Desires" seems like a perfect counterpart to the opening title track. After that it's up to the very nuanced, very progressive "Acquired Taste" and "Painful Detour" to close this remarkable album.

Like the best and ultimately most rewarding progressive music albums, Bilateral is one that reveals something new with each listen. A certain melody or vocal passage will grab you and force you to reevaluate the song, and hearing it in a distraction-free environment with a good set of headphones is a revelation. It lets you really appreciate Jens Bogren's stellar mixing and mastering job.

It says a lot that in a season that has also seen new releases from progressive metal icons Dream Theater and Opeth, this is the album to beat. Leprous has not only outdone their own previous work; they've raised the bar for the entire progressive metal genre. If you're a fan of progressive metal that's truly progressive, Bilateral is an absolutely mandatory purchase. Just be prepared to spend some time with this one. Once you hear it, you won't be very inclined to walk away from it.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ORIGINATORS NOT IMITATORS 20 Sep 2011
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