Album review: LEPROUS – Coal




Inside Out [Released 20.05.13]

The band’s fifth album and they have flown somewhat under my musical radar, although after hearing this new album they are fast becoming a mainstay on my iPod. There are some really interesting and talented newer bands coming through now and the genre of prog has never been so varied and healthy.

Classed as progressive metal they push musical barriers all over the place and they have a definite air of Devin Townsend about their sound at times, namely in the growls and the massively layered harmony vocals.

The lead song of the album ‘Chronic’ is a beast of a tune, switching from mellow passages through to full on OTT Queen approved pomp. Those Devin Townsend sounds come through on ‘The Cloak’, whilst ‘Foe’ will please lovers of fast, classy metal. ‘Contaminate Me’ has too much emphasis on the growling/screaming vocals, however this will be music nectar to some!

Leprous have plenty of musical ideas, strong melodies and an album that reveals a little more with each play. An album that should see them break into a wider audience.


Jason Ritchie

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