Leprous - The Congregation (Official Thread)

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    First single from the new album, sounds like a slightly proggier version of 'The Congregation'. A few obvious rhymes in there though, really pull you out.
     
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    That has really made me appreciate the new The Contortionist, but ymmv.
     
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    I dig the song. It's not the best thing they've ever done, but not bad by any stretch. :yesway:
     
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    First time ever hearing this band and I like what I hear! Must check out their older stuff.
     
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    I like this tune a lot, like 100x times as much as anything on Coal or The Congregation. It's so nice to hear melodic music from these guys again, the last two albums seemed like a bunch of repetitive 8 string rhythms with little to no direction for me.
     
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    i like this new track a lot. it got me back in to the last couple albums, which i really liked...
     
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    the new song is fuckin sweet

     
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    1st impression... meh
     
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    Yeah...gotta be honest. None of this new stuff is doing anything for me. I get how they're pivoting from the one-riff staccato songs of their last album or so, but now they're too simplified. None of the harmonic hookiness of "Forced Entry" or "Painful Detour" or "Foe". They're basically a slightly proggier Biffy Clyro now.

    Shame. I caught them live on their last US trek, and they're fantastic with a catalog of greatness to plunder, but the albums are producing diminishing returns at this point.
     
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    I hear you. I'm a big fan, saw them three times this years, buy their cds, even the congregation, a bit weaker than magnificient coal and bilateral, I consider a good album, but this song didn't mean anything to me. Turning to the conventional. But anyway, I won't judge until the full album is out, but I dread the worst.
     
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    After Einar's adventure with Priest, I was hoping for a more diverse album. Maybe I should just give more time for these songs to bloom.
     
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    To be fair, I didn't like the price, third law OR rewind when they first dropped for the congregation, I'm sure this album will grow on me, but so far no much.
     
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    Ha, I commented to my friend the other day that the last single sounded like Biffy Clyro a bit, probably because of the low gain guitars.

    I'm enjoying the new songs, for the same reason you mentioned - I don't think I would be down for listening to another full album of almost computerized staccato riffs, and I'm happy the guitars are getting back to being more melodic.

    At the same time, I really do hope that the album will be a lot proggier than the singles, and I'm sure it a good portion of it will. Their singles have never been measuring sticks for what the albums end up sounding like.
     
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    The album is quite proggy. I like it overall, not as strong as the Congregation on average (imo). The highlights are just as good, if not better (Weight of the Disaster daaaaayum) but the lows are pretty low. The last song just outright sucks in my opinion, and it's loooooong
     
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    This album, as well as the ensuing EU tour's Finnish dates, are probably the most anticipated things for me this year in music. That's why it's a bit of a letdown to say that so far not liking the two new songs (haven't heard the album edit of "Stuck" yet). Like DLG said, the singles haven't been much of measuring sticks, especially if they have decided to keep on going with the album-oriented and atmospheric approach (instead the song-oriented "Coal)" that started on their last album where all songs start fusing together. Einar is still sounding f*cking amazing, as expected - one of the greatest vocalists at prog rock these days!
     
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    new vid
     
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    I guess it's the best of the singles thus far, but that's not saying much.
     
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    Having heard all of the record a few times now, I gotta say the singles undersold the beauty and complexity of a lot of this album. Hell, the three song middle core of "Mirage""Malina" and "Coma" is some of the best damn prog rock I've heard in years.

    The rest has its ups and downs, but those songs...wowza.
     
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    ^ Only just realized this is out now. Gonna listen todaaaaaaaaaaaaaay.
     
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    The album is a slow burner and might take a few listens to digest (as usual, Leprous are one of my favourite bands but they've never been an easy first listen), but damn it's GOOD! They've delivered the goods in spades once again, even if it's in a fairly different style this time. Despite the more straightforward appearance of the singles, this is in fact their most layered album yet.

    If I have to be honest, I love all their work, but unexpectedly this might be the most I've enjoyed one of their albums on release since Bilateral. "Bonneville" and "Malina" are easily among the best songs they've ever done.
     

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