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November 2017
Released: 2017, Inside Out
Rating: 4.0/5
Reviewer: John Haseltine

So here is the 5th release from Norwegian prog-metal masters Leprous. A band that I have come to research a little and have come to find out that they are very well respected in the metal community. At first listen though, this is not a metal album. What am I saying at first listen? It really doesn’t matter how many times you listen to this, it will still not be metal. With that being said, many of you out there may already be familiar with Leprous who started out more in the vein of Opeth, Winds, and Porcupine Tree. And the Opeth part I believe was a bit more earlier years as with this one, they sound more so of the latter years.

For fans of black metal visionary Ihshan, you will know that Leprous is his backing band. Or maybe was for many years. So I now understand where the respect amongst the metal community comes from. Not having listened to previous releases, I am unable to lead anyone on to the progression of the band’s sound. If you are looking for a review on a metal band, this is not the place. Onward to what this album is. It is definitely of the prog persuasion. It is more on the side of rock and not metal. Often melancholic at times, this modern prog masterpiece does also have its moments of jazz influences. The tenor style singing of Einar Solberg is almost mesmerizing at times. It fits so well with the songs.

As a metal fan, it can sometimes be a bit tough to admit to liking other types of music. That’s okay. I myself get pigeon-holed by friends and family for my love of all things metal and as of late, many have gone into states of shock when I talk about ‘other’ music genres. I am a music enthusiast. Not that I like all genres, but most of them. Leprous’ style is one that I have grown akin to over the years. Also, as an Opeth fan, the transition of their style of today has opened up the doors for many bands of new and of late. Leprous’ sound is close to it.

I give this a rating of 4 for the fact that it is a great album. It is precisely well written and performed. I do realize that as a number 4, we here at Metal-Rules say it is something that every metal fan should own. Hate me if you will, but I don’t believe “every” metal fan will be able to appreciate the music that Leprous have composed within MALINA. With complete honesty, there was a time year’s back I wouldn’t. But I do feel so many will enjoy what they hear.

I highly recommend this for fans of Opeth, Camel, White Witch, and Witchcraft. For those engulfed in the world of prog, enjoy what could be one of the greatest releases of the year!
Track Listing

1. Bonneville
2. Stuck
3. From the Flame
4. Captive
5. Illuminate
6. Leashes
7. Mirage
8. Malina
9. Coma
10. The Weight of Disaster
11. The Last Milestone


Tor Oddmund Suhrke - Guitars, Vocals (backing)
Einar Solberg - Keyboards, Vocals (lead)
Baard Kolstad - Drums
Simen Daniel Børven - Bass
Robin Ognedal - Guitars



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