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Leprous
Malina
Type: CD
Company: InsideOut Music
Release: 2017
Genre: Progressive
Reviewer: David Loveless
Published: 9/8/2017
Sheds some metal of previous efforts but still is a prog rock masterpiece
Norway's Leprous have been around since 2001 and although they originally gained popularity as Ihsahn's backing band, have definitely come into their own over there past several albums.

Although originally a more progressive metal band, on their 5th full-length album called Malina, they have shed a lot of the heaviness but still deliver a progressive rock masterpiece. Songs such as Booneville, Mirage, and Coma still have that metal edge that sounds like material from albums such as Coal and The Congregation. Another noticeable difference is the song lengths. There is only one song over the 7-minute mark. That all being said, Malina is a fantastic album. The music is well written--some of the best of their career and the vocal melodies are catchy and memorable. The final song on the album, The Last Milestone, is one of their most experimental songs to date, as it is all vocals and orchestrations. Nonetheless, it's the perfect song to end this amazing album. It's also worth noting that the production is stellar in that all of the instruments sound more organic than on earlier releases, even though this is a keyboard heavy album.

I'm sure there are some Leprous fans that will not like direction of this album, as it is not as heavy as previous efforts. However, if you're a fan of progressive rock, great vocals and superb songwriting, then you’ll love Malina. As a huge fan of Leprous and all of their works, I look forward to seeing what kind of journey they take us on next.
About this Writer:
David Loveless // Dave's early introduction to Metal was listening to records by Black Sabbath and Kiss. Discovering Metallica's Master of Puppets on record at the local public library turned his world upside down. After spending nearly 24 years in Japan and expanding his love for the International underground metal scene, Dave (and family) now resides in the US. The savage brutality of Extreme Metal brings out the "Grim Gaijin" in him.

Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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DOR
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MalinaLeprous
2017
David Loveless9/8/2017


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DOR
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2011
David Loveless10/15/2011


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