1. Bilateral
2. Forced Entry
3. Restless
4. Thorn
5. Mb. Indifferentia
6. Waste Of Air
7. Mediocrity Wins
8. Cryptogenic Desires
9. Acquired Taste
10. Painful Detour

Einar Solberg - synth/vocals
Tor Oddmund Suhrke - guitar
Øystein Landsverk - guitar
Rein Blomquist - bass
Tobias Ørnes Andersen - drums

Aeolia (2006)
Tall Poppy Syndrome (2009)


mixed and mastered by Jens Bogren / Fascination Street
Front Cover: Jeff Jordan
Booklet Design: Ritxi Ostariz

Released 22/8-2011
Reviewed 15/8-2011



Giving the ones with leprosy a face is what this band could be aiming for, if they had been a third world band with Hansen’s disease, which I doubt they are as Norway cannot be said to be a third world nation unless you look at their road system which is utter rubbish. Leprous third album is it that I have gotten my hands on, my hands are free from leprosy as well and the copy I have is a digital one so it cannot spread any germs and it would be highly unlikely that I would be infected if there was some bacteria on a CD that was sent as 95% of the world population is immune to the disease. But enough leprosy trivia already says a little dwarf who just opened this review at his hotel room in Abu Dhabi.

As you might notice I am adding some elements of surprise or oddness you might also say, this is in a way to illustrate the progressive nature. The album is musically a progressive rock album and if you ask me how it sounds I will have to tell you that it sounds a bit like eating a bag of electrons in a crowded basement room while waiting for a rock band to play rock music, something like that. But to be serious for a second, Bilateral has a majestic overall sound which is also accentuated by the voice of the singer which is sort of pompous and clean. This sound runs like the red thread through the album while the songs vary quite a lot between one another and we fins everything from trumpets to quite aggressive metal parts throughout this album. It is hard to just describe it in one sentence but I have managed after lots of digging through old graves to find a one sentence description of this album: it sounds progressive rock in the fashion of the album cover. That description leaves no questions.

To say that this album is exciting is like saying that having a lot of money gives you possibility to buy lots of things, which means it is stating the obvious. The variation, the great vocals and the overall sound are all very good things for Leprous and their Bilateral album. They manage to vary an album from walking through darkish mushroom forests to where giant bananas grace the mycelia on the ground and evil fans are lurking in hollows ready to attack and shred the bananas to little banana coins, to being lost in the giant sea where miniature sharks with pointy teeth is trying to eat you or the kittens you have in you inflatable raft while evil giant octopuses are trying to attack from above, and then you are in a yellow submarine on the sea floor where giant snails are eating slime which they then secrete on the sea floor while moving forwards towards the streets of Stockholm. I think it is an album that takes you places that dares to push the envelope and to reinvent their music and not just make stuff that has been made before over and over again. Majestic, exciting, light, dark, powerful, laid-back, catchy, complex and more can be said about this band from Norway.

Not even the album being fifty eight minutes long feels like much of a problem, it is actually a rather fine time for this album to play. I think this review speaks for itself, it is a very good album that anyone who claims to be into the progressive side of things should own.




Label: InsideOut
Three similar bands: Procupine Tree/Pink Floyd/Tool
Rating: HHHHHHH (5/7)
Reviewer: Daniel Källmalm
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