Leprous - Pitfalls



7.6 | 130 votes |
Release date: 25 October 2019
Style: Progressive metal

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01. Below
02. I Lose Hope
03. Observe The Train
04. By My Throne
05. Alleviate
06. At The Bottom
07. Distant Bells
08. Foreigner
09. The Sky Is Red

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musclassia
Rating:
N/A
I'm not entirely sure whether this is a Leprous album or Einar Solberg's first solo record.

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published 06.10.2019 | Comments (7)

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26.10.2019 - 04:12
Rating: 9
Grom
I think that - although this level of atmosphere and superb vocal performance can be found in other prog rock albums - this album is still worthy of praise. The background details such as those heard on Distant Bells is what makes this so fun to listen to, not boring in my opinion. I actually think this type of sound fits the overall tone/themes of Leprous better than the more abrasive/chaotic sounds of Bilateral.
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26.10.2019 - 05:43
Rating: 7
LeKiwi
High Fist Prog
Written by Troy Killjoy on 26.10.2019 at 00:36

I find with non-metal albums by metal bands, they're either grossly overrated or underappreciated, but rarely judged with a level head. Curious to check this out just to see why it's causing such a stir.

It's a little "tame" for a Leprous album. Non-metal can be wild or adventurous, but I don't think this is either. Since that doesn't fit Leprous' MO I think that rattled the fans. Not a bad album by any means, but it's a little...monotonous for lack of a better word. Slightly anticlimactic if dare say so.
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26.10.2019 - 06:05
Troy Killjoy
perfunctionist
Written by LeKiwi on 26.10.2019 at 05:43

It's a little "tame" for a Leprous album. Non-metal can be wild or adventurous, but I don't think this is either. Since that doesn't fit Leprous' MO I think that rattled the fans. Not a bad album by any means, but it's a little...monotonous for lack of a better word. Slightly anticlimactic if dare say so.

Maybe it's time I give their discography a listen then. My taste in music is pretty split down the middle when it comes to metal v non-metal so in theory I shouldn't hate this.
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26.10.2019 - 10:09
Rulatore
Written by Theodore V on 25.10.2019 at 07:42

This is even worse than Malina. A sad day indeed. I mean, progressive "metal" bands are notorious for this kind of thing but Leprous has taken it to a whole other level. What a fucking shame...

Although I enjoyed this more than I remember their previous efforts, I have to agree with the sentiment here. So much of the "progressive metal" nowadays sounds so plastic/generic that I'm not surprised about the turnout here, but I think these guys went a little beyond (in some parts) beyond the Opeth_clones/progmelodeath or the generic, bad produced progressive metal of nowadays
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28.10.2019 - 18:38
Rating: 8
kliffy
I was super hyped about the album when I heard Below and Alleviate even though they've strayed further away from metal. Unfortunately none of the other songs hit the level of the first two imo, sadly. It's an ok album, but absolutely their weakest.
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29.10.2019 - 18:56
Rating: 10
Nicko's Nose
Written by Daniell on 27.08.2019 at 09:35

Malina is their best, I really hope they outdo themselves again.

Have you had a chance to listen to it yet?
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30.10.2019 - 12:20
Daniell
_爱情_
Written by Nicko's Nose on 29.10.2019 at 18:56

Written by Daniell on 27.08.2019 at 09:35

Malina is their best, I really hope they outdo themselves again.

Have you had a chance to listen to it yet?

I did, 3 times. The album seems to be a step down from Malina. Songs 2, 3, and 4 don't really grip my attention. Perhaps that will improve with more listens, but for now I'm slightly disappointed.

Please bear in mind, that, unlike some "metal fans" (inverted commas definitely intended), I don't judge this band by the can't-be-good-cause-not-metal criteria. I loved Malina because it was 100% solid, attention-gripping songs that stayed in my head for a long time. Their genre didn't concern me. Neither does the genre of the new album. I don't care how anyone will pigeonhole this music.

All that said, I'll do my next 3-4 runs with this album on constant replay. If my opinion changes, I'll get back to you.
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30.10.2019 - 20:26
Rating: 8
DahliaRock
Seems that I end up approaching Leprous albums quite opposite the way people do; the singles were loved, I detested Below for recycling some tunes and ignored the others to grasp the album concept as a whole (since each Leprous albums is like parallel universes that demand you to live there to get adjusted to their respective atmosphere equivalents), couldn't get into Malina (max 30 spins) and started by detesting Coal and ended up worshipping it, and so on..

Pitfalls is like the end for the sentence that Malina initiated and halted with a comma; it was a transition to less bombastic, more catchy song structure with a sprinkle of experimentation, one that had a lot to say, yet felt muted by the ridiculous cacophony of trying to merge ambiance with Leprous-style funkiness. It was a transition, which lended Pitfalls as a result.

Contrary to the repellent effect of Coal (the initial reaction of "oh God why do they repeat and microtune verses over and over again that melded into "Oh I see what they are doing here, and oh dang I'm loving it), Pitfalls has a weird encapsulating ambience that drags you in and deserves to linger. It has the 'straight-to-feelings' approach of Coal merged with 'yeah I have things to say but first let me compress them into clusters of ideas' attempt of first-half Malina that makes it more daring, heartfelt and relatable, instead of the Leprous-y tingling of go batshit crazy inside but translate to minor head bobs.

Finally Leprous has made an album that feels like a fortress of cushions gently smothering you instead of a sanctuary to shed loose your burdens, and frankly I'm loving it. I do recommend that you try to listen to the album on an open-back headphone and let Einar ghastly seep in!
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31.10.2019 - 01:44
Boxcar Willy
yr a kook
Anyone else giggle at how goofy the vocals are? It's like Hozier but even more over-enunciated and corny.
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31.10.2019 - 09:42
Daniell
_爱情_
Written by Boxcar Willy on 31.10.2019 at 01:44

Anyone else giggle at how goofy the vocals are? It's like Hozier but even more over-enunciated and corny.

What are you on about.
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31.10.2019 - 16:49
Boxcar Willy
yr a kook
Written by Daniell on 31.10.2019 at 09:42

What are you on about.

Just sounds like he's breaking every word down syllable by syllable. Probably due to being bilingual unlike my unsophisticated ass.
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02.11.2019 - 15:34
Rating: 8
MetalManic
Written by Boxcar Willy on 31.10.2019 at 16:49

Written by Daniell on 31.10.2019 at 09:42

What are you on about.

Just sounds like he's breaking every word down syllable by syllable. Probably due to being bilingual unlike my unsophisticated ass.


That's proper singing there my friend
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03.11.2019 - 18:59
Rating: 10
Nicko's Nose
Fuck it, it's a 10.
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05.11.2019 - 16:43
Rating: 6
Valaskjalf
TheImperturbable
Jesus, one would think that people in here have never heard Muse - Absolution, because this is literally that album....chuck in a dose of Silverchair - Diorama and you end up with this. Hardly a progressive marvel. At least a few years ago it wasn't as easy to list bands that sounded just like Leprous....maybe 15 years ago Pitfalls would have been good.
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09.11.2019 - 08:40
Rating: 10
tintinb
I got to know about Leprous from The Congregation and then listened to Malina and now Pitfalls. I didn't like Malina that much but I absolutely loved The Congregation and Pitfalls. While I would keep The Congregation a slightly higher notch than Pitfalls this album is extremely entertaining to me. Below, Observe the train, At the Bottom, The Sky is Red and Angels sealed the deal for me. There are a few filler songs but the awsomeness of the above mentioned songs clearly biased my mindset towards a more favourable opinion for the album.
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13.11.2019 - 23:39
Rating: 9
Arcesse Eum
Love it. I hope they go back to doing a balance of the heavy and the dreamy stuff. But this album is great too.
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