Leprous - The Congregation



8.4 | 436 votes |
Release date: 25 May 2015
Style: Progressive metal

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01. The Price
02. Third Law
03. Rewind
04. The Flood
05. Triumphant
06. Within My Fence
07. Red
08. Slave
09. Moon
10. Down
11. Lower
12. Pixel [Mediabook / LP bonus]

The Best Progressive Metal Album Of 2015
Top 20 albums of 2015: 18

Line-up
Einar Solberg - vocals, keyboards
Tor Oddmund Suhrke - guitar, vocals
Øystein Landsverk - guitar, backing vocals
Baard Kolstad - drums

Session musicians
Simen Daniel Børven - bass

Additional info
Instruments recorded by David Castillo.
Vocals recorded by Heidi Solberg Tveitan and Vegard Tveitan.
Mixed by Jens Bogren.

Artwork by Nihil.

Staff review by
R'Vannith
Rating:
9.0
It would be unlike Leprous to exercise restraint to the point of diminishment and place limitations on fresh efforts. Nonetheless, The Congregation is a compromise.

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published 26.05.2015 | Comments (36)

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03.06.2015 - 01:07
Rating: 9
Luneth
Written by Doge of Venice on 03.06.2015 at 00:14

It's weird. I'm not too sure what to feel about this. It feels... unnatural. It sounds too calculated? Too mechanical? I dunno. I feel songs take calculated paths and sharp turns rather than to just flow naturally, which is how older Leprous albums felt (for the most part). Still trying to get to grips with it. Though I still find Rewind to be fantastic and one of the more "natural" sounding songs.


Yeah I just noticed that myself. It's kind of like math metal. I have to say though, after giving it some time, the album is a solid 9.
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Evil? I am not Malevolent, I simply am!
Apocalypse, X-Men
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03.06.2015 - 15:36
Rating: 8
FR1DAY
Well they said that Einar programmed most of the songs on the computer. So that's why it sounds more technical.
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03.06.2015 - 19:03
AtLossForWords
Spinozistic
Written by Doge of Venice on 03.06.2015 at 00:14

It's weird. I'm not too sure what to feel about this. It feels... unnatural. It sounds too calculated? Too mechanical? I dunno. I feel songs take calculated paths and sharp turns rather than to just flow naturally, which is how older Leprous albums felt (for the most part). Still trying to get to grips with it. Though I still find Rewind to be fantastic and one of the more "natural" sounding songs.


Yeah, after a first listen, I still don't know what to think. There are some great moments, but overall the album is very opaque. I'm appreciating sounds more than songs at this point.
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Proud owner of many erased pages.
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04.06.2015 - 00:34
Rating: 8
Doge of Venice
Written by FR1DAY on 03.06.2015 at 15:36

Well they said that Einar programmed most of the songs on the computer. So that's why it sounds more technical.


I've programmed songs on a computer that sound more natural...


...but admittedly less technical.
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07.06.2015 - 07:40
jfAkerfeldt
Incredible!!!
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07.06.2015 - 11:40
Fallen Ghost
Craft Beer Geek
Not sure what I think of this.. The 4 first songs are pretty nice, the intro on Third Law has some really cool guitar riffs, but the rest didn't appeal to me quite, as someone above stated: Sounds like fillers.. I think I have to give this some more chances
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09.06.2015 - 00:49
visiblenoise
Hmm, second listen...the only part that truly stands out to me so far is the climax of "The Flood".
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10.06.2015 - 00:57
Rating: 7
God Alone
Relistened to it today and, uhm... it's quite good but also unbalanced; I definitely prefer the first half. Within My Fence may be the worst track, then it loses focus, drags a bit, gets redundant. Still worth checking out tho.
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16.06.2015 - 16:00
Rating: 7
Ag Fox
Angel No More
Tall Poppy Syndrome is much better... this is still good, but when compared to their debut, it's disappointing
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loves 小巫
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16.06.2015 - 20:58
Rating: 9
maglor
I think this will be my album of the Yeah.
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23.06.2015 - 09:41
Rating: 9
boo-boo
Written by maglor on 16.06.2015 at 20:58

I think this will be my album of the Yeah.

Totally agreed, I doubt anything can surpass this one.
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World won't end today - it's already tomorrow in Australia.
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02.07.2015 - 18:55
Rating: 9
Lethrokai
Written by Ag Fox on 16.06.2015 at 16:00

Tall Poppy Syndrome is much better... this is still good, but when compared to their debut, it's disappointing

I'd strongly disagree. I'd say that each album they've released since TPP has far surpassed it. TPP has a great opener and closer track, but the rest of the album doesn't really have an identity of its own, unlike pretty much every track from Bilateral, Coal and now The Congregation.
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Sometimes you just need to roll the dice and look away.
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14.07.2015 - 11:21
Rating: 6
M C Vice
Ex-polydactyl
Bit disappointing compared to the last 2. I think the singing was all I really liked on this one.
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"Another day, another Doug."
"I'll fight you on one condition. That you lower your nipples."
" 'Tis a lie! Thy backside is whole and ungobbled, thou ungrateful whelp!"
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29.08.2015 - 08:35
Rating: 7
Soulhole
Better than Coal, not as good as TPS and Bilateral. Not sure if I can get on board with the direction Leprous is heading in. The Price and Rewind are the two standouts here.
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08.09.2015 - 00:16
Rating: 9
Poat
Overall I'd say this is slightly heavy. mmmm yea slightly heavy.
Heavy Score: 4

For ranking system see: Poat's Heavy Ranking System
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14.09.2015 - 23:16
nikosleo
This band grows with every album. And by saying "album" I also count the demo "Aeolia". While listening to all the 5 albums in a row I can definitely say that this band evolves constantly. This evolution defines Leprous.
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21.01.2016 - 16:09
Rating: 10
LeKiwi
High Fist Prog
Written by nikosleo on 14.09.2015 at 23:16

This evolution defines Leprous.

Leprous defines evolution.
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