Can we talk about Leprous - Malina now?

Author:Matt Johnsen
Date:2017-08-30 17:49:59
I mean, it's been out for DAYS!

Personally, I think this is the band's best album by a country mile. I've been living with the digipromo for months now, and have listened to it a gazillion times, and I like it as much as I did the first time I spun it. The reason I mention the digipromo is not (entirely!) to gloat about how long I've had the album, but to mention that the promo did not include the "bonus track" that's included on every single physical release (and for all I know, every commercial digital release/stream) after the track that's clearly meant to end the album, "The Last Milestone." Now, that song is the source of really my only complaint with Malina, namely that it's too long – they could have trimmed it from 7:30 to 5:00 without losing any of the impact of the tune. But, overlong or not, this is obviously an album-closing track, so it's a bit disappointing that the band didn't sequence "Root," (the aforementioned bonus track) somewhere in the middle of the album. Also, this one song, while pretty damned good on its own, sounds like a leftover from The Congregation and not of a piece with the 10 songs that precede it. My point is that it would have been better to leave this off entirely, or save it for an EP or single or something. I guess that's what playlists are for, though.

So, what say ye, prog metal nerds of PMX2? Can I get a hells yeah on this one? It may be Ah-ha for hipsters, but it turns out, I'm totally okay with that.

Fave tracks: Bonneville, From the Flame, Illuminate, Coma

As for the beautiful cover art, I'll rank it a tie with Bilateral, which is otherwise (now) my second favorite Leprous album.

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