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Below is our complete Leprous news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

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Leprous Working On New Album

Norwegian prog metal outfit Leprous has started work on a new album at Fascination Street Studios. The band issued the following brief announcement:

"...and the first chapter of Leprous' new album is soon to begin. Wish Baard Kolstad good luck!"

This upcoming, as-yet-untitled release will follow 2013's "Coal" (reviewed here). Stay tuned for more details.

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ProgPower USA XV: Day 1 (Friday)

There really was no better way of preparing for the official days of 2014’s ProgPower USA festival than to have gone “Full Circle” with Pagan’s Mind, DGM, and Draekon the night before, on September 11th in Atlanta, GA. For the 12th of September, if you weren’t waking up late and shmammered from the after-party the night before, you were soon to be treated to a variety of international bands: From Greece, the proggy show-stealing Need, performing their latest album, “Orvam: A Song For Home.” From Germany, the power chant-fest that is Orden Ogan. From Norway, young prog super-champs Leprous. From Sweden, the humble prog-titans of Seventh Wonder were to perform their “Mercy Falls” album. Finally (and again from the Scandinavian countries!) from Finland, the prestigious major-key-masters of Stratovarius were to perform their 1997 album, “Visions.”

With doors opening at 1:30 in the warm Atlanta afternoon, crowds and pizza (courtesy of nearby restaurant DaVinci’s) flowed in steadily to Center Stage, combining with drinks, merchandise, band members, and a few awesome wheelchair-bound metalheads with passion for the music for a very warm “Welcome to ProgPower!” feeling. Truly, ProgPower is a festival like none other in the US - full of friendly faces, excitement, and a sense of brotherhood. Further, the first band of the day (Need), personified this enthusiasm and attitude perfectly as they took the stage at 2PM. They would have the crowd in their pocket within three songs. More...

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Leprous Announces North American Shows

Norway's Leprous released latest album "Coal" last Summer (reviewed here), and now the band will head to North America to tour in support of the disc. Leprous comments:

"We're over excited to announce that we'll finally do some shows in the USA and Canada in September!

"It has always been a dream for us to do a US/Canada tour, and to start the tour in one of the coolest festivals in the country is an honor! Even though the tour is rather short we get to visit many great places. We promise to give everything we have to give, so we recommend you to attend a show near you!"

September 12 - Atlanta, GA - ProgPower USA
September 16 - Detroit, MI - The Token Lounge
September 17 - Chicago, IL - Reggie's
September 18 - Toronto, ON - The Comfort Zone
September 19 - Ottawa, ON - Mavericks
September 20 - New York, NY - Studio @ Webster Hall
September 21 - Springfield, VA - Empire More...

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Leprous Live Footage From Dokk'em Available

Fan-filmed footage is now available online of Leprous performing "The Cloak" live at Dokk'em Open Air 2014, courtesy of YouTube user Bertwin van Gortel.

"The Cloak" comes by way of the band's latest full-length album "Coal" (reviewed here), which follows the previous album "Bilateral" (check out our review).

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Thought Chamber Pulls Out Of ProgPower USA

Glenn Harveston, promoter for ProgPower USA, has announced that San Francisco's Thought Chamber has been forced to pull out of this year's festival to be held from September 10-13th, 2014 in Atlanta Georgia.

The following announcement was made by vocalist Ted Leonard: "Ted Leonard here….We regret to announce that, due to my scheduling conflicts, Thought Chamber will not be able to participate in ProgPower USA 2014. I feel terrible about this, but have had unforeseen commitments arise that unfortunately cannot be changed. We are truly honored to have been invited to perform at ProgPower USA. Glenn Harveston has built one of the best progressive metal festivals in the world, and we hope that Glenn will forgive our unforeseen cancellation and allow us to return in the future. This was totally unexpected, and evidence that I've completely overloaded my plate. I would like to personally and publicly apologize to Glenn Harveston, my band mates, and to any ProgPower USA fans that may have purchased tickets solely to see Thought Chamber."

Harveston has named the replacement act as Greek progressive metal band Need. The band released the latest album "Orvam - A Song for Home" in January. As a preview, check out the track "Mother Madness" from the album here: More...

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ProgPower USA XV Mid-Week Mayhem Show Revealed

The annual ProgPower USA festival announced the mid-week mayhem lineup for Wednesday, September 10, 2014. The lineup will feature Pain of Salvation (playing a regular set as opposed to the special set during the main festival comprising of "Remedy Lane" in its entirety), along with Atlanta's Theocracy and Oklahoma's Vangough. Ticket information will be announced soon.

The festival previously announced the kick-off show for Thursday, September 11th: Pagan's Mind (playing the debut LP "Celestial Entrance" in its entirety for the first time ever), Italian power/progressive act DGM and Indiana's Draekon. Tickets for the kick-off show will go on sale on November 1st.

The main festival, which is held from September 12-13, 2014, will feature:

Friday (September 12, 2014)

Thought Chamber (replaces Disperse)
Orden Ogan
Leprous
Overkill
Seventh Wonder (playing "Mercy Falls" in its entirety)
Stratovarius (Headliner)

Saturday (September 13, 2014)

Withem
Divided Multitude
Voodoo Circle
MasterPlan
Pain of Salvation (playing "Remedy Lane" in its entirety)
Jon Oliva's Pain (playing "Streets" in it's entirety) (Headliner)

Tickets for the main festival - as of this morning - are 70% sold after the first 24 hours, so head over to this location fast. More...

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ProgPower USA XV Lineup Revealed

The annual ProgPower USA Festival held in Atlanta, Georgia announced the lineup for its 15th year just after Soilwork's set On Friday, Sept 6th. The festival will be held from September 12-13, 2014.

The lineup was revealed to be:

Friday (September 12, 2014)

Disperse
Orden Ogan
Leprous
Overkill
Seventh Wonder (playing "Mercy Falls" in its entirety)
Stratovarius (Headliner)

Saturday (September 13, 2014)

Withem
Divided Multitude
Voodoo Circle
MasterPlan
Pain of Salvation (playing "Remedy Lane" in its entirety)
Jon Oliva's Pain (playing "Streets" in it's entirety) (Headliner)

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Leprous Splits With Bassist

Norwegian act Leprous, which released latest album "Coal" (reviewed here) earlier this year, has checked in with the following statement about parting ways with bassist Rein Blomquist:

"As some of you might have suspected, Rein and Leprous have chosen different paths for the future. Rein has been a part of Leprous in our two best years so far, and we are forever grateful for all the great music good times! He will play his last Leprous show on Brutal Assault this Saturday, so be there if you wanna wave him goodbye!"

Rein comments: "The time has come for me to part ways with Leprous. I feel the need to prioritize different things in life, and as Leprous is a band that needs, and deserves, a high level of dedication, I decided that the best course of action was to take my leave. I am extremely grateful for being a part of Leprous for the last couple of years, for all the great memories and experiences, the ups and downs, and for being able to share them all with the rest of the guys in the band. I am confident that Leprous will continue on to accomplish great things, and I look forward to follow Leprous into the future. Thanks for the ride, guys!"

Leprous also comments on recruiting a new member: "We are really happy to announce our new bassplayer, Martin Skrebergene! Martin is a very talented bass player, the most beautiful bass sound and technique we've heard in a while! We want you all to give him a warm welcome, and be there when he will perform his first Leprous show at Le Ferrallieur in Nantes, France!"

Martin adds: "I'm really excited to be a part of this great band and inspiring group of people. I look forward to bringing my style and musical influences into the band, and contributing with shaping an awesome future ahead with Leprous." More...

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Tuska Open Air Metal Festival 2013: Day 1

Tuska Open Air Metal Festival promised to be an event to remember this year, with huge acts such as King Diamond, Wintersun and Nightwish taking command of the main stage! With finally perfect summer weather and a lineup that challenged many other summer festivals, Friday came with much awaited anticipation!

Many of the bands this year were scheduled at the same time, perhaps the cause of this was that in the past there have always been four stages, but this year there were only three. Only two of these stages allowed media to shoot footage and photos, which led to a massive and unfortunate stress factor to an otherwise phenomenal festival experience. In addition, overcrowded photo pits with unqualified photographers led to an unfortunate decline in coverage from other medias this year. Die hard Tuska fans and Medias still showed up in hordes, and showed why Tuska is still the metal festival to be at in Helsinki! More...

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Leprous Posts New Album Studio Report

Norwegian prog metallers Leprous have released their new album "Coal" today in North America via InsideOut Music. The second and final in-studio clip from the making of "Coal" can be viewed below.

You can also check out the band's new music video for "The Cloak" over at this location.

You can also catch Leprous live: More...

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Leprous Premieres New Music Video

Following the 2011 surprise breakout prog masterpiece "Bilateral" (reviewed here), Norwegian outfit Leprous will be releasing new album "Coal" on May 28th, 2013. Pre-orders for the album are now available through CMdistro.com.

Bits and pieces of the album have already made their way online, and today Metalunderground.com is stoked to bring you the North American premiere for new music video "The Cloak." Check it out through the player below, and be sure to let us know what you think in the comments section.

Leprous also comments: "While we're anxiously waiting to release 'Coal' to the public, another taste of it is coming your way. A while back we announced a video was in the making, and now everything is ready for your eyes and ears. 'The Cloak' is our second music video, and we're extremely excited to finally release it! Enjoy!"

After giving this 4 minute video a watch if you want a longer (and heavier) preview of the new album, listen to the song "Chronic" and read our recent interview with Leprous at this location. The track listing for "Coal" is as follows:

1. Foe
2. Chronic
3. Coal
4. The Cloak
5. The Valley
6. Salt
7. Echo
8. Contaminate Me
9. Bury

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Leprous Reveals New Album Artwork

Norwegian prog metallers Leprous will release the new album "Coal" on May 28th in North America (May 20th in Europe) via InsideOut Music.

In anticipation of this release, the band is now revealing the cover artwork, which was conceived by American artist Jeff Jordan, who previously created the artwork for the band's last album, "Bilateral" (reviewed here) in addition to working with The Mars Volta. Leprous comments about the artwork:

"The artwork for this album was a hard nut to crack. We wanted something dark, melancholic but with a distinct character. We tried several solutions without finding the perfect supplement for the music, before we decided to contact Jeff Jordan once again. Jeff immediately had wonderful ideas that we decided to pursue. The artwork of 'Coal' is in my opinion the most iconic we've had so far." More...

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Leprous Streaming New Song Online

Acclaimed Norwegian prog metal band Leprous is getting ready to release new album "Coal" on May 28th in North America and May 20th in Europe via InsideOut Music. "Coal" was produced by Heidi Solberg Tveitan & Vegard Tveitan of Mnemosyne, and Jens Bogren & Tony Lindgren mixed and mastered the album at Fascination Street Studios.

Leprous has now launched the first album track today via HeavyBlogIsHeavy.com. Listen to "Chronic" at this location or through the player below.

Leprous singer / synth-player Einar Solberg comments about the song: "We're delighted to finally be able to give you the first taste of our upcoming album 'Coal!' 'Coal' is a melancholic, soulful and very dynamic album. Where 'Bilateral' was playful and 'in-your face,' 'Coal' is subtle and floating. 'Chronic' however, is of the more dynamic songs of the album. With a heavy basis, the song pinches a nerve Leproushas never before explored." More...

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Leprous Reveals New Album Title, Release Date

After finishing off a very eventful past year of promotions for previous album release, "Bilateral" (reviewed here), acclaimed Norwegian progsters Leprous entered the studio to start recording their next album after wrapping up the "European Progressive Assault" headlining tour in September/October 2012.

This new album is entitled "Coal," and it will be released on May 20th in Europe and on May 28th in North America via InsideOut Music. Leprous singer/synth-player Einar Solberg comments about the release:

"With our upcoming album 'Coal,' I feel we are one step closer to a personal expression. Heidi Solberg Tveitan (StarofAsh) and Vegard Tveitan (Ihsahn) of Mnemosyne were the producers of this album, together with Leprous. They helped us a lot with reaching the full potential of the songs, and the album would not be equally good without their expertise.

"Jens Bogren and Tony Lindgren @ Fascination Street Studios mixed the material and have made this album shine like nobody else could. I see less interest in defining music than in creating music, but I will give a short overview on what to expect...

"'Coal' is a more melancholic and darker album than the more playful 'Bilateral.' By darker I don't mean more aggressive, but more severe. There is still a big range in the dynamics, but no jumping between different moods within a song. We cannot wait to show this album to the world!" More...

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Leprous Recording New Album

After spending a very eventful and busy year promoting latest album release "Bilateral" (reviewed here), acclaimed Norwegian progsters Leprous have now started the recording sessions for an upcoming, currently untitled, studio album set to be released before summer 2013 worldwide via InsideOut Music.

Leprous singer / synth-player Einar Solberg checked in with a status report: "As many of you already know, we've started recording our new album. The drums are finished, and we're now focusing on the guitars. Also this time we're using Vegard 'Ihsahn' Tveitan and Heidi 'StarOfAsh' S. Tveitan as our producers / technicians. The drums were recorded in the really cool and old school Juke Joint Studio, and we're really satisfied with the result.

"As far as the new music, we can only remind you that Leprous will never be the kind of band to re-create the mood from previous works, and it's very important for us that each album has its own strong character. We have great belief in this album and we promise something fresh, challenging and soulful! This album will also be mixed and mastered by Mr. Jens Bogren at Fascination Street Studios."

Check out a special studio video from the drum recording sessions in the player below. Upcoming live actions in 2013 from Leprous are also available after the jump. More...

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Leprous Live Footage Available

Footage has been posted online of Norwegian prog metal act Leprous performing the song "Acquired Taste" live on the European Progressive Assault Tour on October 26th in Zoetermeer, the Netherlands.

The video is available below. "Acquired Taste" comes off the band's latest full-length album "Bilateral" (check out our review here). More...

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Leprous Posts Final European Tour Teaser

Leprous kicked off the European Progressive Assult tour last night in Norway, and the band has now posted the last teaser trailer for the final stop of the tour: Eindhoven, where Leprous will play at Effenaar, October 27th. Leprous comments:

"To count down to the tour, the guys in Leprous have decided to show that they don't live up to the myth that 'bands on tour don't know anything about the cities they're in.' Einar and TorO will demonstrate their impressing knowledge about all the 21 cities they're about to assult. 20th city on the tour is Eindhoven.

"Wondering why the last show is at episode 20 out of 21? Well you might just have to be patient and wait to see what episode 21 has in stall... In the meantime: Entertain yourselves with today's episode where you, amongst other things, will be able to feast your eyes on some amazing dancing skills."

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Leprous Posts More European Tour Episodes

Leprous kicks off the European Progressive Assault tour on September 28th in Oslo, Norway and the band has been posting a video clip covering each city on the run. Episodes 18 and 19 are now online and can be viewed below, and Leprous also commented:

"The 26th of October we're returning to Zoetermeer and the Netherlands! Or is it Holland? Well anyway, in this 19th episode of our countdown you'll get a lesson in the north-western European trance scene, and finally the guys remembers a Belgian famous person. Or do they? Too many questions remains unanswered if you don't check out today's episode about Zoetermeer..."

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Leprous Posts More European Assault Teasers

Prog metal act Leprous is nearing the beginning of the European Progressive Assault tour, and the band has been posting a clip for each city on the tour. Today the band has reached the 15th stop at Vosselaar, where Leprous will play at Biebob on October 21st.

Check out this latest clip, along with the previous video entry for Paris, in the YouTube player available below. Leprous is performing in support of latest album "Bilateral" (reviewed here).

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Leprous Releases More European Teaser Clips

Norwegian progtastic metal act Leprous, which frequently acts as the backing band for solo artist Ihsahn, is heading out on the European Progressive Assult tour later this month. To count down to the tour, the guys in Leprous have decided to show that they don't live up to the myth that "bands on tour doesn't know anything about the cities they're in."

Einar and TorO will demonstrate their knowledge about all the 21 cities they're about to assult. The 13th city on the tour is Lyon, where Leprous will play at Le Marche Gare, October 19th. Check out this clip, along with the videos about Bilbao and Madrid, in the YouTube players below.

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