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Formed: 2001
From: Notodden, Norway
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Leprous News

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 Posts "Slave" Lyric Video

After having performed last weekend at Metropolis Fest in Belarus with Dream Theater, Norwegian Prog metallers Leprous continue to promote their newest studio album "The Congregation," which was released worldwide via InsideOutMusic.

Today, Leprous is pleased to launch the lyric video for the album track "Slave." The clip was created by Costin Chioreanu of Twilight 13 Media.

Leprous' Einar Solberg checked in with the following comment about the track: "I would say that Slave is one of the most emotional tracks of the album. The foundation is simple, but the content is rich." More...

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Leprous Adds More Tour Dates

The Norwegian prog metallers from Leprous just released latest studio album "The Congregation" all across the world via InsideOutMusic (reviewed here).

In a first for Leprous, the album managed to enter the official national sales charts in several European countries: Germany # 78, The Netherlands # 66, Belgium (Flemish) # 167 and Finland # 39.

Leprous is also gearing up for extensive European touring this year in support of "The Congregation." Dates are available after the video.

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Leprous Premieres New Track "Rewind"

Norweigian progressive metal act Leprous premiered the new track "Rewind" over at Metalsucks at this location (also in the player below). The song will appear on the upcoming new album "The Congregation," which is set to drop May 25th, 2015 in Europe and June 2nd in North America via InsideOut Music. A review for the album can be read over at this location.

The band commented on the track: "Rewind is of the more dynamic songs of the album. It kind of shows everything that Leprous is about within 7 minutes, while still having a powerful and focused foundation. Not to mention it's rather catchy."

The track list is:

1. The Price (see music video)
2. Third Law
3. Rewind
4. The Flood
5. Triumphant
6. Within My Fence
7. Red
8. Slave
9. Moon
10. Down
11. Lower

Check out "Rewind" here: More...

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Leprous Names Its Price

Norwegian prog outfit Leprous is set to release newest studio album "The Congregation" on May 25th, 2015 in Europe and June 2nd, 2015 in North America via InsideOut Music.

Today the band is debuting the first new music for the release: check out the clip for opening track "The Price" below, courtesy of Metal Injection.

The dynamic video was directed by David Solbjørg and Kjetil Kolbjørnsrud of Twitchy Films (who already worked with the band on previous music videos). Leprous also comments:

"'The Price' was the obvious choice for us to make a video of. It's straight to the point, technical, focused, catchy and shows a new side of Leprous. We're very happy to be working with Twitchy Films also this time, and they've done a impeccable job creating an atmospheric and artistic video clip." More...

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Leprous Unveils New Album

Norwegian prog outfit Leprous is set to release new album "The Congregation" on May 25th, 2015 in Europe and June 2nd in North America via InsideOut Music. The album's artwork was created by artist Nihil and can be seen below.

Leprous also comments: "The artwork represents the album's dark theme very well by showing deformation and disturbance."

Leprous recorded the drums, guitars and bass for the album in Sweden's Fascination Street / Ghostward Studios with David Castillo (Katatonia, Opeth) and the vocals together with Heidi Solberg Tveitan & Vegard Tveitan at Mnemosyne Studios in Norway.

Just like the preceding albums "Bilateral" and "Coal," "The Congregation" was mixed by Jens Bogren at Fascination Street Studios (Opeth, Symphony X, Kreator). The full track listing is:

1. The Price
2. Third Law
3. Rewind
4. The Flood
5. Triumphant
6. Within My Fence
7. Red
8. Slave
9. Moon
10. Down
11. Lower More...

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Leprous Posts In-Studio Footage

Norwegian prog metal outfit Leprous is currently working on an upcoming full-length album to be titled "The Congregation."

"The Congregation" is due to drop on May 25th, 2015 in Europe and June 2nd, 2015 in North America via InsideOutMusic.

Today the band has released a brief studio clip showcasing the drum, guitar, and vocal recordings. Check it out by heading over to the Leprous Facebook profile.

Vocalist Einar Solberg comments: "Lyrically 'The Congregation' covers the dangers and consequences of blindly following the flow, thus the album title will speak for itself."

"The Congregation" follows previous album "Coal" (reviewed here). You can also see the band live on these dates: More...

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Leprous Announces New Album, Tour

Norwegian progressive act Leprous has wrapped up work on a newest studio album, which follows 2013's acclaimed "Coal" release (see review here). The album will be titled "The Congregation" and is to be released on May 25th, 2015 in Europe and June 2nd, 2015 in North America via InsideOutMusic.

Vocalist and keyboard player Einar Solberg has checked in on the album: "This has without doubt been the most challenging album to write so far, if you count the amount of hours, blood, sweat and tears behind it. Which makes me extra proud to just have delivered the master of what I consider to be the most daring, technical, fresh and mature album we've ever done. The music of The Congregation is mostly written by me on my computer, so that this time around I could use my ears instead of my knowledge as the main writing tool. If you use your knowledge and your usual methods to write every album, you will eventually find yourself stuck in a quagmire of old habits. Lyrically The Congregation covers the dangers and consequences of blindly following the flow, thus the album title will speak for itself."

The band recorded the drums, guitars and bass for the album in Sweden's Fascination Street/Ghostward Studios with David Castillo (Katatonia, Opeth) and the vocals together with Heidi Solberg Tveitan & Vegard Tveitan at Mnemosyne Studios in Norway. Just like the preceding albums "Bilateral" and "Coal," "The Congregation" was mixed by Jens Bogren at Fascination Street Studios (Opeth, Symphony X, Kreator). More...

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Leprous Issues Album Update

The Norwegian progsters from Leprous are back in the studio working on the follow-up album to 2013's "Coal" (reviewed here).

The still-untitled new album is expected for a May 2015 release via InsideOutMusic. Leprous also comments from the studio:

"We're super-stoked about the new material we have composed. It's not really Coal material, following our mantra about not making the same album twice.

"The writing process has been very different this time. Most of the music has been made by Einar, on a computer. Almost all the guitar riffs for example (and Einar has no idea about how to play guitar...), so the guitar players were up for a challenge.

"At the moment we're finished recording drums, and Baard has delivered a stunning performance, so now it's time for the rest of us, to lay down the guitars, bass and keys, before we round the whole thing up with vocals-recordings in the beginning of the new year.

"Mixing and mastering will take place in late January, so we expect a release in May, but all of that is up to our label. Right now, we're just concentrating on doing our part to perfection."

Drums for the new album were recorded in Sweden's Fascination Street / Studio Gröndal with David Castillo (Katatonia, Opeth), while the band will be mixing the album with Jens Bogren at Fascination Street studio.

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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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