Leprous

Leprous band
ORIGIN: NorwayFORMED: 2001LABEL: InsideOut Records
  • MEMBERS:
    • Einar Solberg – lead vocals, keyboards (2001–present)
    • Tor Oddmund Suhrke – guitar, backing vocals (2001–present)
    • Baard Kolstad – drums (2014–present)
    • Simen Børven – bass, backing vocals (2015–present)
    • Robin Ognedal – guitar, backing vocals (2017–present)

In a scene where it’s rare to stand out and make something truly unique, sometimes a diamond shines. The latest diamond to shine on the international prog-scene is the Norwegian band Leprous

Influences

These young Norwegians are an extremely diverse act. They cite influences ranging from Massive Attack, Radiohead, Arvo Pärt to even extreme contemporary acts like Gojira.

Biography

 The band gained prominence as the backing band for former Emperor frontman Ihsahn’s live shows. Ihsahn has, in turn, contributed to several Leprous albums as a vocalist (on “Thorn” from Bilateral and “Contaminate Me” from Coal) and as a co-producer for Coal.

After releasing several demos with relatively unstable lineups, the band’s roster solidified by the time they recorded their debut album, Tall Poppy Syndrome in August 2008.  Alex Henderson of Allmusic praised the band’s debut for moving past the “staunchly pre-90s mentality” of contemporary progressive metal by blending the influence of Pink Floyd and King Crimson with alternative metal bands such as Tool.

In 2010, Leprous appeared at ProgPower USA and ProgPower Europe, and later supported Therion on their European tour. 

At the end of February 2011 the band announced that they had signed with Inside Out. The band’s debut for Inside Out Records, Bilateral, was released on 22 August 2011 in Europe and a day later in North America. The album featured artwork by American surrealist Jeff Jordan and the Spanish designer Ritxi Ostariz. 

On 20 May 2013, Leprous released Coal. Vocalist Einar Solberg described the album as “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.”

On 5 May 2014, the band announced the departure of drummer Tobias Ørnes Andersen. He was replaced by Baard Kolstad, who played with Leprous throughout their 2013 Coal tour. The statement also revealed that the band are currently working on material for their next album.

On 25 May 2015, Leprous released their album The Congregation, via Inside Out Music. After that, the album Malina was released on August 25th, 2017.

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