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Tech/Extreme Prog Metal • Norway


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LEPROUS are a Tech/Extreme band from Norway. Founded in 2001 by Einar SOLBERG (synth,vocals) and Tor ODDMUND SUHRKE (guitar,vocals), the group went through numerous line-up shuffles before settling on the current members Halvor STRAND (bass), Øystein LANDSVERK (guitar,backing vocals)and Tobias ØRNES ANDERSEN (drums).

The members of LEPROUS are young, but despite their youth this group packs some impressive musical pedigrees. SOLBERG played live for EMPEROR and SUHRKE and STRAND were members of IHSAHN'S touring band.

In 2004 LEPROUS self-released their 3 song EP "Silent Waters" and in 2006 self-released their full-length demo album "Aeolia". The band signed to Sensory Records and released their sophomore effort "Tall Poppy Syndrome" in 2009. The band later were signed by Inside Out Music and released "Bilateral" in 2011 and "Coal" in 2013.

LEPROUS' music is hard to classify and pin down to one sub-genre. Their music is firmly rooted in prog metal, crafting songs around odd structures, predominantly clean vocals, abrupt time changes, complex rhythms and dexterous musicianship all punctuated by contrasting heavier sections but also punctuated with growling vocals and black metal shrieks. Taking elements from OPETH, DREAM THEATER, WINDS, IHSAHN, CYNIC and even PORCUPINE TREE and SONATA ARCTICA, LEPROUS assembles these influences in an odd yet undeniably appealing manner.

A very diverse band and highly recommended to ALL prog metal fans!

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LEPROUS shows & tickets


  • UK Tech-Fest on 9 Jul 2015
  • Be Prog! My Friend on 11 Jul 2015
  • Leprous at garajistanbul, Istanbul on 20 Sep 2015
  • Leprous at Eightball Club, Thessaloniki on 22 Sep 2015
  • Leprous + Rendezvous Point at Garage, Bergen on 25 Sep 2015
  • Euroblast Festival 11 on 1 Oct 2015
  • Progpower Europe 2015 on 2 Oct 2015
  • Leprous + Rendezvous Point at Forbrændingen, Albertslund on 2 Oct 2015
  • Leprous + Rendezvous Point + Sphere (NO) at Divan du Monde, Paris on 5 Oct 2015
  • Leprous + Rendezvous Point at Le Ferrailleur, Nantes on 6 Oct 2015
  • Leprous on 8 Oct 2015
  • Leprous + Rendezvous Point + Sphere (NO) at Caracol, Madrid on 9 Oct 2015
  • Leprous + Rendezvous Point + Sphere (NO) at Garaje Beat Club, Murcia on 10 Oct 2015
  • Leprous + Rendezvous Point + Sphere (NO) at La[2], Barcelona on 11 Oct 2015
  • Leprous + Rendezvous Point at Ninkasi, Lyon on 12 Oct 2015
  • Leprous + Sphere + Rendezvous Point at The Garage, London on 13 Oct 2015
  • Leprous + Rendezvous Point at Ruby Lounge, Manchester on 14 Oct 2015
  • Leprous + Rendezvous Point at Fleece, Bristol on 15 Oct 2015
  • Leprous + Rendezvous Point at Rockcafe Jan Hertog, Maasmechelen on 16 Oct 2015
  • Leprous + Rendezvous Point at Substage, Karlsruhe on 17 Oct 2015
  • Leprous + Rendezvous Point at Backstage, Munich on 18 Oct 2015
  • Leprous + Rendezvous Point at Legend Club (ex- legend 54), Milano on 19 Oct 2015
  • Leprous + Sphere + Rendezvous Point at Kiff, Aarau on 20 Oct 2015
  • Leprous at Club Rockstadt, Brasov on 22 Oct 2015
  • Leprous "The Congregation" Tour on 23 Oct 2015
  • Leprous + Rendezvous Point at Majestic Music Club, Bratislava on 24 Oct 2015
  • Leprous + Rendezvous Point at Hudební Klub Nová Chmelnice, Praha on 25 Oct 2015
  • Leprous + Rendezvous Point + Sphere (NO) at Progresja Music Zone, Warszawa on 26 Oct 2015
  • Leprous + Rendezvous Point at Corsairs Rock Café, Riga on 27 Oct 2015
  • Leprous + Sphere + Rendezvous Point at Nosturi, Helsinki on 28 Oct 2015

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3.83 | 69 ratings
Aeolia
2006
4.15 | 255 ratings
Tall Poppy Syndrome
2009
3.95 | 344 ratings
Bilateral
2011
4.03 | 256 ratings
Coal
2013
4.31 | 133 ratings
The Congregation
2015

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4.50 | 2 ratings
Silent Waters
2004

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 The Congregation by LEPROUS album cover Studio Album, 2015
4.31 | 133 ratings

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The Congregation
Leprous Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by Deadwing

5 stars This is one of the best Prog Metal albums I've heard so far. It's very well recorded (very clean audio) and well played (especially the drums), focusing in songwriting which is it's strengthness. I had lots of expectations for this album, since Leprous already delivered two others masterpieces (Bilateral and Coal), but this is as good as the two predecessors.

The sound remembers a bit of coal, but with even more focus on tight songwritting, experimentation with odd time signatures, ambience and strong chorus. The Keyboards also play a big role here, being as strong as the guitar, but without being too cheesy.

Rewind, The Flood, Red and Slave are the strongest songs here, with the most remarkable riffs and chorus.

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Review by floflo79

1 stars Man, this is really bad.... This album has excellent reviews (#1 of 2015 for PA, #6 of 2015 for RYM) and it's a prog metal album. So I really HAD to check this out. Really, I didn't like this. The musicians are good (especially the drummer who is excellent) but the compositions are not great, I don't like the vocals, the electronic instruments like synths don't fit with the music, and sometimes, the rythm or the notes are really broken, and it's sounds like a scratched vinyl disc. I really don't understand the noise around this album, it's just plainly bad. I prefer "Tall Poppy Syndrome", which is more interesting and pleasant.

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4.31 | 133 ratings

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Leprous Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by BrufordFreak

5 stars I'm going to agree with the many reviewers here who are extolling the virtues of this album. It is, in my opinion, a very powerful Prog Metal album which displays the continued refinement and maturation of these musician/songwriters. Vocalist Einar Solberg continues to show virtuosic mastery of his craft--yet with continued refinements in his restraint, control, and use of space and simplicity. All powerful developments for the overall impact of the songs here. Coal was a real step forward from Bilateral and Tall Poppy Syndrome which both had a lot of elements of quirk, humor and pop woven into the song and melody structures, but The Congregation seems to show of a band that is finally comfortable with its style--a band that knows and uses its strengths through and through. While I find this overall a very powerful album, there are weaker songs and then there are absolute masterpieces.

5 star songs: "Rewind" (7:07) (10/10); "Slave" (6:38) (10/10); "Moon" (7:13) (9/10); "The Flood" (9/10); "Down" (6:26) (9/10); "Lower" (4:34) (9/10), and; "Red" (6:36) (8/10).

Album of the Year? I don't know. It's a great one! "Rewind" and "Slave" are must hears! Two of the best of the year, to be sure!

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Review by robbob

5 stars With Bilateral I did the worst review, the worst mark for a prog metal album ...I did not find anything original there with similar works of similar bands...but now... Who...'''Sometimes happen that all combines for the best....best musicianship ,best composition inspiration, best songs ever before... Yes what an inspired album...what a mature work... I repeat the listening and ever ... better..... I listened to Rewind and felt...oh''' the best prog metal song ever...but then....Moon...oh is this one...then Slave...maybe this is the best.... All songs are so inspired that there is no other possibility to find all this album a masterpiece and not only in tech prog metal...in all prog rock...one of the best albums of last years.. I felt as Anekdoten,Anathema,Haken,Tool,Cynic.... and similar united and created the most inspired album of hard or metal prog rock . Masterpiece

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Review by Blackwater Floyd

5 stars Leprous outdid themselves with this one!

Their new found sound - well kind of new, since an "aura" of sorts was already showcased in Coal - has proven very exciting. There are some excellent songs in this record ranging from a wide variety of sounds, including power ballads like The Flood, pumped up pieces like Rewind and Third Law. This album almost has it all. Almost, because as in everything in life, it's not perfect. The only track I found repetitive and lacking on inspiration was the sixth track Within My fence. Progressive metal, through and through, this album, along with Steven Wilson's Hand.Cannot.Erase have two very high points in 2015, compensating for a "not so good" 2014. Masterfully executed, The Congregation is a must have! All prog listeners should have a look at these contemporary talents.

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Review by Conor Fynes
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5 stars 'The Congregation' - Leprous (90/100)

Let it be kept no secret: I firmly believe Leprous are the most evocative band operating within progressive metal today. While I had been impressed with their breakthrough release Tall Poppy Syndrome, their 2011 monument Bilateral took me by storm, and still stands as one of the most inventive, breathtaking observations in metal this side of the new millennium. Each new Leprous album is an instant classic in my eyes, and even if time will inevitably be kinder to some of their records over others, I rest assured in the near-certainty that I'll still be listening to them a decade-- even two decades from now. It should suffice to say there are few other contemporary artists I could say the same in truth about.

Much like their considerably more uplifting British counterparts in Haken, Leprous have paired their startling quality with a prolific work ethic. Every two years, the band have taken their sound a step further. Now, with The Congregation, 2015 brokers no exception to the pattern. Given how much love I've had for their past masterpieces, I need not specify how eagerly I awaited hearing Leprous' fifth offering. Whether or not it was going to be fantastic wasn't even a question in my mind; rather, I was more intrigued by how they might change their sound. If Bilateral was defined by its sporadic urgency, and its follow-up Coal responded in turn with greater focus and minimalism, then The Congregation may be seen both as an advance on this trajectory, as well as an acknowledgement concerning things Coal didn't do as well as its predecessor. Namely, the new album brings a revitalized emotional immediacy to Leprous' music, and in this respect I am more affected than I have been by an album in many a while.

This is a masterpiece of a sort, to be sure, and though it bears strong resemblance with Coal, the vocal few who rightly declaimed the band's last album as a weaker offering than Bilateral might find themselves pleasantly surprised here. No, The Congregation doesn't strike me with the same impetuous spontaneity as Bilateral, nor does it keep my left-brain quite as much on the edge. However, I also think that repeating that same formula would have proved fruitless, both on this and Coal; being sporadic and jumpy is a trait of youth, and Leprous have long since matured as a group.

This matured Leprous-- occasionally better likened to an avant-garde, theatrical Anathema than the metal of their heyday- was proudly introduced on Coal, but it's only on The Congregation that the emotional resonance has built up to match their obvious technical abilities. So many of the ways I would describe the last album could again apply to this one: heavy, but not for the blunt force of the parts so much as the way they are used. Vivid and occasionally dissonant instrumentation, like an unchained King Crimson. Secretly more groove-oriented than any prog rock band has any right of being, and, not least of all, indelibly fuelled by the voice of frontman Einar Solberg. All of these might go on to describe The Congregation even moreso than its predecessor, but the amplification of Coal's best elements has resulted in a much different tone and experience. The Congregation may be the most emotionally hard- hitting album of Leprous career thus far-- and I'm including my personal favourite in that count as well.

Where some of my favourite progressive albums take a few listens to 'get' them, The Congregation had me hooked from the first listen. Although Leprous are one of the best musical units around (you'd have to be to play alongside Ihsahn) I've always thought vocalist Einar Solberg to be the band's shining light. Even when the band are immersed in a polyrhythmic groove or focused build-up, he uses his considerable range and presence to convey depth currently unsurpassed in the genre. Though this thought is by no means exclusive to The Congregation, I do think Solberg's voice is a large part of what makes Leprous one of my favourite modern acts. His soaring delivery is comparable to Muse's Matt Bellamy, albeit without the adolescent whine attached to it. Although it may be a further stretch to describe them as a prog metal The Mars Volta, high-register vocal acrobatics are at least one thing he shares with Cedric Bixler-Zavala. Suffice to say, the band has become increasingly vocal-oriented with every album; the veer towards minimalism and gradually building grooves over the past two albums have offered Solberg much greater opportunity to test his voice, an his vocals have become proportionately sharper to compensate.

Valid arguments may be fostered to the contrary, but I do think this is the most musically complex work Leprous have produced. There aren't any abrupt shifts in pace, but the ingredients are often mind- bending, potentially even moreso given that they work so smoothly together. The addictive groove on "The Price" (easily the most compelling single I've heard in 2015, by the way!) would probably look like academic jabberwocky on paper, but the way Leprous pull it off, it feels accessible. The syncopated guitar noise of "The Third Law" sounds far-flung enough to befit math rock than anything of a stately, progressive angle. I could give many more examples; my point is that Leprous have mastered the use of technique and complexity to such an extent that they can effectively mask it.

Orchestrating complex music is difficult enough a task on its own; to draw those orchestrations full-circle to the point of becoming accessible is an entirely different game. As much as my life and listening have been altered by progressive music (for the better-- I hope!) it is a rare thing to hear an artist back away from their wizard hats and mellotron collection to make complex art with a grasp on the heart. I don't mean that flimsy Floydian 'feeling' every progger with a knack for pentatonic scales tries to shill out-- I mean an addictive, balls-hitting, cutting-edge passion. The Cardiacs had that game nailed. Anathema does it. Haken does it. At this point however, I don't think anyone has Leprous beat.

Given The Congregation's subtly mind-bending complexity, it's all the more of an accomplishment that the album manages to hit so close to home emotionally. Upon my first spin of the album, I remember "Slave" coming on and coming close to welling up. Although the lyrics aren't particularly poignant, Solberg's delivery tells a story of its own. Though Coal was forged from many of the same elements as this, the music there was tense; even angry-- at least as far as the term can apply to prog rock With The Congregation, that anger has subsided to an introspective melancholy.

I've seen it written more than once that Leprous reviews tend to fall short of describing the music with precision. This challenge should be testament to the band's originality as an act, especially considering they manage to get this impression across without using truly outlandish shortcuts. Be that as it may, I'll give my best attempt here. As far as The Congregation goes; think what Gojira (circa The Way of All Flesh) would sound like if they were using the amps and production of Queens of the Stone Age. Or maybeWeather Systems-era Anathema, fuelled with the energy of a progressive metal The Mars Volta. All of this, fronted with one of the strongest voices I've heard in years. The Congregation isn't quite as much of an evolution in style as the last two records were. Indeed, there are a couple of issues that have been apparent from the first listen onward; the lyrics are a little too laconic to say anything on their own, and the album has little in the way of complimentary flow between songs; I do wonder if the album may have been made better by changing the sequence of tracks up a bit. Nonetheless; this is a great step forward for Leprous, and a masterful one at that. The introduction of drummer Baard Kolstad to the fold has been of the most propitious lineup changes I've seen in a band in modern years. With The Congregation, Leprous have once again proven that my recognition of them once as the most promising band in progressive music has been well-founded. Time and again, they've delivered on that promise, and I cannot wait until their next presumably unfolds in 2017.

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4.31 | 133 ratings

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Leprous Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by Mind_Drive

5 stars OK ok :D this is not gonna be easy

but hell yeah! the final rating is 10/10

oh they want it to be of some value or wait? is not just this the way it is like no words and you know..

nifty kniffles this is certainly tripable metal. hoioioiioi... just genious! ...and still several more lines to be filled with ideas of how awesome something is and well, I think its still outerwordly and overworldly inspeakable and do you like your darkness? make you move end it all there silent grown old lust justified shame it all cloud of dust

Disturbingly sacred delving into the abyss of desirespair

Leprous, oh dear what have you gifted us with!

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Leprous Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by Mattone

5 stars My expectations were very high with this one. I loved all the Leprous' albums, but I know that every band has to decline, one day. That day has not come yet for Leprous.

When I first listened to the single, "The Price", I totally fell in love with it: the perfect combination of complexity and simplicity, a catchy song with challenging rhythms and powerful arrangement. Then it was the time of "Rewind", which is the third track on the album: from the moving intro to the mindblowing outro, passing through the memorable bass performance... another great song!

So, I first listened to the entire album knowing that it could possibly have more surprises for my ears. But I couldn't imagine how much this supposition was going to be confirmed. "Third Law" features absurd drum patterns and a very rigid performance by everyone. I think it's one of the less beautiful songs on the album, but it's still very positive. "The Flood" and "Triumphant" are simply two masterpieces in a row, the first being a kind of sick power ballad with sounds which appear to be quite new for the band, the second being a sort of epic and energetic march, featuring some of the most amazing grooves of the whole Leprous' discography, and a great chorus. "Within My Fence" closes the first half of the album in a positive, yet not perfect way, since it's probably the less convincing song on the album, though featuring a great drum performance, but no great ideas here.

The second half of the album features more complex and extended songs: four of them in a row are not shorter than six and a half minutes, while the last returns to the four minutes standard. "Red" is an unique journey made of impossible-to-follow grooves and unconventional solutions for the band sound. The instrumental section is just out of my words' reach. "Slave" is an absurdly tragic and obscure song, with a great chorus and a great synergy between guitars and keyboards: together they form an atmosphere worth of the sickest horror movie (but still not fit for it: this song would totally stole the attention from the film). "Moon" features a very interesting electric piano line, together with a great drum performance. It probably goes on too long with the same structures, but they are so good that the overall impression can be nothing but positive. "Down" marks one of the band's highlights, with an incredibly catchy chorus and other powerful grooves used in the intro and in other sections. Some drum fills are totally mindblowing here! The album ends with the graceful "Lower": a tender keyboard intro is blown away by a powerful chorus, just to return a while later in a totally moving arrangement. The special edition also features the bonus track "Pixel", which is ok but frankly nothing special at all.

Wholly considered, "The Congregation" can surely be mentioned as one of this year's best releases, and in my opinion it will be hard for whoever will try to surpass Leprous to manage doing it... once again!

9/10 (five stars, considering his ranking in my personal Top 2015 album list)

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 The Congregation by LEPROUS album cover Studio Album, 2015
4.31 | 133 ratings

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The Congregation
Leprous Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by Daggor

5 stars Review Except from Black Wind Metal Full review posted at blackwindmetal.com/leprous-the-congregation/

Coal's introspective, dark aesthetic was controversial, and I recall a lot of disappointment from critics two years ago. I do not expect there to be nearly as much dissent this time around, however. The usual Leprous quirks are present: heavily syncopated riffs, repetitive passages with slight melodic and harmonic alterations, and Einar Solberg's vocal dynamics. On top of that, there is the album's particular sound, which incorporates attempts at a more emotional impact, post-metal tonality and tremolo picking, and a rising and falling of intensity throughout. New drummer Baard Kolstad puts on an absolutely phenomenal performance, similar to and rivaling John Douglas' performances on Anathema's Weather Systems and Distant Satellites.

Opening track and first single "The Price" hints at the band taking a more a djent-inspired direction, and the first minute of "Third Law" doesn't do much to dispel that notion. The band is playing more and more with 7 and 8 string guitars and extremely heavy syncopation at times. It continues in what I can best describe as "Josh Homme singing over Tesseract riffs being played at double speed". This somehow leads into the chorus, which is among the album's most memorable (but of course, like every great album, it is but one of many outstanding choruses). The chorus dominates much of the rest of the song. It also dominates my dreams, my nightmares, and battles for my very soul.

There's going to be a lot of talk about "The Flood", and rightly so. I believe both reviews I've seen thus far have mentioned it as a standout. There are portions that strike a similar vein as Coal's "The Valley" but this song is shorter and more direct. There is a combination of synth effects and an incredibly deep guitar, possibly a down-tuned 7 or 8 string, playing a heartbeat throughout most of the song. The chorus is every bit as massive as anything the band has written yet, and the heartbeat has a tremendously dramatic impact. The bridge is reminiscent of the second half of "Foe", again from Coal, before giving way to the, and I repeat for emphasis: Absolutely. Massive. Chorus. I don't want to give away all the secrets in store, but this song is incredible. All the superlatives you're seeing heaped on it are true. That being said, if anyone has said anything bad about this song, I'm sorry, but there's nothing I can do about the haters. We've all got to suffer them together.

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 Coal by LEPROUS album cover Studio Album, 2013
4.03 | 256 ratings

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Coal
Leprous Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by aglasshouse

5 stars When I was curious about the rest of Leprous's music after giving a listen to BILATERAL, I decided to check out their other albums. TALL POPPY SYNDROME was okay, but slightly lackluster in my opinion. I decided to move to COAL, their most recent albums.

Wow. Just wow. Leprous are simply getting better and better as time goes by. Let me explain why this album is so great.

As you can see, they reverted to their original short number of long tracks on the album instead of more short songs. This time, I feel like they knew their way after BILATERAL how to deal with their sound. In fact, they perfected it from the last time they used it. Their longer longer tracks show this change in a very positive light.

There are some of my favorite metal songs of all time on this album as well, such as 'Chronic', 'Coal', and 'The Valley'. None of the songs are bad; in fact, all of them are at the least 4.5/5 rating songs. The album has an even number of tracks, so I can easily split it up into two different parts. Therefore, I shall rate both parts of the album as it's own.

The original part is good, aside from the slightly boring 'Foe'. Is immediately salvaged by the second track 'Chronic', which takes their slower music and gives us a hugely suspenseful buildup. The second part is equally good, with the amazing 'The Valley'. I totally recommend this album for any metal or a prog fan for that matter.

Go give it a listen.

(Originally Written for the Metal Music Archives on 2014-10-27)

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