Norwegian prog-metal band Leprous have released an official music video for “The Cloak”, their new single from their upcoming album Coal (out May 28th via InsideOut Music). THe video was directed by David Solbjørg of Twitchy Films.
The band states, “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!”
Coal is the followup to 2011′s brilliant Bilateral (review), which was an Album Of The Year for me. I highly recommend giving these guys a serious shot if you haven’t listened to them much. READ MORE
Norwegian prog-metal band Leprous will be releasing their new album Coal on May 28th in N. America (May 20th in Europe) via InsideOut Music. The band has just revealed the album artwork, which was done by Jeff Jordan (who had done the artwork for 2011′s Bilateral).
Commenting on the artwork, the band states, “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.”
In regards to their upcoming video for “The Cloak”: “A new Leprous video is in the making! We spent one very long day inside the Konnerud Hill Mines here in Norway, getting some very interesting footage. The video, just like the clip for ‘Restless’ on our previous album, was made by Twitchy Films once again, but we promise you no fish or cake was harmed this time around. A dark, moist atmosphere, far into the deep…”
You can see the album artwork as well as listen to their new song “Chronic” below. READ MORE
The upcoming Leprous album Coal is one of my most anticipated records for this year. I was a huge fan of 2011′s Bilateral, placing it as my Album of the Year (alongside White Willow‘s Terminal Twilight). Their amazing songwriting capabilities and rich instrumentation made for an album that I find myself returning to over and over again.
Now the band has given fans a first taste of Coal by streaming a new song entitled “Chronic”, which you can listen to below.
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 Leprous has never before explored.”
Coal comes out May 28th in N. America (May 20th in Europe) via InsideOut Music. READ MORE
Norwegian prog-rockers Leprous have announced via their Facebook page that the name and release date of their new album. Coal, which is the followup to 2011′s Bilateral, will be released May 20th in Europe and May 28th in North America.
Bilateral was tied for my Album Of The Year in 2011 and Coal landed on my Most Anticipated Releases of 2013, so I welcome this news! I honestly can’t wait to hear it, especially considering how many times I’ve listened to Bilateral (probably around 100 times).
You can watch their video for “Restless” below. READ MORE
We all have those moments in songs that just speak to us. You know what I’m talking about, right? It’s that part of the song that you’re blasting in the car with a several of your friends and you make them all shut up so you can share that one special moment with them. Usually, it ends up with everyone staring at you, wondering what the hell you’re so excited about.
You know what? Screw ‘em. You know what’s so special. You know what’s going on. And you’re gonna scroll back to hear that part again, whether they like it or not.
So, join me below as I share 10 Moments In Songs That I Just Love! READ MORE
Norwegian prog metal band Leprous has commenced the recording of their as-of-yet-untitled follow up to 2011′s Bilateral (which was tied with White Willow‘s Terminal Twilight as my Album of the Year).
Singer/synth-player Einar Solberg gives an update: “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 (Bloodbath, Opeth, Amon Amarth) at Fascination Street Studios.”
The band has released a studio update that shows the drums being recorded. You can hear snippets of new songs during the video.
Also, make sure to check out our interview with Einar here. READ MORE
It’s no secret that the Wacken Open Air festival in Wacken, Germany is probably the largest metal festival in the world. Drawing in tens of thousands of people from across the globe, this festival brings some of the biggest names in hard rock and metal as well as showing the more underground, extreme acts that people would otherwise have no chance to see.
Now, the 2013 incarnation of this extremely popular festival is officially sold out. Let me rephrase that in a way that should have a mind-blowing effect on you: Wacken Open Air has sold 75,000 tickets almost one year in advance. There is one set price for tickets ($140) and they are sold on a first come, first served basis for the Aug 1st – 3rd festival. Without knowing the full line up for the show, people have spent $140 plus fees and postage. It’s unbelievable but it also says that Wacken is doing something right. They have been selling out the festival for several years now and it looks like there is no sign of them stopping.
Below is a list of bands that are so far confirmed to play at the show (a TON more will be added over the next months, so keep an eye out at the official website to stay up-to-date) READ MORE
On April 11th, the Revolver Golden Gods took place, giving praise and recognition to the rock and metal community. Famous musicians, such as Dee Snider, Chris Jericho, Gene Simmons, Marilyn Manson, Slash, Amy Lee, and many more, were in attendance. It was a night meant to not only celebrate the achievements of rock and metal musicians and their offerings, but it was also a night for the fans, a way to honor their passion and their love. And it was a night that did absolutely nothing to spread the word and the importance of rock and metal. READ MORE
Still one of my favorite releases this year, Leprous‘ Bilateral (review) is a prog rock/metal album that is destined to become one of the timeless classics of music. Now, the band has released a video for Restless that is just as weird and twisted as the album. I got a lot of Black Hole Sun vibes from this video in that everything was surreal and nothing could be figured out at first glance. Check it out after the jump and make sure to check out our exclusive interview with vocalist/synths Einar Solberg. READ MORE
Let me paint a picture for you: my windows are streaked with rivulets of rain. The skies are a bluish-grey. The water on the lake behind my house is rippling from shore to shore. The wind is howling and the trees are not so much swaying as dancing, dead leaves flying through the air, spinning and circling aimlessly. Inside, I have a glass of red wine poured and Terminal Twilight, the latest album from White Willow, playing. Join me after the jump to hear my thoughts on this latest venture from the Norwegian prog-rock band.
Bilateral, the third studio album from Leprous, is easily one of my favorite releases this year (review here). The mix of prog with metal combined with a vintage feel but a modern sound all came together to create an album that I just cannot stop listening to. So I was beyond excited when I got the opportunity to chat with vocalist/keyboardist Einar Solberg. We discussed the album, the sounds and tones used, the artwork, and Einar’s thoughts on horror. Check it all out after the jump!
One of my favorite releases so far this year has been Leprous‘ Bilateral (review here). It’s a prog rock/metal masterpiece full of epic, soaring songs and fantastic production. I haven’t been able to stop listening to it for a few weeks now and I really hope I’ve inspired some interest in some of you.
If you find that your interest has been piqued and you’re curious to hear the album, Guitar World has a stream of the entire album right now along with an interview with guitarist Tor Oddmund Suhrke. Check after the jump for all the details.
Leprous is a band that you probably haven’t heard of, which is a damn shame. These guys were the backing band for Ihsahn (Emperor) for 2009 and the first half of 2010, if that gives you any clue as to how talented they are. Around since 2001 with an EP, a demo and one full-length album, the band is back with their newest release, Bilateral. Laced with heavy doses of 70’s prog rock but with a thoroughly modern twist, this album rolls up and down like a roller coaster. But is it the awesome speedy ride you crave or the disappointing kiddy ride that you have to ride with your wee young’un? Check after the jump for the answer.