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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 discography


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LEPROUS top albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.78 | 91 ratings
Aeolia
2006
4.13 | 317 ratings
Tall Poppy Syndrome
2009
3.90 | 424 ratings
Bilateral
2011
4.00 | 356 ratings
Coal
2013
4.04 | 433 ratings
The Congregation
2015
3.79 | 102 ratings
{Malina}
2017

LEPROUS Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

4.00 | 8 ratings
Live at Rockefeller Music Hall
2016

LEPROUS Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

4.09 | 17 ratings
Live At Rockefeller Music Hall
2016

LEPROUS Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

LEPROUS Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

4.67 | 3 ratings
Silent Waters
2004
4.67 | 9 ratings
{From the Flame}
2017

LEPROUS Reviews


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 {Malina} by LEPROUS album cover Studio Album, 2017
3.79 | 102 ratings

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{Malina}
Leprous Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by siLLy puPPy
Collaborator PSIKE & JR/F/Canterbury Teams

4 stars The name LEPROUS isn't just made up gibberish in an Elvish language or anything of the sort. It is in fact an English word that in the biological world means having or consisting of loose, scurfy scales (as well as the meaning of 'having leprosy.') "Scurfy" is a term that denotes a loose scaly crust coating a surface and you know what? That kind of describes the music of LEPROUS. No denying that their mere five album career has been an interesting one since the band jumped to the top of the list of the progressive metal world with "Tall Poppy Syndrome" and has been changing things up slightly ever since. Eight years after their highly esteemed debut they release their fifth album MALINA which at this point seems almost like a totally different band. Except for that scurfy thing. Yes, the surface with a loose scaly crust. What the f.u.c.k is he talking about? - you ask.

The music of LEPROUS may differ stylistically from album to album but one thing has remained a constant, that being the melodic powerful vocals of Einar Solberg whose tender and affectionate operatic antics have always been the focus and in the limelight and therefore the "surface" of the band's style and sound. The jittery glitch guitars, the bouncy fretless bass slides, symphonic, electronic touches and the myriad styles of drumming that accompany Solberg are ever changing in dynamics, tempo, time signatures and delivery and count as the "loose scaly crust" which sounds like its flaking away from the lyrical delivery. I swear i'm not tripping as i write this. In short, the music is the wild card as it gravitates around the vocal performances.

On MALINA, Norway's masters of jittery staccato hyperactivity have toned things down a bit as they continue to pull an Opeth and down the path of de-metalling their sound. While the first couple of albums were chock full of a smorgasbord of sounds, riffs and styles from the metal universe including ferocious death growls and spastic thrash fury, MALINA is surprisingly placid and sombre and only has two tracks that have even a fraction of the intensity and drive as their earlier albums. But this hasn't come as a shock as "Coal" and "Congregation" both began the de-metallization process and instead LEPROUS have continued to ratchet up their progressive rock leanings. Likewise MALINA takes the next logical step on this trajectory by creating more elaborate compositions, more clever melodic developments, cleaner and sharper production values and a slicker overall sophistication that once all the metal defenses are withdrawn reveal some of the band's original influences. Personally i have always viewed LEPROUS as more of a sophisticated art pop rock band that just happened to add healthy doses of metal to the mix, so i for one am not shocked that they would tackle a fairly metal free expression of their inner world.

The number one culprit in the inspiration pool is clearly Radiohead and that has never sounded so true as it does on MALINA. Solberg is a dead ringer for a Thom Yorke only Einar just happens to have a larger vocal range and sounds classically trained. Add the sombre electronic atmospheres that surround every note that slinks and slides around like a slithery snake as well as the electronic beats that bring their trip hop influences Massive Attack and The Prodigy to the forefront as well that they seamlessly blend in with the rock instrumentation and you have quite the eclectic mix of sounds although these accoutrements are usually banished to the background of the sonic stage except for intros and moments of contrast. MALINA also sees a shift to a more symphonic sound as Raphael Weinroth-Browne joins the cast and crafts some mean cello and string sections that add a classical touch to certain tracks (such as the rock-free zone on "The Last Milestone.") Likewise there has been a change of the guard on guitar as Robin Ognedal replaces Øystein Landsverk however the gravitational style of the LEPROUS sound has indoctrinated Ognedal as a dead ringer for a replacement.

Like many a progressive metal band that sheds a layer of their more hardened epidermis to make room for more of the soft underbelly of their layers, MALINA will surely divide fans into the usual two camps of those who dislike new directions especially down the unthinkable path of de-metallization and those who are quite eager to follow the band into any musical pastures in which they graze the yumminess of their musical harvests. LEPROUS remains true to their art pop rock instincts that have been present from day one and despite new ways of delivering their inner tributes to Radiohead, trip hop and bands like Porcupine Tree, they still adhere to the same idiosyncratic sound that got them noticed in the first place. MALINA is yet another powerful musical expression from LEPROUS that careful balances their progressive and math rock tendencies with clever and catchy melodies and possibly qualify this as some sort of indie pop rock.

Of the eleven tracks (twelve if you have the one with the bonus "Root"), only two "Captive" and "Coma" have the instrumental heft of a true metal song in energetic delivery but even these are built in a strange out-of-sync fashion with Solberg's vocals being rather calm in response to the musical hurricane around him. For those who have always felt LEPROUS was too proggy or artsy for their own good might find MALINA a more suitable listen while metalheads who deem anything else a sellout should steer clear. For those with a more eclectic palette, MALINA is an excellent power indie pop prog run for its entirety run with one strong, addictive track after another showing a more subdued and intricate way of weaving their distinct tapestry of sound. Yeah, i do agree that this is not the best they have to offer but it is by no means a throwaway album that shows the band looking for a retirement home. I could easily see a future release jumping back on the metal bandwagon but in the meantime i'm loving this one a lot.

 {Malina} by LEPROUS album cover Studio Album, 2017
3.79 | 102 ratings

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{Malina}
Leprous Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by javajeff

4 stars Leprous has released another excellent album. From the stellar bass line in Bonneville to the excellent guitar work in From the Flame, and the heavy electronics in Illuminate, Malina delivers a fantastic offering of tracks. It may actually be the most progressive and least heavy of their entire catalog of albums, but it does contain the formula Leprous sound of fantastic vocals and well written compositions. As always, the lyrics shine and are delivered with Einar Solberg's most unique singing style. This brand of Progressive Metal is like nothing else as it crosses many genres. Malina is an album with more of the same, so fans of the band should feel right at home. I am not sure if it is their best album to date, but more Leprous is always a good thing. They have such a strong collection of albums, and I enjoy all of them.
 Live At Rockefeller Music Hall by LEPROUS album cover DVD/Video, 2016
4.09 | 17 ratings

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Live At Rockefeller Music Hall
Leprous Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by rdtprog
Special Collaborator Prog Metal / Heavy Prog Team

4 stars Leprous is a very original band in the Progressive Metal extreme/technical style. The songs are complex and catchy and if the first two albums were very experimental, the band has simplified things with the last albums with more focused and concise songs. The distinctive clear voice of the singer that dominates the music has always been the trademark of the band. The DVD captures the band at RockfellerMusic Hall in Oslo and no re-recording has been done in the studio for this live show, everything we have is the real live feel. Those who don't enjoy quick camera shots will be disappointed here, he didn't bother me that much because I don't think that the band's music is exciting because of the musicianship like another Dream Theater. The band is focusing more on creating some intense atmosphere with the music and the vocals versatility. The sound and picture quality are excellent, but I am sure many will be pleased with the audio only. 4 stars
 Live At Rockefeller Music Hall by LEPROUS album cover DVD/Video, 2016
4.09 | 17 ratings

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Live At Rockefeller Music Hall
Leprous Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by javajeff

4 stars This live album is a great place to start for anyone looking to get into Leprous since it is an excellent collection of songs. This Live At Rockefeller Music Hall is an excellent performance, with amazing sound quality. Do not let the Tech/Extreme label scare you off from Leprous since they are very similar to Haken in sound and heaviness. They are a progressive metal group in my book, with a very unique approach to song writing. Expect amazing musicianship, stellar vocals, and the most unique delivery of music in the progressive metal genre. There is absolutely nothing cookie-cutter about them, so they are perfect if you are looking for something new and fresh. Like Haken, they have stunning studio albums in what is still their infancy as a band. I consider them to be a top tier progressive metal group, so you may want to eventually get them all. My review is for the music only since I do not have the video, but the performance is so good that it is likely worth having. This is an excellent addition to any progressive metal music collection.
 The Congregation by LEPROUS album cover Studio Album, 2015
4.04 | 433 ratings

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The Congregation
Leprous Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by FragileKings
Prog Reviewer

3 stars "The Congregation" by Norwegian progressive metal band Leprous first caught my attention when I saw it had made the top ten of the Prog Archives Top 100 of 2015. The artwork in particular intrigued me. I had sampled a bit of the band's music earlier after hearing about their album "Bilateral", but at the time there was nothing that bowled me over. After watching the video for "The Price" however, I felt certain that there was something for me on this album and at last I brought it home a few weeks ago.

To be sure, there are many great things to be said about the record. The music is largely if not entirely comprised of drums, bass, two electric guitars, some keyboards, and singer Einar Solberg's voice. There seems to me to very little in the way of overdubs and it occurred to me that there are next to no guitar solos, perhaps none at all. The musical arrangement sounds as if these boys were given an eight track recorder and told to try not to use the extra two tracks whenever possible. Thus the sound is rather sparse with only the five instruments and the vocals, though in at least two songs a rougher, angrier voice comes in which seems to be a guest appearance by Ihsahn.

It's not just the lack of instruments or overdubs that make the music here sound sparse. It's also how the instruments are employed throughout the songs. There are many songs that include simple riffs where the chords are played out in short bursts at odd intervals. The drums are often the busiest instrument, keeping a lively pattern going while the guitars strike with these simple chords: da-daah-dum, da-daa, da-da, da-daah-dum. The keyboards mostly provide atmosphere and sometimes play instead of the guitars so that with a simple bass and a roving drum pattern, the vocals float overtop a barely populated space. This works very well when listening to specific tracks, and for my money, the music reaches is best potential on "Rewind".

There is unfortunately a negative aspect to the album's musical approach and that is that there isn't much else going on. I recognize that this may be exactly what the band were shooting for. I read that they felt "Bilateral" was a little too all over the place in moods and they wanted "Coal" to be more focused and darker. Maybe they were trying to carry that on with "The Congregation". The album cover very well describes the feeling of the music inside. It's grey, there might be animal skulls, or possible some mutation or grafting. There might be a struggle and possibly a strong melancholy feel that needs overcoming. It's possible to pick almost any two or three songs and get a good feel for the album because there is little variety in the music here. It sounds good and creative and interesting. But the formula gets stretched across the entire 11 tracks and the 12 track serving as a bonus track doesn't exactly throw anything new our way.

If this were a new band with a tight budget, I's say they really worked their way around their restrictions. As for what I actually have here before me, it's a great effort with some quality song-writing. I'd just prefer some other components present to help make a few more tracks really stand out for me.

 The Congregation by LEPROUS album cover Studio Album, 2015
4.04 | 433 ratings

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The Congregation
Leprous Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by Bucklebutt

3 stars My first impression of this album had me pretty excited. Leprous manage to create a unique enough sound to stand out amongst the plethora of metalcore-ish prog bands out there. It should be pointed out that the first times I did listen to this album is was more as a background listen (while doing some gaming) rather than giving it my full attention. Then I gave it my full attention and I immediately had problems with it. Namely, it's length. Nearly every song here is about 2-3minutes longer than it needs to be, repeating the chorus just once or twice much. Each song introduces a new enough, likeable sound but fails to go anywhere. Once you've heard the first 3 minutes of a song, you've practically heard all that it has to offer and then it just repeats and repeats.

The entire album itself is also a bit long clocking in at 1h and 11min.. there is a 4 star or potentially 5 star forty minute album in here, but as it is, for me, I can only see giving it 3.

 The Congregation by LEPROUS album cover Studio Album, 2015
4.04 | 433 ratings

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The Congregation
Leprous Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by poito

5 stars In a way I coincide with some of the detractors of the fifth album of the band Leprous. They have been evolving continuously but some of the band's movements were not necessarily good, or at least they were risky to the global project. In particular, the band nearly completely dropped the solo passages, it all is orchestrated, no soloist pieces anhy more. But the creativity and originality of these giants is here at their best, they produce brilliant tracks one after another with the musical resources of their choice. The music in this album is a perfect thread of instruments in which all have important creative labor, none is weak, and none is lazy, including bass and drums that have changed so many times in the lineups through the years. The themes appear more transcendent, solemn, may be melancholic as others pointed well. I do not listen to the lyrics, so I can't tell you if they are telling sad stories, but the music is kind of dramatic. I guess one may postpone having fun for a while when something important is happening. Whether it reflects the mood of the songwriters or they were after this effect on purpose I do not know, but it all keeps reinforcing the legend. It doesn't matter what they do or how they feel, they always express it with amazing musicality. I see a step backwards though: their increasing use of melodic resources takes them too close to mainstream. I can imagine that someone approaching the band for the first time with this fifth album may not feel that impressed as if he knows the trajectory, and would probably be reminded of bands doing similar things or using similar sounds, like Ayreon, Muse, Comedy of Errors, Circus Maximus, Haken, and the like. Is it an evolution or a confluence? Anyway, for the time being, enjoy this masterpiece.
 Coal by LEPROUS album cover Studio Album, 2013
4.00 | 356 ratings

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Coal
Leprous Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by poito

4 stars Another great release by this contagious band. Yeah, I know leprosy is not contagious, but like the virus of the flu, they keep evolving and spreading. Just from where it was left in their excellent previous album BILATERAL, this originally djenty-based band had gained a sophistication then that climbs here to much higher heights. Good news for Prog. Also, the land gained by singer Solberg keeps growing. His singing has become a main pillar in the composition, simultaneously to the reduction of his work at the keys, which gets limited, just accompanying and filling. On one hand, the dominant voices facilitate some textures that the band had never used and were unthinkable in their early work, but on the other, the tracks lose the briskly moments one always expect in Prog music when guitar or keyboard go riffing. These passages have nearly disappeared from the repertoire of Leprous. Yet, the music hasn't lost a bit of variety and fun. At times, the voice motifs repeat more than necessary and after a few times listening, they get tiring in your ears, such as in the tracks Foe, The Valley and Echo. A good guitar/keyboard riff instead might have work better. This was something I had anticipated it could happen when I noticed the growing presence of Solberg's singing in the structure of the music in former albums. Hopefully, they'll keep it there and it won't affect the quality of the composition in subsequent releases. Also, they began using some sounds from rock bands that make the arrangements more digestible to a wider audience but also dangerously recognizable. My favorite tracks are Chronicle, The Cloak, and The Valley
 Bilateral by LEPROUS album cover Studio Album, 2011
3.90 | 424 ratings

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Bilateral
Leprous Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by poito

5 stars The third release of a great band. One more step ahead, firmly heading to the Olympo. The evolution of Leprous' music is constant. From creative tech-death prog metal in their debut AEOLIA, followed by the more complex and subtle (yes it can be in spite of the powered background) TALL POPPY SYNDROME, they got to this BILATERAL, in which the music has become more melodic and closer to main stream compositional Prog. Here the tech-death has been reduced to a few well-placed bits and the voices by Solberg have gained a prominent place in the structure of the tracks. At times, one may feel some have been composed to be sung, which is not very Prog... unless the voice plays music, and this is the case here. Excellent. This guy is becoming one of the greatest singers. I never liked the voices to be a main point in Prog music because the instrumental composition tends to reduce and degrade. It is not the case in this album, but let's keep an eye on it for the future. In this album there are new ambient elements substituting for the excellent piano interludes in the first AEOLIA, I miss the rough freshness of the starter, but I'm afraid it has gone for good. The band has sophisticated quite a lot, the roughness flipped into bombastic, but their creativity is at the highest, so we rather do not complain. Thorn, Mb Indiferentia, Waste of Air, Acquired Taste, thay are all great compositions, actually there are no weak tracks. All have talent inside.
 The Congregation by LEPROUS album cover Studio Album, 2015
4.04 | 433 ratings

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The Congregation
Leprous Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by siLLy puPPy
Collaborator PSIKE & JR/F/Canterbury Teams

5 stars In the modern world of progressive metal it seems very few bands can find their footing, much less incrementally improve upon every subsequent release but Norwegian progressive metal band LEPROUS is proving to be the exception by releasing one outstanding album after the other and with their fourth studio release THE CONGREGATION they show no signs of breaking this trend anytime soon despite experiencing a somewhat unstable lineup since their formation. On CONGREGATION we see the departure of bassist Rein Blomquist who is replaced Simen Daniel Børven and the exit stage right of Tobias Ørnes Andersen who is replaced by Baard Kolstad. Both of the new musicians fit it quite well with the style, groove and approach laid out by frontman and guitarist Tor Oddmund Suhke and it could almost be stated that their addition brings a fuller more congruous sound to the LEPROUS legacy.

While not substantially different than "Coal," LEPROUS seems to up their game subtly in every department. First and foremost they excel at strong songwriting with melodic hooks and knowing how to let certain instruments lead and follow. This formula is impeccably utilized throughout the entire album always serving the strong melodic hooks while adding the proper ingredients to wring out every possible potential lurking in the spaces between notes. I have always found LEPROUS masters at this game whether it be there knack for the spastic staccato approach of the chords and riffing or simply the accompaniment of the keyboards creating a counterpoint to the guitars and bass that adds an eerie ambient layer to a strong metal delivery system as well as finding a perfect balance between tempo, decibel dynamics and production effects.

It cannot be stated enough how important a lead vocalist to a really stellar progressive metal band and it is Einar Solberg whose voice is just perfect for this particular brand of prog metal. He has the operatic qualities of the best in the biz yet doesn't sound like he swallowed a cat or has had his male parts pinched in a vise-grip. The interplay of the instruments creating a larger than life melodic delivery is this band's major attribute and despite the album being a staggering hour plus affair, i don't lost interest in it no matter how many times i hear it and actually crave hearing it again. While on paper one cannot state the reasons why LEPROUS is in a league above the competition, however it is utterly apparent when one listens to the meticulously designed unfolding of the tracks on board. Somehow everything is paced and placed in just the right ratios. All elements present themselves in just the right proportions and the band has mastered the art of knowing when enough is enough and changing it up. I resisted LEPROUS for the longest time because i usually find hype to be overblown but in this case i'm on board and am finding THE CONGREGATION to be one of their strongest offerings to date.

For me the real beauty is how the individual parts of the tracks sound like they are so close to clashing and derailing the fragile beauty of the melodic flow but always somehow resolve themselves like a hero saving a damsel in distress being tied to the railroad tracks scenario. While this music can sound stilted and jarring for those used to a more straightforward approach of prog metal, for this who love those little "off" types of features that add tension and distress to their musical experience, then look no further than LEPROUS who once again proves they are on the top of their game putting some true "progressiveness" into their unique brand of prog metal. Vocal harmonics, production, symphonic accompaniments and instrumental interplay all display themselves in perfect tandem for my tastes. THE CONGREGATION is utterly addictive. While most releases contain 11 tracks, there are some with a 12th track titled "Pixel" which is a bonus track on certain editions. IMHO this is not an essential track so don't worry if you skip it. I actually prefer my copy without despite being good.

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