July 14, 2011
LEPROUS, the up 'n' coming Norwegian progressive/avantgarde metal sensation, are soon to release their much anticipated third album and InsideOutMusic debut release "Bilateral" on August 22nd, 2011 in Europe and August 23rd, 2011 in North America. In order to introduce this breathtakingly intense new album step by step, the band have now launched a first song via their Facebook profile:
Just visit www.facebook.com/leprousband and click on the "like" button to be able to check out the song "Restless".
The band's vocalist/keyboardist Einar Solberg comments on the track as follows: "Restless represent "Bilateral" in many ways. It's complex, but at the same time catchy and plain. Even though it's one of the shortest songs on the album, I feel it's flavored with all the things that make LEPROUS special. It has the catchy chorus, it has the groove, it has prog'ish feel and last but not least it has the heaviness"
July 10, 2011
LEPROUS will have their release party for the new album ("Bilateral" - to be released on Inside Out Music / Century Media worldwide on August 22, 2011) at the venue Blå in Oslo, Norway on September 14, 2011.
June 29, 2011
LEPROUS, the Norwegian progressive/avantgarde metal band that recently signed a worldwide deal with InsideOutMusic can proudly reveal that it has chosen surrealistic American artist Jeff Jordan to create the artwork for their upcoming album, "Bilateral".
See the stunning artwork below:
Commented vocalist/keyboardist Einar Solberg: "We are proud to announce that we're collaborating with the surrealistic American painter Jeff Jordan and the Spanish designer Ritxi Ostariz for the artwork on our upcoming album. Jeff Jordan (www.jeffjordanart.com) is probably best known from his work with The Mars Volta, and his paintings are highly rated all over the world. Ritxi Ostariz (www.ritxiostariz.xom) did the artwork for our previous album "Tall Poppy Syndrome" (released 2009 through Sensory Records) and of course we want him to be part of this new album - Ritxi too is a critically acclaimed designer, and in our opinion one of the very best in his field."
The band's new album "Bilateral", which was skillfully mixed and mastered by Jens Bogren at Fascination Street (Opeth, Pain Of Salvation, Devin Townsend, Symphony X, etc.), will be released on August 22nd, 2011 in Europe and August 23rd, 2011 in North America via InsideOutMusic. "Bilateral" is set to musically re-define what it means to be progressive rock and / or metal, both for the devotees of the genre and the metal fans looking on from a safe distance.
June 10, 2011
Here are the second and third video clip from the recording sessions of the new album:
June 06, 2011
Leprous has been confirmed for the Southern Discomfort Festival, taking place in Kristiansand, Norway September 8-10.
May 19, 2011
Leprous will be performing at Arno in Notodden, Norway on June 17th.
May 16, 2011
Leprous will be performing at Gamle Posten in Porsgrunn, Norway on the 3rd of June together with Onymf and Flaming Fury.
May 03, 2011
In November 2010 we were the lucky recipients of 25.000 NOK, which one local band receives every year from Willy Strandli's Memorial Fund. Willy Strandli was a local musician who was quite significant for the local music scene in Notodden. Willy died in 1992 and 15 years later some local enthusiasts from Notodden came up with the idea to found this wonderful Memorial Fund.
On Saturday the 14th of May we'll headline the memorial fund concert for Willy Strandli in Notodden Theater, which we of course are looking very much forward to! If you are close to Notodden the 14th of May, don't hesitate to take a visit!
May 02, 2011
We're returning to ProgPower USA on Friday 16th of September, this time as Ihsahn's backing band. Last year we had a great time in Atlanta played there with Leprous, and we're not expecting anything less from the US crowd this year!
April 26, 2011
Unfortunately the Kabuto Metal Festivals in Japan May 21st and 22nd have been cancelled due to the earthquake tragedy. We wish all the best for everyone in Japan, and hope to be able to come over there soon to perform.
April 19, 2011
Leprous has been confirmed for the Denmark Rock Festival taking place in Copenhagen, Denmark on October 7 and 8, 2011 (Leprous will be performing on the 8th). Other bands confirmed to perform includes Manticora, Redemption, Kingcrow and Loch Vostok - more to come.
March 22, 2011
We will perform as Ihsahn's band on Vagos OpenAir in Portugal August 6th and on Bloodstock Festival in the UK August 13th!
March 09, 2011
Here's the first video clip from the recording sessions of the new album:
February 28, 2011
InsideOutMusic, the leading label for progressive music, is proud to announce a new worldwide deal with one of the most interesting and talented young progressive outfits in today’s scene: LEPROUS from Norway.
"We’re all very happy ... no, delighted ... no, enthusiastic ... no, THRILLED to be a part of the InsideOut / Century Media family! InsideOut has always been the label we’ve considered the most suitable for our music, so this is really a dream come true for us! We're ready to take LEPROUS to new heights in 2011, and the signing with InsideOut / Century Media is just the first step."
LEPROUS are currently busy with studio work for their upcoming, still untitled next album, to be released via InsideOutMusic (Worldwide distribution through Century Media) after the summer of 2011. Stay tuned for more details to drop soon about an extremely interesting listening-experience coming your way soon ...
Here's the first official picture of the new line-up:
January 27, 2011
Leprous will be performing at the Kabuto Metal Festival first in Osaka, Japan on May 21st 2011 and then the following day in Tokyo, Japan.
Also on the same two days, Leprous will be performing at the same festival as the backing band for Ihsahn.
January 20, 2011
We would like to congratulate our good friend and bandmate Ihsahn with the nomination for the Norwegian grammy awards "Spellemansprisen". We can't think of a person who deserves it more!
January 18, 2011
The recording of our new album is now in progress! Tobias did an unbelievably good job with recording all the drums in only two days. The first eight (out of ten) tracks he managed to do in only one day. We will of course post a blog entry about the drum recording, which took place in Juke Joint studio in Notodden. Next up is the guitars!
January 07, 2011
We're proud to announce that both Einar and Tobias from Leprous are contributing on the latest album by Star of Ash; Lakhesis.
Tobias are doing all the acoustic drums, while Einar are doing both lead vocals, backing vocals or vocal harmonies on "Panther in the Glove", "Nona", "A thief in the night" and "The fooling of the fates". The album is in our opinion a masterpiece, and we are really glad to be a part of it. Also contributing on the album is the german musician and composer Marcus Reuter, who plays bass and touch guitars.
We would like you all to support Heidi (Star of Ash) by buying her album here: http://store.mnemosyne.no/product/lakhesis-cd, or here: http://www.theomegaorder.com/STAR-OF-ASH-Lakhesis_3 if you live in the States. Don't hesitate, it's money well spent!
December 21, 2010
Big news Part 1 - Halvor Strand parts with Leprous:
It's with sadness we announce that our bass player and good friend through many years Halvor Strand has chosen to quit Leprous. His decision to quit the band is completely undramatic, and is not based on any sort of conflict. We're all very sorry about this, but we respect his decision and wish him the best of luck in the future. Thanks for everything Halvor! We wish you all the best for the future, and we will follow your projects very closely!
"I'm currently getting busier and busier with other projects apart from Leprous. This means that it came to a point where I had to make a decision. I could no longer "have my cake and eat it too" with all these different creative wheels in motion. Something had to go. Leprous deserves and requires that all members offers their 110 percent. My 110 percent started to get spread around in different projects. I had to follow my heart on this one - and I decided to pursue my own projects.
An extremely difficult decision to make, since the option I chose means that I'm leaving an extremely good band made up of close friends and excellent musicians. I wish to thank Tor Oddmund, Einar, Tobias and Øystein for all the great times, and also the trying times that made us stronger! I know this band is destined for great things and I look forward to be an eager follower. I also wish to thank all our fans for being so great and supportive all along the way!
This is it for me in Leprous, but it is definitely not it for Leprous! Go show them, guys!
Signing off with hopes for the future and gratitude for the past,
Big news Part 2 - Rein Blomquist joins Leprous:
Leprous are very happy to announce that we've already got ourselves a new bassplayer! We would like to welcome Rein Blomquist to the Leprous-family! Rein is known from the progressive metal band Aspera (now called Above Symmetry), which released their debut album on Inside Out last year. When we first got the news that Halvor wanted to leave Leprous, the first person we thought about as a replacement was Rein. Rein is a really solid bassplayer with lots of feeling and groove, and he is also a really nice person. Luckily Rein wanted to join the forces without to much hesitation, and he is now a full member of both Leprous and Ihsahn's liveband. Rein will handle the bass on our upcoming album, which we will start recording in January.
December 20, 2010
Chapter thirty-two of the tour blog is online:
www.leprousband.blogspot.com - 32
December 16, 2010
With a bit of delay, here are the next chapters of the tour blog (Chapters twenty-eight, twenty-nine, thirty and thirty-one):
www.leprousband.blogspot.com - 28
www.leprousband.blogspot.com - 29
www.leprousband.blogspot.com - 30
www.leprousband.blogspot.com - 31
November 29, 2010
Chapters twenty-six and twenty-seven of the tour blog are online:
www.leprousband.blogspot.com - 26
www.leprousband.blogspot.com - 27
November 28, 2010
Chapters twenty-four and twenty-five of the tour blog are online:
www.leprousband.blogspot.com - 24
www.leprousband.blogspot.com - 25
November 26, 2010
Chapters twenty-two A, twenty-two B and twenty-three of the tour blog are online:
www.leprousband.blogspot.com - 22A
www.leprousband.blogspot.com - 22B
www.leprousband.blogspot.com - 23
November 21, 2010
Chapters twenty and twenty-one of the tour blog are online:
www.leprousband.blogspot.com - 20
www.leprousband.blogspot.com - 21
November 19, 2010
Chapter nineteen of the tour blog is online:
www.leprousband.blogspot.com - 19
November 18, 2010
Chapter eighteen of the tour blog is online:
www.leprousband.blogspot.com - 18
November 15, 2010
Chapters thirteen, fourteen, fifteen, sixteen and seventhteen of the tour blog are now online:
www.leprousband.blogspot.com - 13
www.leprousband.blogspot.com - 14
www.leprousband.blogspot.com - 15
www.leprousband.blogspot.com - 16
www.leprousband.blogspot.com - 17
November 12, 2010
Chapter twelve of the tour blog is now online:
www.leprousband.blogspot.com - 12
November 10, 2010
Eleventh chapter of the tour blog is now online:
www.leprousband.blogspot.com - 11
November 09, 2010
Ninth and tenth chapter of the tour blog is now online:
www.leprousband.blogspot.com - 9
www.leprousband.blogspot.com - 10
November 06, 2010
Eight chapter of the tour blog is now online:
www.leprousband.blogspot.com - 8
November 05, 2010
Sixth and seventh chapter of the tour blog can be found here:
www.leprousband.blogspot.com - 6
www.leprousband.blogspot.com - 7
French photographer Emilie Cøltrane has posted pictures from the Paris show 3.11.2010 - the pictures can be found here:
Pictures from Elyssee Montmartre, Paris, France - November 03, 2010
November 04, 2010
Fourth and fifth chapter of the tour blog can be found here:
www.leprousband.blogspot.com - 4
www.leprousband.blogspot.com - 5
Also, a new 2-part interview with the band, from ProgPower Europe, can be found here:
MetalDiscovery Interview Part I
MetalDiscovery Interview Part II
November 01, 2010
Second and third chapter of the tour blog can be found here:
www.leprousband.blogspot.com - 2
www.leprousband.blogspot.com - 3
October 29, 2010
The band is right now on their European tour as support to Therion.
Each day they will try to find time to update their blog with a little "tour diary".
Please check out first chapter here: www.leprousband.blogspot.com - 1
October 27, 2010
We are now leaving for the big Therion Tour. This is a very big event in our career so far. Hope to see you somewhere in Europe!
Meanwhile, here is a video from our show at Prog Power USA, Atlanta - September 2010:
October 04, 2010
If you're interested in reading more about our gigs, know how to read Norwegian (or know how to use google translate), halvorstrand.blogg.no is the place to be.
September 30, 2010
We've decided to do a concert at Skuret in Oslo Saturday 23rd of Oktober as a final warm up before the European tour. We hope to see you guys there!
September 27, 2010
We're sorry that we haven't been able to start shipping of the new t-shirts and the re-print of "Aeolia". We will start shipping today.
September 20, 2010
Please notice that a few of the venues on the European tour has now either been announced/confirmed (the Greek dates) or upgraded (the show in Budapest has been moved to a larger venue called the Petofi Hall - www.pecsa.hu).
September 07, 2010
Another show has been confirmed for the Therion European tour: November 22nd 2010, Arenele Romane, Bucharest, Romania.
August 27, 2010
First of all; sorry for the horribly long delay in updating this page. You probably all thought we were dead-and-buried, right?
Well, we're very much alive and kicking, have enjoyed a nice summer, and now we're back in action and we've got some great big news to announce very soon.
For now, we can announce the implementation on this site of our WEB STORE !!! Yes, if you take a look up at the top menu, you'll see a menu button saying "store" - click on that one and you'll get right in there to order our new shirts and the brand new re-issue of our debut album "Aeolia". We're offering it in two different versions - the regular album - and the special edition, which is a hand numbered (only 100 copies) album signed by all members of the band.
July 09, 2010
Ihsahn will be headlining this years Southern Discomfort Festival in Kristiansand, Norway on September 17, 2010. Leprous will, as always, be the backing band for Ihsahn. We're very much looking forward to this show.
July 02, 2010
We're very much looking forward to tonights show with Ihsahn at Tuska Festival in Finland.
June 28, 2010
We're happy to announce that Leprous will be performing at this years 1001 Watt Festival in Skien, Norway on Friday October 8th 2010.
June 21, 2010
We had a really good time at Hellfest in France this weekend with Ihsahn and the crew. Here's a picture (courtesy of Håkon Grav) of the entire band and the crowd.
June 10, 2010
Today we have some good news regarding our visa application for playing in the US this fall - according to THIS posting by Glenn Harveston, organizer of ProgPower USA festival, the visa has been approved by the US homeland security and US immigration services, and the last steps left to take are us going for an interview with the US embassy here in Norway and get the stamp of approval in our passports. Atlanta, here we come!
June 03, 2010
Leprous will be printing up a limited edition of the debut CD "Aeolia" as well as a very limited number of copies of the old demo "Silent Waters". The discs will be numbered and signed by all the members, and available only on our upcoming shows and through online order on www.leprous.net
May 25, 2010
We've started making guitar tablatures and lead sheets for one of the songs on "Tall Poppy Syndrome". Within a couple of weeks we'll start posting one section every week, until you have the full song.
May 20, 2010
We've decided to ask YOU for help in choosing some of the songs from "Tall Poppy Syndrome" that we will be performing live on our October/November tour with Therion. Please vote below for your favorite song, thanks.
May 13, 2010
Here is a clip of "Passing" performed live in Copenhagen, Denmark on May 06 2010. We had a blast although there weren't that many people in the audience. Special thanks to Divided Multitude and Jacob for being so enthusiastic!!
May 10, 2010
Today we have a little fun video clip for you;
May 06, 2010
Don't forget about our show at The Rock in Copenhagen, Denmark tonight!!!!
May 03, 2010
In true fashion of us trying to keep up with the latest inventions in the internet world, we have integrated the new Facebook "like"/"recommend" buttons onto our news page and tour page, so that you can easily spread the information to all your Facebook friends.
April 29, 2010
As a kick-off to the Therion-tour, we will be performing a "double concert" at Arno in our hometown of Notodden, Norway, on Friday the 22nd of October. The first concert will be a non-alcohol/under-18 concert, and the second one will be a normal over-18 concert. If everything goes as planned, both of the shows will be free of charge, and both will have local young and upcoming bands supporting us.
April 26, 2010
We just got the word that the visa application process for our first US show (ProgPower USA, September 2010) is currently underway. Alll papers have been submitted. We are very excited about this and are really looking forward to coming over and play for our fans and to make a lot of new friends.
April 23, 2010
Norwegian avantgarde progressive metal band LEPROUS have launched what is believed to be the world's very first mobile website for a metal band. The site, www.leprous.net/mobile, is specifically created for use on modern day smartphones, such as the iPhone, the Blackberry and iPod Touch. With four times as many mobile phones with internet connection than stationary home computers, many businesses worldwide has found the need for updating their homepages to work well on the mobile platform. However, the music business has been lacking in this field and we're very proud to say that LEPROUS (to our knowledge at least) is the first metal/hard rock band ever to enter the mobile world with a homepage specifically designed for iPhone/iPodTouch/Blackberry.
April 19, 2010
We really enjoyed playing on the intimate stage on Skuret in Oslo in February, so we've decided to return to Skuret on Wednesday the 5th of May (the day before our concert in Copenhagen). The support band of the evening will be the side project of our drummer Tobias called "(...) minutes of death and back". We hope to see you there!!
April 15, 2010
A brand-new interview has been posted at the Romanian website StudioRock.ro. Check it out.
April 12, 2010
Friday 27th of August, we'll play together with Ihsahn at the Hole in the Sky festival in Bergen, Norway.
April 07, 2010
A "handy-cam" filmed video of the Leprous-guys performing live as backing band to ex-Emperor frontman Ihsahn at Inferno Festival in Norway this past weekend is available at YouTube.
April 05, 2010
Currently we're working on the next Leprous album. We've written six songs so far, and we have two more in progress. The names of the songs we've made so far are: "Forced Entry", "Waste of Air", "Indifference", "Solitude", "Thorn" and "Bilateral".
We've recorded a demo of three of the songs in our home studio, and we might release some short samples from it within the next weeks to give you all a little hint of the direction we're heading.
When and where we will enter the studio is still to be decided, as some important things needs to be sorted out, but we hope to be able to enter the studio in the not to distant future.
March 29, 2010
If you ever wanted to know how much work, hardship ... AND FUN! ... goes into a photoshoot, check out the "Behind The Scenes" pictures at:
March 25, 2010
To celebrate the launch of Apple's new iPad next week, we've decided to upload two new iPad wallpapers to our media section, which you're more than welcome to download and use on your brandnew iPad :) We also made two iPhone wallpapers, so get those two, for all you "gadget-freaks" out there.
March 22, 2010
Today we've added a lot of new pictures to the site. All pitures were taken by Bjørn Tore Moen. You can find the pictures in the media section of this site - we hope you like them!
March 18, 2010
On August 19th LEPROUS will be performing two shows in Camden, London, UK at the Electric Ballroom. First show of the night will be a regular Leprous show, whereas the other show will be as Ihsahn's backing band.
March 16, 2010
We're happy to announce that we will be performing at Slottsskogen Goes Progressive Festival in Gothenburg, Sweden on August 21st.
March 15, 2010
We'll be performing at Tuska Festival in Finland on July 2nd 2010 as backing band for Ihsahn!
Also, we have uploaded a LEPROUS FireFox "persona", which can be downloaded at this location.
(Personas are easy-to-install, easy-to-use themes that changes the look of your Firefox web browser. Personas work with any type of computer that has Firefox installed. This includes Mac, Linux and Windows platforms.)
March 11, 2010
Here's a clip of Leprous performing "Dare you" at Garage in Bergen, Norway:
March 08, 2010
Welcome to the new LEPROUS website. We're thrilled to show you our new home on the world wide web :)
Over the course of the next weeks, the homepage will be updated with more pictures, sound samples and much more. For now, have a look around the site to read about the band and our releases.
Today we're also very proud to announce that we have been chosen as main-support band on the upcoming "Sitra Ahra Live 2010" European tour for Swedish metal masters THERION. Tour dates can be found in the "TOURS" section of this site. The tour will be presented by www.METAL.de and RockHard.
We're very much looking forward to this tour, where we'll also be joined by openers Loch Vostok from Sweden. We hope to see as many of you as possible out there!