Norwegian Progsters LEPROUS are back in the studio working on the follow-up album to 2013’s acclaimed latest release “Coal”, which was successfully promoted with tours through Europe, Japan and most recently North America and also the UK, together with labelmates Haken and Maschine.
The still untitled new album is expected for a May 2015 release via InsideOutMusic.
LEPROUS have checked in with the following update straight from the studio:
"We’re super-stoked about the new material we have composed. It’s not really “Coal” material, following our mantra about not making the same album twice.
The writing process has been very different this time. Most of the music has been made by Einar, on a computer. Almost all the guitar riffs for example (and Einar has no idea about how to play guitar…), so the guitar players were up for a challenge.
At the moment we’re finished recording drums, and Baard has delivered a stunning performance, so now it’s time for the rest of us, to lay down the guitars, bass and keys, before we round the whole thing up with vocals-recordings in the beginning of the new year.
Mixing and mastering will take place in late January, so we expect a release in May, but all of that is up to our label. Right now, we’re just concentrating on doing our part to perfection."
LEPROUS have recorded the drums for their new album in Sweden’s Fascination Street / Studio Gröndal with David Castillo (Katatonia, Opeth) and will – just like on “Coal” and its preceding album “Bilateral” – be mixing the album with Jens Bogren at Fascination Street studio.
Extensive touring plans are already in the works for LEPROUS and will be revealed soon. A few first festival appearances have also already been confirmed and announced as follows:
LEPROUS – Live 2015:
Sat. 11.07.2015 Barcelona (Spain) - BeProgMyFriend Festival / www.beprogmyfriend.com
Sat. 03.10.2015 Cologne (Germany) - Euroblast Festival / www.euroblast.net
Sun. 04.10.2015 Baarlo (The Netherlands) - Progpower Europe / www.progpower.eu
LEPROUS’ latest release, “Coal”, is available as standard CD, as limited edition Mediabook CD (with expanded booklet and two bonus tracks), as 2LP on 180 gr. vinyl or as digital download.
All European formats of “Coal” can be ordered from the IOM webshop here:
“Coal” entered the national sales charts in Norway on position # 65 upon release and was also voted “album of the month” by the magazines Aardschok (The Netherlands), Scream (Norway) and Rock Hard (France).
“Coal” was produced with Heidi Solberg Tveitan & Vegard Tveitan of Mnemosyne and Jens Bogren & Tony Lindgren at Fascination Street Studios (Opeth, Symphony X, Kreator) mixed/mastered the album. The album’s cover artwork was once again provided by American artist Jeff Jordan, who already painted for the previous LEPROUS album “Bilateral” and bands like The Mars Volta.
A promotional video clip for the track “The Cloak” can be seen here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_9o2nVY8FZ0
Another song off “Coal” entitled “Chronic” can be heard here: https://soundcloud.com/officialinsideoutmusic/leprous-chronic
Einar Solberg - Lead Vocal, Synth
Tor Oddmund Suhrke - Guitar, Vocal
Øystein Landsverk - Guitar, Vocal
Martin Skrebergene - Bass
Baard Kolstad - Drums