Norway seems to be overflowing with amazing bands and musicians and is the birth place for new genres. Making their way to the top of the progressive avant-garde genre is Leprous. Leprous, is Ihsahn’s (ex. Emperor, ex. Peccatum) band during live shows and have made a name for themselves with the 2011 release of Bilateral.
Bilateral has been called one of the best progressive metal albums of all time. This created high anticipation and expectancy for their newest release, Coal, (released May, 20th 2013.) Coal is a direct reflection of what to expect from a truly progressive band…expect the unexpected!
Coal is a transitional album with hints of Bilateral mixed in a much more emotional indie sound that is without question Leprous, but not the Leprous you’ve come to know and love.
The album is a musical experience and should be listened to in its entirety, with a great set of speakers turned up to 11, and without any distraction. It is a completely different experience when you dedicate your full attention to the album.
Each time you revisit Coal the more it will come together and you will begin to appreciate the musical compositions telling the story behind the wickedly haunting vocals.
If you have never heard Leprous before, I recommend starting with their debut EP, Silent Waters and continuing in order albums were released. I promise you it’s a fun journey.
04. The Cloak
05. The Valley
08. Contaminate Me
Genre: Progressive Metal
Record Label: InsideOut
Einar Solberg – Synth/Vocals
Tor Oddmund Suhrke – Guitar
Øystein Landsverk – Guitar
Tobias Ørnes Andersen – Drums