Leprous is a five piece progressive metal band hailing from the metal town of Notodden, Norway, home of bands such as Emperor, Zyklon, Ihsahn, CIrcus Maximus, and many more. Since Leprous was founded in 2001, they've gone through a few changes in the line-up, and now consists of Einar Solberg (synth/vocals), Tor Oddmund Suhrke (guitar), Simen Børven (bass), Robin Ognedal (guitar) and Baard Kolstad (drums) The young quintet have already made themselves visible on the Norwegian prog- and metal scene Read more on Last.fm
This SELF-RELEASED album of the Norwegian Leprous has been very acclaimed by the press and music fans in Europe and the U.S (which they later went and signed a record deal with Sensory records). The response was so good that they received some 20 000 NOK (20 000 NOK = 5 000 000 L.L) scholarship from the organization “Lions” to fund its latest recording. These guys play experimental progressive metal and this high quality “demo” shows various genres of music, jazz included. They do experiment alot in these songs, sometimes disturbing the natural progression of the song, but that shouldn’t bother any listener who’s very well aware of musical experimentation.
King Crimson, Tool, Massive Attack and Peccatum to Devil Doll, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Mr. Bungle, Chopin, Opeth and a whole bunch of other influences (more on their Myspace group)
Their influences can be classified into ‘weird’, progressive, aggressive and classical. Believe it or not, they use every single one of these influences in their composing. One would figure that their songs are chaotic since they have to shove tons of musical genres, but actually their songs are extremely catchy and likable, even by someone who hasn’t been exposed to experimental music… yet.
- Band Lineup
Einar Solberg : Synth, Vocals
Tor Oddmund Suhrke : Guitar, Vocals
Øystein Landsverk : Guitar, Backing Vocals
Halvor Strand : Bass
Tor Stian Borhaug : Drums
Guess what ? They played as Ihsahn (Emperor frontman and solo artist) ‘s session band!
Disclosure starts the album, and a very weird start indeed, spooky may I say! The 11 minute song is an instant attraction, at least to me, once the piano, bass lines, guitar riffs and musical measures start to create a great vibe. The weird effect is always present aided by the vocals of course. The classical influence is also present in a pure metal form always behind a progressive metal curtain. The song ultimately progresses into melodic parts leading to a 2 minute piano ending.
Black Stains: I would recommend this song to weird/progressive fans as they’ll surely take no time in approving of the band’s high level of musicianship, since the song starts strong from the very first second. The transition between metal and -God knows what- genre is very impressive (avant-garde would fit here). Composing a catchy song is the band’s priority alongwith sustaining an experimental level of creativity and weird moods.
Other songs also have memorable parts, such as Eye of The Storm’s high pitched vocals and weird transitions between pure metal and calm parts. Songs like The Great Beast shows some fusion jazz influence with some funk, definitely one my favorites here for its straightforward musical approach and overall mood. I’ll let you explore the rest of the album with a personal guarantee of high standard music, at least for a self-released Demo.