Artist: Leprous

Origin: Oslo, Norway

Genre: Progressive Metal

Label: InsideOut Music

Link: https://www.facebook.com/leprousband and http://www.leprous.net/

Bandmembers:

Vocals and Keyboard – Einar Solberg
Guitar and Vocals – Tor Oddmund Suhrke
Guitar and Background Vocals – Øystein Landsverk
Drums – Baard Kolstad
 

Time For Metal / Heike L.:

Your last album The Congregation was received very well both from the audience and the magazines, and also I couldn’t help but rating it with 8,8/10. How does it feel after all the hard work before the release of the album to finally present it to the audience and to receive these positive reactions? Was it a smooth process in writing the songs and going to the studio? And how are all the small steps in the preparation of an album allocated on the band members? Do all of them work together already in the songwriting, or do some band members have specific tasks?

Leprous / Baard Kolstad:

Thanks a lot! Yes, it was so refreshing for all of us to finally stand on a stage with this material for the first time! We had really intense studio sessions as well as the whole composition process in general. This is my first Leprous album since I became a member and Einar is such a productive and creative songwriter, it is amazingly clear and easy to see a good flow and improvement for each week that went down! We worked in a completely open process where everyone was welcome to come with ideas, whether it was a rhythm pattern, some chords, a riff or two or a whole song sketch. After 26 sketches mostly made by Einar, I remember he told me “please come up with some cool rhythms or grooves and I’ll try to make something based on that”. I did, one groove, and it ended up being The Price. Love it!

Time For Metal / Heike L.:

In my review I wondered, if it was more difficult for you to write the shorter songs like Triumphant and Within My Fence, because you have a shorter playing time for presenting all your ideas. Or is it more difficult to write longer songs, because you don’t want to repeat yourself endlessly?

Leprous / Baard Kolstad:

There’s no direct link between short or long songs and which one it takes the most time to make. However, Within My Fence, the shortest one, was re-arranged a couple of times to try to find the best tempo, mood and energy.

Time For Metal / Heike L.:

My final statement in my review was that the whole album is not an easy-to-listen-one, but I think, that’s exactly what you wanted. True?

Leprous / Baard Kolstad:

It’s important for Leprous to be honest and real in all the music that is made. Sometimes, some songs may be easier to catch on the first listen(s) than other, but we like to be in the melancholic universe, and that often make it something you should listen more to. There’s no fast food music, haha!

Time For Metal / Heike L.:

In my review I also wrote that I couldn’t find any band comparable to you, apart from Temple Of Thieves. After having listened to the album over and over again I also discovered some similarities with Agent Fresco. What do you think about these attempts to compare one band to another? It may be quite helpful to explain the musical style to somebody who never heard of a band but it also may lead to some disappointments…

Leprous / Baard Kolstad:

It’s nice to hear that it’s not easy to compare us to other bands. Personally I haven’t checked Temple of Thieves out, but I’m a huge fan of Agent Fresco and know the other boys also are.

Time For Metal / Heike L.:

Also the cover of the album to me again is quite confusing, and I don’t have any clue about the visual concept, if there is any. You seem to like these quite unusual covers, as already for the preceding ones. Did you have the ideas for that or was it an external artist?

Leprous / Baard Kolstad:

The cover art, as well as photos for the booklet was made by French artist Nihil (nihil.fr). The artwork represents the “deformation” and “destruction” that is slowly happening with our short term and “self-comforting” way of living. It’s a quite disturbing cover, but it catches the attention of the audience, which is our intention.

Time For Metal / Heike L.:

You already did the Congregation Tour Part 1 with shows in Japan and Australia; the second leg will start soon. What experiences did you make during the first part of the tour? Is there any special incident, positive or negative, that you will never forget? I could imagine that it’s already a special feeling to be in countries so far away…

Leprous / Baard Kolstad:

The real Congregation Tour Part 1 was our one month long headliner tour in Europe in October and with concerts almost every day for a month. There’s always some stories you collect on the road! To play in countries such as Japan and Australia is of course exciting and different. In Japan we’re always surprised by how professional everything around the concerts are – everything is 100% on time, very professional promoters etc. Personally I will never forget how the Japanese fans followed us out on the street hours before AND after the show, hehe! They are really dedicated fans in a different way from the rest of the world.

Time For Metal / Heike L.:

For the shows in Australia you already had Voyager as support, and they will also support you on the second leg. Did you already know the guys, or at least their music, before, or did you meet for the first time?

Leprous / Baard Kolstad:

I honestly don’t think we all had heard their music that much, but their name was familiar to us. Leprous and Voyager worked SO nice together on tour both musically and personally, and they are a great live band! They are professional on strong in their performance and we find them inspiring to tour with!

Time For Metal / Heike L.:

For the band Earthside I have to admit that I never heard of them before, but they seem to be a very interesting part in the puzzle of this line-up, because in my opinion the three bands are showing, how diverging progressive music can be and nevertheless fitting so perfectly with each other. So did you have any say in the choice of the line-up, or were the other bands presented to you by the record company?

Leprous / Baard Kolstad:

We, the band, take the last decision on which bands we want to join us along as support or special guests. In Earthside’s case, I remember I hang out with studio engineer David Castillo who recorded and mixed Earthside’s album and also recorded drums, guitar and bass for The Congregation. He said “check out these guys! Would be so cool to have you two on a tour together”. I immediately liked it and pitched it for the other guys. Their reaction was obviously positive as well. So, YES, I really dig this line up!

Time For Metal / Heike L.:

Further I would like to know, if during a tour you also spend the leisure time together, or do you only meet the other bands right before and after the shows and that’s it? I think, for the second leg you will travel together in one bus, so will there be any space for some private life? And will you also do some sightseeing or just see the venues in the different cities?

Leprous / Baard Kolstad:

When there’s long travel days or distances, there’s of course more time to be social and hang out together on the bus. On the Australian tour we were lucky to have almost a week off, and the Voyager guys were kind to let us into their homes that period! On a short European tour like this, there is more limited time to hang a lot out as it time consuming to be 100% comfortable with all the setup, changeovers, etc. Because of that we all need to be available at the venue most of the time.

Time For Metal / Heike L.:

And that’s it for now. I’m looking forward to seeing you in Essen. Is there anything you would like to say to your fans and to the readers of Time For Metal?

Leprous / Baard Kolstad:

Sure thing! On June 4th in Oslo, it’s a very special happening going on for Leprous: We will do our first live video record ever! So, to really experience a 100% Leprous show with songs mainly based on The Congregation material, Rockefeller Oslo is the place to be! AND, writing process for the next album has already begun…

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