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  LEPROUS SCALE NEW HEIGHTS WITH SUMPTUOUS NEW ALBUM AND EXTENSIVE TOUR
Andy Rawll
14th September 2017



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Norway's acclaimed progressive rockers Leprous have just released their much-anticipated new studio album, 'Malina', via InsideOutMusic and will soon head out on an extensive headlining tour of Europe.

See below for full tour details and a review of 'Malina' by Andy Rawll.

The band assert that the new album represents a progression from its predecessor:

"The writing of the album started out with the idea to perfect the sound and working method we began with on 'The Congregation'. Gradually we realised what needed to be done. This album needs to sound more alive, more organic and more dynamic. The longer into the process the more obsessed we got with this idea."

Debut single 'From The Flame' sets out the template, with an accompanying and atmospheric video directed by David Solbjørg.

".. definitely one of our favourite tracks from the album, with a strong hook and memorable melodies. Despite it sounding big and catchy, it also sounds pretty organic and it has a depth to it."



The latest taster is the album's second single ,'Stuck (Radio Edit)' with a video directed by Troll Toftenes:

"...straight to the point, groovy and has probably the guitar and bass sound on the album that we're most happy with. Doing a performance video, directed by Troll Toftenes, supports the dynamics of the music in a great way!"



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Leprous: 'Malina' (Inside Out) by Andy Rawll

Prog by style and prog in deed, Norway's Leprous embody the very essence of the genre. With each of their previous albums embracing the urge to evolve and extend from its predecessor, their progressive unpredictability is enthralling for some and infuriating for others.

Yet, their sixth album builds on their eclectic past to deliver another stunning album of grooves, moods and sonic twists that defy categorisation. Overall, this mines a more symphonic seam than previous albums and prog Metal moments, although present, are far from dominant.

Hypnotically pulsating opening track, 'Bonneville', and 'Mirage' recall Å Kerfeld-Wilson's gorgeously ethereal 'Storm Corrosion'. Recent single 'Stuck' starts more conventionally with a sinewy riff that recalls Coheed and Cambria then propels into a triumphant Pain of Salvation style chorus, enhanced by an awesome coda fuelled by an undercurrent of melancholic strings.



As ever, Einar Solberg's extraordinary voice provides the talismanic force that powers the entire album. On the Mars Volta meets Muse 'Illuminate' his powerful upper register voice is more than equal to Matt Bellamy and offers far greater emotional range and subtlety of delivery. Indeed, frenetic Voltan rhythms and melodies permeate a number of tracks, none more than 'Coma' with its breakneck drumming, dreamy vocals and counterpointed keyboards.

A fine addition to the Leprous canon that may confuse some with its amalgam of styles, but should entice many more with its refreshingly unique palette and sonic artistry.

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Tracklisting:
1. Bonneville (05:28)
2. Stuck (06:48)
3. From The Flame (03:51)
4. Captive (03:43)
5. Illuminate (04:21)
6. Leashes (04:09)
7. Mirage (06:48)
8. Malina (06:15)
9. Coma (03:55)
10. The Weight Of Disaster (06:00)
11. The Last Milestone (07:30)

2006s self-produced demo/debut album, 'Aeolia', was followed by label releases: 'Tall Poppy Syndrome' (2009); 'Bilateral' (2011); 'Coal' (2013); 'The Congregation' (2015).

Leprous will head out on an extensive headlining tour of Europe starting next month to promote 'Malina', together with special guests Agent Fresco from Iceland, plus Australia's AlithiA and fellow Norwegians Astrosaur.

Leprous and Agent Fresco:
22nd October: Moscow (Russia) – Volta
23rd October: St. Petersburg (Russia) – ClubZal

Leprous, Agent Fresco, AlithiA and Astrosaur European Tour:
24th October: Helsinki (Finland) – Tavastia
25th October: Jyväskyla (Finland) – Lutakko
26th October: Tampere (Finland) – Olympia
28th October: Copenhagen (Denmark) – Pumpehuset
29th October: Hamburg (Germany) – Logo
30th October: Cologne (Germany) – Luxor
31st October: Esch (Luxembourg) – Rockhal
1st November: Haarlem (The Netherlands) – Patronaat
2nd November: London (UK) – The Dome
3rd November: Dublin (Ireland) – Voodoo Lounge
4th November: Leeds (UK) – Damnation Festival
5th November: Vosselaar (Belgium) – Biebob
6th November: Paris (France) – Trabendo
7th November: Nantes (France) – Barakason
8th November: Bordeaux (France) – Rocher Palmer
9th November: Madrid (Spain) – Sala But
10th November: Barcelona (Spain) – Sala Bikini
11th November: Toulouse (France) – Le Metronum
12th November: Marseille (France) – Le Moulin
13th November: Milan (Italy) – Magnolia
14th November: Lyon (France) – CCO Villeurbanne
15th November: Winterthur (Switzerland) – Salzhaus
16th November: Colmar (France) – Grillen
17th November: Munich (Germany) – Strom *
18th November: Vienna (Austria) – Szene
19th November: Budapest (Hungary) – A38
20th November: Prague (Czech Republic) – Rock Café
21st November: Warsaw (Poland) – Proxima
22nd November: Berlin (Germany) – Musik & Frieden
23rd November: Aarhus (Denmark) – Atlas
25th November: Oslo (Norway) – Vulkan Arena

The Haarlem show has been upgraded to the main hall due to high ticket sales. Other shows are close to being sold out.

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WACKEN WINTER NIGHTS IS HEAVY METAL WONDERLAND

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Wacken Winter Nights 2018 takes place between February 23rd and 25th 2018 and the great news is that you can now experience a full-on, top class German Metal Festival easily and affordably.

It only takes an hour to fly to Hamburg from London and we've had longer journeys than that within the capital and they were certainly more expensive than the £33 air ticket that just appeared in our 'flights to Wacken Winter Nights' search.

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Wacken Winter Nights is organised by the same team who are responsible for the world's greatest Metal festival, Wacken-Open-Air and the 2018 bill includes Skyclad, Orphaned Land, Elvenking, Finntroll, Grave Digger, Aeverium, Comes Vagantes, Coppelius, Corvus Corax, Die Pressgëng, Elvellon, Heimataerde, Hell-O-Matic, Ignis Fatuu, Ingrimm, Irdorath, Johnny Deathshadow, Krayenzeit, Letzte Instanz, Mr Hurley und die Pulveraffen, Pampatut, Pat Razket, Schandmaul, Sündenrausch, The Aberlour's, The Moon And The Nightspirit, Torfrock, Visions Of Atlantis, Vroudenspil, Wind Rose and more.



Besides this rich billing of superb Metal bands, there is so much more to see in the festival area including the medieval market and also the walking acts and jugglers you will meet at the theme worlds, including Robert Blake, three-time World Cup winner of street magic.

Wacken Winter Nights is something not to be missed and you can check out the amazing ticket and accommodation prices right here.

We just priced up the whole four day trip with hotels, flights, shuttles and festival tickets for less than £300 and we don't think you will get a better value festival than that, anywhere.

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MetalTalk recently sat down with Wacken founder and owner Thomas Jensen and that interview will be online next week and it's a fascinating insight into how Wacken originated from nothing to become the world's premiere Heavy Metal event.

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Wacken 2018 takes place from 2nd to 4th August 20218 and as with Wacken Winter Nights, if you have never experienced all it has to offer, then you owe it to yourself to remedy that.

Already announced for Wacken 2018 are Judas Priest, Nightwish, Running Wild (exclusive), Arch Enemy, Dirkschneider, Doro (Special Anniversary Show), In Extremo, Sepultura, Amorphis, Amaranthe, Firewind, W.A.R., Belphegor, Mantar, Knorkator, Deserted Fear, Watain, Night Demon, Epica, Knorkator, Belphegor, Firewind, Deserted Fear and many more and we'll have more Wacken 2018 announcements during December.

As well as being the greatest Heavy Metal festival in the world, it is without a doubt the Mecca of Metal and the one thing that every single person who loves our music should have on their bucket list.

For 2018, MetalTalk have joined forces with Wacken-Open-Air to help you get to Wacken easily and inexpensively and you can peruse the ticket and travel options right here.

If you are interested in going to Wacken 2018 and have questions, please fill out the form below and we will contact you with answers to all your enquiries. You are under no obligation whatsoever by filling this form out. We won't add you to any mailing lists or send you loads of spam - all we will do is help you get to Wacken as easily and inexpensively as possible.

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