Bilateral (album)

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Studio album by Leprous
Released August 24, 2011
Recorded Spring 2011
Genre Progressive metal
Progressive rock
Avant-garde metal
Length 58:11
Label Inside Out Music
Leprous chronology
Tall Poppy Syndrome

Bilateral [1] is the second studio album released by the Norwegian progressive metal band, Leprous. It was recorded in Ivory Shoulder Studios and Juke Joint Studio by Vegard Tveitan and Heidi Solberg Tveitan, and mixed and mastered at Fascination Street Studio by Jens Bogren. Additional editing by Ivar Barstad. The music is arranged by the whole band and the lyrics are the work of Einar Solberg, Øystein Landsverk and Tor Oddmund Suhrke. Art direction and design by Ritxi Ostáriz. Cover painting by Jeff Jordan. All songs published by Magic Art Publishing.

In order to define the band's vision about music and what it means to be progressive, guitarist Tor Oddmund Shurke provided his insight on this matter and other subjects in an interview with the monthly music magazine Guitar World.[2]

The album features guest vocals by Ihsahn [3] on the 4th track of the album, Thorn and the trumpet on Thorn and Painful Detour are played by Vegard Sandbukt. Trumpet and additional keyboards were recorded in Kulturkirken Jacob, in Oslo by Rune Børø.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating 5/5 stars[4] 4/5 stars[5]
Jukebox:Metal 5/5 stars[6] 4.5/5 stars[7] 4/5 stars[8]

Sea of Tranquility reviewer Murat Batmaz stated that Bilateral is not as heavy as Tall Poppy Syndrome but praised "the band's heavy/light characteristics in its varied song selection."[8]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Bilateral"   4:00
2. "Forced Entry"   10:20
3. "Restless"   3:30
4. "Thorn"   5:47
5. "Mb. Indifferentia"   6:33
6. "Waste of Air"   5:32
7. "Mediocrity Wins"   6:07
8. "Cryptogenic Desires"   2:45
9. "Acquired Taste"   5:13
10. "Painful Detour"   8:18
Total length:


  • Einar Solberg - Synth, Vocals
  • Tor Oddmund Suhrke - Guitar, Vocals
  • Øystein Landsverk - Guitar, Backing Vocals
  • Rein Blomquist - Bass
  • Tobias Ørnes Andersen - Drums
  • Ihsahn(ex-Emperor)– Vocals on "Thorn"
  • Jens Bogren - Mixing and Mastering