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Leprous at Wacken Open Air 2013.jpg
Leprous performing live at the 2013 Wacken Open Air.
Background information
Origin Notodden, Norway
Genres Progressive metal, progressive rock, avant-garde metal, experimental rock
Years active 2001–present
Labels Sensory Records
Inside Out Music/Century Media
Associated acts Emperor, Ihsahn
Website leprous.net
Members Einar Solberg
Tor Oddmund Suhrke
Robin Ognedal
Baard Kolstad
Simen Børven
Past members Stian Lonar
Esben Meyer Khristensen
Kenneth Solberg
Truls Vennman
Halvor Strand
Tor Stian Borhaug
Rein Blomquist
Tobias Ørnes Andersen
Martin Skrebergene
Øystein Landsverk

Leprous is a Norwegian progressive metal band formed in 2001 in Notodden, Norway. The band gained prominence as the backing band for former Emperor frontman Ihsahn's live shows. Ihsahn has, in turn, contributed to several Leprous albums as a vocalist (on "Thorn" from Bilateral and "Contaminate Me" from Coal) and as a co-producer for Coal.[1]

Although their music is often categorized as progressive rock or progressive metal, Einar Solberg, who is the main composer of the band, has referred that he's been so much inspired by Radiohead, Massive Attack, Arvo Part, Susanne Sundfør, The Prodigy, as well as some progressive acts like Porcupine Tree and The Dillinger Escape Plan. [2]


After releasing several demos with relatively unstable lineups, the band's roster solidified by the time that they recorded their debut album, Tall Poppy Syndrome in August 2008. American label Sensory Records signed the band and released the album in May 2009. Alex Henderson of Allmusic praised the band's debut for moving past the "staunchly pre-90s mentality" of contemporary progressive metal by blending the influence of Pink Floyd and King Crimson with alternative metal bands such as Tool.[3]

The album received positive reviews[4][5] while the band gained attention as the live band for Emperor's former frontman, Ihsahn, whose wife is the sister to Leprous vocalist/keyboardist Einar Solberg.[6] In 2010, Leprous appeared at ProgPower USA[7] and ProgPower Europe, and later supported Therion on their European tour. After that tour, the band announced that they had split with bassist Halvor Strand, who was replaced by Rein Blomquist.[8]

At the end of February 2011 the band announced that they had signed with InsideOut, with worldwide distribution through Century Media.[9] The band's debut for InsideOut Records, Bilateral, was released on 24 August 2011[10] and featured artwork by American surrealist Jeff Jordan and the Spanish designer Ritxi Ostariz.[8] The album featured a guest vocal appearance by Ihsahn and trumpets by Vegard Sandbukt.

On 20 May 2013, Leprous released Coal. Vocalist Einar Solberg described the album as "a more melancholic and darker album than the more playful Bilateral. By darker, I don't mean more aggressive, but more severe. There is still a big range in the dynamics, but no jumping between different moods within a song."[11]

On 5 May 2014, the band announced the departure of drummer Tobias Ørnes Andersen. He was replaced by Baard Kolstad, who played with Leprous throughout their 2013 Coal tour. The statement also revealed that the band are currently working on material for their next album.[12]

In early June 2014 Prog magazine Radio Show on Team Rock Radio in the United Kingdom published tour dates for an Inside Out records Showcase featuring that label's Haken, Maschine and Leprous for Autumn 2014 in the United Kingdom and Europe.

On 25 May 2015, they released their latest album The Congregation, via Inside Out Music. A video for the track "The Price" was shot and then released on 8 April.[13] On 30 April 2015, another track of the album, "Rewind", was released.[14]

On 1 March 2017, Leprous announced through their official Facebook page that a new studio album would be released this year.[15]

Band members[edit]

Einar Solberg 2014


  • Einar Solberg – lead vocals, keyboards (2001–present)
  • Tor Oddmund Suhrke – guitar, backing vocals (2001–present)
  • Baard Kolstad – drums (2014–present)
  • Simen Børven – bass (2015–present)
  • Robin Ognedal – guitar (2017–present)


  • Stian Lonar - bass (2001–2002)
  • Esben Meyer Khristensen - guitar (2001–2003)
  • Kenneth Solberg - guitar (2001–2003, 2003–2004)
  • Truls Vennman - drums (2001–2005)
  • Halvor Strand - bass (2002–2010)
  • Øystein Landsverk - guitar, backing vocals (2004-2017)
  • Tor Stian Borhaug - drums (2005–2007)
  • Tobias Ørnes Andersen - drums (2007-2014)
  • Rein Blomquist - bass (2010–2013)
  • Martin Skrebergene - bass (2013-2015)



Studio albums[edit]

Live albums[edit]



  1. ^ Harris, Chris. "Leprous Tap Ihsahn, Wife To Produce New Disc". gunshyassassin.com. Retrieved 16 June 2013. 
  2. ^ "Leprous' Einar Solberg talks about his favorite albums of all time". Noisefull. Retrieved 2017-02-10. 
  3. ^ Henderson, Alex. "Leprous: Tall Poppy Syndrome". Allmusic. Retrieved 16 June 2013. 
  4. ^ Dan Marsicano. "Leprous Tall Poppy Syndrome review". heavymetal.about.com. 
  5. ^ The T. "Leprous Tall Poppy Syndrome musicreview". progarchives.com. 
  6. ^ Arthur, Ty. "Einar Solberg Of Leprous Talks New Album Bilateral, Working With Ihsahn, And More". metalunderground.com. Retrieved 16 June 2013. StarOfAsh (Heidi) is my sister, so I would definitely say that we are rather close. The reason why Ihsahn choose us as his backing band was because we’re already a rehearsed band which he knew he could trust. It was a win-win situation for both him and us. He can just meet up on rehearsals to an already rehearsed band that actually manage to play his music, while we get to play with one of the greatest artists in the metal genre. 
  7. ^ unknown. "Teaser interview with Einar Solberg at ProgPower USA". progpowerusa.com. 
  8. ^ a b Leprous. "Band news". leprous.net. 
  9. ^ "leprous signs with insideout music". Blabbermouth.net. roadrunnerrecords.net. 
  10. ^ "Bilateral release date". insideoutmusic.com. 
  11. ^ "Band Biography". leprous.net. Retrieved 16 June 2013. 
  12. ^ "Departure of Tobias Ørnes Andersen". leprous.net. Retrieved 5 May 2014. 
  13. ^ Lach, Stef (7 April 2015). "Leprous issue promo for The Price". Prog. TeamRock. Retrieved 9 April 2015. 
  14. ^ Kielty, Martin (30 April 2015). "Leprous Rewind in latest track". Prog. TeamRock. Retrieved 30 April 2015. 
  15. ^ https://www.facebook.com/leprousband/posts/10155386638275101

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