2015 Leprous interview with Einar Solberg
Norway has always been a country known for its black metal bands singing about their hatred towards Christianity; some promoting freedom, or some about melancholic themes like depression in life. Although there have been the likes of Circus Maximus and such, that have shown sparks of brilliance when it comes to progressive metal, these bands have always been connected to the progressive metal giants Dream Theater, or Symphony X reigning as major influences and thereby almost sounding the same. On the other hand, we have Leprous. This band blends a unique confluence of progressive metal, math metal, avant-garde, and progressive rock and so on, with slight glimpses of extreme metal. They reign as one of the most original acts in the current metal scene, in my opinion. Their latest release The Congregation, demonstrates a more melancholic, darkened approach to their sound as compared to the more active and quirky sound on previous efforts, Coal or Bilateral. This is one of the bands that deserve to be known all over the world, considering their commendable display in creativity and originality. On The Congregation, the album is one entire experience that flows effortlessly from start to finish. A special shout out to Einar Solberg, in my opinion the shining light to the album, although the band has unanimously put in effort to make this one of the best albums of 2015. I, in fact, would nominate the vocal melodies for a movie’s soundtrack! It is that captivating, and it will go on to play as an infinite loop in my mind for days to come.
Gearing up for the release of highly anticipated album, The Congregation, Metalholic had a chat with Leprous founding member and main songwriter Einar Solberg. He discusses the new album, songwriting, musical direction, lyrical approach, vocals, the Norwegian Progressive Metal scene, upcoming tours and much more.