Leprous’ New Album Available Now; Band Debuts Video For Album’s Latest Single

Courtesy: InsideOut Music

Leprous’ new album Aphelion is out now.

The album released today through InsideOut Music. As part of the band’s continued push to promote the album, it debuted the video for the album’s latest single, ‘Nighttime Disguise’ Friday. ‘Nighttime Disguise’ is the album’s fourth single, following the premiere of the record’s other singles, ‘The Silent Revolution,’  ‘Running Low,’ and ‘Castaway Angels.’

The seven-minute-plus video for ‘Nighttime Disguise’ features the band in studio recording the song through a series of vignettes of the band interacting virtually with its fans. Speaking of discussing things with the fans, the band explained in a prepared statement, that the song actually came to be as a result of those discussions with its fans.

“ ‘Nighttime Disguise’ started as an experiment, where we let the fans join us virtually in the studio, and being able to vote for different parameters to write a song: Time signature(s), key(s), what kind of instruments, vocal style(s) and range, lyrical content etc.,” the band said.  “Our original plan was to have the result as a bonus track, but we ended up so happy with it that we couldn’t let it pass. Sometimes certain limitations force you to think differently and push you to new and more creative directions! This video shows a lot from the week of the songwriting, arrangement and production of ‘Nighttime Disguise’.”

Aphelion is available on a variety of platforms, all of which are noted below along with the album’s track listing.

Black 2LP+CD – Unlimited
Ultra Clear 2LP+CD – 500x copies via IOM Webshop & CM Distro
Bright Gold 2LP+CD – 200x copies via JPC
Transparent Light Blue 2LP+CD – 200x copies via EMP
Creamy White 2LP+CD – 400x copies via O-Merch
Deep Blood Red 2LP+CD – 200x copies via Band

LEPROUS – “Aphelion” (56:06)
1. Running Low
2. Out Of Here
3. Silhouette
4. All The Moments
5. Have You Ever?
6. The Silent Revelation
7. The Shadow Side
8. On Hold
9. Castaway Angels
10. Nighttime Disguise

In other news, Leprous has announced a series of live dates in December in support of Aphelion. The tour’s schedule is noted below.

LEPROUS – 20th Anniversary European Tour
01.12.2021 Oslo (Norway) – Vulkan Arena
03.12.2021 Nijmegen (The Netherlands) – Doornroosje
04.12.2021 London (UK) – Electric Ballroom
05.12.2021 Paris (France) – Elysee Montmartre
06.12.2021 Aschaffenburg (Germany) – Colos-Saal
07.12.2021 Vienna (Austria) – Arena
08.12.2021 Esch (Luxembourg) – Rockhal
09.12.2021 Lyon (France) – Ninkasi Kao
10.12.2021 Barcelona (Spain) – Apolo 1
11.12.2021 Madrid (Spain) – LAB
13.12.2021 Milan (Italy) – Live Club
14.12.2021 Aarau (Switzerland) – KiFF
15.12.2021 Munich (Germany) – Technikum
16.12.2021 Berlin (Germany) – Columbia Theater

LEPROUS – Live 2022:
17.06.2022 Clisson (France) – Hellfest
25.06.2022 Valkenburg (The Netherlands) – Midsummer Prog Festival
16.07.2022 Cremona (Italy) – Luppolo In Rock
20.08.2022 Bristol (UK) – ArcTanGent Festival
More shows to be announced soon…

More information on Leprous’ new single, and video is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news at:

Websitehttps://www.leprous.net

Facebookhttps//www.facebook.com/leprousband

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/leprousband

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Leprous Announces Details For Live, Full Album Preview Of Its New Record

Courtesy: InsideOut Music

Leprous’ fans will get a special preview of the band’s new album next week.

The band announced Wednesday, it will hold a livestream even Aug. 25, two days ahead of the release of its new album, Aphelion. The livestream event will preview the album live. The even will feature not one but two live full performances of the album by the band/ The first performance is scheduled to take place at 7 p.m. CEST (EU time zone) and the second at 7 p.m. EDT (US Time Zone).

Tickets for the livestreams are available here. Ticket bundles (with merchandise or album) are available here.

Aphelion is scheduled for release Aug. 27 through InsideOut Music. The album has produced the singles, ‘The Silent Revolution,’  ‘Running Low,’ and ‘Castaway Angels.’ The album’s track listing is noted below.

LEPROUS – “Aphelion”
1. Running Low
2. Out Of Here
3. Silhouette
4. All The Moments
5. Have You Ever?
6. The Silent Revelation
7. The Shadow Side
8. On Hold
9. Castaway Angels
10. Nighttime Disguise

Aphelion will release through a variety of platforms, all of which are noted below.

Black 2LP+CD – Unlimited
Ultra Clear 2LP+CD – 500x copies via IOM Webshop & CM Distro
Bright Gold 2LP+CD – 200x copies via JPC
Transparent Light Blue 2LP+CD – 200x copies via EMP
Creamy White 2LP+CD – 400x copies via O-Merch
Deep Blood Red 2LP+CD – 200x copies via Band

In other news, Leprous has announced a series of live dates in December in support of Aphelion. The tour’s schedule is noted below.

LEPROUS – 20th Anniversary European Tour
01.12.2021 Oslo (Norway) – Vulkan Arena
03.12.2021 Nijmegen (The Netherlands) – Doornroosje
04.12.2021 London (UK) – Electric Ballroom
05.12.2021 Paris (France) – Elysee Montmartre
06.12.2021 Aschaffenburg (Germany) – Colos-Saal
07.12.2021 Vienna (Austria) – Arena
08.12.2021 Esch (Luxembourg) – Rockhal
09.12.2021 Lyon (France) – Ninkasi Kao
10.12.2021 Barcelona (Spain) – Apolo 1
11.12.2021 Madrid (Spain) – LAB
13.12.2021 Milan (Italy) – Live Club
14.12.2021 Aarau (Switzerland) – KiFF
15.12.2021 Munich (Germany) – Technikum
16.12.2021 Berlin (Germany) – Columbia Theater

LEPROUS – Live 2022:
17.06.2022 Clisson (France) – Hellfest
25.06.2022 Valkenburg (The Netherlands) – Midsummer Prog Festival
16.07.2022 Cremona (Italy) – Luppolo In Rock
20.08.2022 Bristol (UK) – ArcTanGent Festival
More shows to be announced soon…

More information on Leprous’ new single, and video is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news at:

Websitehttps://www.leprous.net

Facebookhttps//www.facebook.com/leprousband

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/leprousband

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TesseracT Premieres Live ‘Tourniquet’ Performance From Upcoming ‘Portals’ Recording

Courtesy: KScope Records

TesseracT is giving audiences another preview of its forthcoming live recording, Portals.

The band premiered a live clip of its performance of its song, ‘Tourniquet‘ Wednesday. The performance is the second clip that the band has released ahead of the release of Portals. The group premiered the live clip of ‘Nocturne‘ July 8.

is a rich presentation in its subtle approach musically and visually. The song’s arrangement is easily comparable to works from Leprous what with its subtle bass line, haunting vocals and often powerful guitar and drums. The visual end of the presentation shows the band in subtle lighting and red laser lights, partially putting the band in shadow as it performs.

Bassist Amos Williams talked about the video’s presentation in a prepared statement.

“We wanted to bring a balance of fan favorites and deep cuts to the show,” he said. “’Tourniquet’ is one of those songs that sits firmly in both of those camps and is one we have never performed live before. It’s such a powerful build-up that we knew we had to find a really interesting way to support this visually. The team of Tom Campbell (LD), Dan Briggs (Lasers), and Richard Oaks (DP) really brought their ‘A’ game. When we saw this footage back, it was mesmerizing. Once again, this song highlights just what a wonderful team effort this was. The colors, the vibe, the cinematography — it all intertwines to lift the song to another level.”

TesseracT will release ‘Tourniquet’ by itself to all digital outlets Thursday. Portals is scheduled through a variety of platforms

Aug 27 through KScope Records. The label also released the band’s then latest album, Sonder in 2018. The career-spanning 2020 concert featured songs from across the band’s catalog, which spans four albums and one EP. The 14-song set ran more than two hours.

Williams said during a recent interview, the concert was a positive experience for the band.

“It is only with hindsight and some time to appreciate it that we realize what this show meant to us,” said Williams. “P O R T A L S as a show was an experiment afforded to us in a time when anything was possible because nothing of our previous life was possible. The overwhelming acceptance of such an approach to our music, and the stories contained within it, has shown us a potential path forward for TesseracT. It was exciting to connect with our fan base in such a difficult time for everyone, and it was powerful to see how it allowed some respite and escapism. These things were the gifts that this show gave to us, a direction and a drive, as we use this show’s example to forge a new path for TesseracT.” 

Pre-orders are open for the forthcoming recording through band’s official website while other retailers will open re-orders Friday. It will release through a variety of platforms noted below. A trailer for the recording is streaming here.

LIMITED EDITION DELUXE 4 DISC BOOK EDITION:
Blu-ray & DVD includes: P O R T A L S main feature • Behind the scenes documentary Live In The Lockdown • P O R T A L S hi res audio only version (all BD/DVD audio 48/24 PCM Stereo) • 2-CD P O R T A L S soundtrack • All presented in a lavish set with 40-page book containing exclusive pictures • Extensive liner notes from Amos Williams • Individually numbered art print

The band webstore will exclusively sell a limited number of this set with the art prints signed by TesseracT – available from June 17.
 
BLU-RAY EDITION:
 P O R T A L S main feature • Behind the scenes documentary • Live In The Lockdown • P O R T A L S hi res audio only version (48/24 PCM Stereo)
 
3LP GATEFOLD/2CD EDITION/DIGITAL:
 The soundtrack to the stunning cinematic live experience P O R T A L S featuring tracks spanning the band’s career to date including “Nocturne,” “Seven Names,” and “King.”

The recording’s track listing is noted below.

P O R T A L S TRACK LISTING:
1. “Of Matter” (P O R T A L S) [13:55]
2. “King” (P O R T A L S) [06:28]
3. “Concealing Fate Parts 1, 2 & 3” (P O R T A L S) [18:15]
4. “Tourniquet” (P O R T A L S) [04:30]
5. “Beneath My Skin/Mirror Image” (P O R T A L S) [05:44]
6. “Orbital (P O R T A L S) [02:06] 
7. “Juno” (P O R T A L S) [06:11]
8. “Cages” (P O R T A L S) [05:28]
9. “Dystopia” (P O R T A L S) [06:43]
10. “Phoenix” (P O R T A L S) [04:18]
11. “Nocturne” (P O R T A L S) [04:21]
12. “Eden” (P O R T A L S) [06:30]
13. “Of Energy” (P O R T A L S) [11:05]
14. “Seven Names” (P O R T A L S) [05:02]

More information on TesseracT’s upcoming home release of its PORTALS concert is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

Websitehttps://www.tesseractband.co.uk

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/tesseractband

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/tesseractband

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Leprous Debuts New LP’s Latest Single, Video

Courtesy: InsideOut Music

Leprous is giving audiences another preview of its next album.

The band premiered its new single, ‘The Silent Revolution’ Friday, along with its companion video. The song is the third from the band’s forthcoming album, Aphelion, which is scheduled for release Aug. 27 through InsideOut Music. Its premiere follows that of the album’s first two singles, ‘Running Low,’ and ‘Castaway Angels.’

The musical arrangement featured in ‘The Silent Revolution’ is in direct contrast to those featured in its predecessors. At the same time, the staccato notes on the guitar, the sharp, crisp sound from the drums, the keyboards and rich vocals are in their own way familiar for the band’s established audiences.

By comparison, the musical arrangement featured in ‘Running Low’ boasts a sort of blues rock influence while ‘Castaway Angels’ is an even more in-depth work. The song starts soft and introspective, but gradually builds to a strong climax in its finale that hits listeners so hard.

No information was provided about the lyrical theme in ‘The Silent Revolution’ in the press release announcing the song’s premiere. Though a rough interpretation from what can be deciphered hints at a deeply introspective message.

The video for ‘The Silent Revolution’ is a simple presentation. It features the band members in a studio setting that seems to mimic the look of a live stage. The new song plays over the video to give the video the look of the band performing live.

Aphelion will release through a variety of platforms, all of which are noted below along with the album’s track listing.

Black 2LP+CD – Unlimited
Ultra Clear 2LP+CD – 500x copies via IOM Webshop & CM Distro
Bright Gold 2LP+CD – 200x copies via JPC
Transparent Light Blue 2LP+CD – 200x copies via EMP
Creamy White 2LP+CD – 400x copies via O-Merch
Deep Blood Red 2LP+CD – 200x copies via Band

LEPROUS – “Aphelion” (56:06)
1. Running Low
2. Out Of Here
3. Silhouette
4. All The Moments
5. Have You Ever?
6. The Silent Revelation
7. The Shadow Side
8. On Hold
9. Castaway Angels
10. Nighttime Disguise

In other news, Leprous has announced a series of live dates in December in support of Aphelion. The tour’s schedule is noted below.

LEPROUS – 20th Anniversary European Tour
01.12.2021 Oslo (Norway) – Vulkan Arena
03.12.2021 Nijmegen (The Netherlands) – Doornroosje
04.12.2021 London (UK) – Electric Ballroom
05.12.2021 Paris (France) – Elysee Montmartre
06.12.2021 Aschaffenburg (Germany) – Colos-Saal
07.12.2021 Vienna (Austria) – Arena
08.12.2021 Esch (Luxembourg) – Rockhal
09.12.2021 Lyon (France) – Ninkasi Kao
10.12.2021 Barcelona (Spain) – Apolo 1
11.12.2021 Madrid (Spain) – LAB
13.12.2021 Milan (Italy) – Live Club
14.12.2021 Aarau (Switzerland) – KiFF
15.12.2021 Munich (Germany) – Technikum
16.12.2021 Berlin (Germany) – Columbia Theater

LEPROUS – Live 2022:
17.06.2022 Clisson (France) – Hellfest
25.06.2022 Valkenburg (The Netherlands) – Midsummer Prog Festival
16.07.2022 Cremona (Italy) – Luppolo In Rock
20.08.2022 Bristol (UK) – ArcTanGent Festival
More shows to be announced soon…

More information on Leprous’ new single, and video is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news at:

Websitehttps://www.leprous.net

Facebookhttps//www.facebook.com/leprousband

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/leprousband

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Scale The Summit Continues To Cement Its Place In The Prog Rock, Metal Communities With Its Latest LP

Courtesy: Scale The Summit

More than four years of waiting for new music from Scale the Summit officially ended this week.  That is because the progressive rock/metal group released its latest album Friday in the form of Subjects.  The eight-song album (the band’s seventh) is an interesting new offering from the veteran group of musicians as is evidenced through the album’s musical arrangements.  This will be discussed shortly.  The lyrical themes that accompany the album’s musical content make for their own interest and will be discussed a little later.  The record’s production rounds out its most important elements and will also be discussed later.  Each item noted is key in its own way to the whole of this album’s presentation.  All things considered, they make Subjects a successful new album from Scale The Summit that is also among the best of this year’s new hard rock and metal albums.

Scale The Summit’s latest album, Subjects, is an impressive new offering from the veteran prog rock/metal band.  Its success comes in part through its arrangements.  The arrangements in question show clear growth and change from the band this time in comparison to the band’s existing catalog.  For starters, every arrangement is accompanied by a vocal track for the first time ever.  The addition of the vocals to the songs makes the songs comparable at times to works from the likes of Leprous, and at others to songs from Leprous’ InsideOut Music label mates, Haken.  The instrumentation and general arrangement of each song meanwhile is generally shorter, but does not sacrifice the talents that the band members – Chris Letchford (guitar), Kilian Duarte (bass), and Charlie Engen (drums/percussion) – have exhibited on each of its existing albums.  There are even some arrangements featured this time out that are actually mainstream accessible, not the least of which being ‘Dissemble.’  The song runs more than six minutes, yes (six minutes, six seconds), but there is something in the combination of the instrumentation alongside the vocals of guest singer Eric Emery that gives the song a little bit of an emo sensibility.  It really shows itself as a possible radio single.  ‘The Land of Nod’ is another of the album’s entries that comes across as a possible single.  The band maintains its prog approach here, but there is something in the control in the instrumentation and in the vocals from Courtney LaPlante that makes this song have a certain mainstream accessibility, too.  When all of the arrangements noted here are considered along with the rest of the album’s arrangements, that whole makes the album’s musical content reason enough in itself for audiences to hear this record. The lyrical content that accompanies the album’s musical arrangements makes for even more reason for audiences to take in this record.

The lyrical content that accompanies Subjects’ musical arrangements is important to note because, again, it marks the first time that any Scale The Summit record has featured any lyrical/vocal content.  That has already been mentioned.  The lyrical content featured here seems to present itself in relatively accessible fashion.  Case in point is ‘Dissemble.’  This song comes across as being a song centered lyrically on the all-too-familiar topic of a relationship.  That is inferred as Emery sings to a woman about how she looks before at one point stating, “Remove the mask on your face/You Don’t need to run…Pull yourself back if you’re ready/To be awoken/And unbroken/While you free fall.”  The additional mention of “scars that define you” comes across as a metaphor for the emotional “scars,” adding even more to the inference that this song is a love song of sorts.  That seeming accessibility and unique fashion in which that familiar topic is delivered is a clear example of the importance of the album’s lyrical content.  It is just one example of that importance.  ‘Form & Finite’ is another example of the importance of the album’s lyrical content.

The lyrical content featured in ‘Form & Finite’ is delivered by guest vocalist Mike Semesky.  The lyrics are rather difficult to decipher sans lyrics to reference.  Sadly that is because of the song’s production.  However, from what little can be understood, the song’s lyrical content comes across as being somewhat existential.  Add in the fact that it is delivered is what seems like such a simple fashion and it becomes that much more engaging.  When this seeming theme, that featured in ‘Dissemble’ and the other songs featured in this record are considered together along with the very fact that they again mark the first time the band has ever used vocals in any record leaves no doubt about the importance of the lyrics.  Keeping all of this in mind, the pairing of the album’s lyrical content along with the album’s musical content gives reason in itself for audiences to hear Subjects.  Moving on from there, the last of the album’s most important elements is its production.

As noted in the discussion on the lyrics, the production does impress for the most part.  However, there are moments throughout the album in which the vocals are washed out to a point by the instrumentation.  The vocals blend in with the instrumentations in those cases, leading to some trouble deciphering the lyrics.  Thankfully, that does not happen in every one of the songs.  To that end, while it does pose a problem at points, it is not enough to doom the album.  Throughout the rest of the album, the instrumentations and vocals are more well-balanced.  The end result in those moments is engagement and entertainment for audiences.  Overall, the production is laudable enough that it combines with the album’s content to make the whole maybe not the band’s best work, but still a unique presentation and mostly praiseworthy addition to Scale The Summit’s catalog.

Scale The Summit’s latest album, Subjects is an interesting new addition to the band’s catalog.  That is due in part to the musical content featured throughout the album.  That content shows clear growth and development from the band.  Of course, that is likely because the band’s lineup has changed once again for this album.  Guitarist Chris Letchford is the band’s only original member in this record, which would make understandable the change in stylistic approach here.  That approach is more accessible for hard rock and rock audiences than that in the album’s predecessors.  The lyrical content, where it can be deciphered, makes for even more interest here.  That is because this album marks the first time that any STS album has ever released an album with any vocals/lyrics.  The lyrics that listeners can decipher range from the accessible to the seemingly philosophical.  That range is itself also reason enough for audiences to hear this record.  The production of the album’s overall content puts the final touch to its presentation, completing that work.  While not perfect, the presentation does strive to bring out the best of the album, and mostly succeeds in that effort.  Taking that into consideration along with the impact of the content itself, the whole makes Subjects a successful new offering from Scale The Summit.  It continues to show why this band is one of the elite names in the prog rock and metal community.  Subjects is available now.  More information on the album is available along with all of Scale The Summit’s latest news at https://www.facebook.com/scalethesummit.  

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Parts Per Million Addresses Faith, Death In New Single, Video

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Independent rock band Parts Per Million debuted its latest single this week.

The band premiered its new single, ‘Find The Light‘ Thursday, along with its companion video, which was premiered through Ghost Cult Magazine. The song features a steady, brooding musical arrangement that reaches its peak in the choruses. It is a stylistic approach and resultant sound that echoes influences of Haken, Leprous, and other similar acts.

The juxtaposition of the more brooding verses and the more powerful choruses is a familiar approach to songwriting, and does well here as it pairs with the song’s lyrical theme.

Front man Paul McSweeney talked about the song’s heavily philosophical and theological theme during a recent interview.

“This song was always special to me,” he said. “I held the guitar and vocal part for years, with only the ideas that the song grew in to. When we brought it to Kevin at Halo, we had no words for it, and weren’t really sure if it would get done. We talked amongst ourselves about incorporating death, the upside down from Stranger Things, and the other side, or afterlife. The final thought became about one singular moment. The last consciousness, slipping into the final unconsciousness.”

He added, “How powerful is the love you share with the people that mean the most to you?
Does it conquer all things of this life? Does it transcend time? If you don’t believe in something beyond this life, do you believe that there is somewhere special for that person when they are gone? What if it’s only in our hearts and minds? What if that’s the same thing? These are the places we want to take the people who watch our video. It’s a powerful message about love, and the hope that it’s waiting on the other side.”

The ‘Find The Light’ video features the song’s subject imagining he is seeing his lost loved one everywhere he goes, from standing at a bus stop, waiting for a ride, to being with him as he brushes his teeth, to other situations. The reality of the situation will be left for viewers to learn on their own. It works well with the theme which McSweeney discussed.

More information on Parts Per Million’s new single and video is available along with all of the band’s latest news and more at:

Website: https://www.partspermillionband.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/partspermillionband

Twitter: https://twitter.com/partspermusic

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Leprous Debuts New Single, ‘Castaway Angels,’ Companion Video; Front man Announces Livestream Concert Details

Courtesy: InsideOut Music

Leprous has opened the weekend with a new single and video.

The band debuted its new single ‘Castaway Angels‘ and its video Friday. The single features a powerfully emotional musical arrangement that gently crescendos until it reaches its climax late in its nearly five minute run time.

Front man Elinar Solberg hits some powerful high notes in that climax that are so controlled, and in turn create their own notable impact. His band mates add their own touch to the song, paying full attention to dynamic and mood changes along the way. The result is a composition whose musical arrangement builds a solid foundation.

Solberg discussed the song’s creation in a prepared statement.

“This year we’ve all had to readjust our lives, do new things,“ the statement reads in part.
“Missed out on things we were supposed to do, and find new things to do. One day in the beginning of the corona outbreak in Norway I came to TorO’s (keyboardist/guitarist Tor Oddmund Suhrke) house with a song we were supposed to work on together. The problem was that I was already finished with the sketch we were supposed to be working on (which was later on thrown away as it wasn’t that good after all), so we just sat down to try to make something new. Him with the acoustic guitar, and me with my voice.“

During a quite short time, we came up with the main structure of what was later to become “Castaway Angels,” he added. “Very basic, very pure and no technology to distract us. Just the melody and the guitar. So once we got in the amazing Ocean Sound Recording near Aalesund, Norway we continued that approach with the full band. We recorded the song together in the studio (when we were not busy sitting in the Jacuzzi being in awe by the view) in one take, after jamming together for one evening. It’s so typical to get obsessed with details, perfectionism and layers. But here we just wanted to play together. Do something pure and simple. I’m very pleased with the result, and can’t wait for everyone to hear how we’ve been spending time together when we were supposed to be on tour,”

The lyrical theme of Leprous’ new single is a strong pairing with the song’s brooding but heavy musical arrangement. It comes across as a very bleak, introspective statement that is sure to appeal to goth fans as much as dark prog fans, with Soldberg singing in the song’s lead verse, “Reaching out for oblivion/Hiding here for now/Dreaming still about another end/I can’t look back anymore.” In other words, this is someone who is in that dark, brooding moment, but knows looking back is not the answer. Solberg adds in the song’s second verse, “Sitting here counting minutes still/I’ve found my place in solitude/Help me face this nothingness/For my vision is gone.” Again, here is one of those brooding, goth type lyrical themes. It works for the noted listeners, especially when considered with the song’s surprisingly beautiful musical arrangement. The whole makes the song a powerful new offering from Leprous.

The video for leprous’ new single features the band in studio recording its song. That footage is paired with scenes, such as waves flowing gently onto a beach as the sun sets; a waterfall, and a coastal (likely European) town to help heighten the emotion in the song’s musical and lyrical content. The cinematography is just as certain as the song’s musical and lyrical content to connect with audiences through the overall visualization.

Courtesy: InsideOut Music

In other news, Solberg is scheduled to host a stripped down, intimate performance of songs from Leprous’ catatlog at 2 p.m. ET Sunday through Leprous’ official Facebook page. The livestream performance will take place live at the “Telemark gallery” in Solberg’s childhood town of Notoddem. Tickets are available now.

Leprous released its sixth album Pitfalls last year. The album produced four singles, ‘The Sky Is Red,’ ‘Below,’ ‘Alleviate,’ and ‘Distant Bells.’

More information on Leprous’ new single, and video is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news at:

Websitehttp://www.leprous.net

Facebookhttp://www.facebook.com/leprousband

Twitterhttp://twitter.com/leprousband

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Arcana Premieres Debut EP’s Lead Single, ‘Wings’

Independent rock band Arcana debuted the lead single from its forthcoming debut EP Letters From A Lost SoulAct I: The World One Forms this week.

The band debuted its new single ‘Wings’ Wednesday through The Prog Space. The song is a full instrumental composition and the record’s only instrumental track, according to a statement from the band.

“’Wings’ is the instrumental track on the EP and acts as a kind of overture to the whole project, displaying a variety of sounds that will be used and called back upon throughout the EP and future releases,” the statement reads. “It ranges from hope to despair, longing to contentment, and shows where the project is capable of going.”

The polyrhythmic patters in the drumming, guitars and drums will appeal to fans of bands, such as Rush, Scale the Summit, and Dream Theater. Listeners can also compare the arrangement to works from the likes of Caligula’s Horse and Leprous to an equal degree.

Letters From A Lost SoulAct I: The World One Forms is scheduled for release Nov. 6. The EP’s track listing is noted below.

Track Listing:
1. Letters From A Lost Soul (0:53)
2. Wings (7:11)
3. Tailwind (3:55)
4. Octosun/Wings (Reprised) (9:54)
EP Length: 21:55

More information on Arcana’s new single and EP is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

Website: http://thearcanacollective.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/arcanabandofficial

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Leprous Debuts More New Music From ‘Pitfalls’; Announces New Live Dates

Courtesy: InsideOut Music

Leprous debuted another new song from its new album Pitfalls this week.

The band debuted the album’s closing track ‘The Sky is Red‘ Thursday.  The song is the fourth single that the album has spawned.  Also released from the album, which was released Friday, are the songs ‘Below,’ ‘Alleviate‘ and ‘Distant Bells

Pitfall is Leprous’ sixth full-length studio recording.  The album’s track listing is noted below.

LEPROUS – “Pitfalls” (55:09)
Track-listing:
1. Below (05:53)
2. I Lose Hope (04:44)
3. Observe The Train (05:08)
4. By My Throne (05:45)
5. Alleviate (03:42)
6. At The Bottom (07:21)
7. Distant Bells (07:23)
8. Foreigner (03:52)
9. The Sky Is Red (11:22)

Pitfall is available as a mediabook with two bonus tracks — ‘Golden Prayers’ and ‘Angel’ (Massive Attack cover).  The album is also available on standard CD platform and Gatefold 2LP, Vinyl/CD (exclusively in Europe).  The vinyl pressing details are noted below.

Clear 2LP: 200x copies (IOM Webshop Europe) – Sold out!
White 2LP: 400x copies (IOM Webshop & CM Distro Europe)
Transparent Red 2LP: 200x copies (O-Merch Bandshop)
Dark Green 2LP: 200x (Band on tour)
Smoke 2LP: 200x copies (Laser’s Edge)
Golden 2LP: 200x copies (CM US Onlineshop)

 

Courtesy: InsideOut Music

Leprous will launch a tour in support of Pitfalls Nov. 1 in Luxembourg, France.  The tour’s first leg is scheduled to run through Dec. 7 in Helsinki, Finland.

LEPROUS + The Ocean & Port Noir:
01 November Esch (Luxembourg) – Rockhal
02 November Zwolle (The Netherlands) – Hedon
03 November Leiden (The Netherlands) – Gebr. De Nobel
04 November Berlin (Germany) – Kesselhaus
05 November Köln (Germany) – Kantine
06 November Frankfurt (Germany) – Batschkapp
07 November Antwerp (Belgium) – Zappa
08 November London (UK) – ULU
09 November Manchester (UK) – Academy 2
11 November Zurich (Switzerland) – Plaza
12 November Paris (France) – Cabaret Sauvage
13 November Lyon (France) – CCO
14 November Biarritz (France) – Atabal
15 November Madrid (Spain) – Shoko
16 November Barcelona (Spain) – Apolo
18 November Parma (Italy) – Campus Music Industry
19 November Munich (Germany) – Freiheiz
20 November Vienna (Austria) – Szene
21 November Prague (Czech Republic) – Palac Akropolis
22 November Dresden (Germany) – Beatpol
23 November Wroclaw (Poland) – Pralnia
24 November Hamburg (Germany) – Uebel & Gefahrlich
25 November Copenhagen (Denmark) – Lille Vega
26 November Gothenburg (Sweden) – Pustervik
27 November Stockholm (Sweden) – Fryshuset Klubben

LEPROUS:
28 November Oslo (Norway) – Vulkan Arena
29 November Stavanger (Norway) – Folken
30 November Hamar (Norway) – Festiviteten

LEPROUS with Amorphis, Soilwork & The Ocean:
05 December Turku (Finland) – Logomo
06 December Rauha (Finland) – Saimaa Areena
07 December Helsinki (Finland) – Ice Hall

 

 

Courtesy: InsideOut Music

After taking time off from that leg, the band is scheduled to return to the road Feb. 9 in Strasbourg, France.  The tour’s second leg is scheduled to run through Feb. 22 in Gdansk, Poland.  The tour’s schedule is noted below.

 

More information on Leprous’ new single, album and tour is available online now at:

 

Website: http://www.leprous.net

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/leprousband

Twitter: http://twitter.com/leprousband

 

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Leprous Releases New Single; Announces New Live Schedule

Veteran progressive rock band Leprous released more new music on Friday.

The band released its new single, ‘Golden Prayers’ to kick off the weekend.  The song was recorded during the Malina sessions, but ended up on the cutting room floor, so was unheard until now.  The band said of the song in a collective statement that it was a key composition for the band to create.

“It’s very exciting for us to finally release ‘Golden Prayers,’ the band said.  ‘It was recorded together with the Malina material, but we felt it worked better as a standalone tune than on the actual album.  So, we saved it until now!  Enjoy!”

Courtesy: InsideOut Music

The single’s release is meant to help the band launch the next leg of its 2018 campaign in support of Malina, which was originally released August 25, 2017 via InsideOut Music.  That campaign includes festival appearances and performances around the world.  Those dates are noted below.

LEPROUS – Festivals 2018:
29.06.2018 Helsinki (Finland) – Tuska Open Air
Fri. 13.07.2018 Viveiro (Spain) – Resurrection Fest
Sat. 14.07.2018 Eindhoven (The Netherlands) – Dynamo Metal Fest
Mon. 23.07.2018 Tolmin (Slovenia) – Metaldays
Sat. 28.07.2018 Sibiu (Romania) – ARTmania Festival
Fri. 17.08.2018 Bristol (UK) – ArcTanGent Festival
Sat. 18.08.2018 Warsaw (Poland) – Prog In Park

LEPROUS + Agent Fresco – European Tour 2018:
03.09.2018 Nürnberg (Germany) – Hirsch
04.09.2018 Kosice (Slovakia) – Collosseum
07.09.2018 Sofia (Bulgaria) – Mixtape 5
08.09.2018 Athens (Greece) – Fuzz Club
10.09.2018 Belgrade (Serbia) – Dom Omladine *
12.09.2018 Bratislava (Slovakia) – Majestic
13.09.2018 Brno (Czech Republic) – Melodka
14.09.2018 Zagreb (Croatia) – Mocvara
15.09.2018 Graz (Austria) – Dom Im Berg
16.09.2018 Salzburg (Austria) – Rockhouse
17.09.2018 Aarau (Switzerland) – KiFF
18.09.2018 Karlsruhe (Germany) – Substage
19.09.2018 Frankfurt (Germany) – Zoom
21.09.2018 Leeds (UK) – Brudenell
22.09.2018 Manchester (UK) – Gorilla
23.09.2018 Birmingham (UK) – 02 Institute 2
24.09.2018 Vaureal (France) – Le Forum
26.09.2018 Hannover (Germany) – Musikzentrum
27.09.2018 Gothenburg (Sweden) – Sticky Fingers
28.09.2018 Stockholm (Sweden) – Klubben

Tickets for the performances are available here.  Leprous has released three singles that were included in Malina.  They are noted below.

Check out material off LEPROUS’ newest album “Malina” here:
“From The Flame” (Video): https://youtu.be/FZSlX1zXnfM
“Stuck (Radio Edit)” (Video): https://youtu.be/jk63FcCIw9g
“Illuminate” (Video): https://youtu.be/Tl4gwOMrJiQ

More information on Leprous’ new single, its tour dates, news and more is available online now at:

 

Website: http://www.leprous.net

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/leprousband

 

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