Leprous Announces North American Fall 2022 Tour Schedule with Apocalyptica

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Leprous will return to the United States this fall for a new North American live run.

The band announced the schedule for the upcoming tour Monday. The tour, which is scheduled to launch Sept. 6 in Athens, GA , will see the band serving as support for Apocalyptica for its headlining tour. The tour is scheduled to run through Oct. 7 in Sacramento, CA and features performances in cities nationwide, such as Charlotte, NC; Louisville, KY and Tucson, AZ.

The tour’s schedule is noted below.

LEPROUS – North American Tour with Apocalyptica & Wheel:
9/6/22 Athens, GA – Georgia Theatre
9/7/22 Charlotte, NC – Underground
9/8/22 Asheville, NC – Orange Peel
9/9/22 Baltimore, MD – Soundstage
9/13/22 Portland, ME – State Theatre 
9/14/22 Long Island, NY – Paramount Theatre
9/15/22 Montclair, NJ – Wellmount Theatre
9/16/22 Philadelphia, PA – TLA
9/17/22 Buffalo, NY – Town Ballroom
9/18/22 Cleveland, OH – House Of Blues
9/20/22 Fort Wayne, IN – Pierres
9/21/22 Grand Rapids, MI – Intersection
9/23/22 Nashville, TN – Brooklyn Bowl
9/24/22 Indianapolis, IN – Vogue
9/25/22 Milwaukee, WI – Eagles
9/26/22 Sauget, IL – Pops
9/27/22 Lawrence, KS – Liberty Hall
9/28/22 Denver, CO – Summit
9/30/22 Tucson, AZ – Rialto Theatre
10/1/22 San Diego, CA – Observatory
10/2/22 Santa Ana, CA – Observatory
10/4/22 Las Vegas, NV – Brooklyn Bowl
10/5/22 Ventura, CA – Ventura Theatre
10/6/22 Santa Cruz, CA – Catalyst

Leprous’ latest North American run, which will follow a European run the winds down Aug. 27 in Poland, is in support of the band’s latest album, Aphelion, which was released in August 2021. The band previously toured North America in support of the album early this year.

Aphelion produced the singles, ‘Nighttime Disguise,’  ‘The Silent Revolution,’  ‘Running Low,’ and ‘Castaway Angels.’

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

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Saturate Debuts New EP’s Second Single, Lyric Video

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Independent rock band Saturate is planning the release of its new EP, Feed The Fire, and in anticipation of its release, the band released the record’s second single, ‘Thank You‘ and its lyric video this week.

The band released the single and its video Tuesday through MVK Music Group. The band premiered the EP’s lead single, ‘Light The Match‘ Oct. 1.

The musical arrangement featured in ‘Thank You’ is a heavy melodic hard rock composition. The crunching, down-tuned guitars used in the verses are a direct contrast to the more melodic hard rock sound and style of the choruses. That approach in the choruses lends itself to comparison to works from Sevendust while the verses present a more aggro-rock approach in the vein of Korn and Breaking Benjamin. The overall dichotomy of sounds and styles in this song is similar to that of ‘Light The Match’ and is certain to engage and entertain audiences from beginning to end.

On a side note, there are moments in ‘Light The Match’ that also conjure thoughts of Leprous and others that conjure thoughts of Mushroomhead thanks to the combination of the instrumentation and the vocal delivery styles of front man Jimmy Miller.

The lyrical theme featured in ‘Thank You’ is literally a show of appreciation for the band’s fans. This is pointed out in a press release announcing the premiere of the song and its lyric video. It is meant as a gratitude to the band’s fans for their support.

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

Website: https://saturate.bandcamp.com

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/saturatemusic

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Leprous Launches North American Tour

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More than six months after the release of its latest album, Aphelion, Leprous will start the North American leg of the tour in support of the album today.

The band launches the North American leg of its tour tonight in Columbus, OH. The tour is scheduled to run through July 4 in Toronto, Ontario. It features performances in cities, such as Chapel Hill, NC; Austin, TX and Seattle, WA.

The tour’s schedule is noted below.

LEPROUS & The Ocean Collective – North American Tour 2022:
01.03.2022 Columbus, OH – Skully’s
02.03.2022 Pittsburgh, PA – Thunderbird
03.03.2022 Detroit, MI – Crofoot
04.03.2022 Akron, OH – Musica *
05.03.2022 Syracuse, NY – Lost Horizon *
06.03.2022 Asbury Park, NJ – House Of Independents *
08.03.2022 Boston, MA – Brighton Music Hall
09.03.2022 New York City, NY – Sony Hall
10.03.2022 Philadelphia, PA – World Cafe Live
11.03.2022 Washington, DC – Black Cat
12.03.2022 Chapel Hill, NC – Cat’s Cradle
13.03.2022 Charlotte, NC – Underground
15.03.2022 Orlando, FL – Beacham
16.03.2022 Atlanta, GA – Terminal West
17.03.2022 Nashville, TN – Exit / In
18.03.2022 Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey
19.03.2022 Austin, TX – Come And Take It Live
21.03.2022 Phoenix, AZ – Nile Theater
22.03.2022 Pomona, CA – Glass House
23.03.2022 Los Angeles, CA – El Rey
24.03.2022 Berkeley, CA – Cornerstone
25.03.2022 Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theatre
26.03.2022 Vancouver, BC – Rickshaw Theatre
27.03.2022 Seattle, WA – Neumo’s
29.03.2022 Salt Lake City, UT – Commonwealth Room
30.03.2022 Denver, CO – Bluebird Theater
31.03.2022 Lawrence, KS – Granada Theater
01.04.2022 Minneapolis, MN – Amsterdam Hall
02.04.2022 Chicago, IL – Bottom Lounge
04.04.2022 Montreal, QC – Corona Theater *
05.04.2022 Quebec City, QC – Imperial Bell *
06.04.2022 Ottawa, ON – Bronson Centre *
07.04.2ß22 Toronto, ON – Opera House *

Courtesy: InsideOut Music

In related news, Leprous has also announced the dates for re-scheduled performances from its 20th Anniversary tour and has added new dates to that tour. The full schedule there is noted below.

LEPROUS – Live 2022:
16.04.2022 Eindhoven (The Netherlands) – Effenaar / Prognosis Festival *
17.04.2022 London (UK) – Royal Albert Hall + Devin Townsend *
14.05.2022 Nancy (France) – Zénith / Slasher Fest *
17.06.2022 Clisson (France) – Hellfest
19.06.2022 Nijmegen (The Netherlands) – Doornroosje + Aiming For Enrike / 20th Anniversary Show *
24.06.2022 Cartagena (Spain) – Rock Imperium Festival
25.06.2022 Valkenburg (The Netherlands) – Midsummer Prog Festival
16.07.2022 Cremona (Italy) – Luppolo In Rock
22.-24.07.2022 Sibiu (Romania) -. ARTMania Festival
05.08.2022 Andalsnes (Norway) – Raumarock *
12.08.2022 Oulu (Finland) – North From Hell Festival
13.08.2022 Josefov (Czech Republic) – Brutal Assault Festival *
15.08.2022 Vienna (Austria) – WUK + Wheel & Aiming For Enrike / 20th Anniversary Show *
16.08.2022 Munich (Germany) – Freiheiz + Wheel & Aiming For Enrike / 20th Anniversary Show *
17.08.2022 Berlin (Germany) – Columbia Theater + Wheel & Aiming For Enrike / 20th Anniversary Show *
18.08.2022 Aschaffenburg (Germany) – Colos Saal + Wheel & Aiming For Enrike / 20th Anniversary Show *
19.08.2022 Saint-Nolff (France) – Motocultor Festival *
20.08.2022 Bristol (UK) – ArcTanGent Festival
05.11.2022 Turku-Stockholm-Turku (Finland/Sweden) – Nordic Metal Cruise
20.11.2022 Helsinki (Finland) – Ice Hall + Apocalyptica *
And more shows to be announced soon…

Leprous released Aphelion in August 2021. The album produced the singles, ‘Nighttime Disguise,’  ‘The Silent Revolution,’  ‘Running Low,’ and ‘Castaway Angels.’

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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Seven Eyed Crow Debuts ‘Weird Boy’ Video

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Independent alt/prog rock band Seven Eyed Crow premiered the video for its latest single this month.

The band unveiled the video for its single, ‘Weird Boy’ Feb. 10. The song and its video are the latest from the band’s new EP, Icarus, which was released Jan. 21. The band debuted the EP’s lead single, ‘To My Old Man‘ and its companion video Jan. 10.

The ‘Weird Boy’ video features footage of a young boy and girl separately as the song’s lyrics and musical arrangement play over the visualization. The imagery pairs with the song’s lyrical content, which seems to deliver a familiar message of someone feeling like an outsider. That is just this critic’s interpretation.

The musical arrangement featured in ‘Weird Boy’ immediately lends itself to comparison to works from the likes of Tool, A Perfect Circle, and Leprous. That is exhibited through the performances on bass and guitar, as well as the unique vocal delivery.

More information on Seven Eyed Crow’s new video and song is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

Websitehttps://seven-eyed-crow.bandcamp.com

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/seveneyedcrow

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Seven Eyed Crow Announces New EP Release Date; Debuts EP’s Lead Single, Video

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Independent alt/prog rock band Seven Eyed Crow is scheduled to release its latest record this month.

The band is scheduled to release its new EP, Icarus Jan. 21. In anticipation of the record’s release, the band released its debut single, ‘To My Old Man‘ and its companion video Jan. 10. Icarus will be the band’s third overall record and second EP behind its debut EP, Dark Ways (2016) and its follow, the band’s debut album, Organized Chaos (2018).

The musical arrangement featured in ‘To My Old Man’ is a subtle, flowing composition. At some points, influences of Leprous and Tool are evident. At others, hints of Incubus are just as audible. It sounds like an odd contrast in sounds, but it works well in this case.

No information was provided about the song’s lyrical theme in the press release announcing the premiere of the band’s new single and video. No lyrics were provided with the video, either. From what can be deciphered, it would seem that the song’s lyrical theme (in partner with its title) is of a personal nature that perhaps deals with the loss of one of the band member’s fathers. There is a mournful tone to what can be deciphered sans lyrics and explanation, too. That and the song’s musical arrangement gives the song such a powerful depth.

More information on Seven Eyed Crow’s new single, video, and EP is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

Website: https://seven-eyed-crow.bandcamp.com

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

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

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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

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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

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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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