After having played a first show of this year in Tokyo / Japan, Norwegian prog metallers LEPROUS are kicking off a tour of Australia today in support of their newest studio album "The Congregation", which was released worldwide via InsideOutMusic last May. More shows have now been confirmed for the band's international touring schedule of this year, so check the upcoming dates (Updates and revisions marked *) here:
LEPROUS - Live 2016:
29.012.106 Sydney (Australia) - The Factory Floor / www.factorytheatre.com.au + Voyager
30.01.2016 Perth (Australia) - Amplifier / www.amplifiercapitol.com.au + Voyager
05.02.2016 Brisbane (Australia) - The Brightside / www.thebrightsidebrisbane.com.au + Voyager *
06.02.2016 Melbourne (Australia) - The Evelyn Hotel / www.evelynhotel.com.au + Voyager *
23.03.2016 Tel-Aviv (Israel) - Theatron Tmuna *
31.03.2016 Berlin (Germany) - Musik & Frieden / www.musikundfrieden.de + Voyager & Earthside /Tickets *
01.04.2016 's Hertogenbosch (The Netherlands) - W2 / www.w2.nl + Voyager & Earthside / Tickets
02.04.2016 Helmond, (The Netherlands) - Cacaofabriek / www.cacaofabriek.nl + Voyager & Earthside /Tickets
03.04.2016: Hoofddorp (The Netherlands) - Podium Duycker / www.duycker.nl + Voyager & Earthside /Tickets
05.04.2016 Hamburg (Germany) - Logo / www.logohamburg.de + Voyager & Earthside / Tickets
06.04.2016: Essen (Germany) - Turock / www.turock.de + Voyager & Earthside / Tickets
07.04.2016 Pratteln (Switzerland) - Z7 / www.z-7.ch + Voyager & Earthside / Tickets
08.04.2016 Strasbourg (France) - La Laiterie / www.artefact.org + Voyager & Earthside / Tickets
09.04.2016 Durbuy (Belgium) - Durbuy Rock Festival / www.durbuyrock.be + Voyager & Earthside /Tickets
28.-30.04.2016 Koparvik/Haugesund (Norway) - Karmoygeddon Metal Festival / www.karmoygeddon.no
23.06.2016 Halden (Norway) - Tons Of Rock / www.tonsofrock.no
08.08.2016 Josefov (Czech republic) - Brutal Assault / www.brutalassault.cz
More tourdates in the works...
LEPROUS have been recently been nominated for the Spellemannprisen, the Norwegian Grammy award, for their latest album "The Congregation" in the category "Best Metal Album" alongside Enslaved, Tsjuder and Kampfar. The ceremony takes place in Oslo / Norway tomorrow, January 30th, so check more details here: http://www.spellemann.no
Einar Solberg / LEPROUS (Lead Vocals & Synth) commented about the band's nomination:
"The Congregation" has been well approved by both fans, press, our label(s), agents, promoters a.o., but it's something special to receive recognition from Norway's most important music award! Ever since I was a kid, I've been watching "Spellemannsprisen" on the television, so it's quite surrealistic that we're suddenly one of the nominees. For us it's a big thing. just to be nominated, but of course we wound't have anything against it, landing in our camp."
In other news, LEPROUS have been featured with an interesting interview shot during their latest European tour in the latest episode of FreqsTV's "Into The Machine" on-the-road documentary videos.
Check out the feature here: https://youtu.be/DTAsVeos4Bg
LEPROUS previously unveiled a lyric video created by Costin Chioreanu of Twilight 13 Media for the album track "Slave". Check it out here: https://youtu.be/2GWPzBXNY2g
A video clip directed by David Solbjørg and Kjetil Kolbjørnsrud of Twitchy Films for the album's opening track "The Price", can be seen here: https://youtu.be/0G9Qd_84YZs
Also, check out the track "Rewind" here:
"The Congregation" entered the official national sales charts in several European countries upon release, as follows: Germany # 78, The Netherlands # 66, Belgium (Flemish) # 167 and Finland # 39.
"The Congregation" is available as standard Jewelcase CD, Digital Download as well as on limited editions as Mediabook CD and 2LP (On black vinyl or limited golden or silver colours!) featuring a bonus track entitled "Pixel".
"The Congregation" can be purchased in Europe in its various formats from the following locations:
And also in Germany here:
LEPROUS have recorded the drums, guitars and bass for the album in Sweden's Fascination Street / Ghostward Studios with David Castillo (Katatonia, Opeth) and the vocals together with Heidi Solberg Tveitan & Vegard Tveitan at Mnemosyne Studios in Norway. Just like the preceding albums "Bilateral" and "Coal", "The Congregation" was mixed by Jens Bogren at Fascination Street Studios (Opeth, Symphony X, Kreator). The album's artwork was created by Nihil / www.nihil.fr
A comprehensive making-of studio video for "The Congregation" can be now seen here:
www.leprous.net/mobile (mobile website)
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