Norwegian rock outfit LEPROUS has released the official music video for its new single, "Below". The clip was directed by Dariusz Szermanowicz of Grupa13 (BEHEMOTH, KREATOR, AMON AMARTH) and filmed in Wroclaw, Poland. The song is taken from the band's sixth and most ambitious studio album, "Pitfalls", which is due on October 25 worldwide via InsideOut Music.
LEPROUS vocalist and keyboardist Einar Solberg checked in with the following comment about "Below": "'Below' was the first song written for the 'Pitfalls' album and it was composed in a period of denial of what was to come. It was a very spontaneous song, made first with only piano and vocals.
"'Below' is a very emotional and melancholic track, and it means a lot to me personally — both musically and lyrically. Large cinematic string arrangements, electronic elements, very acoustic and organic parts — all combined. Very epic but at the same time very fragile!"
"Pitfalls" was once again recorded with David Castillo at Ghostward Studios (OPETH, KATATONIA). The disc was mixed by Adam Noble (PLACEBO, BIFFY CLYRO, NOTHING BUT THIEVES, DEAF HAVANA). The cover artwork is a painting by Indonesian artist Elicia Edijanto.
"Pitfalls" will be available as limited mediabook CD with two bonus tracks, as a standard jewelcase CD and as gatefold 2LP on 180-gram vinyl (on black vinyl and various limited colored editions) with the album on CD as bonus and an etching on the D side.
"Pitfalls" track listing:
02. I Lose Hope
03. Observe The Train
04. By My Throne
06. At The Bottom
07. Distant Bells
09. The Sky Is Red
Solberg stated about the upcoming album: "We're incredibly proud to announce 'Pitfalls'! It's the album no-one is expecting from LEPROUS. When you think you know where it's headed, you'll realize that you're wrong. It's not only by far the biggest production and musical departure we've done, but the also most personal and honest.
"The album has been written through one of my toughest years, where I struggled with depression and anxiety. No filters, no metaphors, just the truth. They say that writing music is therapeutic. but I would say that it's an understatement. For me, 'Pitfalls' is the result of one and a half years of learning how to get through the dark tunnel. The music has been my torch."
Upon "Pitfalls"' release, LEPROUS will head out on an extensive European headlining tour with THE OCEAN and PORT NOIR.
LEPROUS recently performed a stunning set at Germany's Summer Breeze festival and used the opportunity to record a special acoustic version of the "Malina" track "From The Flame" for WDR "Rockpalast".
Robin Ognedal - guitar
Baard Kolstad - drums
Einar Solberg - vocals/synth
Simen Børven - bass
Tor Oddmund Suhrke – guitar
Photo credit: Will Ireland