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Release date: 20 May 2013
Style: Progressive metal


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01. Foe
02. Chronic
03. Coal
04. The Cloak
05. The Valley
06. Salt
07. Echo
08. Contaminate Me
09. Bury [mediabook bonus]
10. Foe [remix] [mediabook bonus]

The Best Progressive Metal Album Of 2013

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Einar Solberg - vocals, keyboards, grand piano
Tor Oddmund Suhrke - guitar, baritone guitar
Øystein Landsverk - guitar
Rein T. Blomquist - bass
Tobias Ørnes Andersen - drums

Guest musicians
Vegard Sverre "Ihsahn" Tveitan - vocals on "Contaminate Me" & "Bury", string arrangements on "Chronic"
Håkon Aase - violin on "Contaminate Me"

Additional info
Recorded by Vegard Tveitan & Heidi Solberg Tveitan at Mnemosyne, and various locations by Leprous.
Produced by Vegard Tveitan, Heidi Solberg Tveitan and Leprous.
Editing by Vegard Tveitan and Leprous.
Mixed by Jens Bogren at Fascination Street Studios.
Mastered by Tony Lindgren at Fascination Street Studios.
Grand piano and violin recorded in Kulturkirken Jakob by Rune Børø.
Foe remix by Kristoffer Lislegaard.
Keyboard co-producer - Fredrik Klingwall.

Cover art by Jeff Jordan.
Artwork by Ritxi Ostáriz.

Staff review by

For their new album Leprous have dedicated themselves to the studio with a purpose. It's a guarantee that they can create something fresh as they move into artistic routes unexplored and Coal is no exception to this in its emphasis on a particular mood. Here they seem cool, calm and collected as they attempt to project a particular atmosphere into their music. They go about this darker melancholic direction with a certain uncharacteristic seriousness. Mind you the result still sounds like a Leprous album but it isn't another Bilateral which was of a very eclectic nature.

published 16.06.2013 | Comments (29)

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23.05.2013 A band you can rely on to deliver the goods each time, in a convincing and fresh way. 'Scuse me while I kiss the va-a-a-a-aalley, this valley I'm in.

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Soulhole - 05.06.2013 at 22:36  
Written by Nunzie 69 on 01.06.2013 at 06:46

I really like Bilateral a lot ,but this I feel the vocals are way over the top. The man can sing but he doesn't have to go all balls out all the time, for me that gets really annoying. Pretty disappointed.

Don't really see how the vocals are anymore over the top then previous records. To me the vocals have always been a center point for the band and have always remained very consistent. I think that the vocals are more of an issue for some people this go around because the instrumental componets of the album are less complex. This is a softer, dreamier album compared to their last two efforts, and perhaps that draws more attention to the vocals. Anyways still a solid album, but also my least favorite of the three.
Night Sight - 07.06.2013 at 22:27  
  What's that?very bad... i cant stand that!.i never expected them to be awefull like taht cause i expected them to be more creative and interesting than this according to previous one
tea[m]ster - 09.06.2013 at 17:42  
Rating: 7
Written by Diverge on 22.05.2013 at 18:47

I wasn't invested in Bilateral that much

This. I think i listened to Bilateral once and put it back in the vault that is the immense Case Logic cd case sleeve. As for this album, I have listened to it twice through... at work, with crappy iPod headphones, without noise reduction, and no bass. I think i like it...I may need another spin and give it my complete attention. I know one thing, the singing is really "out there" lol.
Ahmed Mohamed A - 10.06.2013 at 00:21  
Rating: 10 I dont understand how a human being could find songs like Echo, The Valley, Salt, THe Cloak bad in anyway..............................

People's opinion is just so hard to understand sometimes, this album is great, nothing else to say
Neroese - 16.06.2013 at 17:14  
  Not bad overall. In some parts remind me Devin Townsend.
NocturnalStalker - 20.06.2013 at 17:44  
Rating: 9 Another great album. It sounds as crazy as the previous one, but, while Bilateral was more fierce and in-your-face, Coal is a more intricate kind of album. That's the reason it may appear more boring on first few listens. You just need to listen intently sucking up all the important detail that make this album so tasty.
mz - 24.06.2013 at 22:42  
Rating: 8 Ok, this album has grown on me and I'm updating my score to 9 (my initial score was 7 and then I gave it 8) but I can not help noticing that out of place vocal works
Unhealer - 24.06.2013 at 22:59  
Rating: 9 And I cannot help being amazed by the ending of this album, everytime.
Diverge - 27.06.2013 at 04:59  
Rating: 8
Written by Unhealer on 24.06.2013 at 22:59

And I cannot help being amazed by the ending of this album, everytime.

Same! The ending is quite superb!
treptolemus - 17.07.2013 at 22:08  
  I believe it has a "strange" ingredient that makes it a grower.

And among the abstract intended vibes, some words that spice things up. Plus the way he sings. Hmm that atmospheric combo saves the whole album. I'll keep listening.
Loendt - 31.08.2013 at 22:10  
Rating: 8 Beautiful album! Magnificent!
Cal - 17.09.2013 at 18:55  
Rating: 8 Never heard of this band until now and i got to say this is awesome.
Khan - 25.09.2013 at 10:47  
Rating: 8 I also think that the vocals are over the top on this one. A shame.

I don't think it's bad, it's just over the top and could be much better. Bilateral was way better.
Lethrokai - 11.12.2013 at 20:16  
Rating: 10 Alright, this is one album that has taken FOREVER for me to make my mind up about...
Simply put, this is an incredible release (and possibly my AOTY) and just proves that Leprous can really change it up without falling in quality.

I do personally believe that Bilateral was a little bit better (being the masterpiece that it is,) but this one actually beats out Tall Poppy Syndrome easily for me.

If this is a sign of Leprous' consistency as a band (I mean, three top-tier albums in a row is one HECK of an impressive feat...) then I'm really looking forward to whatever these guys have next in store.
Dave FC - 29.08.2014 at 21:36  
Rating: 9
Written by DrM on 31.05.2013 at 16:39

I just love getting lost in this album, this is an incredible effort.

By the way - was I the only one who thought "Opeth" in the beginning of Salt's second verse? (cubes of marvel)

Yeah, superb album. I think that Einar is highly influenced by A-Ha's singer's ( Morten Harket) style. Specially this dong reminds me a lot to this band. Which is good to me!
indexqwest - 06.05.2015 at 18:32  
Rating: 9 Excellent album!
Joe Zombie - 29.05.2015 at 13:15  
  With The Congregation being my introduction to this band I've been giving their older records a listen. This is quite the awesome piece of work. I especially love the drumming, being a drummer myself. Admittedly the vocals did take some time to grow on me. This group is full of amazing talent. Favorite tracks: Coal, The Valley, Echo.

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