Nor­way’s prog princes take the throne

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With 16 years un­der their belt, Nor­way’s Le­prous have not been an overnight suc­cess. But since front­man/key­boardist Ei­nar Sol­berg and gui­tarist Tor Od­dmund Suhrke started the band aged 16 and 15, they’ve slowly but surely mor­phed into a pro­gres­sive force.

“The fact that Ei­nar writes most of the mu­sic of­ten leads to gui­tar riffs that no gui­tarist in his right mind would ever make,” re­veals Tor. “And that is a fea­ture that I think is very spe­cial for many of Le­prous’ songs, and some­thing that al­ways forces me to evolve as a gui­tarist.” The group’s su­perb fifth al­bum Malina is a new high-wa­ter mark, ton­ing down the dis­tor­tion, but find­ing new mu­si­cal ma­tu­rity in its dy­namic, crys­talline com­po­si­tions. “There’s not al­ways a short­cut to get where you want,” re­flects Tor. “Be­ing pa­tient and hard work­ing is the best you can do.”

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