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Leprous - Coal

8.5 | 511 votes |
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
Top 20 albums of 2013: 20

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)

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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31.08.2013 - 22:10
Rating: 8

Beautiful album! Magnificent!
17.09.2013 - 18:55
Rating: 8

Never heard of this band until now and i got to say this is awesome.
25.09.2013 - 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.
11.12.2013 - 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.
Sometimes you just need to roll the dice and look away.
29.08.2014 - 21:36
Rating: 9
Dave FC

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!
06.05.2015 - 18:32
Rating: 9

Excellent album!
29.05.2015 - 13:15
Joe Zombie

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.
14.05.2020 - 13:36
Rating: 8

This is a tough one to rate. I wanted to give it a 9 but then that would put it at the same level as the previous 2 albums (both of which are strong 9s for me).

8.5/10 leaning VERY slightly towards an 8.
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27.08.2020 - 19:57
Rating: 7
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K i K o
This is where the band starts losing the uniqueness and high quality from the previous 2, mainly from "Bilateral". I like about "Coal" the dark heavy mood, something like "Train Of Thought" by Dream Theater or Nevermore but some tracks are not good. My favorite track is "The Valley", one of their best songs followed by "Chronic" which has some really nice instrumental parts.
19.04.2022 - 18:05
Rating: 8
I've been listening to this album obsessively for three days now. For some stupid reason I'd never paid any attention to Leprous before. I love this, even though I totally get the "vocals don't gel with the rest" comments.
I am not nor have I ever been a musician or a member of a one-man band, especially a band that has a name that starts with "D".

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