Location: På Hjørnet, Kristiansand, Norway
9 September, 2011


Southern Discomfort festival has just given me the possibility to complete Leprous’ triptych with the live side, after the review and the interview. Bad luck: I missed the set’s beginning at På Hjørnet bar, because the three excellent previous concerts at Kick club, Tristania, Manitou and Arcturus, were delayed and finished later than planned.

So the Norwegian progressive metal quintet was already warm when I came. What Tor Oddmund Suhrke (guitars) told in the interview has been more than confirmed. Precise it was, intense and raw as well, on a small, Lilliputian stage: try to figure out a live performance in few square metres, where Dream Theater is meeting Brutal Truth.

The guys saved no sweat, no breath. The result was a punchy version of their compositions. They fought for their new record and all the songs played came from “Bilateral”, except “Passing” from “Tall Poppy Syndrome”. The show was concluded with “Forced Entry”, one of my favourite, with its catchy guitar solo.

After the show, I bought Leprous’ CD, much better than any mp3 you can get. I encourage you to do the same, and to enjoy their music on stage too. Despite my old age, I am still behaving as a teenager fan. I congratulated Øystein Landsverk, the other guitarist, for the new CD and the show, and got autographs from the five guys on my “Bilateral”: not only painters have to sign their work.


  1. Thorn
  2. Bilateral
  3. Passing
  4. Mb. Indifferentia
  5. Waste of Air
  6. Restless
  7. Forced Entry

Rating: 85/100

Attending: Philippe Leconte