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
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.
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