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Leprous – Live At Rockefeller Music Hall album review

Ihsahn-aligned prog metallers Leprous pull out all the stops in Oslo with new live album

Leprous 'Live At Rockefeller Music Hall' album cover

There’s nothing innovative about this release, available as a DVD, CD or DVD/CD package. What’s more, the filming of the visuals has no fresh gimmick to attract the casual fan.

What Norway’s Leprous rely on instead is their own talent and their ability to create a tremendous live experience. Live… was shot in Oslo, which leads to occasional amusement when frontman Einar Solberg forgets they’re being filmed for an internationally available DVD and starts talking in his native tongue. The overriding impact, though, is of a staggering performance embracing all the elements that make the band so startling. There are pastures of contemplative progression informed by Solberg’s chiming vocals and keyboards, but these are augmented by some blaring, frenetically driven metal passages when guitarist Tor Oddmund Suhrke comes into his own with an attacking delivery. Much of the set comes from the band’s 2015 album The Congregation. This gives a welcome cohesion, helping to make Live… a cracking representation of Leprous’s craft.

Malcolm Dome had an illustrious and celebrated career which stretched back to working for Record Mirror magazine in the late 70s and Metal Fury in the early 80s before joining Kerrang! at its launch in 1981. His first book, Encyclopedia Metallica, published in 1981, may have been the inspiration for the name of a certain band formed that same year. Dome is also credited with inventing the term "thrash metal" while writing about the Anthrax song Metal Thrashing Mad in 1984. He would later become a founding member of RAW rock magazine in 1988.

In the early 90s, Malcolm Dome was the Editor of Metal Forces magazine, and also involved in the horror film magazine Terror, before returning to Kerrang! for a spell. With the launch of Classic Rock magazine in 1998 he became involved with that title, sister magazine Metal Hammer, and was a contributor to Prog magazine since its inception in 2009. He was actively involved in Total Rock Radio, which launched as Rock Radio Network in 1997, changing its name to Total Rock in 2000. In 2014 he joined the TeamRock online team as Archive Editor, uploading stories from all of our print titles and helping lay the foundation for what became Louder.

Dome was the author of many books on a host of bands from AC/DC to Led Zeppelin and Metallica, some of which he co-wrote with Prog Editor Jerry Ewing.