Norway's Leprous are pleased to announce their much-anticipated new fifth studio album Malina set for release on the August 25th. This is the follow up to the band's much acclaimed The Congregation album.
Leprous began recording Malina after a successful tour of the EU with label mates Devin Townsend Project. Frontman and keyboardist Einar Solberg commented, "This album is the perfect example of how you can start with a vision and end up with a result that has nothing to do with the original idea. The writing of the album started out with the idea to perfect the sound and working method we began with on The Congregation. While the writing process was actually pretty similar (30 sketches, elimination process etc etc) we gradually started noticing stuff with the sound and the songwriting on the previous album that we wanted to sound different. Gradually we realized what needed to be done. This album needs to sound more alive, more organic and more dynamic."
To record Malina, Leprous entered the studio with David Castillo at Ghostward in Sweden. The album then went to the well respected Jens Bogren for mixing. "David immediately understood where we wanted to go. We spent probably four times as many days in the studio as with any other recording we've done, for we've come to learn that if you want to sound unique that is primarily done during recordings, not the mix. We wanted it to sound like it sounded. We did not want to 'digitalize' the sound."
Leprous will embark on an extensive European tour this fall with Agent Fresco. The tour will include an appearance at the UK.S Damnation Festival.