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Norwegian prog metallers LEPROUS will release their new album, Coal, on May 28th in North America (May 20th in Europe) via InsideOut Music. In anticipation of this release, the band is now revealing the cover artwork for Coal, which was conceived by none other than acclaimed American artist Jeff Jordan, who previously created the artwork for the band’s last album, Bilateral, in addition to working with THE MARS VOLTA.

Leprous: Coal

LEPROUS comments about the artwork:
“The artwork for this album was a hard nut to crack. We wanted something dark, melancholic but with a distinct character. We tried several solutions without finding the perfect supplement for the music, before we decided to contact Jeff Jordan once again. Jeff immediately had wonderful ideas that we decided to pursue. The artwork of ‘Coal’ is in my opinion the most iconic we’ve had so far.”

LEPROUS also just finished shooting a video-clip for the track “The Cloak” and, most suitably for the album’s theme, the video was shot in a mine. The band comments about the video shoot:

“A new LEPROUS video is in the making! We spent one very long day inside the Konnerud Hill Mines here in Norway, getting some very interesting footage. The video, just like the clip for ‘Restless’ on our previous album, was made by Twichty Films ( once again, but we promise you no fish or cake was harmed this time around. A dark, moist atmosphere, far into the deep…”

LEPROUS will be performing at various prominent summer festivals (Wacken, Hellfest, Tuska, etc.) and headlining a European tour from September to November 2013 to promote the release of Coal. All confirmed dates are below:

LEPROUS – Tour 2013:
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9.06.2013 Trondheim (Norway) – Rockheim
9.07.2013 Bergen (Norway) – Garage
9.13.2013 Oslo (Norway) – John Dee
9.14.2013 Sandnes (Norway) – Tribute
9.15.2013 Drammen (Norway) – Buddy
9.16.2013 Skien (Norway) – Parkbiografen
9.17.2013 G̦teborg (Sweden) РMusikens Hus
9.18.2013 Stockholm (Sweden) – Debaser
9.20.2013 Helsinki (Finland) – Nosturi Club
9.21.2013 St. Petersburg (Russia) – A2/Sputnik
9.25.2013 Warsaw (Poland) – Progresja
9.26.2013 Krakow (Poland) – Kwadrat
9.28.2013 Copenhagen (Denmark) – Beta2300

10.17.2013 Prague (Czech Republic) – Nova Chmelnice
10.18.2013 Vienna (Austria) – Replugged
10.19.2013 Bratislava (Slovakia) – Randal Club
10.20.2013 Budapest (Hungary) – A38
10.21.2013 Bucharest (Romania) – Silver Church
10.22.2013 Sofia (Bulgaria) – RBF Club
10.23.2013 Belgrade (Serbia) – Dom Omladine
10.24.2013 Ljubljana (Slovenia) – Orto Bar
10.25.2013 Milano (Italy) – The Theatre Club
10.26.2013 Pratteln (Switzerland) – Galery
10.27.2013 Genova (Italy) – Muddy Waters
10.29.2013 Barcelona (Spain) – Razzmatazz
10.30.2013 Murcia (Spain) – 12&Medio
10.31.2013 Madrid (Spain) – Caracol
11.01.2013 Porto (Portugal) – Hard Club
11.02.2013 Lissabon (Portugal) – Side B
11.04.2013 Toulouse (France) – Les Saint Des Seins
11.05.2013 Lyon (France) – Ninkasi Kao
11.06.2013 Essen (Germany) – Turock
11.07.2013 Nijmegen (The Netherlands) – Doornroosje
11.08.2013 Paris (France) – Le Divan Du Monde
11.09.2013 London (UK) – Underworld
11.10.2013 Oostende (Belgium) – Jeugdhuis Ohk
11.12.2013 Hamburg (Germany) – MarX

Support band on first part of the tour (September): ORKENKJOTT (Norway)
Support band on the second part of the tour (October-November): BLINDEAD (Poland)

LEPROUS – Festivals 2013:

04.21.2013 Tilburg (The Netherlands) – 013 / Roadburn Festival – Afterburner (
04.27.2013 Amstelveen (The Netherlands) – Headway Festival (
06.08.2013 Șlvesborg (Sweden) РSweden Rock Festival (
06.21.2013 Clisson (France) – Hellfest (
06.28.2013 Helsinki (Finland) – Tuska Open Air (
07.21.2013 Tolmin (Slovenia) – Metal Dayz Festival (
08.01-03.2013 Wacken (Germany) – Wacken Open Air (
08.092013 Josefov (Czech Republic) – Brutal Assault Festival (
08.16-17.2013 Saint Palais Sur Mer (France) – Crescendo Festival (