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Utopia, the technical metal group centred around guitarist John Bailey and Corrupt Moral Altar vocalist Chris Reese will let loose their debut album ’Stalker’ this August on APF Records.

Watch the video for first single ’Happiness’ here:

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The album see John and Chris joined by an impressive list of guest musicians such as drummers Billy Rymer, Baard Kolstad (Leprous) Lee Fisher (Fawn Limbs/Psyopus) and Si Blakelock (Tangaroa/Dream Troll) alongside guitarist Simon Peter King, bassist Arran McSporran (De Profundis/Virvum) and finally keyboardist Mike Moran (Ozzy Osbourne/George Harrison).

The initial idea for the band was formed by John Bailey, by day he’s a touring guitarist for the likes of Aled Jones and Russell Watson, a far cry from the extreme metal of Utopia, but with ’Stalker’ he wanted to bring together all the music he loves, creating something aggressive and intense but also well thought out and intelligent. He comments,

‘I wanted it to be super heavy and crazy but also really emotional. The music combines elements of jazz and various styles of metal. The songwriting is very important lyrically and structurally. The lyrics draw influence from philosophy, literature, art and film (particularly the films of Andrei Tarkovsky).

The concept of the name Utopia is a reflection of mental health/neurodiversity and social structures in the world we live in. The double edged sword of trying to lead a happy life in a world of conflicting ideology and bad faith between humans. I suppose the pitfalls of attempting a sophisticated life despite us being poorly evolved primates who are highly individual in their own rights. Its ultimately rooted in varying degrees of sensitivity, mental health and neurodiversity based on individuals trying to interface with one another in a constructive way.’

Utopia was started in March 2020. As John was coming off the back of a busy tour/session schedule and felt this was the time to finally start the band which he’d been thinking about doing for years. For a vocalist he had no one else in mind but Corrupt Moral Altar’s Chris Reese.

After 7 to 8 months of writing it was then just a matter of getting each person to record their parts which posed their own geographical problems with different musicians living around the world. However once all done the album was mixed and mastered by Rob Hobson at Silent City Records.

Across the 11 tracks ’Stalker’ spawns a vast array of subject matters, such as the opener ’The Bus Station Roof’ which John describes as a reference to the place in Preston where people go to throw themselves off when they’ve had enough. The image of what might be going through people’s mind when they make that decision is really the basis of the song. Truly disassociated from the world and no longer capable of interfacing with the world.’

‘Impotent Prophet’ is a genre bending social comment on religion and how it fails. While’ Smiledyawnednodded’ is a word taken from the book ‘Ulysses’ by James Joyce. John adds, ‘It’s a great word used to describe the boredom of talking to someone who only talks about themselves and their own successes in life.’

’Stalker’ is released on 27th August via APF Records and will appeal to fans of Dillinger Escape Plan, Meshuggah, Converge, Mastodon, Botch and Strapping Young Lad.

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Leprous have shared the 3rd single from their sixth and most ambitious studio album Pitfalls, which is set for release on 25th October 2019 via InsideOutMusic.

Listen to ‘Distant Bells’ here:

Simen Børven (Bass) says: "The instrumental part of ‘Distant Bells’ is a compilation of my musical background. Influences from Nordic Jazz and Symphonic Pop infuses the attempt of stretching an extremely simple idea, from almost nothing, to an explosion towards the ending of the song. To me the composition is like an evolution from a single self-replicating cell into a complex sentient being."

Einar Solberg (Vocals/Synth): "It was both challenging and very refreshing to work on “Distant Bells”, as the main instrumental idea didn’t come from me. It opened up new doors of creativity within myself and it was very exciting to do the melody and lyrics for this track. It’s a very different LEPROUS track, and it turned out to be one of my personal favourites. Simen has a different musical background than myself, and our contradictions are probably what made this song shine so bright."

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LEPROUS – Live 2019:

LEPROUS + The Ocean & Port Noir:

01 November Esch (Luxembourg) – Rockhal

02 November Zwolle (The Netherlands) – Hedon

03 November Leiden (The Netherlands) – Gebr. De Nobel

04 November Berlin (Germany) – Kesselhaus

05 November Köln (Germany) – Kantine

06 November Frankfurt (Germany) – Batschkapp

07 November Antwerp (Belgium) – Zappa

08 November London (UK) – ULU

09 November Manchester (UK) – Academy 2

11 November Zurich (Switzerland) – Plaza

12 November Paris (France) – Cabaret Sauvage

13 November Lyon (France) – CCO

14 November Biarritz (France) – Atabal

15 November Madrid (Spain) – Shoko

16 November Barcelona (Spain) – Apolo

18 November Parma (Italy) – Campus Music Industry

19 November Munich (Germany) – Freiheiz

20 November Vienna (Austria) – Szene

21 November Prague (Czech Republic) – Palac Akropolis

22 November Dresden (Germany) – Beatpol

23 November Wroclaw (Poland) – Pralnia

24 November Hamburg (Germany) – Uebel & Gefahrlich

25 November Copenhagen (Denmark) – Lille Vega

26 November Gothenburg (Sweden) – Pustervik

27 November Stockholm (Sweden) – Fryshuset Klubben

LEPROUS:

28 November Oslo (Norway) – Vulkan Arena

29 November Stavanger (Norway) – Folken

30 November Hamar (Norway) – Festiviteten


LEPROUS with
Amorphis, Soilwork & The Ocean:
05 December Turku (Finland) – Logomo
06 December Rauha (Finland) – Saimaa Areena

07 December Helsinki (Finland) – Ice Hall

And many more dates to be announced soon…