As reported by Blabbermouth, Leprous frontman Einar Solberg did an Interview with Spain’s Goetia Media. Below are the excerpts transcribed the legends at Blabbermouth:
When asked about LEPROUS still having any connection to the black metal scene after being Ihsahn‘s initial solo backing band, Einar said:
“At the moment, I honestly don’t feel we have anything to do with black metal. We actually have never played black metal. We have a connection with Ihsahn. We don’t have any connection to that scene except for him, of course. That’s why that link has been used even though we really have had never anything to do with it.
We see some black metal shirts at our shows. That’s cool because the more people you can appeal to from different genres, the better. I think it’s about time to erase boundaries within those subgenres. It’s just different moods, that’s all.
Some genres, they cling themselves to one specific mood the whole time and for me. That becomes way too one-dimensional in the long run. It doesn’t mean I never appreciated it; it just means that I don’t appreciate it all the time.
He further added:
I feel we don’t connect that much with a lot of the metal bands because a lot of the metal bands are very conforming to those genres. I don’t have any [strong feelings] for prog either. It doesn’t mean I don’t like prog. It just means, for me, as a whole genre, it’s also very predictable and one-dimensional. It’s all about the musicianship rather than about emotions.
It’s more, like, ‘Whoa, that was incredible!’ The same way as you see a football player or something like that, it’s not what we’re doing. Sometimes we spice things up a little bit here and there. It’s only technical stuff, of course, but it’s never to be in the cloud of the technical stuff. Even in the old days when we were all over the place.”