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Progressive Metal • Norway


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A fine Norwegian act, CONCEPTION feature the impressive guitar talents of Tøre Ostby and the distinct vocals of Roy S. Kahn, a vocalist extraordinaire with a classical/opera training. Over a series of musical tryouts that evolved from Death and Speed Metal to luxuriant Prog Metal, their style has attained a spaciousness that is sometimes missing from metal bands such as the heavier DREAM THEATER or KAMELOT. Powerful without being overwhelming, their music consists of twists and sweeps rather than massive barrages of sound. Since 1993, they have released four albums and then split up in '97.

Rich in moods and dynamics, their first three cd's "The Last Sunset", "Parallel Minds" and "In Your Multitude" show plenty of variety. All musicians play exceptionally well, giving each instrument equal weight across the albums (sometimes as wisps of sound and sometimes as chunkier riffs). The combination provides a wholeness that each instrument alone cannot offer but which works marvels once assembled. Their last cd, "Flow", is a bit of a let-down, however. Although it is still quite an impressive piece of Metal, its selection is rather tame and streamlined, giving the album an overall feeling of sameness.

Highly recommended for fans of melodic Metal, particularly the first three albums.

: : : Lise (HIBOU), CANADA : : :

´See also:

- Ark
- Kamelot

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3.48 | 52 ratings
The Last Sunset
1991
3.35 | 63 ratings
Parallel Minds
1993
4.00 | 97 ratings
In Your Multitude
1995
3.36 | 66 ratings
Flow
1997

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 Parallel Minds by CONCEPTION album cover Studio Album, 1993
3.35 | 63 ratings

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Parallel Minds
Conception Progressive Metal

Review by martindavey87

3 stars 'Parallel Minds', Conceptions second album, vastly improves upon its predecessor. The songwriting seems more confident, with more interesting guitar riffs, a good use of keyboards and vocal melodies that seems more in sync with the music.

Sadly however, despite a few highlights, it's still a rather forgettable record.

Song's like 'Roll the Fire', 'And I Close My Eyes', 'Water Confines' and the title track are all decent enough, but the truth is, this is nothing more than generic progressive/power metal. There's countless other things out there that are so much better and memorable, that I never find myself coming back to this.

It's not a terrible release, and it does have its moments, but ultimately, let's face it, the only reason worth buying this today is if you're a fan of Roy Khan, who's post-Conception career would see him garner worldwide fame with the band Kamelot.

 The Last Sunset by CONCEPTION album cover Studio Album, 1991
3.48 | 52 ratings

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The Last Sunset
Conception Progressive Metal

Review by martindavey87

2 stars Let's be honest here, the only reason anyone actively seeks this band out post-1998 is mostly due to vocalist Roy Khan, who would achieve worldwide success with the band Kamelot after Conception disbanded. And I shamelessly joined those ranks when I tracked down this little nugget of joy; 'The Last Sunset'.

It's an alright album, though to be honest, there isn't really a lot to comment on. The music is decent enough, the playing is of a high standard and Khan's singing is good, but a lot of the vocal melodies aren't very inspiring or interesting. There's some nice exotic-sounding guitar licks which give the band a hint of their own identity, but overall, a lot of the songs seem formulaic.

'War of Hate', 'Fairy's Dance' (admittedly I really like this song), 'Another World' and 'Among the Gods' are all good tracks that make Conception's debut worth checking out, but there's just too much unmet potential here for this to be anything more than a decent outing.

 In Your Multitude by CONCEPTION album cover Studio Album, 1995
4.00 | 97 ratings

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In Your Multitude
Conception Progressive Metal

Review by Warthur
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3 stars Norwegian metal from the 1990s? Oh, OK, so this is going to be some second-wave black metal to burn churches to, huh?

Well, no, not quite - Conception were instead a progressive metal outfit who, based on this album, seem to have a power metal-tinged sound which tends towards the catchier, more anthemic, and occasionally a bit cheesier end of the subgenre. It's certainly a technically competent example of this style and I imagine that anyone with a healthy appreciation for, say, Dream Theater would get a lot out of this, but if, like me, you find this style of progressive metal to be highly hit and miss then you might find this one leaves you cold unless you are in just the right mood for it.

 The Last Sunset by CONCEPTION album cover Studio Album, 1991
3.48 | 52 ratings

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The Last Sunset
Conception Progressive Metal

Review by arcane-beautiful

3 stars I won't lie. I am a bit of a Kamelot fan. How could you not love them. Roy Khan is very much one of the sexiest metal singers alive (I'm relying more on the timbre of his voice, rather than actual appearance...as a gay man, he is alright looking). When I first got into the band I was shocked to know that he was not the bands original vocalist and that before he even joined the band he was in a full blooded progressive metal band from Norway called Conception. I was even more joyous to find a copy of their first album in a second hand shop. Win win nostalgic situation.

One of the most interesting parts of the bands sound is the interesting mixture of metal and now and then flamenco guitar moments which spruce up. Mostly the band do have a pretty standard prog metal meets power metal sound. Sound wise the band pretty much have it down, but because this is a first album, you can't expect perfection.

One of the biggest problems with this album would have to be the production. Everything on this album sounds very weak and very quiet. The guitar sound especially. The riffs on this album are pretty cool, but the production just makes it sound very weak. The vocals are mixed very badly too, with Khans voice being rather quiet. It really should be against the law to have as little focus put on Roy Khans voice, cause it is very unique, even if he does sound like a pre pubescent teen on this album (which he probably was at this point).

The opening track "Building A Force" is a pretty great opener with one of the best chorus on the album. Killer riffs and some nice vocals from Khan too.

"War Of Hate" is probably one of the most heavy songs on the album. Having some rather groove metal influenced riffs the band show off their heavier sound. Sadly the production doesn't bode well with the heavy sound of this track.

One of my favorite tracks on the album would have to be "Fairy's Dance." Having some folk influences, the song's lyrics also tell of a rather comical fantasy inspired tale. Some nice guitar work throughout too.

The title track is probably one of the most interesting moments on the album. Showing off the bands more gentler side, Khans vocals are pretty stellar, with him singing some of the highest notes I've ever heard him sing.

The final track "Among The Gods" is the longest composition on the album. The first half is rather interesting, with a lot of interesting tempo changes throughout. The ending is pretty much an extended instrumental section and I believe it overstays its welcome. Bit too long, but still pretty interesting.

In conclusion, for a debut this album is alright. The passion and material is pretty much there, but you can tell this is very much a band trying to find its feet. The band would go on to do better things, both as Conception and other projects which followed.

6.6/10

Genres: Progressive Metal, Power Metal, Speed Metal, Heavy Metal, Progressive Rock

Country of origin: Norway

Year of release: 1993

 The Last Sunset by CONCEPTION album cover Studio Album, 1991
3.48 | 52 ratings

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The Last Sunset
Conception Progressive Metal

Review by Mellotron Storm
Prog Reviewer

3 stars This was CONCEPTION's debut album released back in 1993. It's true there's nothing new here or different that would set them apart, this is straight-up Prog-Metal. I don't have their final album "Flow" but I have the other three records. I have to thank Bonnek for allowing me to hear this one.

"Prevision" is the short intro track where we ge some atmosphere. "Building A Force" is built right away as all hell breaks loose with the drums crashing while the guitar rips it up. Vocals join in. It settles some 2 1/2 minutes in. Great sound when the riffs kick in followed by a guitar solo. "War Of Hate" sounds so good ! The vocals are reserved before a minute but the music isn't. A calm before 3 minutes with bass. Some Spanish guitar follows. "Bowed Down With Sorrow" is fairly heavy as laid back vocals join in. It picks up 1 1/2 minutes in. Nice. The contrasts continue. The guitar solo is beautiful 5 minutes in. I love the guitar intro on "Fairy's Dance" then here comes the riffs. It then settles with vocals but not for long. Themes are repeated. The guitar lights it up after 3 1/2 minutes. Nice.

"Another World" is some heavy [&*!#] as the tempo picks up and vocals join in. Some nice chunky bass too. An earth-shaking soundscape before 4 minutes as rough sounding vocals come in. A guitar solo comes in too. Amazing track ! "Elegy" features waves of synths as the guitar cries out. "The Last Sunset" is fairly dark with bass, drums and vocals. The guitar is relaxed. It's fuller after 2 minutes. Guitar solo before 3 minutes. "Live To Survive" is uptempo and crunchy. Vocals arrive quickly. This sounds really good. Guitar solo after 4 minutes. This is a real headbanger. "Among The Gods" is the almost 11 minute tour de force. A rampage of heaviness to open then strummed guitar and a calm takes over before a minute. Reserved vocals too. It kicks back in before 2 minutes then it settles with some Spanish guitar. An all out assault before 4 minutes as contrasts continue.

This album has been a pleasure as I haven't been listening to much Metal of late. The second half is quite strong but overall 3.5 stars seems just about right.

 Flow by CONCEPTION album cover Studio Album, 1997
3.36 | 66 ratings

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Flow
Conception Progressive Metal

Review by Bonnek
Special Collaborator Prog Metal Team

2 stars Conception introduced some new aspects such as more mechanical rhythms, lots of synths and a slightly industrial feel and vocals. While they managed to do so with grace, it's an album that doesn't measure up to the preceding ones.

The album starts ok with a couple of nice tunes such as Gethsemane, Angel and Reach Out. The sound is more polished, taking away some of the edge from this band. A Virtual Lovestory and Tell Me When I'm Gone grow old pretty quickly. There's even some alternative rock influence on Flow, which start almost like the Cure's Inbetween Days.

Halfway in, the album sinks in under its lack of ideas and daring. Cry and Hold On are ballads loaded with cliché sentimentalism. The two closing tracks Cardinal Sin and Would it Be the Same are also too tame and too derivative of Black Sabbath's period with Toni Martin (especially Cross Purposes). Conception never matches the power of Sabbath to make these songs really work.

With a limited number of decent tunes that work for an occasional listen, the album hardly registers above average. It might still be enjoyable for fans of the band but to anyone else I can only recommend to hunt after the debut album.

 In Your Multitude by CONCEPTION album cover Studio Album, 1995
4.00 | 97 ratings

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In Your Multitude
Conception Progressive Metal

Review by Bonnek
Special Collaborator Prog Metal Team

3 stars My appreciation for Conception diminished with their gradual slide into more straightforward power-metal domains. After a surprising debut and disappointing second, the band again opted for classic verse-chorus/guitarsolo metal on their third album.

The choruses are obviously meant to engage every single fan into a big sing-along. I always find those anthemic metal choruses to be something of a tour the force really. You should give it a try: go banging your head, heave your right hand up in the horn sign and hold 3 beers in your left while you queue for a hotdog at the hamburger-stall. Believe me, that takes years of practice!

Right, you get the image, catchy pounding metal at hand. And Conception does the trick very skilfully, with generally strong song material. There's little variation. Just like on the previous album the greatest variance is obtained by altering the tempo between fast and mid-paced tunes. The song quality is much higher then on the previous album though. Only Carnal Comprehension and Solar Serpent legs a bit behind the other songs, or maybe it is just that I've kind of had my fill after half an hour of metal by the numbers.

For a band with such musical competence, I sure miss some audacity in the compositions, the melodies and musicianship are good but unimaginative, predictable and a bit old-school from a 2010 perspective, Conception played it too safe. In Your Multitude is a good album but will hardly impress anyone outside the fan base.

 Parallel Minds by CONCEPTION album cover Studio Album, 1993
3.35 | 63 ratings

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Parallel Minds
Conception Progressive Metal

Review by Bonnek
Special Collaborator Prog Metal Team

2 stars Despite my built-in scepticism towards things neo-power-prog-metal, I found Conception's debut a great listen. Unfortunately, on the sophomore effort they gave up some of the elements that made them special.

The band follows the same pattern too much, all but one song are short verse - chorus rock songs with the mandatory guitar solo. It becomes too much of a formula and as it goes with formulaic albums, it only works for as long as the material is consistently good. But that is not the case here.

I first heard Conception on my weekly metal radio program back in 1993. Roll The Fire was the track the radio station choose to play and it's not a bad choice. It's very effective and gives a good impression of what this album is about. Alas, that more or less sums it up. Some songs are a bit slower, others are faster; there are a number of power ballads and one weak 9-minute epic. The best sits at the start. The opening Water Confines is a fast and powerful slab of metal similar to Dio's solo material: fast, rocking and catchy with poignant melodic vocals. In good Rainbow fashion the music has a distinct middle-eastern flavour, both in its rhythm and in the lyrical vocals and guitar solos. And I Close My Eyes and Roll The Fire are also good examples.

This album has not one surprise in store. After a debut album that did some side steps into other areas such as doom metal and even Latin music, the band decided to stick to their guns and comply with genre-expectations. While the result is competent, it's too much easy-listening really.

 The Last Sunset by CONCEPTION album cover Studio Album, 1991
3.48 | 52 ratings

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The Last Sunset
Conception Progressive Metal

Review by Bonnek
Special Collaborator Prog Metal Team

4 stars Conception's debut sits close to power metal or whatever name you wish to give to 90's metal that is dominantly influenced by popular 80's bands such as Halloween, Dio, Ozzy and Priest. Expecting Progressive Metal might lead you in a wrong direction. This is simply competent melodic metal that stands out by the merit of their exceptional vocalist.

I don't reside too much in this style of music for finding it generally derivative and predictable, often confusing technical skill with progressiveness and an emotional standard that seems to be measured by the height of the singer's pitch. On the other hand, whatever the genre, there are always a few albums where the magic works. This particular album from Conception can sure be added to that list.

Had I known that Conception featured Kamelot's later singer Roy Khan, I would have checked them out a lot earlier as he is such a talented singer. Similar to Threshold's Damian Wilson he doesn't need to resort to overstatement; his voice has that inherent intensity and breadth that doesn't need big gestures. It is rather unique, especially in this style of metal occupied by legions of Bruce Dickinson clones.

The fact that this band originates from Norway is probably another element that speaks to me. It is a tad more gloomy then your average prog-metal outing and it is full of sullen yet refined vocal melodies. The focus is on songwriting and not on technicalities. The song material is mostly outstanding and rather diverse, avoiding bombast and empty pathos. A song like Bowed Down With Sorrow, as suggested by its title, comes close to the melodic doom metal of Solitude Aeturnus, other pieces like Live To Survive are a crunchy take on Judas Priest, the 10 minute closer, Among The Gods is the prog moment, adding nice touches of flamenco and Latin music into their metal sound. Not an obvious experiment but with a tasteful result.

This album offers nothing original or outstanding but inspiration and passion ride high throughout. A great discovery in this style. Excellent-lite.

 Flow by CONCEPTION album cover Studio Album, 1997
3.36 | 66 ratings

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Flow
Conception Progressive Metal

Review by Ovidiu

4 stars The closing of a chapter for CONCEPTION ,the end of an era,the final representation!Well,this fourth album FLOW was one of the most delightful and pleasant prove that intelligent music can permanently change itself , without any will to step again on solid ground!Why/Because the precedent CONCEPTION album IN YOUR MULTITUDE was touching perfection and was one of the most amazing inspired mixture of power metal and some fresh progressive elements to bring in the end a very,very good album!With this new album TORE OSTBY,the leader and fantastic guitar player of the Norvegians,choosed at the time to move a little more comercial ,without any idea of launching weaker standards to the excellent quality of the music!Being a very solid line -up crew,the guys in CONCEPTION,in 1997 choosed to put in evidence,in my humble opinion,the brilliant voice of KHAN,the charismatic and marvelous vocalist of the band!He seemed at the time to be more in his element with a more melodic and comercial approach and the songs in FLOW were the perfect oportunity for him to mark seriously this album with his heavenly voice!Unfortunatelly after this album he choosed to join KAMELOT ,a very talented Amarican band where he is offering even today his loyal services! Just hear the sublime ballad HOLD ON ,and we'll realise at what level of amazing vocal technique this guy can sing!The album has a very modern touch including modern keyboard parts and some even more modern drum tempos!Unfortunatelly,CONCEPTION fans were not prepared for this change of musical direction,they were waiting for a second IN YOUR MULTITUDE and they were dissapointed because this album was a100 % different to the previous album!Some very challenging new ideas and the comercial direction -everything was too surprising for the numerous fans of the Norvegian combo!And,it seemed that this was too much for TORE which decided to push even further his componistic ambitions and to form ARK 1 year later and ,the rest is history!4 top class albums is their legacy in music,but what class for each album-each album is different,proving that album after album they were more and more mature and ambitious! 4,5 STARS for a very modern album and marvelous vocal lines especially!
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