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3.49 | 56 ratings | 7 reviews | 25% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1991

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Prevision (1:13)
2. Building A Force (4:33)
3. War Of Hate (5:57)
4. Bowed Down With Sorrow (6:29)
5. Fairy's Dance (5:03)
6. Another World (6:25)
7. Elegy (1:55)
8. The Last Sunset (4:38)
9. Live To Survive (5:46)
10. Among The Gods (10:39)

Total Time: 52:50

Line-up / Musicians

- Roy "Khan" Khantatat / vocals
- Tore stby / electric & acoustic guitars, arrangements
- Ingar Amlien / bass
- Arve Heimdal / drums, percussion

- Hans Christian Gjestvang / keyboards
- Staffan William-Olsson / keyboards
- Ingar Amlien / shouting vocals
- Sven Kaare Sunde / shouting vocals
- Vidar Karlsen / shouting vocals
- Christine Meyer / harmony vocals (4)
- Werner Skogli / backing vocals
- Freddy Sansonstuen / backing vocals
- Geir Wentzel / backing vocals
- Tom A.Hansen / backing vocals

Releases information

LP CSF Records ‎- CSFLP9101 (1991, Norway)

CD CSF Records ‎- CSF CD 9101 (1991, Norway)
CD Noise ‎- N 0232-2 (1993, Germany) New cover

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CONCEPTION The Last Sunset ratings distribution

(56 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(25%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(27%)
Good, but non-essential (39%)
Collectors/fans only (5%)
Poor. Only for completionists (4%)

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Review by UMUR
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3 stars The Last Sunset is the debut full-length studio album by Norwegian progressive metal act Conception. Ive so far reviewed two other releases by the band and been disappointed both times. The music on both the groups second full-length studio album Parallel Minds (1993) and their fourth full-length studio album Flow (1997) are far from what I enjoy about progressive metal. Progressive metal light is probably a good description. Very melodic vocal oriented vers/ chorus styled heavy metal with progressive leanings is seldom a style that impresses me much. Im stubborn though and Ive heard many people praising Conception through the years so I guess Im not satisfied until Ive heard all four albums and made sure that this just isnt music for me ( who knows? there might be a hidden gem somewhere in their four album discography).

The music on The Last Sunset is generally song oriented heavy metal with some progressive elements. There are exceptions like the 10:39 minute long closing track Among the Gods which is a full-blown progressive metal song. All songs are of high compositional quality and the musicianship is excellent too. Roy Khan is a very skilled vocalist and he has a distinct voice which is a great quality in a genre where original sounding vocalists are a rare breed. The above mentioned Among the Gods, the fast paced Building a Force and the power ballad title track are among the standout tracks on the album.

The Last Sunset is the most enjoyable Conception album Ive listened to yet but Im still not a fan and find it hard to see what makes this band stand out from the countless other progressive metal releases Ive listened to through the years. 3 stars are deserved though. This might not suit my personal taste much but it is a quality product.

Review by Bonnek
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.

Review by Mellotron Storm
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.

Latest members reviews

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 L ... (read more)

Report this review (#1771856) | Posted by martindavey87 | Wednesday, August 16, 2017 | Review Permanlink

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 a gay man, he is alright looking). When I first got into the band I was shocked to k ... (read more)

Report this review (#1241557) | Posted by arcane-beautiful | Sunday, August 10, 2014 | Review Permanlink

4 stars Conception's first album consists of a power-progressive melodic release. First of all, the band is just making its first passages and develops its style. Obviously, the songs are highly influenced by power metal bands. But, Conception add a unique taste of melody to all this. Roy Khan's voi ... (read more)

Report this review (#220756) | Posted by FatalV | Friday, June 12, 2009 | Review Permanlink

5 stars At first released as an indie-album, "The Last Sunset" ler to a contract with Berlin-based label Noise Records - more than deserved, because what CONCEPTION is offering us here is slightly progressive Melodic Metal of the highest level! Borne by Roy Khan's unique voice and Tore stby's filigree, pa ... (read more)

Report this review (#24776) | Posted by | Monday, January 19, 2004 | Review Permanlink

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