BMG è lieta di annunciare la ristampa dei primi quattro album dei CONCEPTION, storica progressive power metal band norvegese. “The Last Sunset”, “Parallel Minds”, “In Your Multitude” e “Flow” con l’aggiunta di alcune bonus track saranno disponibili dal 9 settembre 2022, per la prima volta in vinile. Questo materiale aggiuntivo fornisce una chiara idea di quello che hanno rappresentato i Conception in vari momenti della loro storia, dimostrando l’evoluzione di alcune tracce che riconosciamo dalle loro versioni complete dell’album, oltre a mostrare la band come una macchina inarrestabile in sede live.
Il commento del chitarrista Tore:
“Mettere insieme la band e intraprendere insieme questo viaggio musicale è stata una vera avventura. Con una comune voglia di esplorare e sviluppare noi stessi e la nostra musica, ogni album mostra chiaramente le diverse fasi che abbiamo attraversato da un album all’altro. Siamo orgogliosi di ogni album.”
Il commento di Roy:
“C’è stata una forte richiesta per i nostri primi album nel corso di tutti questi anni e siamo estremamente felici che finalmente li stiamo rendendo disponibili in collaborazione con BMG. Oltre a questo siamo molto entusiasti di pubblicare alcune demo davvero vecchie e canzoni inedite. Questi primi demo dimostrano ancora più chiaramente il viaggio e lo sviluppo della band dall’inizio a dove siamo oggi. Godeteveli! “
Tutti gli album sono disponibili a questo link: conceptionband.lnk.to/ReissuesPR
Disponibile inoltre il video di “Roll The Fire”: https://youtu.be/1H8l9rZnBEs
THE LAST SUNSET
Building a Force
War of Hate
Bowed Down With Sorrow
The Last Sunset
Live to Survive
Among the Gods
Midnight Sun (Demo)
Bound to Suffer (Demo)
By Dawn’s Early Night (Demo)
Roll the Fire
And I Close My Eyes
Silent Crying (Demo)
Roll the Fire (Live)
Parallel Minds (Live)
IN YOUR MULTITUDE
Under a Mourning Star
A Million Gods
In Your Multitude
Move Closer (Demo)
In Your Multitude (Demo)
Angel (Come Walk With Me)
A Virtual Lovestory
Tell Me When I’m Gone
Would It Be the Same
Hand on Heart
Emerging from an industrial town in Norway on the cusp of the 1990s, Conception conjured a unique manifestation of progressive power metal which incorporated a myriad of influences, from anthemic hard rock and metal through to Spanish flamenco and fusion jazz. Fronted by the prodigiously talented guitarist Tore Østby and classically trained singer Roy Khan, Conception released four albums between 1991 and 1997, each of which made a vital contribution to the canon of power metal. These albums are now being reissued by BMG, each accompanied by a swathe of bonus material, reminding us once again of Conception’s creative and technical genius.
When Tore Østby started Conception in 1989, his vision was for a band attuned to the burgeoning thrash metal scene of the time. But as time went on and the band started writing and recording music for what would become their debut album, The Last Sunset, it became apparent that they were heading in a different musical direction. The line-up got adjusted with the expanding musical style with the local talents Arve Heimdal on drums and Ingar Amlien on bass, which gave the band a solid, groovy and unique
sounding rhythm section. The band was finally completed when Roy Khan came in, a powerful and melodic singer who had been studying his craft at Tonheim Folkehøgskole.
Most of the music for The Last Sunset had been written by the time Roy Khan joined Conception, which meant that he only had a month in which to rehearse before recording commenced. In that time, however, both Tore and Roy realised that they had the beginnings of a powerful creative partnership, made evident as they wrote the album’s title track together.
Released in 1991, The Last Sunset was a labour of love, with the band financing everything themselves and creating their own record label – CSF Records – in the process. Such a move demonstrated the band’s confidence in their music, and also their commitment to their art. And reviewers were quick to voice their approval, too: the title track was given significant airtime by Norway’s public broadcaster; in the UK, BBC DJ Tommy Vance championed the band on The Friday Rock Show.
What reviewers of The Last Sunset picked up on was the way in which Conception approached progressive metal from a different angle. Hard edged and aggressive riffing makes itself known from the off with the thumping opener ‘Building A Force’, and the dynamic fireworks of ‘Fairy’s Dance’ and the groove of ‘Bowed Down With Sorrow’ are breathtaking. Khan’s voice serves as a perfect foil, adding light and shade to the music, evoking rich emotion with every note. The technicality of the songs impresses, too, not only in the flawless execution, but in the way that it never overcrowds the songs themselves. That said, Østby’s use of Latin music – such as the Flamenco parts in ‘War Of Hate’ – are an undeniable highlight of the album.
The Last Sunset, as well as Conception’s burgeoning reputation as a well-honed live outfit, attracted the attention of the wider music industry, notably Noise Records’ Karl Ulrich Walterbach who signed the band in April 1993 after receiving a demo of material written for Conception’s proposed second album.
Recorded with Tommy Newton in Germany, Parallel Minds was a hugely important album for Conception. While the band’s debut could be seen as a transitional recording, Parallel Minds can be seen as the record where Conception truly defined themselves. A bright production is married to a catchy collection of songs which both rock and uplift. There’s heaviness aplenty from the outset with ‘Water Confines’ and the Judas Priest-esque splendour of ‘Roll The Fire’, while ‘Wolf’s Lair’ is a bona fide thumper. Khan’s voice comes into its own across the record in anthems and ballads alike – it’s impossible to be unmoved by his performance in ‘The Promiser’ or in the epic closer, ‘Soliloquy’.
Parallel Minds was released in November 1993 and it opened more doors for Conception, bringing them to the attention of audiences around the world. The band’s confidence grew, as did their ambition, and the net result was their phenomenal third album, In Your Multitude.
Released in 1995, In Your Multitude found Conception excavating new seams of emotion while simultaneously developing their progressive tendencies further without sacrificing either melody or emotion. It is a complex album which warrants repeated listens. A mystical atmosphere pervades, particularly so during the album’s less frenetic parts such as in ‘Some Wounds’ and ‘Missionary Man’. Tore Østby’s flamenco influences take on a more fusion flavour here, transforming a song like the monumental ‘A Million Gods’ into one of the finest progressive epics of the decade. And, once again, Roy Khan’s voice demands attention, unlocking the music’s emotional potential, whether in a longer piece such as the title track or a hard hitter like ‘Under A Mourning Star’. One of the high points for progressive power metal in the ‘90s, for sure.
Having established a distinctive sound over the course of three albums, Conception took their audience by surprise when they released Flow in 1997. The familiar Conception touchstones were all there – Khan’s beautiful vocals, technical prowess and intriguing atmospheres – but the balance is more in the favour of melodic accessibility. Different to its predecessors, for sure, but a fantastic listen in its own right: ‘Gethsemane’ and ‘Cardinal Sin’ shine with the incorporation of some electro beats; Khan’s voice is as acrobatic as ever; ‘Tell Me When I’m Gone’ and ‘Would It Be The Same’ is a reminder that Conception still groove and rock hard.
Flow, however, concluded the first chapter of the Conception story. Taking a long long break starting 1997, the members went on to other bands, notably Kamelot (Khan) and ARK (Østby), Crest Of Darkness (Amlien). The band reactivated in 2018, however, with a new EP and then, two years later, with a fifth studio album. The reaction to their reunion has been impressive, underlining just how important Conception’s first four albums have become to fans of progressive and power metal, and melodically heavy music in general.