When a highly influential, even legendary, band disappears to surface again after 20 years and then gets an overwhelming response, we want to know their story. What happened? Why are they coming back now? What is their new music like?
Norwegian metal band known for melodic and rhythmic music in a unique, powerful, yet dynamic blend with such various influences as flamenco, jazz, modern electronica and classical music.
Formed in 1989, members: Roy Khan, vocals, Tore Østby, guitar, Ingar Amlien, bass, and Arve Heimdal, drums
Albums: 1991 The Last Sunset, 1993 Parallel Minds, 1995 In Your Multitude, 1997 Flow, 2018 My Dark Symphony, 2020 State Of Deception, 2022 State Of Deception (Deluxe Edition)
First active 1989-1997 with tours in Europe and Japan. Reunited for three shows in 2005: co-headlining Prog Power in Atlanta, also headlining shows in Rockefeller in Oslo and their hometown Gjøvik.
After the release of Flow Roy Khan joined American melodic metal band Kamelot, Tore formed progressive metal band ARK, Ingar focused on his black metal band Crest of Darkness and Arve recorded with Norwegian blues rock band Nickels and Dimes and progressive band Glow.
In 2018 Conception came back with the highly acclaimed mini album «My Dark Symphony» which marked a new era for the band. The release was followed by festival appearances and a few shows in 2019, among them the main stage of Tons of Rock in Oslo.
BMG rereleased extended versions, including previously unreleased tracks, of their four albums from the 90s in 2022.
A much anticipated European tour was planned in conjunction with the release of «State of Deception» in 2020, a tour that due to the pandemic was postponed.In 2022 they could finally start touring again and headlined festivals Prog Power in Atlanta and Up The Hammers in Athens, as well as shows in Gjøvik, Stockholm and Oslo.
In the meantime Conception released a new deluxe version of the album plus a compelling deluxe box set including the band’s history in book form where the readers find in depth interviews alongside personal footage from the band. The rest of the European headline tour was successfully executed in the spring of 2023. The autumn of 2023 saw the band doing several “home-coming” shows in Norway, in Tore’s town of birth; Trondheim, and Roy’s town of birth; Elverum, followed by headlining Horns Up Metal Cruise from Oslo to Copenhagen.
thIS IS YOUR CONCEPTION
When Conception surfaced again in 2018 after 20 years both their loyal fan base and media were surprised by the power in the new material, which made it obvious that these guys knew they had more music to present to the world. Remaining friends throughout the long hiatus they reached a point where they realized they were again writing for Conception, and their passion for their music lets them continuously develop their famous mix of genres, virtuosity and strong presence.
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