Music / Conception

Conception was a Progressive Metal band from Roufass, Norway formed in 1989 by Tore Ostby. In 1990, the lineup was rebuilt after their first demo, only the two Ostbys (Tore and vocalist Dag) remained of the initial lineup. When Dag quit later in the year, he was replaced by Roy Khan as Tore was impressed by his audition and operatic style. Despite their short-lived span (only lasting 9 years), Conception proved to be somewhat influential in the Progressive Metal genre due to their unique style. Tore went on to form the even more short-lived ARK with Jorn Lande and Khan went on the join the American Power Metal band Kamelot. They reformed as a reunion in 2005 (headlining Prog Power USA, one of the biggest metal festivals in world, that year), but they have no plans for a fifth album.

Final Lineup/Reunion Lineup:
  • Guitar: Tore Ostby
  • Vocals: Roy Khan
  • Bass: Ingar Amlien
  • Drums: Arve Heimdal

  • The Last Sunset (1991)
  • Parallel Minds (1993)
  • In Your Multitude (1995)
  • Flow (1997)

  • Epic Rocking: In Your Multitude (6:39), A Million Gods (7:45), Soliloquy'' (9:07).
  • Intercourse with You: Angel (Come Walk With Me) is borderline this, what with strangely (homo)erotic lyrics and the vocalist sighing and moaning throughout the song.
  • Last Note Nightmare: Soliloquy, again.
  • Lyrical Dissonance: Silent Crying is a soft (3-4), soulful ballad about what is very heavily implied to be child molestation/rape.
  • Not Christian Rock: Their lyrics have a lot of references to religion and spirituality, as well as the names of some songs (Gethsemane, Angel, Cardinal Sin) and even the band's very name, but they seem to never have explicitly identified as a Christian metal band.
  • Voice Types: Roy Khan is a tenor, but in his work with Conception he makes wide use of counter-tenor, as well, which is absent from his Kamelot-era recordings.