CONCEPTION to release new album, 'State Of Deception' on April 3rd. Yep, that dude on the left is Roy Khan, whom we all know from his time in KAMELOT. There's also a link to the new single. Read the press release below.
Norwegian hard rockers Conception are set to release the album State of Deception on April 3rd 2020, their first full length offering in over two decades. Following on from 2018’s successful EP release My Dark Symphony, this album will once again be released via their own Conception Sound Factory label, and will be accompanied by a full European tour.
It follows a twenty year interval during which band members Roy Khan, Tore Østby, Ingar Amlien and Arve Heimdal remained friends throughout, and the album release marks the full-circle evolution of the band. Lead singer Roy Khan: ”The reception we’ve had from fans made recording a new album almost inevitable; they’d have rioted if we didn’t get this out! But we’re mightily proud of what we have put together here; I actually think it’s the best thing I’ve ever been involved in. We can’t wait to share it with everyone!”
In fact, reflecting the band’s desire for an entirely direct relationship with their fans, the album is wholly fan-funded. Moreover, State of Deception is wholly self-produced, benefits from the stellar mix skills of Stefan Glaumann (Rammstein, Within Temptation, Europe etc), and is comprised of 9 tracks in total. Guitarist Tore Østby explains further, “Producing this new album has been an emotional and exciting process, digging deeper into the heart and soul of the band than ever before. The result is dynamic and intense, it really feels like we managed to capture the state of Conception 2020!”
State of Deception perfectly captures the band’s trademark breadth of progressive sound, from symphonic melodrama to rock riff utopia, and also features eminent Amaranthe vocalist Elize Ryd.
State of Deception Tracklist:
1. In Deception
2. Of Raven And Pigs
3. Waywardly Broken
4. No Rewind
5. The Mansion (featuring Elize Ryd)
6. By The Blues
7. Anybody Out There
8. She Dragoon
9. Feather Moves (remastered)
The story so far and further plans for 2020.
The release of State Of Deception, Conception’s first full length album in over 20 years, marks the full-circle evolution of the band. It is an un-rushed yet seemingly fatalistic journey:
Formed in the late 80s out of the industrial Norwegian town of Raufoss, the band featured Tore Østby on guitar, Roy Khan on vocals, Ingar Amlien on bass and Arve Heimdal behind the drums. Naming themselves Conception, they were to immediately display their propensity to operate ahead of the curve by self-releasing their debut album The Last Sunset a process which took considerable effort against an industry backdrop totally unaccustomed to such independence of spirit. A deal with Noise Records and three subsequent albums followed, amidst a host of European and Japanese touring, the combination of which went a long way to securing the band’s iconic status and cult following. And then, nothing...
Conception never formally disbanded, never fell out amidst a background of seething resentments, or embittered personalities. Instead, they simply explored other musical avenues. Tore founded progressive metal band ARK, Ingar formed black metallers Crest of Darkness, whilst Arve enjoyed a stint in blues rock outfit Nickels & Dimes. It was Roy who went onto most obvious public recognition as frontman of melodic hard rockers Kamelot. As time elapsed, and as Roy in particular experienced significant burn out under the unrelenting glare of the public eye, it appeared this particular musical chapter had closed for good.
Yet that was to reckon without the ambitions of the original band line-up, who had remained friends throughout the intervening years. A 2018 reunion, intended only for the enjoyment of the band members themselves, went viral when rehearsal footage leaked online. A Norwegian prog metal snowball was set in downhill motion. A whirlwind eighteen months ensued, encompassing a successful crowd-funding campaign, a near-fatal financial implosion (the crowd-funding income sank amidst Pledge Music’s much publicised bankruptcy, though the band worked overtime to honour fans’ investment), the re-presentation of Conception to a new generation of fans, a brand new EP (2018’s My Dark Symphony), a triumphant live return to their hometown of Gjøvik, and a hand-picked selection of rapturously-received festival appearances. With their trajectory clearly in the ascendancy, it was only a matter of time before conversations about a headline tour and full album release were to be turned into realities.
And so April sees the release of State of Deception, a nine track tour de force which lead singer Roy Khan describes as ‘probably the best thing I’ve ever been involved in!’ The bar is set high then, but the band are more than happy to do so, as guitarist Tore Østby explains; ’If we didn’t think we were capable of surpassing our previous work, we wouldn’t be here! We’re super proud of every single track on this album.’ And rightly so, from the raucous riffage of No Rewind to the soaring tension of The Mansion, this is an album that eloquently showcases the band’s infamous musical breadth, as much fuelled by a unique blend of classical and even jazz inspirations, as those of the rock and metal influences they wear most evidently on their collective sleeve. ’We’ve always said that we have a need to do what we feel is right for our music,’ Østby explains unapologetically, ’We couldn’t limit the musical scope of Conception even if we wanted to.’ Its a boundaryless approach that is to the band’s immense benefit, and one which is mirrored also in their business approach.
BUT WAIT, THERE'S MORE !!
Guitarist Tore Ostby about the evolution of the song:
“Waywardly Broken actually has its roots from back in the early 2000s, when Roy and I shared a house in Oslo - he was in Kamelot and I was in ARK. We jammed out a verse part on guitar and keyboard, but didn’t add the basic chorus until around 2006, and then finally the string melody, mid section, arrangement and vocal melodies when we were up in the Norwegian mountains somewhen around 2017.
Apart from the musical side, the song also connects on a personal level, singer Roy Khan states: “All four members of Conception have had their turns with mental hardships and rough times. Waywardly Broken is about finding hope and believing in something larger than yourself in struggle for survival.”
Waywardly Broken is the first single off the upcoming album State Of Deception and can be downloaded and streamed on all platforms now:
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