|Review: Conception - In Your Multitude|
|In Your Multitude|
Label: Noise Records
Year released: 1995
Genre: Progressive Power Metal
Review online: April 5, 2009
Reviewed by: Hermer Arroyo
for:In Your Multitude
Rated 4.4/5 (88%) (15 Votes)
Third album for the underrated Conception, and it is an expansion of their sound. In Your Multitude is the first record in which the progressive elements of this band are shown in full force. Having established themselves as a top band in the Progressive Power Metal genre, they deliver one of their strongest records ever.
In Your Multitude begins with the excellent opener "Under a Mourning Star" and is pretty much an instant classic. From there the album repeatedly kicks your ass with impressive numbers like the two epics "A Million Gods" and "In Your Multitude". But really, Conception delivers again a songwriting clinic in each theme like in "Solar Serpent" with an impressive bass line and "Some Wounds" with its soaring chorus. The variety on this album is outstanding, never taking the easy way out; Conception have something different for everyone to enjoy.
The performances are again world class starting with Roy Khan; his voice is as smooth and enchanting as ever, with a knack for memorable vocal lines. The rhythm session is again spectacular, keeping everything in place and maximizing the song itself, even taking the lead in some instances. There are no keyboards here and I must say that this was the right decision as keyboards wouldn't fit this sound at all. Once again we are treated by the soulful and emotional guitar of Tore Østby. His tone on the album is just beautiful, starting with the emotional acoustic piece "Sanctuary" and finishing with his powerful riffs and solos on the rest of the album; the man just ooze class.
I may sound like a broken record but Conception does nothing but deliver quality material that most bands would kill to produce. This record takes time to appreciate but once you do, there is no turning back. This is just essential listening for Progressive Power Metal fans.
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