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Conception - In Your Multitude (9/10) - Norway - 1993

Genre: Melodic Metal
Label: Noise Records
Playing time: 46:05
Band homepage: Conception

Tracklist:

  1. Under A Mourning Star
  2. Missionary Man
  3. Retrospect
  4. Guilt
  5. Sanctuary
  6. A Million Gods
  7. Some Wounds
  8. Carnal Comprehension
  9. Solar Serpent
  10. In Your Multitude
Conception - In Your Multitude
WOW!!! This is a brilliant beginning!!! Not only that I have the limited edition with LP-cover with limited bonus-single in clear vinyl, no, the beginning of "Under A Mourning Star" alone is incredible! The guitars are thundering in combination with the drums that your speakers start to crumble, then the track evolves into a powerful mid-tempo-cracker with strong chorus and heavy guitars! Great!

But also the rest of "In Your Multitude" has turned out to be the album that we all had expected/hoped for from the Norwegians. Precise a bit progressive Melodic Metal with much power, great guitar-work and a vocalist extraordinaire. The recipe of the second album "Parallel Minds" has been further refined, the only valid point of criticism is that a fast song in style of "Building A Force" or "Water Confines" is missing, but given the quality of the rest of the songs this is dismissible. The songs give guitar-maestro Tore Østby plenty of room to show his skills, but he never makes the mistake of getting carried away within his soloing, but manages to keep everything on a level that leaves the song in the foreground.

Is "Missionary Man" more slower mid-tempo, so "Retrospect" offers us its very flowing chorus, which brings the melodic Metal of the Northmen to the right position. A good bit bulkier is "Guilt", which is far less catchy than the rest. After the very emotional "Sanctuary" (in which the acoustic guitar again has some Spanish touch) "A Million Gods" sounds a lot like "Parallel Minds", with its varied structure and emotive vocals, while "Some Wounds" has real hit-potential with its super-catchy chorus after a pretty different rhythm in the verse.

In "Solar Serpent" Khan again impressively proves his power and range and the closing "In Your Multitude" stands in one line with "Soliloquy" off the "Parallel Minds"-album, quite epic, with an outlandish vibe.

Even though I'd have like to hear at least one up-tempo-song, "In Your Multitude" still keeps the level of the already classic first two albums with ease and is yet another highlight in their vita!

Alexander Melzer



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