Norwegian hard rockers Conception are set to release a brand new single Cry (live) on June 4th. It is the first single from a brand new crowdfunding campaign supporting the release of an expanded version of their hugely successful 2020 album State of Deception, to be made available early in 2022. The album will feature a host of new recordings, including new songs, re-recordings of some of their classic back catalogue, and a number of live performances.
Cry was, to quote vocalist Roy Khan, “a magical moment we captured when we undertook our re-entrance onto the metal scene after more than a decade apart,” being recorded at the band’s homecoming gig in Gjøvik, Norway in 2019. The first of several new singles to be released over the course of 2021, Cry is also the first live recording the band have ever released digitally. Guitarist Tore Østby added ”It has been so great to play live again, and I have been thrilled to discover new energy in our old songs. This release is a great example of that.”
Meanwhile the deluxe version of State of Deception is an acknowledgement from the band to address the fans’ call for making more material available. As well as the new recordings featuring alongside the original album on both CD and vinyl, the deluxe box set will also include a host of additional items, including instrumental versions of the album tracks, posters, an extensive history of the band with never before seen photographs, and exclusive competition access.
In recognition of the band’s desire to maintain their existing direct-to-fan relationship, the process will once again be enabled via a brand new crowdfunding campaign. “We’ve been lucky enough to have such loyal fans,” Khan observes “They have been incredibly generous in supporting us, and we’ve tried really hard to acknowledge that by making some particularly distinctive items and experiences available to them. You should see what we intend to make available over the course of this campaign!”
Conception will also finally be undertaking their COVID19 delayed headline tour, for which an extra date has been announced, as the band mark their return to Belgium by headlining Antwerp’s Thunder Metal Fest on March 27th.