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“Waves Of Visual Decay” by Communic

Artist: Communic
Title: “Waves Of Visual Decay”
Label: Nuclear Blast Records
Release Date: 6/27/2006
Genre: Progressive Metal
Rating: 4/5

The way I see it is like this, when you listen to Norway’s Communic, you should be prepared to be blown away by what is going on in the band. It’s Power Metal with a definite inspiration from the greats of the past and the resulting mix comes off like some sort of amalgam of both Fates Warning and Nevermore, making this strong on the Progressive side as well. “Waves Of Visual Decay” is the bands second release and follows “Conspiracy In Mind” (2005) which was a rock solid effort of its own for a debut from a band formed only two years earlier. Obviously, the band suffered no “sophomore curse” with the album and you can tell easily from the full Metal assault that you will get as it begins. The three-member group are diverse and technically intriguing at practically every turn and though a small lineup there is nothing small by the way of their sound. The album begins with “Under A Luminous Sky” which is a dramatic opener and features many exciting time signature changes. From this, you find that the band makes use of many peaks and valleys by slowing the tempo only to throttle it again, and again. There are true hints of Nevermore’s Warrel Dane on this one then Oddleif shatters glass with a scream that would make Tim “Ripper” Owens proud.
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“Conspiracy In Mind” by Communic

Artist: Communic
Title: “Conspiracy In Mind”
Label: Nuclear Blast Records
Release Date: 2/21/2005
Genre: Heavy Metal
Rating: 8/10

Clearly influenced by early Queensryche and Dream Theater the band Communic have delivered a very good piece of Metal to the public. With their release of “Conspiracy In Mind” on Nuclear Blast Records the band has shown that not all music coming from Norway needs to be Black or Death Metal. I found it interesting to hear this very progressive layered Metal as opposed to the thundering of bands like Dimmu Borgir and Borknagar for the most part. The band is only three members strong with Oddleif Stensland (vocals and guitar), Tor Atle Andersen (drums) and Erik Mortensen (bass) and together brings a very Nevermore/Dream Theater quality to the songs. As I listened I found singer Stensland to remind me a little of singers like Jeff Scott Soto and Midnight. There is a different level of passion in his voice and more harmonies than one might expect to find in a band of this type. While there are only seven tracks on the debut the listener should be aware that most of the songs range past the seven minute mark. The length allows the band a little more room for creative music explorations. I think fans of Fates Warning, Nevermore and the others who have successfully brought this aspect of the genre to life will totally enjoy Communic.
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