“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.

There is a clear and rich emotion across their songs and all of them are epics that hold you rather than lag on you as a listener – and the emotion runs high during “Frozen Asleep In the Park”, a song that laments the pitfalls of addiction. Holding only seven tracks, the listener is not cheated at all for each of them is rather lengthy with most songs over seven minutes and often reaching the ten- minute mark. The group is comprised of Oddleif Stensland (vocals/guitar), Tor Atle Andersen (drums), and Erik Mortensen (bass) and the efforts of these three members show a true homage to the famous trios in Metal’s past. One can safely say this based on the level of technical ability that they display on every track. Stensland’s voice is electric and really shows off a number of different aspects and with the drumming that’s pounding away under some truly inspired guitar shredding – there is not much here that will disappoint the discerning Metal fan.

Overall the album is quite heavy and this will appeal to many of the genres demographic. It was recorded in a short three weeks time with Jacob Hansen who some readers might remember from such bands as Mercenary (another group who you should be listening to these days). This is the perfect blending of Progressive Rock’s creativity and experiment along with Heavy Metal’s brazen power and intensity and shows that with each album they are getting better. If this is a sign of what is to come from this band, I can hardly wait until the next album. If you are a fan of any of the groups compared to in this article there is a good chance that Communic will soon be cited as one of your personal favorites as well.

Track Listing:
1. Under A Luminous Sky
2. Frozen Asleep In The Park
3. Watching It All Disappear
4. Fooled By The Serpent
5. Waves Of Visual Decay
6. My Bleeding Victim
7. At Dewy Prime

Official Website: www.communic.org

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