Posts Tagged ‘Communic’

Communic – Where Echoes Gather

December 1st, 2017

Communic - Where Echoes GatherReviewed: December 2017
Released: 2017, AFM Records
Rating: 4.0/5
Reviewer: John Haseltine

Since my first listen to their debut CONSPIRACY IN MIND released in 2005 on Nuclear Blast Records, I was hooked. That hook did last awhile through their sophomore release WAVES OF VISUAL DECAY the following year. After that, I did not keep up with the band for some reason. Some things in life leave you to question.

Communic are back with, after some time, with an incredible new album. The latest, WHERE ECHOS GATHER, is a roller coaster ride through all things metal. For those unaware, Communic is a three piece prog / power metal band from Norway. You would never guess them as a three piece. Communic, for the newbies, are a similar act to say Nevermore with touches of Rush here and there. Two greats combined into one. What can one say other than, yeesss!

Their latest, WHERE ECHOS GATHER is a heavy yet technically written masterpiece. And played as such. Six of the nine tracks are two-parters. I am going to have to look into the reasoning for that. On all three, parts 1 and 2 blend into each other as one. Their dark and melodic style is fueled by their ability to fill their songs with a riff heavy power metal style that is all their own.

It may have been awhile since listening to Communic, but it all came rushing back before the end of the first track. If you have not listened to Communic before, what are you waiting for? These guys are f**king great! If it’s okay with you, I’m going to go and listen to this one again.


Track Listing:
1. The Pulse of the Earth (Part 1 – The Magnetic Center)
2. The Pulse of the Earth (Part 2 – Impact of the Wave)
3. Where Echoes Gather (Part 1 – Beneath the Giant)
4. Where Echoes Gather (Part 2 – The Underground Swine)
5. Moondance
6. Where History Lives
7. Black Flag of Hate
8. The Claws of the Sea (Part 1 – Journey into the Source)
9. The Claws of the Sea (Part 2 – The First Moment)

Erik Mortensen – Bass
Tor Atle Andersen – Drums
Oddleif Stensland – Guitars, Vocals


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Bloodstock Open Air 2008

October 17th, 2008

All pics and words by HannTu

(except where noted)

For an introduction to what Bloodstock Open Air is all about, check out my preview of it here. Suffice it to say that BOA is the only proper UK outdoor metal festival that is devoted to true metal of all genres. This would be the first time I was making the trip up to the Midlands to cover this amazing festival.

Reaching there late Thursday night, we set up camp and went off to explore. BOA has one of the most random things I’d expect at a metal festival: a shisha tent! Armed with a 1.5 litre bottle of JD and two bongs of shisha, we spent the night there meeting weird and crazy people (Frida from Sweden, if you’re reading this, get in touch!). After a disgusting fry-up at the All-Day Breakfast bar, I went off to bed to catch some shut-eye before Friday’s bands. Good start to BOA!

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COMMUNIC – Vocalist/Guitarist Oddleif S.

March 21st, 2007

COMMUNIC – Vocalist / Guitarist Oddleif S.

By Arto Lehtinen

Norway is mostly known for extreme black metal bands. Although black metal has a dominating grip in Norway, so called traditional metal bands presenting different styles have piece by piece gotten their names spread through the metal genre. For example, Communic, who definitely came from out of the blue with two incredible albums have managed to show that the Norwegians can create amazing, powerful, and above all, catchy, progessive metal. For obvious reasons, it was about time to get in touch with Communic vocalist/guitarist Oddleif to talk more about the band’s success and albums. 


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