Released: 2005, Nuclear Blast
Reviewer: Anders Sandvall
Communic is a brand new debuting band from the land of deep fjords and oil, Norway. The band was founded by Oddleif and Tor, last in line to join the band was Erik on bass and the line up set. The newspapers gave their first 3-track demo some raving reviews and the same year, 2004, Oddleif and Tor left their ordinary band Scarion in order to focus on Communic. During the summer the same year they signed with Nuclear Blast and the making of the debut album started immediately. They spent three weeks in Denmark in September ‘04 with the producer Jacob Hansen and after those three weeks debut album CONSPIRACY IN MIND was done.
The guys took help from Peter Jensen (ex-Sinphonia) with the keyboard play and the essence of Peter’s appearance is to bring more atmosphere and depth to the music.
Contrary to what the bio proclaims, the band’s music style I’d say is thrash metal with dark progressive influences and nothing more. To make it easier to grasp for you readers I can draw musical parallels with the Nevermore.
This Norwegian trio has managed to put 7 tracks on the debut and the playing time is about 60 minutes. The material feels strong the whole album through and the guys show that they are very talented in both the musical as well as the instrumental department. Communic lines up an album jammed with strong melodies with plenty of long progressive parts in the songs in between the thrash elements.
Besides me hardly hearing any of Peter’s keyboards, I think that both guitar and drums are far too high in the mix. The production sounds like a pretty below standard piece of work.
The guys handle their instruments with great talent but the one that stands out a bit from the rest is Oddleif on guitar. But contrary to how great his guitars sound, he NOT a star on vocals I think. He doesn’t have any depth and hardly any vocal range and if that wasn’t enough he’s constantly drowned in the drums and guitars. Maybe he should focus on handling the guitar instead of doing both things at once.
It’s going to be quite interesting to hear what these Norwegian are going to do next, but please before you do anything else hire a singer!. Besides the poor vocal effort the music is great and it’s performed with great fun and if they take in another vocalist I’m sure that they can go far.
Killer tracks “Conspiracy in mind”, “They feed on our fear”.