Communic - Conspiracy In Mind review
|Album:||Conspiracy In Mind|
|Release date:||February 2005|
01. Conspiracy In Mind
02. History Reversed
03. They Feed On Our Fear
04. Communication Sublime
05. The Distance
06. Ocean Bed
07. Silence Surrounds
08. Another Distance [piano version of "The Distance"] [bonus]
09. Conspiracy In Mind [piano version] [bonus]
In 2004 a demo called "Conspiracy In Mind" reached the land of the headbangers. Shortly after that followed a full-length release with the same name and it was received with great approval. Those responsible for the silvery disc hid themselves under the name of Communic. Often branded as "Progressive Heavy/Power Metal" which reminds us of another band that has always been difficult to label: Nevermore!
And they indeed sound quite like Nevermore. Tor Atle Gabrielsen-Andersen often utilizes the same artillery-like drumming, though usually less innovative than the kicks and slaps of Van Williams. Nothing to complain about the production, every instrument is clearly distinguishable which is good for a genre like this. The greatest resemblance with Nevermore comes from both the guitarwork and the vocals. Being responsible for both the guitarwork and the vocals, Oddleif Stensland can be regarded as star of this album without doubt. He alters between soul-touching picking and heavy riffing with what seems an almost natural feeling. Flowing over the great rhythmic guitar parts and melodic leads is the versatile voice of a man, at times a maniac, at times despaired, at times wise. His complex lyrics deal with various themes such as dreams and psychology.
Great guitar melodies, lovely vocals and poetic lyrics with interesting subjects, what else can one ask for? Only downside is they sound too much like Nevermore at times, but only truly legendary bands are completely unique on their début album. This album is a good slab of Progressive Heavy Metal, recommended for all those who like the genre and especially for the fans of Nevermore!
Are we lost in the garden of hypocrisy?
||Written on 13.08.2007 by If you're interested in extreme, often emotional and underground music, check out my reviews. I retired from reviewing, but I really used to be into that stuff.|
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