October 2017 will mark the return of the Norwegian trio Communic. The band took a five-year break for members to start families. Although they were still working during that time, the band put any new material on hold until now. Their newest offering is Where Echoes Gather. Communic have been on the metal scene since 2003 and have five albums under their belts. I have to say though that Where Echoes Gather is one of their strongest releases to date.
The opening track is “Pulse of the Earth (Part 1-The Magnetic Center)” and it starts right off with guitars and drums raging. Front man Oddleif Stensland’s voice sounds amazing despite five years off. His singing style and voice sounds a lot like Dave Mustaine of Megadeth. “Pulse of the Earth (Part 2-Impact of the Wave)” is next, and it is another remarkable song. The musicianship is just flawless and flows as the tempo changes. The album from start to finish is a musical masterpiece. Some of my favorites include “Where Echoes Gather (Part 1 – Beneath the Giant)” and “Where Echoes Gather (Part 2 – The Underground Swine).”
Communic is back and back stronger than ever. Where Echos Gather is like a lot of their previous work and can be technical sounding. This may turn some people off but I loved the tempo changes and intricate guitar work. I am going to say that I would compare Where Echos Gather to Youthanasia eara Megadeth meets Dream Theater. If this makes sense to you then check this it out. If I have just made you curious whether I am right or not, check it out for yourself. Where Echos Gather from Communic will be available October 27, 2017 via AFM Records.