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CONSPIRACY IN MIND

Communic

 

Progressive Metal

3.13 | 13 ratings

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UMUR
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3 stars Conspiracy in Mind is the debut full-length studio album by Norwegian power metal act Communic. Guitarist/ vocalist Oddleif Stensland and drummer Tor Atle Gabrielsen-Andersen left Scariot after the Strange to Numbers (2003) album to form Communic and they drafted bassist Erik Mortensen to complete the lineup. Conspiracy in Mind was released by Nuclear Blast Records in 2005.

The music style on the album is power metal with some thrash metal and some progressive metal leanings. The music is generally very heavy yet melodic. Communic are often compared to Nevermore and while there are many differences between the two bands, there´s certainly some merit to that comparison. The fact that Oddleif Stensland´s voice at times sound very similar to the voice of Warrel Dane doesn´t help to lessen the comparisons. The 7 tracks on the album are generally very long, ranging from 6 to almost 11 minutes. Some of the tracks have what I would call slightly progressive leanings but the overall style is still heavy power metal. The musicianship is excellent throughout and the songs are generally well written and contain enough sections to hold my attention. The songs are a bit too formulaic in the end though and I could do without hearing the vers/ chorus part 3 times in each song, which also means that most of the tracks overstay their welcome by a couple of minutes. It isn´t a major issue but enough to keep the album from being really excellent.

The production by Danish producer Jacob Hansen is good but nothing out of the ordinary.

Conspiracy in Mind is a good debut album by Communic, but there are flaws that keep me from giving it a real high rating. All the elements are there for future greatness though and I´m looking forward listening to their later albums to see if the potential is fullfilled. A 3 - 3.5 star rating is deserved.

UMUR | 3/5 |

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