COMMUNIC is a new Norwegian metal band that was founded in March 2003 by guitarist/vocalist Oddleif Stensland and drummer Tor Atle Andersen (both ex-SCARIOT), who shortly after was joined by bass player Erik Mortensen, (a former band mate of Oddleif's from INGERMANLAND).
What started out as a project band for Oddleif and Tor Atle, was soon to become a fully-fledged band, and in January 2004, the band entered dUb studio and recorded a three-track demo, that the band distributed in only 100 copies.
Shortly after (March 2004), the band hooked up with the Danish based "Intromental Management".
The demo was voted "demo of the month" in Rock Hard Germany, and also featured a song from the demo on the sampler CD in Heavy Oder Was, and became praised all around the underground milieu!
In April 2004, Oddleif Stensland quit Scariot to fully focus on COMMUNIC for the future - so now all priority for both Oddleif and Tor Atle went into COMMUNIC.
Conspiracy In Mind
Finally, in July 2004, all the details were in place and the band had signed a long-term record deal with well-respected German label NUCLEAR BLAST for several albums.
In September 2004 COMMUNIC spent 3 weeks in the Danish Jacob-Hansen-Studios with producer Jacob Hansen to recording their debut album "Conspiracy In Mind, which was released February 21st 2005.
Joining the band on the album was Danish keyboarder Peter Jensen (ex-SINPHONIA) in order to give the music a more atmospheric touch and fuller sound. Peter also went on the road with the band for most of the tours/gigs in 2005.
The debut album received fantastic reviews around the world, and was a.o. voted "Album Of The Month" in Rock Hard and Heavy Oder Was, two of the world's major metal publications. Oddleif did tons of interviews for the album, and the response from both media and fans were amazing.
COMMUNIC went on tour to promote the release of "Conspiracy In Mind" with Ensiferum and Graveworm throughout Europe. A tour that went very well for the band, and garnered them a lot of new fans. As a result of the great critics on the album and their live-gigs, the band was asked to perform at various festivals, including the Rock Hard Festival in Germany - a gig that further established COMMUNIC as a name to remember.
Waves Of Visual Decay
In early 2006 the band once again went to Denmark for recording the new album together with producer Jacob Hansen.
"Waves Of Visual Decay" is the album that will bring COMMUNIC yet another step up the ladder of success. 7 tracks of pure asskicking heavy metal, delivered with a technical expertise and lots of power and aggression.
The guys in COMMUNIC have decided to continue as a 3-piece, and to make the recordings flow easier, they've brought along Norwegian friend Endre Kirkesola to lay down some keyboard tracks. However, Endre will not be with the band on tour, as it's just gonna be Oddleif, Tor Atle and Erik delivering the goods :-)
Communic - now and future
The musical style of COMMUNIC is rich in both emotional depth and musical broadness and includes many elements from various metal genres. Catchy vocal melodies, thrilling bass and guitar lines colliding with power, thrash, progressive and a bit of doom and groovy metal.
COMMUNIC consists of highly skilled musicians that deliver quality metal with variety and originality.
The music has a progressive touch in some experimental form, yet easy to listen to - quite moody, mellow and emotional, and a mix of influences from the 80's and 90's metal scene, but most of all it's a mix of the different approach each member of the band has on the music, thus giving it the unique sound and feeling, that makes it hard for fans and media to compare COMMUNIC to just one other band.
However, it's worth mentioning that both "Conspiracy In Mind" and "Waves Of Visual Decay" should appeal to fans of such classic bands as Psychotic Waltz, Sanctuary, Nevermore, Candlemass and even the more modern metal such as Soilwork or In Flames.
With COMMUNIC the Norwegian -
no, the worldwide
- metal scene has a new exciting and forward-looking name to remember.