Communic- The Bottom Deep

They Say :- 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

We Say :- I’m usually positive when I write reviews- there’s little point in being a sad troll about the efforts that musicians have made in order for me to part with my cash. If I don’t like something, I don’t see a lot of point in writing about it. And I usually make an effort as well- they have, so I should. That’s only fair and decent. However, where do you start  with a record that you really, genuinely, wanted to like but cannot get on with at all? You know, like that difficult second album from your favourite new band or the been-out-of-the-limelight-a-while return to the fray of a classic inspiration? You know the kind of thing I mean.

Well then, if it please the court of metal, may I present The Bottom Deep, the latest offering from prog-ish metallists, Communic. M’lord I tried, I really tried. Honest, I really have. But- but- but-although they try hard and there is plenty of bluff and bluster, at the end of the day, it is guilty of being, well, not very good, to be honest. Sorry.

Communic’s fourth album sees the Norwegian trio traverse that well worn path of structured, unfettered heavy metal, with occasional side orders of progressive metal added to their recipe. There’s nothing here that really offends, or gets up one’s nose- there’s riffs a-plenty, invocations of the devil, predictions of universal destruction and so on but, ultimately, The Bottom Deep is as dangerous as a visit to your favourite granny and stodgier than a double helping of festival hamburgers.

In Silence with my Scars for example, has undertones of Metallica and Rage for Order-era Queensryche (good things) but it lacks a sense of true dynamism to be anything other than largely forgettable, if pleasant enough, metal ( bad things). Destroyer of Bloodlines has that double-kick drumming so beloved of metal bands everywhere but it’s there without real purpose. It is, if you’ll excuse the pun, a blunt instrument. We move on through to the plaintive cries of Wayward Soul– you know this is the big ballady one, don’t you? And so it proves. It has that guitar layering effect that signifies just how important the band think this is with a number of lyrical references to the impending apocalypse. It’s not half bad, which of course means it is, by logic, half bad. You get the idea.

It’s not all meat and potatoes metal though. The Bottom Deep, something of a diamond in the rough, suggests that the band have a lot more creativity up their metal sleeves than the rest of this record would suggest- it’s a simple metal ballad, yes, sensitively played, yes, but is all the more effective for not having been arsed about with. Likewise, My Fallen has a bit more in the way of tune and melody that chugs along quite nicely.

There’s a self belief in Communic that you have to give them credit for so I will and there’s something hugely endearing about what they do but, sometimes its akin to watching lower league footballers believing that they are Premier League superstars- all the effort is there, but not that final, important, bit of class. A lot of heat, but not much light. Disappointing.