COMMUNIC – Hiding From The World (2020)

Well-respected in prog metal circles but largely under the mainstream radar, despite tenures on a couple of big labels, COMMUNIC have been one of Norway’s best-kept secrets for a long time. As with the band’s previous albums, their upcoming effort “Hiding From The World” sits squarely in that sweet spot between old-school prog metal and something darker and nastier, with guitar tones that crush, and epic overtones.
In truth, COMMUNIC are almost prog by default: these are bombastic, melodic metal songs at heart, and the band’s inventiveness manifests itself primarily in lengthy song structures, rather than anything more groundbreaking. But the truth is that they do this stuff so well that every last riff, refrain and masterful detour oozes imperious authority.