HELLS HEADBANGERS is proud to present the highly anticipated second album of Chile's COMMUNION, The Communion. The Communion is being released simultaneously with COMMUNION's debut album, At the Announcement, which is being released by the Sinister Flame.
One of the most cult bands in the shit-hot South American
black/death scene, for nearly a decade now, COMMUNION have been
cultivating a mystique and work ethic like no other. Staunchly DIY and
largely rejecting the gross machinations of the European "metal"
industry, COMMUNION have built up a sparse yet strangely vast body of
work comprising myriad short-length releases - sometimes, true "singles"
in that the release will feature only one track - that are either
self-released or released through vocalist/bassist Deathmessiah's
Proselytism label, which has become ground zero for the very best in
nowadays South American black/death. Despite their often-short runtimes,
each COMMUNION release is its own special world, ranging the rich
history of South American metal, from its blackest, most sulfurous
depths to its most traditional, headbanging heights. That one band can
encompass a relatively expansive swath of sounds whilst remaining
uniquely rigid and focused in their attack has endeared the band to
legions the world over, all of whom await each COMMUNION release with
bated breath and cherish it as a true artifact.
Whereas At the Announcement serves as the definitive debut album - that is, the culmination of all that's come before in the COMMUNION canon - then The Communion
is the fever-dreaming intensification of those wild hinterlands within
the band's signature sound. Totaling nine tracks in a concise yet
continually exciting 33 minutes, The Communion works mostly as
one massive piece, firing off one diabolic angle after another that's
simply engrossing (and often overwhelming, favorably) in its devilish
intensity. With the poise and patience of a true power-trio, COMMUNION
build each component track with the delicate-yet-confident hand of sonic
sorcerers, conjuring a clandestine mood that soon explodes into
gibbering, ghastly mania. And yet, for however white-hot and
forever-throttling that intensity gets, just teasing the very corners of
chaos, COMMUNION reign it all in with a mastery rarely seen in
black/death metal - and, daresay, a touch of class. For above all, this
is HEAVY METAL, deathly dedicated to the occult and supernatural
energies of the beyond. Not for nothing are the band absolutely hypnotic
live, weaving their spells and entrancing throngs of diehards baying
for blood on every stage COMMUNION stand.