Whereas At the Announcement served as the definitive debut - that is, the culmination of all that's come before in the Chilean band's canon - their eponymous follow-up is the fever-dreaming intensification of those wild hinterlands within Communion's signature sound. Totaling 9-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.