|Waves of Visual Decay|
|Studio album by Communic|
|Released|| 19 May 2006|
27 June 2006 (USA)
|Genre||Progressive metal, power metal|
|Producer||Jacob Hansen, Communic|
|Rock Hard (de)||(9.5/10)|
Waves of Visual Decay is the second studio album by the Norwegian progressive/power metal band Communic.
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All tracks written by Oddleif Stensland, arranged by Communic.
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|1.||"Under a Luminous Sky"||8:22|
|2.||"Frozen Asleep in the Park"||8:54|
|3.||"Watching it All Disappear"||6:55|
|4.||"Fooled by the Serpent"||9:00|
|5.||"Waves of Visual Decay"||8:13|
|6.||"My Bleeding Victim"||6:42|
|7.||"At Dewy Prime"||9:47|
|8.||"Conspiracy in Mind" (demo)||7:51|
|9.||"Ocean Bed" (demo)||6:40|
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