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Numic / Press

“Let’s talk about Numic, the Northern California quartet which has focused its career on self-producing, self-promoting, self-distributing… well, it could be said that Numic has based its whole existence as a hard-rock band on “selfing”. And, where many other acts could have lost direction or quality, Numic found its niche and created One Above the Heretics, the follow-up to 2004's Recrudescent Feed. Not to difficult to get a hold of, Numic’s OATH offers soulful and dedicated music, achieving that precise formula which makes use of well-known hard-rock and metal elements, but does not shy away from adding risky uniqueness into the procedure. Numic has achieved as much as was possible on this path. No more can be asked of a band which has adhered to its free spirit as much as possible while continuing to create big music. One Above the Heretics is an extraordinary offering of hard-rock, but leaves me wanting much more from a band which refuses to take the next step. ”

"Slyly toeing the line between hard rock and straight up metal, these guys use the hybrid to their advantage, showcasing impressive variance in their riffs and vocals. It's not as much whisper to a scream as it is shout to a full on wail, but the build up and destruction of the sound is less than subtle. Bottom line, these guys do what any great rock band does: Instead of finding one riff and riding it for four minutes, they use it to build muster and proceed to shoot it off in all directions before you have time to catch up. The result is a group of songs that will not grow tired quickly, as it becomes hard to tell where one ends and the next begins. This is not to say all the songs sound the same. Specifically, it's the complex execution on each track that ensures there is no leeway for repetitive stagnation. Intricate but not self-serving, this is an accomplished work from a group that wrenches an incredible amount of sound out of just four individuals."