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3.18 | 17 ratings | 4 reviews | 12% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2008

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. On Ancient Ground (8:44)
2. The Abandoned One (8:45)
3. Becoming of Man (7:54)
4. Payment of Existence (7:32)
5. Through the Labyrinth of Years (5:39)
6. Ravens Cry (8:18)
7. Unpredictables of Life (6:39)
8. Stone Carved Eyes (9:11)

Total Time 62:42

Line-up / Musicians

- Oddleif Stensland / guitar, vocals
- Tor Atle Gabrielsen-Andersen / drums
- Erik Mortensen / bass

Releases information

CD Nuclear Blast (2008)

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COMMUNIC Payment of Existence ratings distribution

(17 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(12%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(53%)
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Review by Easy Livin
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3 stars Depravation, destruction and decay; it's all good stuff

"Payment of existence" is Norwegian metallers Communic's third album, and their latest release at time of writing. While de facto leader Oddleif Stensland is currently writing new material, it seems likely that we will need to wait until after 2009 for any further releases. The line up is once again unchanged, but as the playing of the trio has been admirably tight since their first album this release is simply a natural development of their sound rather than marked improvement of it.

The heavy introductory riff to "On Ancient Ground" tells us that this is very much business as usual; if anything things seem even heavier this time around. The lyrics are suitably tinged with pagan and satanic references and refrains of "Sacrifice", the sleeve illustration suggesting that depravation, destruction and decay provide the loose concept for the album.

"Becoming of Man" is the first to lighten things slightly, the chiming guitar supporting a fine vocal arrangement. The track works its way though slight variations in tempo and mood, but is generally slower that the other songs, further emphasising its power. "Raven's Cry" and "Through the Labyrinth of Years" appear to include keyboards to swell the sound, but once again, if this is the case they remain unaccredited.

Overall, the prog aspects of Communic are muted to say the least. While they deliver extended songs, most are between 6 and 10 minutes long, this has more to do with the band's ability to fully develop their material rather than through the introduction of genuine prog tenets. They do however make a mighty sound, and their vocal capabilities are far superior to many other bands who follow a similar path. At the risk of sounding like a stuck record, I do wish they would diversify their sound a bit more, and also that they would include more genuine solos in their instrumental passages. These however are personal aspirations, and this remains a well made and most enjoyable album.

Review by b_olariu
3 stars Payment of Existence from 2008 is their third release so far and is keeping the same attitude and manner of composing with previous album. Still fairly solid album, maybe in places little more unintresting as Waves but still tight in musicinship. Again long pieces, with forte ones On Ancient Ground or Through the Labyrinth of Years, they remind me in places of Nevermore, specially on guitar department. Not a fantastic album but I still like it and I found it good towards great, so 3.5 stars for Payment of Existence. Waves remain their best album so far. A good band that worth to be discovered by prog/power metal listners, there is some fantastic instrumental sections.

Latest members reviews

3 stars This album has done something which is very rare...and bands really shouldn't do this. Now I've know these guys for a while now, and I don't have their first 2 album,s but I've heard songs from each, and I really like them.When I saw this album in a CD shop, I had to get it, just to kind of a ... (read more)

Report this review (#481285) | Posted by arcane-beautiful | Wednesday, July 13, 2011 | Review Permanlink

3 stars To me, Communic are a little like a poor man's Iced Earth, they have that epic power/progressive sound with that slight element of thrash metal in their music, but unlike Iced Earth i just think this band is missing something, they can really be destined for massive things, they have the ability ... (read more)

Report this review (#282546) | Posted by FarBeyondProg | Tuesday, May 18, 2010 | Review Permanlink

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