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  • Audio CD (23 Jun. 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Nuclear Blast
  • ASIN: B00171TE6W
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 241,445 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. On Ancient Ground
2. The Abondoned One
3. Becoming A Man
4. Payment Of Existence
5. Through The Labyrinth Of Years
6. Raven's Cry
7. Unpredictables Of Life
8. Stone Carved Eyes

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Transcendence on 3 July 2008
Format: Audio CD
For close to three decades now, Norway has been viewed as the epicentre for what is know as `black metal' and many great bands have been spawned from this genre like the popular Emperor, to name just one. Moreover, in the last few years a progressive metal renaissance has started to gather momentum in Norway and like their corpse-painted compatriots, a number of bands have garnered a reputation for themselves like, Pagan's Mind, Twisted into Form, Spiral Architect, Circus Maximus and Winds. Communic are exponents of this creative talent that is on offer, gathering worldwide prominence for themselves as they deliver a blend of kerosene fuel progressive metal. Comprising of founding member, guitarist, vocalist, writer Oddleif Stensland (ex - Scariot), bassist Erik Mortensen and drummer Tor Atle Andersen (ex - Scariot), the line-up has remained intact since the debut, `Conspiracy in Mind'. `Payment of Existence' is the latest opus in 2008, being the third in Communic's discography and this band is intent on setting their sights towards metal supremacy. What is enterprising about this three piece is every album created is a uniquely different affair, yet all the key ingredients associated with the Communic sound are still there.

It is interesting to note their progression from `Conspiracy in Mind', which stylistically was a far more watered down and simplistic album in nature (still a fave of mine), but this was their debut and I felt they were still trying to carve a reputation and were not quiet at the level they wanted to be at.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Metal Dave on 7 July 2008
Format: Audio CD
What happens when a new band bring out a superb debut album and then a superb follow up. Answer - chances are they'll struggle to keep the momentum going. This isnt a bad, album bad sadly a shadow of their previous two. This album is too heavy thus losing a lot of the progressive & technical metal sound which had been unique on their previous albums. Better luck next time !!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Shaft on 7 Dec. 2010
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Communic's third album continues on the path of musical excellence they set with their previous two stellar efforts. All the ingredients are here. If you want top quality progressive metal from one of the most bands on the planet, seek no further!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Album of the Year! 26 Jun. 2008
By MetalMarc - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Not surprisingly Communic has delivered the album of the year so far! Not surprising considering their previous masterpiece 'Waves of Visual Decay' was also the best metal album two years prior. Not much has changed in Communic camp. Probably a good thing considering that their last album was near perfect. The songs are still relativly long and dynamic with many details to uncover with each listen. Blending seamlessly a healthy balance of crushing heavy riffs and soft quiet moments usually within the same song.

For those unfamiliar with Communic's sound I would best describe it as a mix between Nevermore/Sanctuary and Angel Dust. They are progressive in the sense that the song arrangements are very dense and layered rather than going off on tangents and the noodling style prog. They also have a very heavy almost thrashy sound similar to the bands mentioned. Communic are definitely not an immediate band to get into as several spins of attentive listening is required to grasp the dense nature of the songs. The lyrics are also very intelligent and well thought out. Not an ounce of cringe inducing cheese to be found.

The vocalist is excellent in vein of Warrel Dane (Nevermore) fame and can hit some extremely high notes in the range Dane used to hit in his Sanctuary days. Though smartly he only hits these extreme high notes when needed. He mostly sings with a powerful midrange dripping with emotion that often send chills down your spine. Truely awesome!

Like I mentioneded previously not much is different between this album and the last. Just more of the same first class songs done the Communic way with a fresh batch of ideas. Surpassing a masterpiece like 'Waves of Visual Decay' might be an impossible task, but IMO this album is on par with it.

No need to go into detail about individual songs on the album since they all are excellent but man do they save the best for last here with 'Stone Carved Eyes'. Talk about a scorching grand finale! This has to be one of the best metal songs of all time!

In conclusion if you liked Communic before then you will not be disappointed. Communic is at the pinnacle of metal today and there are only two things I can think of that could lead them to possibly top these last two albums. More uptempo moments and some better solos would be about it. Well done once again gentleman. Album of the Year so far!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
"As seconds fly a storm arise" 26 Jun. 2008
By D. Knouse - Published on
Format: Audio CD
4.5 stars. Take the aggressiveness of the song "My Bleeding Victim" from their previous album "Waves of Visual Decay" and multiply that eight times over and you now have Communic's latest offering "Payment of Existence". As long as this album is it only ever lets up with slight shifts of tempo allowing the listener a moment to breathe before relentlessly throttling once more into head-banging bliss. Communic amplifies the senses on this recording, revealing layers of intricate songwriting upon repeat visits, making the return value increase with each spin of the CD. Great Progressive Metal becomes more enthralling the more I hear it, which makes it one of the most attractive genres of music on the planet. However, the bar was set so high with their masterpiece "Waves of Visual Decay" that any follow-up release was bound to grow pale by comparison. I still beleive that album to be a monumental recording of Progressive Metal, and one of the best examples of how great the genre can be. That said, "Payment of Existence" is an exceptional, attacking slice of Progressive Metal from one of the best bands to grace the genre. Highly recommended.

1. On Ancient Ground (8:45)
2. The Abandoned One (8:45)
3. Becoming of Man (7:55)
4. Payment of Existence (7:32)
5. Through the Labyrinth of Years (5:46)
6. Raven's Cry (8:18)
7. Unpredictables of Life (6:40)
8. Stone Carved Eyes (9:12)

It's amazing how long the songs actually are because the music flows so quickly and with so much aggression that the album just flies by. Excellent.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
The true "thinking man's metal" 9 Aug. 2008
By Justin G. - Published on
Format: Audio CD
2008's Payment of Existence is the third album from Norwegian progressive metal band Communic. I have to confess that I was a bit skeptical going into this album. I wasn't blown away when I caught the band live at last year's ProgPower USA fest, and what I had heard of their previous albums was a bit too close to Nevermore's sound for my tastes. I'm happy to report that my skepticism went out the window about a minute into this album.

With Payment of Existence, Communic has proven that they are no mere Nevermore clones. You still hear the Nevermore influence in the thrashing riffs and Oddleif Stensland's vocals, but the album takes a much more progressive (not to mention aggressive) approach. It's an unrelentingly heavy album, but it's an intricate kind of heaviness with a lot going on that takes multiple spins to really appreciate. It's like there are layers upon layers to peel away. To me, that's a true measure of how progressive the album is, not a bunch of 10-minute solos or a total keyboard extravaganza. In addition to the aggressive approach, the album has a very intelligent, very mature feel, both in terms of song structures as well as lyrical content. My only real compliant is that it doesn't have much in the way of melodic elements.

I know Spiral Architect branded themselves as "thinking man's metal" with their math equation-like compositions, and Pain of Salvation tends towards the intellectual end of the spectrum, but I think that what Communic has accomplished with Payment of Existence is the true thinking man's metal album in that it is both an intelligent and mature as well as an unmistakably "metal" offering. It's smart, but you can still rock out to it.

Payment of Existence is one of the year's best progressive metal releases, and is one that should appeal to just about any prog metal fan, especially those who prefer more aggressive bands like Mercenary and Into Eternity.
NOT your Prog Metal's Dream Theater... 22 Nov. 2011
By Metalhead74 - Published on
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Okay, okay -I am sorry that I keep picking on poor Dream Theater. They are a fantastic band -but dude, where's my metal? Onward... This band Communic is HEAVY, is METAL and (5 stroke drum roll, please): is PROG. They play as a very tight unit, they do allow and use some synth/keyboard sounds effects at times but mostly you hear THEM. And it's good...

This album has a bit of a different production value: the guitars, bass and drums still sound fantastic but there is a slightly different texture to the overall sound -it's a good thing, hard for a humble guy like me to put into words. I like this album more that the previous, not because it's "better" -just a personal preference. I do however like the overall sound of the previous album more -the way the instruments were presented.

Regardless of my personal idiosyncrasies in musical taste, if you like prog metal, these are your guys. Again, if you want to melt your face off -go get Origin's new album, that'll do it. This is a heavy prog metal band that does it right -again sorry if I offended anyone's DT sensibilities... get into Communic and you'll see what I mean!
Communic is back and suprisingly more aggressive! 30 Nov. 2010
By Br3nnaH3rm0dr - Published on
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This band is the only group in my opinion that can pull off the "Nevermore" sound, that is, to put it simply, heavy fast guitar riffing accompanied by all clean power vocals. Don't get me wrong though, Communic is definetly far from a simple sound-a-like. Despite being a 3-piece, each member puts his all into each track and each part works together perfectly. This particular Communic album sports a slightly darker mood and heavier riffs than the previous two albums. The production quality is almost as perfect as it gets professionally. The only critique I have is that I would have liked to hear more falsettos, but I was still fully contempt with the vocalist's decision. This album is a must-have for fans of progressive and power metal alike.
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