Payment Of Existence


COMMUNIC - Payment Of Existence

Released on: 2008-05-30

One thing is for sure: COMMUNIC are an exceptional band! Since their 2004 debut “Conspiracy In Mind”, the band has been everyone’s darling, whether it be press or the metal community itself. Their grasp for variety of power, melody, and intelligent lyrics with a highly progressive musical approach made COMMUNIC one of the best newcomers for years! The Norwegian metalheads are now back with “Payment Of Existence” which is simply breath-taking! The more you listen to the album, the more you notice the complexity, and the more you appreciate the increased and well-crafted heaviness of it! Just take tracks like “On Ancient Ground” or “Raven’s Cry” that prove once more that COMMUNIC are definitely untouchable if it comes to unbelievably epic refrains, melodies and hooks. „This time we believe that we have created our most diverse and heavy stuff ever, but it is still COMMUNIC all the way. It has been two years since the release of 'Waves...' and the energy from touring and live gigging has left a few marks on this new album. The production by Jacob Hansen is crisp and fresh, and takes our sound to a new level, while the artwork by Jan Yrlund just completes it all as it fits the theme and atmosphere of this album perfectly.“ - Oddleif in February 2008

Oddleif, Erik, Tor and producer Jacob Hansen finalized the recordings to “Payment Of Existence” in 2008. Again the band managed to merge their great epic and deep sound in songs that last up to 9 minutes, and will once again convince every fan and sceptic out there. Oddleif’s vocals cover a wide range and always match the song. Great screams echo in the distance, as cymbals sparkle and emphasize atmosphere. The bass underlying the guitar keeps the tracks intact while rendering it with the groovy vibe of the drums. In other words, it seems pretty clear that “Payment Of Existence” will appeal to fans of such classic bands as SANCTUARY / NEVERMORE, CANDLEMASS and even the more modern Metal acts such as SOILWORK or IN FLAMES as this is the perfect hybrid that will appeal to fans of both Power and Prog metal! Catchy vocal melodies, thrilling bass and guitar lines are colliding with Power, Thrash, Progressive and even of Doom and groovy Metal!

Founded in March 2003 by guitarist/vocalist Oddleif Stensland and drummer Tor Atle Andersen, (both ex-SCARIOT), who later joined forces with bass player Erik Mortensen, COMMUNIC started out as a side project, and in January 2004, the band recorded a three-track demo which they distributed as a limited edition version (100 copies). After receiving some serious recognition including being "demo of the month" in Rock Hard Germany, and a track on the ‚Heavy oder was?!‘ magazine sampler, the band signed a long-term record deal with leading German metal label NUCLEAR BLAST for several albums. In September 2004, COMMUNIC spent three weeks in Denmark with producer Jacob Hansen to record their debut album "Conspiracy In Mind", which was released on February 21st 2005. After this their march of victory continued by releasing “Waves Of Visual Decay” which once again gained several album of the month titles. Times would have changed really dramatically if this success did not repeat itself with “Payment Of Existence”! With COMMUNIC the worldwide metal scene has to face an exciting and promising name recently established! These guys are a talent that doesn't come along too often… maybe only once in a lifetime!! … but as Oddleif says: “…remember, there are no boundaries in COMMUNICs music!”

Track list Total runtime
1 - On Ancient Ground 8:36
2 - The Abandoned One 8:20
3 - Becoming of Man 7:59
4 - Payment of Existence 7:35
5 - Through The Labyrinth of Years 5:46
6 - Ravens Cry 8:26
7 - Unpredictables of Life 6:49
8 - Stone Carved Eyes 9:12