Communic - Payment Of Existence review
|Album:||Payment Of Existence|
|Release date:||May 2008|
01. On Ancient Ground
02. The Abandoned One
03. Becoming Of Man
04. Payment Of Existence
05. Through The Labyrinth Of Years
06. Raven's Cry
07. Unpredictables Of Life
08. Stone Carved Eyes
Norwegian progressive metallers Communic return with album number three, "Payment Of Existence" and provide another solid portion of technical and thoughtful heavy metal. Comparisons can be made between Communic and Nevermore, but more so for the similarity between vocal styles and sounds of Warrel Dane and Communic singer and guitar wielder Oddleif Stensland. Both have an emotional tinge and a clean voice, but also a slight American whine that for different people could either add to the emotion or make it grate over time. Nevertheless Oddleif and his two other band members are talented individuals and do what they do well.
The music could be described as progressive, but is heavier and more technical than traditional progressive bands. You could even go as far as to say the band mix quite a few U.S. power metal elements in here when the stretches of double bass drums and wailing chorus' rear their heads such as in "Through The Labyrinth Of Years". The album catches the listener from the word go as the opening track "On Ancient Ground" is a chunk of solid, tight, technical metal from the deepest depths of southern Norway, albeit with a slightly unimaginative guitar riff, but the power and the confidence of which it is played gets the job done regardless.
Even the shortest song the album throws up is edging on six minutes, indeed "Payment Of Existence" is not afraid to let songs wander on and on, and we are left with an album lasting over an hour with no definitive stand-out tracks or points. Each song on the album has its own story and brings something a little different, whether it be a really chunky or catchy riff and double bass madness, or an emotively sang and memorable chorus, each song has something about it to set it apart from the others but none set themselves as something amazing or outstanding from the rest of the album.
Communic have presented a very professional and well-constructed album, but consisting of over and hour of progressive and mostly up-tempo material, it is a difficult pill to swallow initially, but over time the layers peel back and can be appreciated much more than the original wall of splattering guitar as it originally sounds. "Payment Of Existence" has more depth to it than the average album and this is helped along by the vocals that sound great, but are more demanding to listen to than average singers and by the end of this opus you may feel slightly emotionally drained and warn out as if you sang the whole thing yourself. Do not be put off though, "Payment Of Existence" is a very good album bursting with quality and imagination, it just may have a little too much going on and a little too little variation.
||Written on 02.06.2008 by Member of Staff since 2006.|
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