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The Committee - Power Through Unity

The Committee
Power Through Unity
by H.P. Buttcraft at 31 January 2014, 8:53 AM

THE COMMITTEE states that their nationality is “International” but an editor from Metal-Archives.org states that their lineup photos are identical to a Hard Rock band from Belgium, however, the band confirmed that there is no relation whatsoever to that band in question.

These songs are enjoyable for the most part if you can get behind similar sounding bands like THE COMMITTEE. The bands that come to mind are ROTTING CHRIST, DRUDKH but mostly IMMORTAL. Lots of thrashing guitars, blasting drums and raspy growls that you can expect to hear on any given Black Metal album. I don’t believe THE COMMITTEE is trying to do something new or original with their music. This album may just simply be a labor of love towards the Black Metal genre because it certainly doesn’t fall short of delivering a cyclonic assault of Blackened riffs and melodies.

The music isn’t the biggest weakness about the album “Power Through Unity” though; it’s the production. These songs sound like they were recorded with outdated technology or possibly equipment in very bad condition. So much of the band’s presence in songs like “Not Our Revolution” has been sucked out and the low-range frequency levels are kept at unacceptable levels by a producer who either had no real idea what he was doing or was purposefully doing a low-quality job for THE COMMITTEE. THE COMMITTEE should call a meeting on this.

And I get the whole stylistic choice to have poor production when you cut a Black Metal record. Sometimes it can really augment the atmosphere and tone of the album. Albums like “Transylvanian Hunger”, “Nattens Madrigal” & “Wrath of the Tyrant” utilized a raw production so that the sound would be as pure as possible from their end of the microphone. But there’s always the question that can be applied even to those under-produced albums of “how could somebody make this sound as good as it possibly can?” Why would any band not want to strive to make records that sound the best that they possibly can?

3 Star Rating

Tracklist:
1. Not Our Revolution
2. The Man of Steel
3. By My Bare Hands
4. The Last Goodbye
5. Katherine’s Chant
6. Power Through Unity
Lineup:
Igor Mortis – Vocals, Guitars
Aristo Crassade – Guitars, Backing Vocals
William Auruman – Drums
Marc Abre – Bass, Backing Vocals
Record Label: Folter Records
     


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