The Committee are an international band that has been featured before in this zine and plays an atmospheric form of black metal with elements of doom metal and this is a review of their 2017 album "Memorandum Occultus" which will be released in February by Folter Records.
A dark yet heavy sound starts off the album and you can also hear all of the musical instruments that are present on this recording and once the grim black metal screams kick in the fast riffs start using tremolo picking and blast beats which also gives the music more of a raw feeling and the riffs also add in melody.
Throughout the recording you can hear a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts and the vocals also get deep at times with a few growls that add in a touch of death metal along with most of the tracks being very long and epic in length and they also mix in classical guitars in with the heavier sections of the music briefly and also have their soft moments.
Most of the slower sections of the songs are very heavily influenced by doom metal and some tracks also add in a small amount of whispers and one track also adds in a brief of use of melodic and Gregorian chants which also gives the music more of a ritualistic and occult feeling and at times the music also gets very atmospheric and also adding in a few seconds of synths on one of the tracks.
The Committee creates another recording that remains true to the mixture of atmospheric black metal and doom from their previous release, the production has a very professional sound to it while the lyrics are a concept album revolving around weapons, war. conspiracy theories, occultism and historical themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from the Committee and if you are a fan of atmospheric black metal with a touch of doom, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Organic Gods-Weapons Of Genocide" and "Weapons Of History And Chronology". 8/5 out of 10.