Powermad
Absolute Power


4.5
superb

Review

by Mister Twister USER (28 Reviews)
April 4th, 2014 | 37 replies


Release Date: 1989 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Toxik Lite

There's some groups that, no matter how strong they are, they'll always be compared to other groups just based on how similar the two sound. This phenomenon is unfortunate, as it always seems to pit the two groups against one another, as though only one is worthy of being heard. When first listening to Powermad's Absolute Power, for example, memories of Toxik's Think This spring straight to mind. They're both progressive thrash albums with high-pitched vocals and a great degree of technicality and variety backing the composition. They both were released in the late 80's, as the popularity of metal in general was beginning to wane. The most important part, however, would be that Think This, and by extension, Absolute Power, are both spectacular.

The album does have a distinct sound that help distinguish it from its contemporaries. Each track is highly melodic and devoted to staying interesting, rather than going overboard on brutality or technicality. Therefore, the album is not a difficult listen from end to beginning, as it has plenty of ways to draw in listeners and keep them until the end. The middle of the road pacing heard in Plastic Town, for example, provides a great contrast to the frenzied Failsafe that comes just two tracks later.

The greatest draw of Absolute Power, however, is the fantastic demonstration of a skilled and fitting vocal performance. Soothing when needed, but turning harsh at the drop of a hat, the range and technique on display here is astounding. Not to be outclassed, the rest of the group maintains a similarly impressive pace, with tracks such as B.N.R. showing that the group can change pace on a whim without sounding abrupt or unneeded for the progression of the album. It aids greatly in creating an album that is abundantly varied and astoundingly entertaining.

As mentioned earlier, the group is very similar to Toxik. The general summary of Powermad puts both firmly into the "prog-thrash" banner, and fortunately, at the absolute pinnacle of the genre. With plenty to offer both enthusiasts and casual listeners, Absolute Power is widely accessible and delivers on every level anything that could be asked for from a thrash album.

Recommended Tracks:
B.N.R.
Failsafe
Brainstorms




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Comments:Add a Comment 
Mister Twister
April 4th 2014


2553 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I LIIIIIIIVE



Yeah, gonna try to start writing a bit more again. Decided to start with this thing because WHY HAVEN'T YOU GUYS LISTENED TO THIS YET GOD DAMN



But yeah, this thing is really really good. The stretch of tracks 7-9 is the stuff bands wish they could emulate.

MisterTornado
April 4th 2014


4507 Comments


hey.

Mister Twister
April 4th 2014


2553 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

hi

Mister Twister
April 25th 2014


2553 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

nobodys checkin this out come on guys

HenchmanOfSanta
June 4th 2014


1994 Comments


Anyone else seen David Lynch's "Wild at Heart"? That's all I know this band from.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TZ8ar_wuHfI

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
October 17th 2015


8322 Comments


Apparently, they have a new album out this October.

Digging: Minuit Machine - Infrarouge

Mister Twister
October 31st 2015


2553 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

holy fuck how did I not hear about this



holy fuck it actually came out three weeks ago

RVAHC13
January 15th 2016


826 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Gorgeous album

RunOfTheMill
January 20th 2016


3960 Comments


mmmmm gotta check, also I love that your name is Macaroni Maniac

Geadom
January 21st 2016


3758 Comments


I am here to remind myself to jam this

Mister Twister
January 28th 2016


2553 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

yeah jam this and then don't jam infinite because it's basically a Nevermore cover album

foxblood
September 26th 2017


9520 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Nice Dreams is just perfect

necropig
January 9th 2018


5350 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is good shiz

Digging: GARDSGHASTR - Slit Throat Requiem

foxblood
January 9th 2018


9520 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

oh shit a powermad bump!!

necropig
January 9th 2018


5350 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The best bumps are the surprise bumps

necropig
February 17th 2018


5350 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Really good stuff

foxblood
February 17th 2018


9520 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Nice Dreams is legit one of the best tracks I've ever heard. I found it when I realized Charred Walls of the Damned (Crotchduster) covered it.

necropig
February 17th 2018


5350 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Killer track, I didn't know they covered it... seeing as I've never listened to them :3



Turns out Nice dreams has a music video

foxblood
February 17th 2018


9520 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

yeah the music video is great too. Crotchduster - Big Fat Box of Shit is a great parody album, one of the best.

necropig
February 17th 2018


5350 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

So many more peeps need to jam this



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